Dear Friends, Fans & Family...
Spring is on the way, and with that hopeful turn of events we are launching our new website! www.Garrett-Martin.com
We have been working diligently on this new design for a couple of months now, and we hope it will make it easier and more pleasant for you (and everybody you know) to find out more about us & our music, and everything else we offer. We thank our very patient and competent web master Sue Winters for all her excellent work.
This new design is very grounded and straightforward, lots of content and lots of photos. We have tried to make it easy to navigate, and a welcoming place to hang out. Please enjoy and peruse at your leisure. Here are a few highlights:
• On the HOME page you will find a continuing slide show of our favorite home town aspen groves, with the option of silence or Jan singing a cappella.
• The ABOUT US page has our fun “Golden Pipes” slideshow in the upper right column.
• The NEWS page gives you access to the latest happenings, plus Jan’s new stories, and our past newsletters, which includes photos and free music.
• The MUSIC STORE is set up so you can hear samples of our songs and read lyrics at the same time….making it easy to purchase all our products quickly and with minimum effort.
• A lot of people have told us they love the LAUGH TRACK, so we’ve made it available on every page, toward the top of the right hand column.
We hope you love our new baby, and that it will serve you well. As with all our creative projects, the process for us has been wonderful and horrible, but mostly wonderful. We hope we’ve done it right. It helps us to remember that this website is ultimately for you, not us.
A word about creative endeavors in general: It’s a risky business. Always. Doing something creative means you are venturing beyond conventional boundaries, expanding into uncharted territory, aiming for the very best outcome while simultaneously exposing yourself to criticism, ridicule, or obscurity (not necessarily in that order.) In short, it’s that hot sweaty (familiar) feeling of possibly making a colossal fool of yourself in public, and maybe investing a lot of time, money, and energy in something that may or may not pay off in obvious ways. Or, on the other hand, you may be part of changing the world in a good way.
We’ve just heard about a 12-year-old boy from California (Shubham Banerjee) who has invented a braille printer out of Legos. Traditional braille printers can cost thousands of dollars, but Shubham’s “Braigo” model costs just $349. He has put the instructions free on the internet so anyone can have access to his plans. When asked why, he said he just wants to help blind people.
I remember years ago Deepak Chopra saying that the strongest question is not “What’s in it for me?” but “How can I help?”
We love author Brene Brown and her work on the power of vulnerability, the human ability to empathize, belong, and love. She knows that’s where the creative juice lives. Her wonderful book “Daring Greatly” uses this quote from Teddy Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again. There is no effort without error and shortcoming. The credit goes to the one who actually strives to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions. That person spends himself in a worthy cause, and at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement. At the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”
The language is a bit old fashioned, but the support for innovation, art, and soul never goes out of date. As always, we are sending you love and encouragement, knowing that in the very best sense, we’re all in this together.
Love from Jan & JD
Click here for details of all events
• March 23
Music & Message at Center for Spiritual Living Fremont
• March 26
Concert at Community Congregational Church
• March 30
Music & Message at Unity of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, CA
• April 20
Music & Message at Music City Center for Spiritual Living
• April 25
Concert at Thistle Stop Cafe
• April 27
Music & Message at Unity of Birmingham