Hope this end-of-the-tour event runs smoothly for you on Saturday night. We
have just returned from Maui ourselves after being there for two weeks
working at a Basketball Tournament over in Lahaina. I checked into your
site to see how things were going and saw that you'd done yet another
marathon drive through the Southwest- one of my most favorite places on the
planet. Hope it was a good experience for you there.
Sending much love your way. We were so happy to get home to our house and
our lonely cat. Cold outside but beautiful. All the best to you and yours-
Aloha, Rose and Arrow
|Aloha Alicia: The look on your face at the Kona Borders bookstore Nov. 24th when we shook hands again after 30 years, told me that you couldn't place our names or faces. Very understandable. We were not main players, but rather on the edges of a lot of things. in 69' we had the dome down on Salmon Creek where it meets the ocean past Bodega Bay. Joan, who was an early Wheelerite, and I and the kids were frequent visitors to Star mountain - I was the carpenter who built Moses' first abode there with Tall Tom & Slippery Elm. I also played conga behind you and Stevie in a few Russian River dives..." You can't stop the wheels of change.." My favorite was " I just want to testify to what your love has done for me..." We moved to Maui in 70' and were part of the Vineyard Tavern milue with Gaylord, Ward Taylor, Charlie (of violin fame), and eventually the Gospel Truth Choir. "Duffy" AKA Delefield Cribben, was a crime partner of mine, and Lou Gottlieb visited with us in Volcano when the Limelighters made a pass thru the islands. Maybe these images will help revitalize the memory bank. It was so very warming to see you and hear that clear sweet voice again. The years vanished, and we were all younger and thankfully not wiser. I started thinking of bumper stickers: Old hippys never die, they just rollem' smaller - Old hippies didn't fade away, they just waited till their kids grew up to start doin' it again - I loved your idea of a signing tour/ touch old friends journey... Should make another great book. We sail between the islands occasionally and will let you know when we next drop anchor off Maui... All our Love and Aloha, Sam & Joan|
|REMINDER FROM RAMON SENDER:
meaning to let everyone know that I'll be performing with
Guess what? I
finished reading Iris' book [Scrapbook of a Taos
Hippie by Iris Keltz]
P.S. Just noticed that you did a little review of
Iris' book. I gave you a "yes" vote.
|hi again Alicia!
i will literally be thrilled when i open up my mailbox and see that CD inside. i
completely admire your talent and the way in which you've conducted your life.
and, well, i hope my write-up/review will help a whole lot of others find out
about the music portion of your life.
the entire All-Music Guide database is online at www.allmusic.com, but it is so
much more than that. i'm not even sure how i lucked into writing for them since
i was a fan way before any of this professional writing stuff transacted.
anyway, AMG originally began putting out big thick print guides (i think the
first edition, the one i endlessly thumbed through as a teenager and from which
i received my initial musical education, came out in the early 1990s) that you
could and can find in almost any bookstore. now there are even separate guides
for jazz, country, folk, blues, etc. it is generally considered the premier
storehouse of musical data. but enough of that...
how is the book tour going? i had a little spare time the other day and i was
glancing around at some of the letters you've received the past couple of
months, and you really have some loyal fans! your book seems even more popular
today than when you originally released it, too. that's wonderful, on both
counts. i will definitely be taking a hike through the rest of your site when
okay, i should leave you alone for now, but i hope you don't mind if i keep in
touch in the future, and see how everything is going. and, well, i'm looking
forward to seeing the CDs of hawaiian and jazz/blues, songs, respectively, come
out. i have to hit the road, and it is something like single-digit degrees out.
i don't suppose you ever have to deal with that on the island. best wishes, and
Congratulations on publishing the revised edition of Living on the Earth!
