Feb 02, 2012

February here we come!

Hello Friends and Happy February,

Snow is finally falling here in Michigan and the farm is beautiful this time of year. When we\'ve been home, we\'ve enjoyed our cozy nest and also venturing out to play in the winter wonderland. And then the snow disappears again... interesting winter. For this winter\'s occasion, we would like to offer you a thawed out version of one of May\'s Snow Songs, our new African-influenced arrangement of \"Don\'t You Know\", from our \"New Flower\" release concert at the Wealthy Theatre on 11/5/11. Click here for FREE MP3s and thank you dearly for supporting our musical livelihood.

January was a busy month and a great start to 2012. May\'s sister Anne Erlewine gave birth to the newest member of the family! Emma May Lee was born on January 16th at 4:40am. Anne and Emma are both doing really well and proud papa Michael Lee and brother Lukas are happy as can be. It is a very special time for the Erlewine and Lee families as they celebrate this new life together. Welcome to the world Emma!

Coming soon! The as-yet-untitled 2nd installment of our Ethiopia-inspired musical adventure! Seth and Ian Gorman are almost finished with the mixes of these unreleased songs that were written in Ethiopia and recorded in Michigan last year. We\'ll keep you in the loop and let you know when we arrive on an official release date.

Seth and May on PBS:
The PBS show Roadtrip Nation has been using a few of Seth and May\'s songs for season eight! The episodes are streaming online.

And our episode of WKAR\'s Backstage Pass is airing very soon! We went into the studio last year and performed a concert with Dominic John, Joshua Davis and Michael Shimmin that was filmed and produced for PBS. We had a great time with the Backstage Pass team and we\'re excited to see how the show turned out! Our episode premires locally on February 2nd and is syndicated globally on February 3rd.

And NPR, too:
Tomorrow we will be taping an episode of \"All Things Considered\" for Michigan Public Radio featuring \"New Flower\" CD|MP3 , to be streamed and aired soon.

We\'ve got some great shows this month, including some rare solo performances from May and Seth. May will be teaching a songwriting workshop and performing a set of her songs at the Cooper\'s Glen Music Festival, backed up by Seth and Brennan Andes on bass. She will be presenting some of her oldies as well as some brand new songs. Seth will be playing a batch of solo shows throughout Michigan and traveling over to the windy city for a couple of shows while May goes into the studio to record a new album!

Looking ahead, we\'ll be traveling out west in March for another residence in the Portland area. We\'ve got some great shows booked out there. Let your west coast friends know we\'ll be playing nearby! Check out all of our tour dates to the right for more information.

The Run Across Palestine is happening from February 4th-February 8th. We\'re super excited to support On the Ground\'s new adventure supporting organic olive farmers in the west bank. Everyone on the trip will be working to bring their experience home to us every day. Go to http://onthegroundglobal.org/projects/run-across-palestine/ to follow the run and join in the journey. It\'s an amazing opportunity for us to witness this inspiring group of Michiganders team up with parters in Israel and Palestine to run for fair trade. We can watch and learn from the beautiful people in Palestine and share in the profound experiences that will undoubtedly open our hearts and our minds. Our bandmate Joshua Davis is the musical ambassador on this trip! He will be blogging daily on www.joshuadavismusic.com and coming home with new sounds and songs.

We are writing and recording a good amount of new sounds and songs here at home and look forward to sharing them with you. Thanks for your continued support and encouragement. We hope our paths cross soon and until then, take good care!

May and Seth

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The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.

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