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March 2021 News & Notes
It's been a full year since the quarantine began - at least for those of us in the northern half of the East Coast,
USA. So much has happened in those 12 months - nothing, and so much! I can smell the fresh, spring air as the
call of the road builds from a whisper to a roar. For the first time in almost 30 years, I haven't seen my sons in a year and a half. Unfathomable! And so, as I become fully vaccinated and our world opens up to us once more, I will be out among you. Iowa and Texas, friends and family: either come to me or I'm coming to you!
2020 News & Notes
"Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed." -- Howard Thurman
Update October 2020 - If you are still holding your breath, it's time to try another tack. Maybe check out Wim Hof and his remarkably healthful breathing and methods that strengthen mind and body in remarkable ways, especially our immune systems. He's an official badass. We all need tools, especially these days. That is one huge upside to quarantine 2020 - the clarity that comes when life falls through the floor. That ants-eye perspective has made me beyond clear and committed to daily spiritual practice. Without it, my mind and my life get WAY too squirrel-y WAY too often!
This past month has seen some real, live and in person SHOWS on my calendar! WOW!! So much appreciation and gratitude for the people who came out masked and distanced for these gigs. May there be more!
August 2020 - If you are holding your breath, sigh. Push all of the air out until you are an empty bellows. Wait just a second before pulling in a belly-full, then lungs full of clean air harvested from your perch on your deck or in your yard or the woods or just by sticking your head out your bedroom window. Breathe. It's so important. This is a note to myself.
Very little music-related news other than to say that I am finally writing. Assessing what aspect of music-making is best to focus on for the next 18 months - my time guestimate of how long it will be before we can easily sing live, teach in person, and travel cross-country on tour or to visit loved ones. It's a new life, it's a new day. I'm turning the page.
Update May 2020 - I have been living in Arden during the pandemic and hopefully beyond, an artist's heaven in North Wilmington, DE. This return to my roots and the town where I grew up has brought so much love and rightness to my inner world. I am with family, sharing the craziness and wondering what comes next and when. My spiritual community at CSL Delaware is such a blessing. My loving friends the same. Even weekly reaching across the miles via Jackbox.tv to play online games with my kids out west is a beautiful balm. I miss them so much it is a breath-stopping ache. Then I remember that this, too, shall (very likely) pass. OK, yes, my certainty has been shaken. Working on it.
EAST COAST SHOWS
For those in the Wilmington/Newark DE area, I play first and second Sundays monthly at the Center for Spiritual Living Delaware (.com) where I serve as the Music Director. If you consider yourself "spiritual rather than religious", you may find a sweet home with us. Online services with guided meditation, live music and thoughtful talks to take into your week happen here: www.facebook.com/CSLdelaware. #CSLdelaware.
If Spirit-mindedness isn't your thing, click on the "shows" tab to see the calendar. It might be empty,
what with the toll of Covid 19 on live music and vocal lessons, but there are online concerts to enjoy.
One day, we will be in the same room again. I cannot wait.
BUY Sharon's Music Straight From the Artist Paypal.me/sharonbousquet
$15 per CD or 2/$25. Digital albums are $10 directly from us here at Love Buzz Music. Sharon's discography (titles with an asterisk* are available both digitally and as CDs): Ricochet*, Temple*, How Spirit Sings*.
Earlier gems available in digital form: Mirror, Mirror; Stormy Heaven; Live in Texas.
Single songs are $1 each as an enhanced digital download.
2019 Nutshell: Moved from MD to the DE beaches for love and a beautiful life. A lot of both came true. Photos
of life at the beach are seen throughout this site, and are available as prints.
2018 Nutshell: Moved from PA to MD for a year of life on a small farmette. Sweetness and one mischief goat.
Played fests and fairs, house concerts, wineries and churches in the tri-state area and the Midwest. Music festivals and SisterSpace in the fall, where this happened:
SisterSpace Nominates Sharon Bousquet for the Inaugural Virginia Giordano Memorial Fund
Here is what Jo-Ann McIntyre, SisterSpace Board President, shared with us about Virginia and the fund:
"Virginia was one of the most prolific producers of women's music. She shaped the women's music movement in NYC and beyond. Her influence on local and national artists and the music scene was incalculable. Since her untimely passing in 2014, there has been a wish to create a foundation or fund that would help to continue her work and honor her legacy. We are finally able to bring that dream to fruition in conjunction with the Virginia Giordano Memorial Fund and SisterSpace Weekend Women's Festival.
I am grateful and so appreciative of Virginia's work over many years, of SisterSpace for providing women-only spaces that create community, offering opportunities to share our complex and fruitful lives with one another. Thank you!!
Quote of the Moment:
"It is so often true that the hands of the almighty are found to be working
at the end of our own arms..."
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