Sunday, July 18, 2010
Summer vacation has meant music and travel again. On the first day I headed to Jim Thorpe, PA to see Todd Snider, then home for a day before heading out on my bike for the Great Blue Heron Festival (see July 2009 to the right) and most recently to New York City and Montclair, NJ. Natalie Merchant, an old companion who used to sing on the school bus back in Westfield (New York that is) was opening her US tour in the current town of other friends from Westfield, Sue and Brian Collins. Natalie is promoting her new album, Leave Your Sleep which features over 130 musicians and songs of poetry she has put to music. On the cd and in her band are two of my favorite musicians and fellow Ithacans, Judy Hyman and Richie Stearns, from The Horse Flies. So I took the Cornell Campus-to-Campus bus to NY, visited with an Adirondack winter camping buddy, Glenn DiBiase, stayed with Sue and Brian in Montclair with their boys Walter and Harlan, and enjoyed a couple of days walking around the city.