April 3, 2017

With the last day of skiing yesterday at Nub’s Nob (and it was AWESOME), spring is officially here now.  That doesn’t mean we won’t still have some frozen precipitation in the coming month (or even into May)….ah, northern Michigan.  Always a surprise waiting around the corner.

April is always a slow month for me gig-wise, and I’ll be using this month to A) do some long-languishing house projects with my wife, and B) get reacquainted with my computer recording/production setup and dig into new software and plugins for music production, of which I’ve downloaded nearly 200 GB of in the last two weeks.  Looking forward to learning it all, and then applying to several upcoming projects…

Summer is booked.  SOLID.  In the next week or so, I’ll be adding all my gigs to the calendar from now through Labor Day.  And I’m happy to say I’ll be doing a fair amount of “Sip ‘N Sail” cruises this summer on Mackinac Island.  For info on those (and I highly recommend them….they’re a blast!), go to PureMichiganBoatCruises.com for details, dates, etc.  REALLY looking forward to them!

Once again, Big Water Creative Arts, Inc. and Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey are co-sponsoring the 2nd annual “Songwriting 101” for middle school aged kids in the area.  It’s a 6-week class that meets once a week, culminating in a performance of the students’ new songs.  Last year’s was great fun, and the kids did a fantastic job learning the basics of songwriting and getting their creative feet wet!  We’re really looking forward to this year’s class.  There’s still time (as of this week) to register.  Contact Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337, or at crookedtree.org.  Classes start on April 10th.

Big Water Creative Arts has a lot of things happening; we’re in talks with a couple of area schools about our songwriting for teens programs, as well as a couple of area libraries for summer seminars/workshops.  We’re also slated to do a songwriter showcase again at this year’s Festival On The Bay in Petoskey in August, and we’ve got our September Songfest booked at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey as well.  We’ve also got several other things up our sleeve coming down the pike in 2017, but more on those in the coming months.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I’ll be in the basement staring at a screen, plinking away on a keyboard trying out new libraries of sounds and instruments, and waiting for the grass to grow….so I can mow it.  At least I can put the snowblower away until….October?

Happy Spring, everyone!!