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Texas Serenade

Dear Friends, Fans & Family....
 
We hope you are having a beautiful spring, wherever you are! Here in the mountains where we live, Mid-April to mid-May is congenially known as "mud season." Which means it's a great time to take a break and get out of town for awhile, at least until things green up a bit and it stops snowing. (Check our calendar for details about our Virginia tour later this month.)
 
We just got home from a great little tour of Texas.....singing, playing, and teaching in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin, where we also got to hang out with some of our dearest oldest friends. Austin, as you have probably heard, is widely considered to be the music capitol of the world. What you probably don't know is that it is also famous for being the allergy capitol of the world, something we learned about first-hand while we were there. But that's another story......
 
And now you are probably asking yourselves what's the deal with the horse photo. Last Saturday night we got to play a special outdoor concert at the horse ranch of our good friends Neil and Patricia Mowles, an hour north of Dallas. As you can see, Jan and Pete the horse are having a friendly little conversation, and JD is subtly maneuvering himself into a safe place on the far side, because hey, that's a big animal, and also there's the issue of dander. (See "allergies," above.)

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But as we were setting up the sound equipment, a gentle little breeze blew in, and the concert turned out to be a grand success, attended by a good number of friends and extended family from Neil's former 60-plus-voice choir at Unity of Dallas, where he served as the beloved music director for many years. We happily shared the bill with Melinda Wood Allen, another sweetheart Positive Music friend, and fabulous harmony singer from Ft. Worth.

As the evening went by, the sun set in the west and a gorgeous full moon rose in the east. As we sang, we were all serenaded by an enthusiastic Texas mockingbird, and the high lonesome sound of a distant freight train rumbling by. (If you're on Facebook, you can watch all or part of the 2-hour show here.) It was a glorious night!
 
As the concert was winding down, we invited anyone from the audience who knew our music to come up and join us on stage for the last couple of songs. At least 25-30 singers squeezed in and sang their hearts out with us.
 
Then at the very end, everyone gathered around the swimming pool, and Neil's choir people sang Peter C. Lutkin's well-known benediction "The Lord Bless You and Keep You," a gorgeous surround-sound drifting out into that beautiful Texas night.
 
Here is a version performed by the Westminster Choir College of Princeton, NJ. We include it now as a special tribute to JD's Mom, Virginia, who passed away peacefully on April 21 at the age of 93.


Love from Jan & JD

 

 

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Easter morning on top of Aspen Mountain

         Upcoming Events

     Click here for details of all upcoming events

• May 18
  
Concert with Sue Riley at Unity Renaissance
  Chesapeake, VA     

• May 20
  
Music & Message at Unity Renaissance
  Chesapeake, VA
   

• May 20
  
Concert with Sue Riley at Unity of Charlottesville
  Charlottesville, VA   

• May 27
  
Concert with Bob Sima & Shannon Plummer
  Annapolis, MD 
                                               
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Stay Tuned!

www.Garrett-Martin.com 





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