Calaveras

 

Happy New Year!

Here we are again, on the brink of a brand new year, with new hope, new zeal, and 10 new pounds of holiday happiness to apply that hope and zeal to.   

Keeping Calaveras going has been a little challenging this year, with about 8 months of chronic cough and vocal gunk for Vickie (now under control), and Bell's Palsy freezing one side of Greg's face for the past couple of months (although his right profile looks great!).  Plus we lost our old reliable home base for trying out unfamiliar material in front of familiar, friendly faces--YellowWood in Danville finally succumbed to the economy.  

But that hasn't stopped us from keeping the flame burning--Vickie's nearly finished an album of jazz-folk (jolk?) fusion songs and is launching a new band into that territory with fantastic performers John R. Burr, Sam Bevan and Mark Holzinger. She and Greg are helping the First Congregational Church of Berkeley pull together and perform weekly music for a new casual, kid-friendly 9 AM service.  Just recently, Calaveras joined the YouTube revolution a little late with a little video Greg put together featuring our best-selling iTunes song, Bad Dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ICKu1lLMeA .  (Numbers apparently count--please view it, like it, link it, rate it--again and again and again!)  Greg also was surprised to find that he has been nominated for a national Pushcart Prize for poetry.  From its website:  "The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections.”  Here's the poem that's been nominated:  http://www.theshinejournal.com/beattiegreg.htm

We hope and expect to get the performance ball rolling again in 2011, and in the meantime we thank you deeply for your support and wish you the best possible new year!

Calaveras

Vickie, Greg and Dave

 

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