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Daffodil Optimism 

Its not spring yet, though we've had a few teaser days.  Right now I'm sitting out an ice storm next to Mr Bowlin's Vermont Castings woodstove, with 5 cats and one border collie clustered all around my feet.  I've got the fire roaring and the room cranked up to 80 degrees and it's feeling good.  I was chilled to the bone earlier in the day, working up at my farmhouse, trying to move the stuff inside my poor little hillside barn out of harm's way.  We got several inches of soaking rain the other day, and it was just too much for the retaining wall foundation to handle, and the whole east side buckled in. Can you imagine my disappointment and surprise when I walked in there to grab a tool and saw that horrifying mess.  I am not going to let it get me down though.  I am looking forward to a new music season, hopefully without a virus to worry about or work around, and we already have 3 music camps and a number of concerts on the calendar, with hopefully more to come as details are ironed out from events that have been in discussion.  

2020 was a tough year.  2021 was a tough year.  2022 is starting out to be a tough year, but I am determined to rise above adversity and try to make it the best year ever.   I am so looking forward to seeing the first daffodil blooms on my hillside in front of the farmhouse.  Every year I divide clumps, from my own collection and from my mom's collection, and each year they never fail to disappoint, as each variety takes the stage.  The earliest ones are just a week or so from flashing their bright yellow smiles.  There is something about the daffodils that give me energy and optimism for the season ahead. The daffodil is my role model. They first come during the "end of winter nasties", that time when the weather is so unpredictable and sometimes very unpleasant.  They bloom anyway.  And they keep blooming no matter what. They'll bloom under the snow. You can dump a bag of heavy mulch down, and they will push it up and get through it.  The last warm weather varieties still glow yellow among the tulips and irises, the warmer spring plants. I just love them.  I am going to try to be optimistic, despite all the uncertainties, and despite all the little disasters.  I'm going to try to bloom anyway. 

So as spring approaches, and some great shows and camps, I hope that we will see a few of the friends out on the road, that we haven't been able to see for a couple years.

 

A Year And a Half Later 

My first blog post on my new website was written at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.  No one knew what was to come.  No one knew how long this was going to last.  No one knew how we were going to get through it, after all the concerts got cancelled. It's a year and a half later, and we all know alot more about the virus and its mysterious ways. But those existential questions are still not answered.  We are all still vertical and drawin' breath, still on the right side of the sod, and for that we are grateful.  We have lost a number of friends and heroes in the past year and a half.  Most were elderly, but some were our own ages, a true wake up call, and a couple were younger.  We lost some of our bigger shows this fall, but then we gained a few others.  That's a hopeful sign that the work might trickle back in.  Our concerts are mostly of the more intimate, indoor sort... small theaters where you can actually see folks faces and heckle them from the stage, and house concerts, which are our favorites.  I hope those will start trickling.... like the gentle autumn rain through the tarps on my still unfinished roof. 

Covid ponderings 

These are the craziest of times that we will hopefully never live again, but strangely enough now, after a month or more of "lockdown"  the crazy has become normal.  It is normal now to go out wearing my mask, and my plastic gloves, and to talk to a cashier through a plexiglass shield, and to spray down every can of soup I buy with 70% alcohol.  I dont think a thing about it now.  That's how flexible and adaptable most of us still are.  We say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this old dog can still learn some tricks!!   One thing I have been pondering though, is how this pandemic is going to affect all of us creatives on the tail end of this shitstorm.  I am imagining it will take a long time for everyone to recover financially.  The folks who wanted to buy a tshirt, or a cd, or some cards at christmastime, will now think at least twice about spending that extra money for what seems like a luxury.   There will be venues that will fold, or festivals that will have seen their last gathering back in 2019.  This is all farther down the line and I'm not going to worry about that right now.  What I am thinking about today, as I roll through my list of friends on the FB, is how many of these music fans are still with us? I mean,  many of the folks that like to listen to my music are baby boomer and beyond.  Folk and bluegrass  is that way.  I stumble upon a contact there who has passed on without my being aware.  I am thinking that this virus might be taking out a greater number of the friends than usual.   And the thought of that hurts my heart.  Be safe,  stay at home.  wash your hands, like ALL the time. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Previous events

Date Event Location
Robert Bowlin/Wil Maring House Concert Gordon's Bed and Breakfast, Sparta, IL Gordon's Bed and Breakfast, Sparta, IL
Little Grassy GetDown Music Festival Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, Makanda, IL 62958 Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, Makanda, IL 62958
Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin Concert Gilman House Concert, Albuquerque NM 87107 Gilman House Concert, Albuquerque NM 87107
 — (MDT, UTC-06)  — (MDT, UTC-06) Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring Concert Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House, Ruidoso, NM 88345 Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House, Ruidoso, NM 88345
 — (MDT, UTC-06)  — (MDT, UTC-06) Pickamania Music Festival Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM
 — (MDT, UTC-06)  — (MDT, UTC-06) Wilder Nightengale Fine Art Gallery show, Wil Maring/Robert Bowlin Wilder Nightengale Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM 87571 Wilder Nightengale Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM 87571
Private event Black Range Lodge, Kingston, NM 88042 Black Range Lodge, Kingston, NM 88042
(MDT, UTC-06) (MDT, UTC-06) Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival Camp Stoney at Bishops Ridge, Santa Fe NM 87505 Camp Stoney at Bishops Ridge, Santa Fe NM 87505
Black Range Lodge Starlight Concert Series Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM 88042 Black Range Lodge, Kingston NM 88042
 —  — Desert Night Acoustic Summer Camp, with Robert Bowlin, Chris Sanders, Wil Maring, and Steve Smith Black Range Lodge, Kingston, NM Black Range Lodge, Kingston, NM
 — (CDT, UTC-05)  — (CDT, UTC-05) Robert Bowlin and Wil Maring House concert Springfield, MO Springfield, MO
(EDT, UTC-04) (EDT, UTC-04) Martin on Main, Martin Guitar festival Martin on Main , Nazareth, PA. 18064 Martin on Main , Nazareth, PA. 18064
 — (EDT, UTC-04)  — (EDT, UTC-04) Festival at Johnny G's!!! Johnny G's, Nineveh, IN 46164 Johnny G's, Nineveh, IN 46164
 —  — Kaufman Camp Bluegrass Week Maryville College, Maryville, TN 37804 Maryville College, Maryville, TN 37804
 —  — Sore Fingers Music School Kingham Hill School, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire Kingham Hill School, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Backstage Pass concert series Clemens Fine Arts Center at West KY Community and Technical college, Paducah KY Clemens Fine Arts Center at West KY Community and Technical college, Paducah KY
 —  — Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin at the Maple Syrup Festival Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, Makanda IL 62958 Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, Makanda IL 62958
 —  — Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin dinner concert Carbondale Elks Club, Carbondale, IL 62901 Carbondale Elks Club, Carbondale, IL 62901
 —  — Wil Maring, Robert Bowlin, and Ray Maring Peach Barn Winery and Cafe, Alto Pass, IL 62905 Peach Barn Winery and Cafe, Alto Pass, IL 62905
Blue Christmas Varsity Center, Carbondale IL 62901 Varsity Center, Carbondale IL 62901