Dear Friends, Fans & Family...
JD and I have just returned from 2 weeks of events in Kansas City and Columbia, MO, green springtime destinations we hand-picked 6 months ago knowing it would still be snowing in Colorado. (And it was.)
We love diving into the Great American Heartland to sing and play music, because the people there are so enthusiastic, supportive and receptive. Also, there are quirky little areas you might not run into if you stick only to the big metropolitan cities.
For example….towns like Peculiar Missouri. Of course we had to veer off the interstate to check it out, and were delighted to find this sign honoring the town’s business of the month. We can only imagine what might have happened to the girls voted Peculiar Prom Queen by their high school classmates over the years.
In between gigs, JD and I had a couple of days off, and decided to head a few hours south to visit the Ozark Mountains. The tourist brochure suggested that we bring along lots of insect repellant for the mosquitoes and chiggers, and to watch out for poison ivy along the hiking trails. So we limited our sightseeing to the inside of the car. But we were pleased to find this great little convenience store named after the state insect, and advertising beer, which you might need if you got into the poison ivy.
We eventually made it to the historic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which is somewhat famous for its ghosts. It used to be a lawless Frontier town of saloons, gambling, and brothels back in the 1800’s, with lots of murders, etc. Then, later in the 1920’s, it became a popular health spa….until a young girl was said to have thrown herself out of the 6th floor window of the fanciest downtown hotel, and after that, business slowed down.
The aging hippie (her words, not ours) running the Tommy Bahama shop in town assured us that the disembodied spirits in the original downtown area were, for the most part, harmless. (We were hoping for 100% harmless.) So we took a nice stroll through the old Victorian neighborhoods, snapped a few photos, and headed back to Kansas City.
Back home in Colorado, things are greening up now. We will be playing at Unity in Denver this Sunday, Mother’s Day. Please join us if you can, because that will be our last out-of-town event for a couple of months.
Thanks, as always for staying tuned.
Love from Jan & JD
Click here for details of these and all coming events
• May 8
Mothers' Day Music & Message at Unity of Denver
• July 24
Music & Message at Unity of Gaithersburg