Notes From Fans
I’ve had some lovely messages of late from fans and friends regarding some performances by my band. I’d humbly like to share a few here:
“I’m still dancing and filled with your light!”
“I have you to thank for what I am about to do: end ALL public/private criticism and derogatory comments about President Donald Trump. So many of your written/spoken comments focus on love, inclusiveness, and acceptance of others. Facebook, CNN/other news stations, and people on the street (even in church) are ridiculing our President daily. I am fully aware of what the President has said/done that troubles everyone; but I also know that only God can change his heart, so that he will be more responsible to the American people and less concerned about his own image. From this day forward, I will pray for President Trump and his administration. Again, thank you. Sending lots of love to you and your family on this July 4 weekend.”
“I dragged my 16 yr old there….and my fiancee has had her nieces here much of the summer; hasn’t been great or easy but it was awesome to hear you; I am able to relax to your voice ~ thank you…..you rocked it as usual!!”
My heart is completely full up with love and affection for you all! Be well and take heart – I believe Good will prevail, if we each do our best and shine our Light. Want some inspiration? Come to the show of the season this coming Saturday – Summer of Love in St. Louis Park! https://bestthingsmn.com/event/slp-rotary-club-summer-concert-summer-of-love-kevin-odegard-friends-2017-07-29-saint-louis-park-mn.html
More loss – look for the Light!
Yesterday my dear friend and tribal brother in music danced his Last Waltz; as a Facebook friend so eloquently put it, he has joined the great Spirit Song on another plane. Lonnie Knight (http://www.lonnieknight.com/) was a guitar player the likes of which will not be seen again soon – his skills were beyond compare; a songwriter with the uncanny ability to get right into your bones with his story – one moment sobbing, the next laughing; and more than anything else, a humble, kind, loving human being and friend. The love of his life, Patti Patton, needs your warm, Light-filled thoughts right now – she is a force to be reckoned with herself, generous and noble and utterly devoted to Lonnie and his musical life, and thus utterly devastated by this untimely loss. His family (sister Kathy and her peeps), friends (Reid, Glenn, myself – well, you all know who you are), and all lovers of caring, gracious, kind, skillful people – we all need prayers for hope and Light and peace right now. Thank you. I love you.
My Mother is with me always
My beloved Mama passed away almost a month and a half ago. An eternity has happened since, and then again – nothing. I carry her close in my heart as I escape my city to commune with nature and try to understand. She is free and I am grateful; I miss her so, yet I don’t. I truly feel her at all times. Thank God. Because life goes on.
“We have fallen in love with Barbara . If she had a stage door, we would become “stagedoor Johnnies”. Looking forward to the rest of July & August….and August 14.” This wonderful note came via Nan at Alexis Bailly Vineyard (http://www.abvwines.com/index.html) after Imaginary Numbers played there in June. I’m humbled and honored, and bold enough to say that we will return in a couple of weeks – please join us! Check out the HOME page for the calendar. Here’s another sentiment from the same gig: “A wonderful place with great wine. Please keep Barbara and her guys coming on Sundays!”
August will be busy; I hope to see you soon!!! My love to you and yours…
A Mother is a lovesome thing
Spring!!! It has sprung in glorious fashion! At least, it has done here in the Twin Cities. The flowers, the greening, the scent of lilacs, the wacky antics of folks finally free to dash outside at a moment’s notice, no need to find a hat or coat – it is bliss! I always say I like all four seasons – and I do – but in this moment I am quite sure that Spring is my favorite. All the world is bursting with newness and possibility…
As I sit at my laptop (briefly, mind – it’s too lovely out there to remain indoors for long) to check in with whomever might chance across my website, I am thinking of you. Mysterious observers – perhaps someone looking for some new music, maybe one I’ve sent a note to with my web address attached, or a dear old friend or sister who likes to keep an eye on me – I hold you in my thought right now, and I pray that the newness and possibility of life make themselves known to you.
I also think of mothers, in honor of the day we dedicate to them. Especially of my own sweet Mama – a woman of exquisite beauty, infinite patience, and astonishing love. My sister and I adore her completely, and feel we are blessed with the very best mother that has ever drawn breath. Again, though, I hope you can say the same of your own mother! Celebrate her today, tomorrow, and always. She gave you life.