It’s time to go back to one of our favorite places on the planet – North West Arkansas … yeah, you read it right … Arkansas. Some of the most beautiful mountains and funky little towns (I’m talking about you Fayetteville and you too Eureka Springs and probably a few others we’ve yet to discover) and the nicest folks you will ever have the pleasure to meet. Do yourself a favor and visit sometime.
We discovered this area of the country when my wife Esther and I first attended a songwriter’s retreat hosted by Jack Williams and Donna & Kelly of Still On The Hill. We had such a great time, we’ve been back three more times since – one of which was during our honeymoon. Yeah I’m a romantic – thankfully Esther has the same romantic sensibilities as me! Arkansas may not be Paris … but it’s pretty darned wonderful … to us anyway.
If you are an aspiring songwriter at any stage of your journey – written many songs or have only dreamed of writing a song – this retreat is something really special and I highly recommend it. Jack, Donna and Kelly are the most encouraging and gently challenging instructors you’ll ever come by. You’ll learn tons and you’ll laugh a lot! It’s held at the Wattle Hollow retreat center. Just being on the grounds of Wattle Hollow might change your life – the place itself is alive with a creative and peaceful energy – due to the amazing spirit of it’s creator – Joy Fox. And then there’s fooooood! Delicious (and healthy) … but delicious fooood – served with love by chef Tuesday. I’m tellin’ ya … ya gotta get down there.
Just before the retreat Esther and I will be playing a house concert in Fayetteville on Thursday May 16th. We are honored and pleased as punch to be hosted by noted Arkansas singer/songwriter Emily Kaitz. I’m told there are only a few spots left, so if you’re planning on coming, please email Emily at email@example.com for reservations and for address information. Potluck @ 6:30, concert @ 7:30.