It’s All About The Giving

While searching for tips for singers on proper care of the voice while on the road, I stumbled across a wonderful article simply titled, Natural Healthcare, Singers And Musicians. The information-rich piece offers strategies for combating the a variety of highway hazards for touring troubadours. After you check out the article visit its host site, www.blues101.org.

After you read the article, check out the incredible host site that has at its heart music as an annual act of charity through one major music event, The Endless Mountains Blues FestTM. The site contains a true treasure chest of all things blues, including its rich, living history; festivals, record labels, styles, radio, contract and promotion information, and there is even an online store with classic rock and jazz offerings along with the blues.

Must Read Articles

The variety of articles housed on this bluesy Pennsylvania-based site resonates in the spirit and soul of every singer, songwriter, and musician of any genre, be it roots-based, classical, eclectic, shape-note gospel, or bouncing off the walls around a different drummer’s heart. Your style is not a barrier to the working wisdom you’ll find at this site. There is tons of valuable, straightforward info on getting booked, starting a band, details on finances, stage persona, venue vitality, with lots of music links and much more.

Gifts For Giving

It is the Charity Through MusicTM theme that captures the imagination of the visitor and serves to inspire, encourage, engage, and invite you to give of your gifts. In its first year (2001), the festival presented its proceeds to the New York City Fireman’s Fund.

Since then, several other charitable organizations have benefited including the Children’s Miracle Network, Make A Wish Foundation, Disabled American Vets, National Childhood Cancer Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Women of Blues Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

The site also shares a poignant, often quoted observation from the late, legendary musician, singer-songwriter, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan died in August of 1990 at age 46 as the result of a helicopter crash while on tour. His later years were devoted to the power of healing, recovery, and honoring the gift of life with his music.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

“I think I’ve got something special to say with my music. But I have to keep these things in perspective, because they’re gifts. It’s all a gift… and I have to keep giving it back, or it goes away. If I start believing that it’s all my doing, it’s gonna be my undoing. I’m committing myself to doing the most I can with the gifts I have, so that they do as much good as possible.” -Stevie Ray Vaughan

Connect The Circles

Contact the founders (Mary Hyland, Mary Perry, Thomas Perry) for ways you can help support the cause and become more charitably focused as you reap the rewards of your singing success. You can reach them via email at [email protected], or you can contact them at: Endless Mountains Blues Fest, RD2 Box 355, Dalton, PA 18414.

Make sure you bookmark the site and revisit it from time to time. Encourage your friends and fellow artists to do the same. This is a vital arc in your circle of connections.