UPCOMING SHOWS + NEW VIDEO "TORCH" by Lindsay Clark

Dearests,

I'm very excited about two upcoming shows that I have, one this Friday (2/3 at Beacon Sound) and one on 3/2 (at Holocene). These shows were coordinated with thoughts of sisterhood, community, and activism, and also a degree of facing some fears about stepping into a leadership role and taking on the role of 'organizer.' It's new and it's good, and I have a new song that I'm feeling connected to and ready to share. I've been busy making home demos and working on arrangements for the new record, and last weekend miraculously found a spare day to create a video for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2017. How lovely, it's of an unreleased song called "Torch" (which perhaps you've heard me play live if you've popped into a show recently). I hope your hearts are all holding up in this sad cloud of the world we're under - my heart is with yours and I hope we'll find ways not just to pull through but to make something better, like diamonds under pressure.

Friday 2/3 Beacon Sound
DOORS 7PM $5 Suggested

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Thursday 3/2 HOLOCENE
DOORS 8 PM $10

Watch "Torch" below and spread the word by liking and sharing.

Fall Songwriting Workshop, Tour Dates by Lindsay Clark

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer! I have a few small announcements about what's happening around here. I have some tour dates coming up for the next couple of months, with some local Portland dates in the works for late fall and winter. I'm working on putting together a group of vocalists and harmony singers to flesh out what I love most - harmony. I've never done this live in a real regular way, and it's something my soul has been yearning for for a long time. I'm hope to have that line up set and ready to play in angelic choir fashion for my winter shows. Here's what's happening so far -

August 30th - San Francisco, CA @ Amnesia
August 31st - Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
September 2nd - Nevada City, CA @ FoxHound

October 5th - Monhegan Island, ME @ Monhegan Church
October 6th - Boston, MA @ House Show ***
October 7th - Hudson, NY @ Spotty Dog Books
October 9th - Brooklyn, NY @ Pete's Candy Store

Also, I've designed and created my own songwriting workshop that I am running again starting the first week of September. I did a test run in April and am so excited, as well as a little bit nervous to be running it again this fall. It was so very rewarding both to lead and to participate in and you can find out more and apply via the workshops page. Space is limited so I would recommend registering soon if interested. This workshop is online so is open to you, wherever you are in the world... that's part of what makes it so special.

with all my love, wild foxgloves and summer apples

Lindsay

Summer Solstice, Shows by Lindsay Clark

I've spent the last month in Bali, Indonesia where I had transformational experiences of love, healing, music, dance, solitude, and communion. Bali is a magical island that is also facing a lot of struggle, development, and change... and there is pain there but it also holds an amazing space of devotion, prayer, ritual, and power. I felt and integrated so much during my month there. And now I'm home... I was away from music for a month (so long!) so now, a couple of events that will be coming up in the next weeks.

6/24 House Show Portland, Or w/ Pwrhaus

7/6 Alberta St Pub Portland, Or w/ Arrows in Orbit 

These will likely be my only Portland shows until the fall, when I'll be playing in California and also returning to the east coast for a couple of weeks... so please do come! I have so much new work to share, and will be working on recording my next album for the rest of this year and into next. With much love,

Lindsay 

Workshop, Al's Den by Lindsay Clark

Dear Ones,

Happy Spring Solstice that is almost here for us. Sometimes all the sudden light scares me but I know that I'll adjust soon. I just received news of my first show of the new year which I've been putting off for sometime - April 7th at Al's Den w/ Kevin Lee Florence. I'll be playing songs old and new, and perhaps one or two covers. Hoping to try out my new electric setup... I've been digging through some performance anxiety (a lot) which is the real reason I haven't yet played this year. At a certain point, I came to realize that continuing to perform was not, despite what every expert may tell you, helping me face my fear of sharing my most vulnerable side in front of a crowd. I've been doing some internal work and I hope to show up to this event in the best form I can, being as true to myself as I can.

Also, I'm running my first online songwriting workshop. This has been a dream of mine for a really long time and I'm happy to be setting my feet in the water - I have a lot to share on this process and believe so much in this as a healing transformation. Spark Your Songwriting runs from March 28-April 28 (one month) and you will love it! Cost is $100, and I am offering three spots free and two spots for half price, space is limited (email me if you're interested in one of those). Visit lindsaybethclark.com/spark-songwriting to apply and learn more! Some basic musical experience is helpful / necessary, but the course is intended for all levels of writers.

Going into April, I'm thinking about my birth month and entering a new cycle of life - I'll be 32 and in many ways I feel like I'm rapidly shedding layers of my past. Still, I have to remind myself to respect all those past places and past selves, to honor them as my small spirits/teachers in ever evolving growth. I always feel a special kindredness with the April full moon, they call it the Full Pink Moon - it's the time of seeds blooming, with wild ground phlox scattering the earth with it's first pink flowers. Here (and many places) our first flowers are crocuses.

Happy Sprouting Grass Moon,

Lindsay

Pride by Lindsay Clark

Dear Ones,

I've been working on recording a rough take of this song in my bedroom for the past few weeks and it's finally ready - I'm not a recording genius but it's a good outline for the beginnings of my new record - which I'm happy to report has finally begun to take shape in the writing process, and I'll be ready to enter a studio (or wild forest or coastal diy studio - suggestions?). To be completely honest, I wasn't sure this (or any) future record would ever surface. I've struggled a lot over the past few years with my writing process - feeling blocked, confused, directionless, and also feeling a lot of self-imposed pressure to be great, and to do something eye catching/ear catching. It's been a lot of 'shoulds' - how I should sound, what kind of songs I should write, what people like. I've been too attuned to the outside and not enough to the inside. I had to consciously start feeling my heart when I wrote - I would pose internal questions to myself and had to redirect my energy from my head back down into my (literal, physical) heart center. I hope I'm bringing to the surface more of the raw energy that's required for this sort of thing, the making of something new.  I'm also learning to trust the 'ebb' and that ebbs are not always blocks until you say so.  The song is about dissolving pride, about consciously choosing to soften your heart even when every part of you wants to create a wall - it's so easy to snap closed to the people who hurt us, who can't love us, who disagree with us... but it's also okay to acknowledge that anger is just another form of attachment (and pride = anger) and to say, okay, I forgive you, or if I can't yet I will begin by putting myself in the state of willingness, to be willing.

With Love,

Lindsay