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SINGER-SONGWRITER JUDY FJELL PO Box 1515 Big Timber, MT 59011  judyfjell@mac.com

March 11, 2010

Hi, all,

It's been great to see so many of you as I've been touring and teaching over the past few months. I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy as winter turns to spring in our northern hemisphere. It's been quite a winter in Big Timber, Montana, with lots and lots of ice and snow on the ground. I'll be glad to see the warm weather again and to enjoy the birds as they return from their winter sojourns.

Last year at this time I was on "the trip of a lifetime "to Tanzania with good friends. So many of those memories are still quite vivid, including being charged in our safari vehicle by a bull elephant, watching dung beetles roll their treasures, getting a brief glimpse of an African rock python, singing with the wonderful Tanzanians, and being surprised when looking into the night sky to see Orion straight up above us. If you'd like to see the Tanzanian photos and any of my other photo collections, please visit my mobileme site: http://gallery.me.com/judyfjell#gallery or my regular website photo gallery: http://www.judyfjell.com/gallery.htm

And now, here's a bit of news from my always abundant and busy life . . . some of what I've been up to, and some of what's ahead . . .


Today I am in Medford, Oregon, rehearsing with Crystal Reeves for our concert tonight in Ashland and our weekend concerts in Ukiah and Davis. Details are on my calendar. I'll be joining Nancy Schimmel and friends at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on Saturday, March 20, to help celebrate Nancy's 75th birthday. One of Nancy's great ideas was to make it a fundraiser for solar cookers for Haiti.


I drove to Portland last week for our annual Music EdVentures conference (see musicedventures.org). I am the new President-Elect of the organization and hope to be of service to this group, which has been so influential in my teaching.


Last Sunday night I headed down to Corvallis to lead a singalong. Mountain Desert District UU will be publishing a collection of my original songs and other favorites in a songbook this year. We all had a good time singing together.


I had many musical ventures in February, including a weekend of concerts, workshops and worship services in San Diego, a day of ukulele workshops at the Music Villa in Bozeman, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and leading a UU service "I Still Have Joy" in Billings. Val Muchowsky interviewed me for KZYX radio in Philo on one of her Monday night women's shows.


Writing books is a new and exciting direction. I just finished a new ukulele book - Judy Fjell's Ukulele Beginner Book 1 (GOOD DOG UKULELE SCHOOL). This book will help anyone age 4 - adult to learn this wonderful instrument which is surging in popularity in the United States. It is a small-sized book, just right to fit in your ukulele case!

Pictures from the all day workshop on February 20 at Music Villa in Bozeman can be found at musicvilla.com. A new website devoted to GOOD DOG instruction books is under construction - gooddogukuleleschool.com. It will feature GOOD DOG UKULELE SCHOOL products - books, CDs, t-shirts, etc. and will have free video clips of ukulele songs. Copies of the book are available now for $15, and I will soon have the accompanying CD recorded and ready to add for a total package of $25. If you can't wait til the website is up and running to order, you can write to me at judyfjell@mac.com to place orders.


I'm so excited to return to Brookside School in Willits for a Vo-CE (Voice-Centered Education) workshop with the teachers and children. For more information about Vo-CE, see the Education section at www.judyfjell.com


Our spring Women Making Music retreat is coming up again at the wonderful Bishop's Ranch near Healdsburg, CA. We're all looking forward to music and singing and play with Harmony Grisman, Pamela Stoneham, Irina Rivkin, Debbie Fier, Nancy Ibsen, Sandy Baisden and others. There's still room for new campers, we'd love to have you join us. See womamu.org for details.


Summersing Camp will again be held at Camp Child in the mountains near Helena. Many of us will be returning for music and friendship, and new campers are always welcome! See http://www.judyfjell.com/camps_summersing.htm for details and to download a registration form. A movie about Summersing is for viewing at the bottom off my home page http://www.judyfjell.com/. If you are planning to attend, please drop me a line to help me with planning. We have had quite the time the past couple of years making music and working on the 12 foot puppet goddess SynnÝvei. She welcomes creative input from all who work on her and sing with her. This year we'll be making prayer flags for her processions, including the Cool Water Hula in Butte on July 10.


I am collaborating again with Kristi Hager on a Cool Water Hula event in Butte to coincide with the National Folklife Festival weekend. It is the tenth anniversary of our 2001 Cool Water Hula in Butte (154 people danced while about 160 people watched). The dance is a collective prayer to heal the polluted waters of the Berkeley Pit. For more information on how to join in the rehearsals online and to be part of this extraordinary event, please contact Kristi at kristi@montana.com. You can see a new video of Kristi talking about the Cool Water Hula at http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1307921373434&oid=310421477797

Hope you have a good spring and summer - I look forward to seeing you somewhere on my travels. It's my sixtieth birthday on July 15th so I have a few adventures planned. Keep in touch! Judy



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