From My family to yours
Well the mercury is sitting right at 32 degrees in Seattle today, and I have decided to stay in my PJ's for awhile with a cup of coffee from my new Coffee maker. The kids both have friends over and they are playing with their new toys....Dustin and Truman Smith (Ben's son) prefer a giant cut up shipping box, while Marie and friend Libby are working out melodies on Marie's new autoharp.
New puppy Georgie, the West Highland white Terrier is sleeping next to me. I wanted to reach out to you guys to say what an amazing year 2004 was and how wonderful it was to see your faces again. The sight of those faces will never disappear from my memory. We took on a little more than we normally do, so it took us all awhile to rest up when the tour was over, but now we're all feeling great and are scanning the future for the best way to return when Nancy is once more free from scoring and can join us. We're always looking for something a little different....not just the same old rounds every time. Lots of interesting offers are coming in; all types. Luckily we have smart management to sort it all out. Just let it be said, though, that you will see us in 2005.
With the horrific events in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India etc it is not the time to disappear, but rather to extend a hand. Music warms and supports the world. It is our real job as artists to sing to the world and right now it could really use a lullabye. I hope you all have had a good year, and those who haven't are looking forward to 2005. It's really really important to keep looking forward and looking for those chances ahead. That's what's meant by "keeping your chin up" you know!
From My family to yours, Happy Holidays and a very happy and healthy new year!!
Love, Ann, Marie, Dustin & the pups