Finally catching my breath after finishing up an extremely busy but rewarding week.
I had the great pleasure of hosting a discussion at the 2nd annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival a week ago Saturday with Jon Langford of the great indie-rock band the Mekons along with the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Birch.
Two super smart and super nice guys, we had what I thought was a pretty informative chat about the art of writing a good song. Best of all, Jon & Paul brought acoustic guitars and played a bunch of tunes. Kudos to Lori Coryell at the Ypsilanti District Library for putting on this worthy event!
Last Monday I was honored by the Humane Society of Huron Valley at their Compassionate Feast fundraiser with an Animal Humanitarian Award. I have been a lifelong animal lover, and do what I can to bring awareness to the HSHV on my 107one morning drive program. Every Thursday at around 8:30am I host a Pet-of-the-Week segment, and have had the pleasure of hosting the HSHV’s Walk & Wag fundraiser the last two years. What a beautiful night it was, all for one of the most noble causes on earth.
Last Tuesday I did a live broadcast from the A2 Borders on Liberty St. to celebrate the release of “Live From Studio A2, Vol. 1,” 107one’s first-ever CD of Studio A2 and Studio A2 on the Road performances. I urge you to grab a copy while they last – only $12.99 – so that you can hear exclusive performances by Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Martin Sexton, Bruce Cockburn and many others. The CD is only available at Borders stores in Ann Arbor, Canton, Farmington, Novi and Brighton, and proceeds will go to benefit the Michigan Theater.
To top off the week I fundraised on WRCJ-FM (90.9) this past Saturday morning – my first time there – with Dave Wagner and Dave Devereaux, and that was a total blast. I do have to say, however, that I did not miss having to stay on the air for days and days during a fund drive like I did when I was at WDET!
November’s big event is Bob Dylan’s one and only Michigan appearance this year on the 8th at Kalamazoo’s Wings Stadium — wouldn’t miss it for the world.