May Concerts Coming Up Fast!

Dear friends in music and more,
I hope spring has revived a sense of wonder and creativity in your life! I know some of you find yourselves in hard times due to illness, family struggles, or other concerns, and my heart is with you. May the blooming flowers comfort and encourage you. Others of you must be enjoying reasons to celebrate—a birth, a graduation, a success, a good day well lived! Many of us are experiencing both hard times and reasons for joy and celebration all at once. Life is complicated like that. No matter what today holds for you, I wish you well and I wish you good music!

“The tulip returns each spring to bloom, reborn anew from winter’s tomb. My heart also opens to the sky, to the sun, to the warmth, the butterfly!” ( a line from my 2018 song, “You Feel So Near”)

When I catch myself waiting impatiently for the tulip to bloom, I remind myself to enjoy the crocus and daffodils already in bloom in my yard. The air smells so alive right now after the long winter in Wisconsin. I love stepping outdoors!

Update on my concerts coming up:
Friday, May 10 7:30pm  Wild Hog in the Woods (solo concert) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the “Willy Street” neighbored in Madison, Wis. (wildhoginthewoods.org)

Sunday, May 19, 7:30 pm  Peter Mulvey’s Lamplighter series concert with Katie Dahl and Randy Sabien at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wis.  Note: these concerts sometimes sell out. Get your tickets at this link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4172589

Thursday, July 18 7pm  Driftless Books & Music, in Viroqua, Wis., a co-billed concert with the 2019 WAMI Award nominee John Stano

July 31 Farm to Table Dinner benefit for the Rock Co., Wis. RECAP program

Aug 10-11 Shawano Music Festival in Shawano, Wis. – a wonderful music festival in a lovely part of the state. (More details on when I will be performing as they become available.) 

You can always see the latest schedule of my events at  kaiafowler.com/shows and on my Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, please check out my singer-songwriter page. While you’re there, please like and follow me to stay connected. (Search for Kaia Fowler singer-songwriter on Facebook to find my page.)

One Breath album update:
I have been making good progress on my tracks for the album and will soon be bringing in musicians to contribute to the project:

  • I am excited to announce that Milwaukee-based percussionist Nathan Klein–who displays true artistry in working with singer-songwriters–will be recording with me.
  • Also, the marvelous Jeff Mason (Rose Among Thorns and Merry Horde member and solo artist) will provide lead and additional guitar color.
  • Much-loved Madisonian Johnny Widdicombe will be providing stand-up acoustic bass on several of the songs.
  • The wonderful Tricia Alexander will be blowing blues harmonica for “Ridin’ Along”. (Yes!)
  • Finally, Joe Jencks, one of the most popular folk artists in the U.S. (and Ireland), will be arranging and recording harmonies for “Take Shelter in Love”.

I am so incredibly thankful to these amazing musicians for their interest in working with me on this project! 

I am happy to say that One Breath is shaping up beautifully, and I can’t wait to get it in your hands. If you want to pre-order or donate to support the project, please use my Square site at this link:  One Breath album pre-sale and donation campaign site. (It’s a secure site, but you may send a check if you prefer not to use your credit card online. Just include a note about what thank you gift you’ve selected, please!) 

THANK YOU to folks who have already pledged or donated! Your support helps me do more with my music! It means so much to me, truly. 

And thank you to everyone reading this email! Your listening and attending shows makes it possible for me to keep sharing the songs I write with the world. We have such beautiful musical experiences together! I’m so grateful. 

So, “Im coming alive and feelin’ alright” now that the frogs are “singing by the pond.” I hope this email finds you well, too. 

In wonder and gratitude,

Kaia

All The Way benefit album now available!

Buy Kaia’s benefit album All The Way at CDBaby!

At least $4 of every CD sold and $7 of every digital album download sold benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

If you live nearby, email kaia@kaiafowler.com to purchase a CD for $7. Visit my home page to listen to samples.

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“All the Way” is dedicated to the memory of my husband Scott R. Jaeger who died of pancreatic cancer in July, 2013. Scott and I thought up this album in April of 2013. I recorded it in Beth Kille’s studio December of that year. Thank you Beth for volunteering your time and talent to this project! Thanks as well to Michael Mood for mastering the album. And warm appreciation to Scott’s long time friend–my friend now–Jeff Campbell for the lovely album artwork pairing Scott’s photos with quotes he collected in a journal for over 15 years. And to my talented and hardworking designer, Kendra Rowland for adding the finishing touches and designing my logo.

Scott R. Jaeger lived life fully. A professional videographer and photographer, the album cover features some of his black and white photos. For this album, all CD sales will benefit pancreatic cancer research and advocacy and patient support provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network through the Purple Stride Madison, Wis. annual event.

The four songs on the album include “Feel So Much” written early in my relationship with Scott when I felt the full awareness of how wonderful our love was, how wonderful to be living my life with my soulmate as a partner!  “I feel so much,” Scott whispered to me once when we embraced, and a song was born. The album also features two songs written the day after we learned that Scott’s cancer had returned and was stage IV. Those songs, “All the Way” and “Stay With Me,” reflect the knowledge that he had only months to live. They reveal my longing to be in the moment and how difficult it can be to “dance and sing when a storm is blowing hard on you.” The final song, “Where the Water Meets the Land” explores what it means to be alive and how I want to live my life. It was written four months after Scott died. Scott told me that he took strength from places where the water meets the land. I was in a dark place and was out walking and realized that I wanted to capture that strength in a song. The lyrics draw from the teachings of people much wiser than I am, rephrased in my voice and set up to rhyme in the right places.

It is my goal for this album that it make its way in the world to connect with people longing for hope and comfort. Please share so that others may learn about All The Way. Thank you.

~ Kaia