Tom Kimmel's Spring News-in-Brief

Spring Greetings Everyone! 

Somehow this impossible world keeps turning, and in spite of everything hard and worn, wow, here comes Spring... and a little Spring news. 


CONTENTS of This Newsletter 

1. Two unique streamed shows (with Beth Wood and the Waymores) coming up… 
2. Ireland 2021... was not to be. 
3. TK Poem of the Month: “The Bird” 
4. Recommended: 3 documentaries & a film 
5. Spring Food for Thought (from Dave Chapelle and James S. A. Corey) 


1. Two very special shows coming (June 3 and June 22)… 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 *7pm CDT 
Songs & Stories Presents… 
A Livestream Evening of Words & Music with Tom Kimmel & Beth Wood 
For more info click HERE 
…then click on Thursday “Songs & Stories” in menu 

If you know Beth’s music and poetry, you know what a special artist she is. Not long ago we shared a spoken word evening, and it was a joy. This time we'll mix in some songs. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021  *7pm CDT 
Music My Mother Would Not Like Showcase Series Presents... 
A Livestream Concert with Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Don Henry…(solo and as the Waymores) 
For more info click HERE 

It’s been 5 long years since I’ve shared the stage with Don Henry and Sally Barris. Thank you to Bruce Swan and Louise Baker for the chance to do it again. We’ll each play a short set, then gather around one microphone (bluegrass style) for a Waymores set. I can’t wait! 

*Virtual doors for both shows at 7pm CDT 
**Admission for both shows is free (or donation, if you like), but registration to join stream is required. 


2. Ireland 2021 with yours truly, alas… 

Not unexpectedly, my upcoming 2021 Ireland friends-and-family tour for Inishfree Tours tour was canceled due to lingering Covid-related challenges. It was to be hosted with my dear friend Kenneth Robinson, and I pray we can again schedule a co-hosted tour down the line. 

In 2022 I’ll be hosting another tour that will run July 23 to August 1, and we’ll be exploring Counties Mayo, Galway and Clare. 

For more on all Inishfree Tours, click HERE. 


3. TK Poem-of-the-Month 

The Bird 

Late night, walking the dog, 
no one about 
and we’re breezing along 
in the crisp cool 
of early spring that lasts 
but a few days this far south. 

And there it is 
the little bird 
feet up in the middle of the street 
stone dead and cold 
as we pass by 
then turn around to look. 

It is so small and round 
a chickadee perhaps 
soft brown it appears 
in the street light. 
And can I pass 
and leave it like that? 

So we walk back 
and I pick it up 
by its still soft feet 
and lob it gently 
into the roadside clover. 

Walking away down the block 
I tell Dexter 
I sure hope someone 
will do that for me someday. 
Just get me out of the road. 


4. Recommended: 3 documentaries & a film 

I only recently watched all of these. In case you missed any of them, I can highly recommend. 

The documentaries: 

a. Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins 

b. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice 

c. My Octopus Teacher (2020 Oscar Winner) 

The film: 

Sound of Metal (winner of two 2020 Oscars) 

(As one who is hearing impaired—yes, sadly, I suffer severe loss—this excellent film touched me deeply.) 


5. Spring Food for Thought… from Dave Chapelle and James S. A. Corey 

“Every empire grows until its reach exceeds its grasp.” 

—**James S. A. Corey, author(s) 
**pen name of science fiction writers Daniel Abraham (b. 1969) and Ty Franck (b. 1969) 

“If you look at life through the framework of money you will miss most of the picture.“ 

—Dave Chapelle (b. 1973), comedian, actor, writer 

Till June, Maximum Peace, Love and Understanding,