After we left Minnesota, I spent a few days driving East and a few days settling in to the Blue Mountain Center, where I am extremely grateful to be for another 3 weeks. I have a ton of stuff to edit, and will start posting soon, but I want to start with an acknowledgement of the folks that made this all possible.
First the McKnight Foundation, working with American Composers Forum funded this project, and the ACF has been really helpful connecting me to various folks. Especially in St. Cloud and Fergus Falls, which were both fantastic. There is a picture here with Bill, Laura and Kris at the office in St. Paul.
Next I want to thank my dear friend Marian Moore. I met Marian when I was in 9th grade and she was in 8th, in Washington D.C. We have been friends ever since. She has been incredibly generous in letting me stay at her home in Minneapolis, and in contacting all sorts of friends, and this is a person with a LOT of friends, and lots of connections were made. I have been joking that I should say. “21 pianos” supported by Marian Moore with additional support from the McKnight Foundation.” Obviously I am joking but I honestly don’t know how it could have ever happened without her, something I should have thought of ahead of time!
A picture of her, off to the woods with kayak and car. Also a picture on her porch of our friend Jearlyn Steele, who I met through Marian, and with whom we collaborated with on Robin’s record, Rockabye. It was great to see her again, and I hope we make music again in the future.
Finally, when I was first there in June, an old friend from D.C. was visiting Marian as well, Cate Whittemore. She is a painter, and as we talked about the project she drew this wonderful map for me.