December 15, 2016

I’m currently exploring ways to find a balance between all of my dance/music activities and the rest of my life.  There are many things I want to do; woodworking, gardening, hiking, camping, exploring, traveling.  Since 1990 I’ve been calling dances and I’ve loved it.  I’ve met amazing people and enjoyed working with incredibly skilled musicians and fellow callers.  But these days, I’m feeling as if I need to leave some room in my life for things I’ve put on hold for the last 30 years.  Something’s got to give; I’ve known it for a long time, and I’m finally going to do something about it.  I don’t really know how to do this properly, but here’s what I’m going to try.

Contra dance calling: I’m only going to take local (Portland) gigs and a select few gigs in surrounding communities.  Dance camps on a limited basis; like two per year.

English Calling: I mainly call locally anyway, but I’ll continue local calling and taking out-of-town ECD gigs as they come up.

Joyride: I’ll continue playing with Joyride as our schedules allow.

Fine Companions:  I’ll continue playing with Fine Companions as our schedules allow.

So, really, the only big change for the time being is that I’m going to be pulling back on my contra dance calling.  That includes weekends and camps, although I’ll still do some.  Feel free to ask, but please don’t be put out if I turn down your gig.  It’s got nothing to do with you and everything to do with how I see myself living out the next 40 years of my life.  I hope you all understand.