April Showers Bring Summertime Music to Your Backyard!
Hi Folks - do you want to host your own private Benny Bleu show for your friends and family this summer? I'm currently making plans for all sorts of things this summer and fall. And with many traditional music venues still in limbo, I'm hoping to play for some of you in your own homemade venue! Y'all are my loyal and supportive fanbase and I'd be honored to put something together with you this year. Maybe you have a barn, or a large deck, or you're throwing an anniversary party, or maybe you want to reserve a bunch of camping spots with friends and I'll play by the fireside? Whatever you can dream up, let me know, and I'd love to work something out with you, even if travel is involved because I'll be on the road a bit this summer. And even if you're not sure if it would work, go ahead and reach out with any questions. You can just hit reply to this email.
I'm not done with the audience participation yet! If you're a dog owner please read on: I'm putting together a little music video for a track on my upcoming album, and I need your help! I wrote a fiddle tune called 'Acorns and Hazelnuts' in honor of my dog Hazelnut and her best friend Acorn. What I need from you is about 10 seconds of artsy, up close video of your dog! If you'd like to contribute a video please let me know (just reply to this email) and I'll give a little more info and set up a way to transfer a file. Thanks!
Well I had a really productive month. Spent the first part holed up in a cabin, and I'm glad to say that the complete version of 'Swattin' the Flies' is nearly ready for production. On schedule for a June release. I'll have more info on that next month! For now, enjoy the weather, the peepers, the rain, and maybe the snow. Hope to see ya soon,
Here's a brand new song I wrote called 'Hemlock High'. We've been working up a really sweet arrangement in The Brothers Blue. It was inspired by Hemlock Lake, and fittingly was recorded at the old Hemlock High School.
I've spotted Sandhill Cranes in nearby cornfields twice this year. Once in fall, and once in winter. Prior to this year, I'd never seen one! To see one for the first time is pretty remarkable because they look so unlike any other animal around. Tall and graceful with a red head. I've seen them in a group of 3 both times. According to this map, they only pass through NY during times of breeding. Which is good news if you want to catch one performing a mating dance! They can live over 20 years. Have you ever seen a Sandhill Crane?
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