Welcome to fall! Northern California is getting its first rain of the season tonight, but I'm not there to see it. I'm on a songwriting cruise in the Caribbean! Seven days, with stops in Jamaica, Cozumel, and the Grand Caymans!
I spent the second half of September at the West Coast Songwriter's Association's annual conference in Los Angeles, teaching at the NSAI Songposium in Nashville, and performing at a few schools and clubs in between. Next on the agenda are more schools and concerts in Texas and Nebraska, then, after a few days at home, Canada! After that, 2 weeks in Schools in Indiana, then schools in New Jersey and Las Vegas. After that, I'll have a few weeks to rest before my tour in January with Craig Carothers and Don Henry. Check the schedule here to see when I'll be in your area!
Some of you may remember our dog, Sparticus, that we got at the Rocky Mountains Folks Fest when he was just a puppy. After 13 wonderful years, he is nearing the end of his life. It's a sad time for us. A friend sent a wonderful story to try to ease our pain. I don't know the author, but I'm copying the story here for you to read. Get the kleenex ready!
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....