It fills me with such joy to see that familiar cover out and on book
shelves. While I am only 22 years old, I have grown up with the first
edition of your book- using it as a guide for rainy day projects for myself
and my younger sister. The book was my mother's, and I just loved that she
had such a progressive, fun and useful book. It gave me ideas for projects
that have since turned into fond memories of candle-making, sewing and
cooking. I was also wondering if you had any advice about publishing
written works, as I a have actively been writing poetry and short stories
for a few years. I love writing and drawing and will continue to do it all
my life, but I want to spread my ideas and thoughts. I am grateful for this
opportunity to write to you. Thank you for your art and inspiration,
|aloha Alicia! hope all is well with you.
i can hazard a guess that you aren't
getting all the snow that we are right now, but snow is a good thing, as far as
i'm concerned, unless you have to drive in it. anyway, i just wanted to make
sure you knew that _Music from Living on the Earth_ has arrived in my box. thank
you again for sending it & i really am looking forward to writing about it. i've
listened to the record a couple times already & it is truly wonderful, truly
refreshing and pure. the fingerpicking on "Chard & Chives" is fabulous (in fact,
the guitar playing throughout is expert), and "Hang Out & Breathe" and "Mandala"
are already favorites, but the whole is lovely. it reminds me a little bit of
Peter Coyote's similar recording of former commune songs, about which i also was
also lucky enough to write. i must say, the 40 voice "In the Morning" is
transcendent. i think you may have a gospel-ish type album in you. are you
holding out any more songs from this period? (perhaps a Vol. 2?) a fellow can
hold out hope, right? regardless, i DO hope i have the privilege of writing
about your upcoming albums when they are finished as well. anyway, i just wanted
to make sure you knew the CD was here & already being devoured. on that note, i
will let you go for the moment. how do you say Merry Christmas in Hawaiian? good
karma & health,
(Stanton Swihard reviews CDs for an on-line magazine at www.allmusic.com)
I hope you have recovered from your book tour. I
read bits and pieces of your travel diary up to the
point you decided doing it and touring were too much
to do at the same time. Smart move.
Best wishes for happy happy holidays and a properous
(David Hatch lives at Wheeler Ranch, where I wrote Living On The Earth)
|hi darlin.... so good to hear from you.
is your tour still going?
I loved reading the reports on the site.
just wonderful for us all.
I'll send you under separate cover some writing I did about landing
here in Espagne.
Constance Demby (currently based in Barcelona!)
|Kim Cooper, editrix of Scram, the
first 'zine to be picked up by Hearst, advised her
readers as follows:
|Thank you, I didn't expect to hear from
you. Since I have just published my first book, I'm
taking to heart your comments. I had been playing
with the idea of a book tour, but it sounds like the money might be better spent in magazine advertising.
I bought a copy of your book because I saw the review Skip had done for you on the 'hippyland' website. He's promised to review my book as well.
It is through his link to your website that I have been following yourtour and enjoying the journey. I found it to be inspiring and filled
with light. I've been thinking about you question of charging for the tour. I don't know how much traffic your site is getting and I know you
have products you are selling as well but I don't get a feeling that the tour would bring in that much income. Is there a possibility of joining
some of the New Age conventions, as a speaker? I believe there would be an audience for you. I would pay to hear you speak about your experience
that lead to the writing of the book and what it's done for your life.But these are only my ideas and I'm about to find out for myself.
My book site is: http://themessenger.hipplanet.com/#David
By best always
Alicia Bay Laurel wrote:
It all sounds wonderful. If you book it they will come.
|" Rain falling down, how the drops
fill the air..." We have had the most
gorgeous rainy, cold day today. Perfect for incense, music, and painting! An
absolute blissful, peaceful day. I listened to your cd while I painted
today...I don't ever get tired of it. Thank you for making it! REALLY!
It is really a beautiful piece of artwork, Alicia.
Everything is so perfect. I listened to it again ,several times today (when I
finally got dressed and began to work on my paintings again) and it just
frees me. Cheryl and I both just love it more and more, everytime we play it.
You probably hear it all the time, but....your voice is truly beautiful and
you play the guitar with incredible style. you are blessed.
I can't wait to hear your new Hawaiin cd,(when it is available). Now you are
only a few weeks away. Very cool.
Your art prints are beautiful. We have Zephyr hanging
over our bed.
Love, love, love
It's been so nice seeing you re-emerged in the public light this year, and the new edition of the book really ROCKS!
Keep it up, and have a great time in Year One!