Robin and Linda Williams: June 2009

Dear Friends,

We've had a good week away from home visiting family. Linda to Phoenix to see her niece graduate from high school, Robin to Dallas to see his parents. We both enjoyed our visits but were glad to meet up with each other in the Charlotte, NC airport on Saturday and fly on home together. It's not often we're apart for that long a period of time and we're not used to it. To tell the truth, we don't like it all that much. But you don't want to hear about all that.

Mowing, mulching and music, that's what we were doing before we left. The pressure was on us to get the late spring chores done and we finished before we left. As well, we went back into "Deep Repertoire" for our appearance on the May 22 and 23 A Prairie Home Companion shows and decided to do some old original songs from over 15 years ago. That took a lot of time as the fact that we wrote them doesn't mean we know them. But we got them together to present to Jim Watson and Chris Brashear and they were solid as rocks with the arrangements on the show. We listened to the re-run of the show on Sunday as we drove home from Washington, DC and the tunes sounded, as they say in Minnesota, "not too bad." Now we'll have some new, old material for our shows. And at first light today, rather - when we walked outside for the first time today (we were a long way from seeing first light) we walked around the place and decided it looked "not too bad" as well. The mowing, mulching and music payed off.

We'll be spending a lot of time this month getting ready for the return of "Stonewall Country," a musical we wrote many years ago. It is a thoughtful and entertaining piece of work about a complex man, Stonewall Jackson, and the Civil War and for twenty years was the corner stone piece at the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, VA. The good folks at the Lime Kiln, after a five year respite, decided they'd like to bring it back for three performances this summer. Rob Mish is directing it and we liked his ideas for this year's production. We're really looking forward to this.

Sights on the road: Felony Hotdogs: Food So Good It's Criminal (from Sally Freedman).

Hope this is a good month for you all. We'll be playing a few gigs, going to weddings, working on music, the usual things we do in June. Keep on the sunny side.

Your pals,
Robin and Linda