May 6, 2019


With spring comes renewal, new life, new possibilities.  And so it should be, in every aspect of our lives.  It’s a chance to start over, a shot at reinvention.  Take advantage of it.

On the non-profit front, Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. continues to gather steam.  We’re continuing the work we’ve started at Independence Village in Petoskey, with music classes and performances for the residents there starting up again in June.  We also have adult songwriting classes we’ll be offering through the Bay View Music Festival in August, and also on Mackinac Island later in August, through the Mackinac Arts Council. More on those later….

We’re also hosting our 2nd Annual Big Water Creative Arts Fundraiser/Concert, this time at the Country Club of Boyne on June 8, 2019.  Featured will be Michelle Chenard and I (Velvet Jones), as well as the Big Water Jazz Trio (Chris Bickley, Owen James & Howard Richards).  Tickets are $75 each, and include appetizers and beverages, and seating is VERY limited (about 75 people).  For more info email us at  They’ll go fast, so get your tickets now!!

Along with the whole renewal thing, I’ve recently started performing with The Pistil Whips, with me on keyboards (and a few select vocals).  It’s been a complete BLAST, and these guys are breathing new life into the old man.  Check out the website ( or look for us on Facebook and Instagram.  We’ll be playing more regularly after summer winds down, but a new CD from our performance at Crooked Tree in March will be coming out in the next month or so.  Stay tuned….

That’s about it.  Summer will be here before we know it….and then…..gone.  Make the best of it.  ALWAYS make the best of EVERY moment.  Life is short. Make it a good one.

Peace and love to all.