Happy spring! The tulip blossoms in my rock garden and the tender buds on woody tree branches swell my heart with joy. When I walk by the garage, a sweet, earthy scent entices me around back to admire the lilac bush that has called this place home longer than I have.
I planted a tiny new lilac tree this year, close to the house, a young companion for the elderly lilac tree visible from the kitchen windows. Each year this lichen garbed tree produces fewer leaves and even fewer deep purple blossoms like those shown in the photo above. I hope it lives many more years–enough for the baby tree to grow and blossom. Yet I accept that even lilac trees face mortality, no matter how loving the gardener, and I cherish each amethyst blossom all the more.
My musical life has also blossomed lately. I’ve enjoyed invitations to co-bill with several artists over the past year. In April, I shared the stage with fine artists at the Earth Day and Pete Seeger Tribute concert hosted by JustGoods Listening Room in Rockford, Illinois. See video from that event at my YouTube Channel.
This summer, I have the immense pleasure of forming a duo act featuring my son Caleb Wood, who regularly gigs as drummer for a jazz combo. Caleb, a fan of folk artist greats like Paul Simon and John Denver, will contribute guitar and/or percussion and vocals to our act. We can’t wait to share songs with you!
I am happy to announce a mini Wisconsin tour June 30 and July 1 with renowned folk troubadour Mark Dvorak. These gigs bring me to audiences beyond the Madison area. If you have friends or family around Oshkosh or Burlington who enjoy live indie folk music, please tell them to check out my website.
Friday, May 19, 8pm — Wild Hog in the Woods, Madison Wis.
Wednesday, June 21 — Make Music Madison appearances (Madison, Wis.)
Noon – Lakeview Library
2:30pm – Dane County Regional Airport
5:30pm – Pairie Unitarian Universalist Society
Friday, June 30, 8pm — New Moon, Oshkosh, Wis., with MARK DVORAK
Saturday, July 1, 7pm — The Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine, Burlington, Wis., with MARK DVORAK
Saturday, Aug 5, 8:30pm — Café Carpe, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 9am — Fort Atkinson Farmer’s Market
See the full schedule and more details at kaiafowler.com/shows.
May the flowers, trees, earth, and sky ever connect you with a sense of wonder.
I hope to see you soon!