February 2004


Dear e-Fisherfolk,

We’re just back from an extremely pleasurable trip to Northern California. Our first day was spent in Santa Cruz. The skies were overcast as we went in for a radio interview in the morning but by the time we finished, the clouds had, “burned off.” We were treated to a springlike day with time to spend walking the streets of Santa Cruz. Ezra was in heaven. There are three really great music stores within easy walking distance from each other. In between music stores, there are used book stores and some really incredible lunch places. Santa Cruz also has a thriving street music scene with plenty of variety. After playing two fun shows at the Kuumbwa Jazz center, we headed north to Winters, CA to play at the Palms for another enthusiastic California audience. After the show in Winters, we kept heading north.

We spent three days in Redding, California doing workshops and concerts. One of the most improbable songwriting workshops found us writing a rap song about the Mars landing with a group of 3rd Grade Suzuki violin students. The kids felt that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star would be a good song bed for the rap tune so about five of the students added their music to the mix while the others sang and rapped.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are?
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are?
It looks like a star but it’s really a planet.
We call it Mars and we take it for granted.
We sent up a rover, it hit the ground.
Maybe some day, water be found.
Water be found? Water be found!
We’ll all go to Mars and we’ll party down.

Writing with young excitable minds is one of the great pleasures of ur work. There’s no way to predict what will come out of these workshops. We hope you enjoyed listening to our NPR Morning Edition segment recently. We’d like to thank NPR for their support. Our newest Cd, “It’s A Puzzle” was featured nicely. Some of you may be alarmed that Keith seems to have shrunk a bit (down to 5’1″) but it isn’t true. He’s just as short as he always was and no shorter. Come out and measure for yourself.

It’s Groundhog Day and it’s trying to snow here in Arkansas. Wind is swirling tiny flakes around and holding them aloft in the foggy afternoon. The trees have become totally indistinct shapes on the other side of the valley. It’s either the fog or Ezra is nearsighted.

Trout Fishing will be performing for the Appel Farm folks in Elmer, New Jersey on February 28th. In the afternoon, we’ll be doing a kid’s concert at 4:00PM and at 8:00PM, we’ll be doing a “family concert,” which will include music for the adults as well as the kids!

Besh fishes,
Keith and Ezra

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