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It’s been some time since I’ve posted an update here. I have been updating my Kickstarter

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page since that’s where the activity has been happening for the past month. Now, with the CD project nearly finished I’m moving a lot of information back to the blog. So, what’s been happening?

Well, the CD is almost done. All recording is completed and we’re down to mixing. I got to tell you, was there ever a lot of great performances captured during our five days of recording. I think the final total was just over 40 hours of studio time! The band was amazing, we captured some killer vocals (thank you!) and I really can’t wait to share. As of this writing we are expecting to ship for manufacturing towards the end of June. That means I should have the CD in my hands mid- to late-July.

In addition to the actual recording there is also all the legalities and side projects. Copyrights have all been filed and paid for, the ASCAP title registrations are done, and all the performers have signed their releases. Our artwork is getting done (should have a report later today) and once the CD art is done the t-shirt art will be close behind. I’m going to be working with publicists to help with getting the word out and developing some press to support the project, and you can expect some news of the CD Release Party variety soon. Just working on the venue and scheduling the band next week.

So many decisions …

There are a couple of performances coming up that I wanted to let you know about. First, tomorrow, Friday June 15, I will be appearing at the Curious Comedy Theater with the “Time Out!” Rad Dad’s Show. This is always a great show and I hope you can make it. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available online at

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Saturday June 23rd we will be hosting Steve Key at the Lighthouse Concert Series. Steve is a great pro-songwriter with several cuts to his name. He’s just released a new CD and will be doing a show at our home from 7pm until we kick him out! Send me an email for the details. It’s a great opportunity to see an amazing songwriter in an intimate setting. Just $15 and it all goes to the artist. If you’d like to join us send me an email.

On Monday July 16 I will be opening a concert at the Doverlaff House Concerts in Portland. I’m really looking forward to this one since I will be opening for two of my favorite folk poets, Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin. We’ve hosted Danny and Carrie at the Lighthouse and now I’m going to open for them at Dan Dover and Cheryl Mitzlaff’s great garden venue. This will be the first performance where I might even have some CDs to sell! Go to

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 to RSVP.

And remember, I’m also at Columbia View Park in Saint Helens every Thursday for the 13 Nights on the River concert series. I don’t perform, but I do work the sound system and occasionally emcee. It’s a great music series and always a lot of fun. Music starts at 6pm and runs to 9pm each Thursday night.

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That’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer!


It’s not enough…
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Al Anderson

There are a couple of phrases in the English language that are both compelling and useless when honestly intended. Big Al Anderson beautifully summed up the most petty and perfect of them when he wrote “A Better Word For Love

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.” How trivial are those three words, “I love you” when compared to the raw emotion that accompanies them? “I watch her, and wonder, if there’s a better word for love…”

Friday the 13th has always been kind of lucky for me, but April 13, 2012, was just a little bit luckier than most. At 2:40pm (EDT) the Kickstarter project “She Loves It When I Dust” was successfully funded. With that the CD project I have dreamed of for my entire adult life will finally become a reality. And for that I thank you. For those who supported me by backing the project financially, thank you. For those who supported the project though encouragement and “atta boy’s” but couldn’t help financially, thank you. For those who found other ways to support the project, thank you.

One of the things that happens when seeking help is that the project takes on a different tone. It’s not just mine anymore. It belongs to all of those who participate. You’re involved. You’re a part of a community of people who are involved. When the CD is released, you’ll be an instrumental part of any success it achieves. And, since I am devoted to the success of this project, to making these songs as great as they can be, to making the performances as compelling as possible, you will be an instrumental part of making me a better songwriter and performer. For better or worse, we’re in this together.

I just wonder, if there’s a better word for “thanks.”