October 19, 2014
Iím flying over the Rocky Mountains with a John
Denver song stuck in my head. (Itís a long way from
L.A. to DenverÖ)
Spent the last several days and nights pummeling my
circadian rhythm into submission at the Far West
Folk Alliance convention. I got a wonderful
reception at my showcase appearance in Oakland and
really enjoyed the response the songs from my new CD
Poor Manís Diamonds received; especially the one
about the youngest person to ever win the Nobel
Peace Prize! (I wonít need to expend much breath
introducing that song anymore)! I love that the gun
toting theo-thugs who shot this brave young woman
will fade to ignominy or worse while Malala
Yousafzai and what she has come to stand for will
shine all the brighter for their inhumanity. Weíve
all gotten used to being patient, but itís good for
the human family, and oh so sweet, when Dr. Kingís
ďarc of the universeĒ bends a little quicker than
usual towards real justice.
By the way if youíd like a friend to hear Kris and
me sing Malala, you can find and share the recording
on You Tube here:
(Iím trying to get them to correct the spelling of
In other news, Sirius XM Satellite Radio devoted an
hour-long ďliveĒ program to my music this month! The
program is called The Bridge and you can stream my
appearance for free with a trial subscription at
siriusxm.com/ondemand . My thanks to host and
folk DJ extraordinaire, Mary Sue Twohy, for this
amazing opportunity to share my music with (quite
literally) the world!
Got a busy week aheadÖ
Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Iíll be at
Gander Hill prison with my guys. The road used to
prevent my New Beginnings group from meeting with
any real continuity, but Iím so lucky to have
attracted wonderful volunteers like Sandy
Stefanowicz, Frank Hoffmann, Julie Devine, Rev.
Reggie Jackson, and (when heís in our neck of the
woods) my singer-songwriter pal Reggie Harris to
keep the work going in my absence. Iíve also got a
terrific team who join me each Sunday afternoon to
work with our post-release brothers. Great people
like Jean Toy, Mary Starkweather-White, Pat Rafter,
Tonya Hocker, Tom Gallagher and Cruce Stark make it
impossible for me to drop the ball!
All of these folks bring something unique and
powerful to the work of helping men transition
successfully from prison to productive lives as
fathers, husbands, employees and neighbors! ďBe bold
and mighty forces will come to your aidĒ? You bet
If youíre not too far from Wilmington, Delaware and
you have any interest in joining our growing team of
volunteers as a possible group co-facilitator or
mentor (OR contributing financially to the important
work of New Beginnings-Next Step), please write me
through my web siteís email address.
This Wednesday afternoon I get to help my friend
Helen Leicht and WXPN kick off their wonderful
Musicians on Call program at Christiana Careís
There are always lots of terrific smiles at these
events, especially after the VIPs unplug the
microphones and we get to tour the facility and
visit with (and sing to) some of the patients! I
feel very blessed to be a long-standing member of a
truly generous musical community!
This Friday Iíll be returning to the Steel City
Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA!
http://www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com/. This is
being billed as an album release event so thereís no
opening act scheduled. That means I get to sing more
of my songs and go a bit deeper into my catalogue.
Really looking forward to this show!!!
Saturday Iím doing a private show for some folks who
used to come out and see me in my bar-singing days
(Should be interestingÖ I hope I remember some of
those old songs)!
Then next weekend, Iím doing a great house concert
up in Westfield, NJ. Aftrwards, I head back out to
the Midwest for a week of shows.
You can check out my schedule and all my upcoming
Thanks for your continuing support of my work and my