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Anni Blog February 1, 2017

Hello to All! Can you believe we’ve used up a whole month in 2018 already? I feel like New Year’s Day was yesterday & yet… I’ve been battling this whatever-it-is congestion thang everybody seems to be sharing, so you woulda thought things woulda slowed down! I am better… but not outta the woods with this thang… amazingly, I only lost 2 shows ‘cos my voice just disappeared for a few days!

I kick off Fab February with a fave gig at JJ’s in Old Orchard Beach on February 2nd… always a fun time. I am still ecstatic about my monthly shows at both Lenny’s (Westbrook) & Toddy Brook (N Yarmouth)… again, consistently relaxed, fun & fulfilling gigs at these venues. I will also continue to share my music in Senior Living Centers & Veterans’ Homes… most of these concerts are for residents only, so I only list the “public” venues below… without furthers, here’s all the news, in this order:

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)
(**DON’T MISS THE LINK to an amazing song in this section!)


Fri, Feb 2nd / JJ’s / Old Orchard Beach ME / 6:30PM
Thurs, Feb 8th / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 6:30PM
Fri, Feb 9th / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM
Thurs, Mar 8th / Lenny’s / Westbrook ME / 6:30PM
Fri, Mar 9th / Toddy Brook / N Yarmouth ME / 6PM

2. TARGET GIGS (Full Details)

FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 2nd / JJ’S EATERY / OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME / 6:30PM / 207-934-0222… this is a fave hang for the locals, including yours truly. I play here every other month & I always arrive with bells on, as they say. Year round, JJ’s staff & patrons are full of life & that “Cheers” vibe that can warm y’all on even the coldest of winter nights. This is an all ages hang with great food & beverages. I suggest y’all come early & stay late. Here’s their website.

THURSDAY / FEBRUARY 8th (& MARCH 8th) / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 6:30PM / 207-591-0117… Lenny’s is on Rt. 302 at the old Al Hawkes Plaza… you know, with the guy out front swinging a tool box? Bill Umbel created this eclectic, down-to-earth venue & named it in honor of the late, great Lenny Breau. So happy to be part of the family here, playing once a month… the vibe pulls you in, hugs you, feels like home. Grab some pals & head over… bring your appetite for food & music both. Here’s a link to Lenny’s.

FRIDAY / FEBRUARY 9th (& MARCH 9th) / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… EVERY TIME I play here we all have a blast! I play every 2nd FRIDAY, every month. I’m a Yarmouth native (pronounced Yahmuth”)… this spot is just over the town line in N Yarmouth, but it feels like home to me. The food’s great, the view’s inspiring, the people are wicked friendly & my voice floats nicely in this room. You might consider calling in a reservation for dinner… I’ve seen some pretty packed nights in here! Here’s the Toddy Brook website.

THURSDAY / MARCH 8th / LENNY’S / WESTBROOK ME / 6:30PM / 207-591-0117… (see Feb 8th for details)

FRIDAY / MARCH 9th / TODDY BROOK GOLF COURSE / N YARMOUTH ME / 6PM / 207-829-5100… (see Feb 9th for details)

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I woke this morning, not knowing what I would write about on this last day of January. My sleep was sporadic… I kept looking out at the full super blue/red moon… as it was sinking low in the west beyond my bedroom view, I finally drifted off & dreamt of paths of light… upon waking, I thought about my late, great friend & fellow songwriter Rachel Bissex.

While Rachel was fighting a relentless & admirable battle with cancer, she wrote an amazing song called “In White Light.” This became the title song of her last recorded CD in 2004. She died in February of 2005. The song has always brought me joy & tears in equal measure. One of the first times I heard the song, I was driving on the very busy 495 in Massachusetts, listening to WUMB out of Boston, heading to a concert commitment. I was so moved by the song, I had to pull off the highway to allow myself to gain some composure before I continued driving. The song is brilliantly written. Rachel knew, of course, that she was dying when she wrote it. My interpretation of it is that she wanted to comfort herself & all of us around her by writing it. She speaks of the moon as “bathing her, her loved ones & all of us in white light to guide us safely home.” THIS is what was in my head when I woke today…

Well, that, and the memory of stumbling upon Eric Shwartz’ version of Rachel’s song, recently posted on YouTube & shared via Facebook. I was “temporarily rendered speechless” by his delivery of this tune & wrote to tell him so. Here’s my suggestion: google Rachel Bissex & check out her music… she is easy to find & you can still buy her music or just download that one song if you wish. THEN, check out Eric’s version of this beautiful song right here:

Eric Schwartz sings Rachel Bissex’ song
“In White Light”
(recorded by Neal Eckstein)

Less than 2 weeks ago, we lost Tom Noe, a wonderful friend & lover of music, the stars, traveling, all people & on & on… Tom & his lovely wife, Linda Silas, recently moved to Washington state, after having hosted some of the best ever house concerts in Wylie TX for years & years. I was blessed to have sung there many times & stayed with them, sharing songs, breaking bread, enjoying hot tub “seminars in thinking outside the box” & sharing in star gazing sessions that lasted into the wee hours… Tom was a builder of magnificent telescopes & if I recall correctly, he sold them to enthusiasts & scientists all over the world. He always had one set up for viewing the skies after his concerts.

Today, Linda picked up Tom’s ashes & she is having lunch with Tom at one his favorite viewpoints out there in Washington. I imagine him sending a path of white light in her direction, letting her know he is still with her. Maybe he’s dancing & singing with Rachel, basking in the glow of the January 31st super blue moon. I look skyward with a nod of thanks to them for bringing me such joy while they were here.

One last thing… before I sat down to write today, I made myself a big cup of tea… & here’s what the tea bag commentary said:

“Inspired by my morning tea”

OK then, I thought. NOW I have a good idea what I am supposed to write… Sending each one of you love & light… I hope to see you along this journey soon… thanks for tuning in… I’ll be watching for you.


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8 - Lenny’s - Westbrook ME - 6:30 PM - 207-591-0177
9 - Toddy Brook Golf Club - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100

6 - JJ’s - Old Orchard Beach ME - 6:30PM - 207-934-0222
12 - Lenny’s Westbrook ME - 6PM - 207-591-0177
13 - Toddy Brook Golf Club - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
21 - Elements Book, Beer & Music - 8PM - 207-710-2011
27 - Biddeford Saco Country Club - 207-282-9892

10 - One Longfellow Square - Portland ME - 207-761-1757
     Opening for Cheryl Wheeler! (Ticket Info SOON)
11 - Toddy Brook Golf Club - N Yarmouth ME - 6PM - 207-829-5100
17 - Lenny’s Westbrook ME - 6PM - 207-591-0177

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