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Novemebr 2011

Fall has blown into Missouri. The hills across our valley are covered with fall colors…bright red Oak leaves, orange and yellow Maples, and the white bark of the Sycamores mixed in with the dark green Pine trees. Falling leaves are whirling around everywhere. I’m glad we’ve got some time to enjoy these days and I have time to play with my brand new leaf blower. I’m working on a new song tentatively titled ‘A Leaf Blower in the Forest’.
Mary and I dropped by Peaceful Bend Winery yesterday afternoon for their annual End-Of-Harvest Celebration. There were great wines to taste, a cool band with a cello player, bonfires and Gumbo. Supe, (from Ozark Mt. Daredevils), and his wife Julie were there, so were Chuck and Jane, (from Wildwood), and Ginger Jones and her bunch, (from the tattoo gang).
After hanging out for a while, Mary and I ran over to catch the Daredevils at Wildwood. They’re always fun and it’s hard to beat watching a crowd of full grown people dance the ‘Chicken Dance’? I believe alcohol is involved. Bob was thrilled that they broke our long-standing record for bar sales on Friday night. I’m going to take that as a challenge for next year.
Standing on the front porch as you enter Wildwood is the canoe Mary painted for the Steelville Art Council. There were twenty-two canoes scattered around Steelville that had been sawn in two and then painted by local artisans. On Thursday there was a big auction at Wildwood to benefit the Arts and the bid on Mary’s canoe reached $1,300.00. Wow! Mary’s canoe will be on display at Wildwood through 2012, so check it out next year. It looks like Poco will be at Wildwood in 2012 too!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Wildwood. When America came to Wildwood, Gerry Beckley called Catherine Peek and invited her to the show. It was a really thoughtful gesture. So Friday night Catherine, Mary and yours truly went to the show. Dewey and Gerry introduced Catherine to the crowd and dedicated Dan’s song ‘Lonely People’ to him.
I’ve got a couple weeks to work around the cabin before Jack and I have a conference and a seminar in St. Louis. We’re giving a lecture on the work involved in scoring children’s DVD’s. I think Jack and I have written the music for about eight award winning books that have become Scholastic videos, (thank you Paul Gagne). Creating the music that supports a story being told through animation is a challenge we love. To tell the truth, we’re not exactly sure what we’re going to do at the St. Louis conference, but we do know there WILL be a banjo involved.
Then I’ll head back to Nashville to do some more work on the new DVD. It’s looking more like it won’t be wrapped up until next spring…sorry, but we’re moving as fast as we can. It’ll be worth the wait!
Hope we see you at the acoustic shows in January or February. We’ll have some musical surprises.

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