Summer greetings to all of you

I hope the season is treating you well. After a flurry of travel in June, unusual for me, I’m home for a couple of weeks, then off to Vermont for a little vacation. My bees are filling up their supers, without my help, and the weeds have overtaken my garden (note to self – don’t leave the garden alone for three weeks in June). Things, then are normal.

Storytellers Donald Davis & Kevin Kling with Bill in NC

 
Songs We Sing
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My work on the folk song recording, "Songs We Sing", I started last year continues. The energy on it is just great. To give you a little hint of what it sounds like, I’m offering a free download of a rough of one of the songs, Donkey Riding, in my store. It’s not really mixed, and there’s some tweaking, but I wanted you to hear it now as a hint of what the recording will be when it’s finished.

Once you've listened, let us know what you think: Michele@billharley.com

 
   
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In Other Projects
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I’m busy working on a new recording of stories, finishing up another rewrite of a book that almost got published and is now going out again to other publishers, and continuing work on a piece for orchestra. But it’s at my pace, not someone else’s and that’s a good thing. I’m a lucky guy.

 

Also, my good pal and co-conspirator Keith Munslow and I are currently planning a joint recording of songs and skits. It will take a while to get there, but we’re excited about the possibilities of the recording and some joint shows down the road.

 
   
A Sirius XM Kids Place Live Performance A
 

 

This weekend (Friday 9pmEST/6pmPST; Saturday 9amEST & 5pmEST; Sunday 12pmEST/9amPST) you can tune in to Kids Place Live on Sirius XM and hear a live performance I did down at their incredible studios. Mindy Thomas was the host and the studio was packed with fans. You can check out a video of one of my new songs I performed there. And tune in, too! It’s nice to have a place that continues to play my work, and I’m grateful to them, and to their audience.

 
   
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On the Radio and online
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For those fans of my grown up work you might enjoy this interview that aired on the syndicated radio show Northern Spirit Radio. It was fun to talk with Mark about some of my songs.

Here's the link to listen to the show:

www.northernspiritradio.org/index.asp?command=showinfo&showid=564069488715

 
   
  Video Tease  
 

In our glacial paced effort to keep up, here’s a little video clip of a piece I just finished writing and am recording this summer. It’s only a tease, and the audio quality needs some work – just a little fun for you to enjoy.

 
   
  Deal for the Summer  
 

 

As I mention on the video, The Battle of the Mad Scientists has long been a favorite of my own children, so we’re offering the cd of the recording this summer as a special treat for ONLY $10!!  It’s a recording I am always getting letters and emails about – many people’s favorite. Link here to take advantage of it!

 
 
 
  Books  
 

I made a pledge to myself that I wasn’t going to get any more books from anywhere – library, store, online – until I read the pile by my bed.

Well… People keep giving me books! And I happened to be in a bookstore. And then I dropped by the library.

Anyway – just finished Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin, which has been by my bed for a year and a half. Mark Helprin is a truly gifted and goofy writer, who also has a great heart. I don’t always agree with everything he says, but hey, that’s good. In this story, the Prince and Princess of Wales are given the task of rescuing the concept of royalty – their mission is to re-conquer the United States, starting with New Jersey. They do, kind of. Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale is one of my favorite books.

I'm currently reading Henning Mankel’s The Man from Beijing. He’s one of my favorite mystery writers. This is a good one.

I’m also enjoying Dancing in the Dark by Morris Dickstein, a cultural history of the thirties. What an incredible period in so many ways.

I’m trying to catch up on my children’s literature, and will have a report next time around.

What are you reading? Email us and let us know (Michele@billharley.com)

 
 
 
  Deb's Books (and more!)  
 

While I’ve been on a reading streak this summer (see books below) I need to start quilting because, this fall, I’ll be teaching a week-long class in English Paper Piecing (the method of hand-piecing quilts that I’ve been enjoying for many years). The class will be held on Ocracoke Island, NC (home of Donald and Merle Davis!) and if you have the time and inclination it would be wonderful to have you be a part of it!  No experience needed – just a love of quilts, fabric and meeting new friends.  Here is the complete information: www.ocrafolkschool.org/classes11/paperpiecing11.htm

My current favorite books -
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson– a GREAT read – wonderful quirky characters and a moving love story.


This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper– a new kind of book for me, written completely from the point of view of the male psyche....heartbreaking and hilarious, and, in the end made me want to read more from the author.


I Still Dream About You
by Fannie Flag – I enjoyed this from page one – if you are a fan of her writing, this is a must!

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy – her newest book which features new characters and beloved characters from her other books – a great read - if you are a fan of her work, you won’t put it down.

 
     
 
  Performances  
 

Upcoming performances include Slater Park (RI), Regattabar (MA), Strings Music Festival (CO), Teton County Library (WY), Farmington Public Library (NM), Westport Town Farm & the Fruitlands Museum (both in MA), and the Martin-Lipscomb PAC (NC).

Please come and see me. I’ve got some new stories and songs and would love to see you.

 

Thanks – have a great second half of the summer.

 
   
 
   
 
www.billharley.com & Round River Productions
301 Jacob St
Seekonk, Massachusetts 02771
800-682-9522 Michele@billharley.com