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Where They Grow the Sunshine

from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI by Betsy Tinney

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Happy summer, everyone! I hope you're having a good one so far, with just the right amount of warmth and sunshine.

Until last week, it was still chilly and rainy here in the Northwest; but this week, summer finally arrived, replete with abundant sunshine. And as a result, the plants around here are now growing like crazy! They've had months of generous rain, and now it's suddenly warm and sunny and they are all like WHEE I CAN GROW FASTER THAN YOU CAN. And, because our elderly tractor-mower chose last month to die in a final and unrepairable way, our meadow is now gloriously knee-high in, well, tiny bits of sunshine. (That's our meadow in the cover photo.)

And… I love dandelions, both in their sunshine form and in their moondust form. So, this month's piece is a musical tribute to our meadow, where we now grow the sunshine.

In related news, my beloved friend and improv-partner Geli Wuerzner has moved back to the Northwest! (She's been away since 2018, and I have missed her like whoa. I am so very, very glad she's back!!) We got together a few nights ago to share some wine and improv, and it was as if she'd never left. We did our usual improv thing ("just start playing, and the music will figure it out"), and it worked just as well as ever. (We don't decide on a key or a chord sequence or a melody; one of us just starts playing something, and then the music takes over and we go wherever it wants, and then it decides it's done, so we stop.) This piece -- Where They Grow the Sunshine -- was our final piece of the night. Its languid greens and yellows grow and glow in the warmth of the summer sun, just like our brilliantly blooming meadow.

In other news, our annual summer music event, Music Under the Trees, will be virtual again this year. It'll be aired on August 6 & 7, 2022 -- mark your calendar! More info at musicunderthetrees.com.

I hope the rest of your summer will be full of flowers and sunshine and music!

Warmly, and with bright spots of sun,
Betsy

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from Cello Noodles, Vol. VI, track released June 30, 2022
Violin: Geli Wuerzner
Cello: Betsy Tinney

All music was improvised live by Betsy & Geli
Recorded & mixed by Betsy
Cover photo & graphic design by Betsy

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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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