February 21, 2008
P.O. Box 12078
Cincinnati, OH 45212
We stood outside last night in the freezing air
on snow so cold that it squeaked when we walked
and watched the total eclipse
of the full moon.
(I’ll try not to break into verse.)
The shadow coming across her lunar face was eery, turning her into an overripe blood orange, or a ball-shaped wound that had been bandaged poorly.
Someone thousands of years ago may have described this event as the moon springing a surface leak and slowly flooding with rust-colored water that had steeped in Autumn leaves. A different theorist may have ventured (excuse me please) that the moon was made of cheese.
Or yes, those prone to visions of this world hurling toward some dramatic conclusion would certainly be predisposed to the idea that the moon may well be turning to blood in front of their eyes.
But regardless, there was that fully eclipsed moon over the farm glowing vibrant and weird at 10pm, lit as if from within, turning the sky into a new outer space as if we were looking up from a different planet. And the stars were bright, the big dipper just to the left of the barn, Orion over the neighbor’s field, a swath of spilled milky way across the sky, just because.
The dogs chased each other around for awhile, but we soon had to put them inside – it was just too cold.
Our friend Misty told Karin that cosmically speaking, this eclipse is a Big Green Light. Karin texted back, YOU GO GIRL! and Misty got to laughing up there in Cleveland.
But yes, why not, we’re giving ourselves (and anyone else who could use one) a Big Green Light.
Here we go.
Big Green Light Number One
Our thanks to the best listening audience in the world for the following:
SOLD OUT SHOWS this past month in St. Augustine, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Houston, Austin (2 nights) and Dallas. And great crowds in Stuart, Birmingham, Little Rock and Memphis.
Thanks for a great run, and yes we did get warm, although the memory is distant as we look out now on a still snowy farm with more snow falling. (And a special thanks to all of you who welcomed us back to Texas (finally!) so beautifully. Thanks for the many small gifts and mementos. We look forward to returning regularly.)
Big Green Light Number Two
If you’re able and willing, join us this Saturday, February 23, 2008, in Louisville, KY, at beautiful Bomhard Theater for another warm evening of sultry midwestern cabaret. Our thanks to WFPK, one of the great remaining independent, listener-supported American radio stations, for their help with this concert. Ben Sollee opens. Hope to see you there!
Big Green Light Number Three
We were delighted to receive an invitation from Ani DiFranco to join her on a few weeks of dates in March. Ani is a free spirit who defied the odds years ago by starting her own record label and owning her own music from the start. Her songwriting is juicy, vulnerable and unpredictable, and she’s influenced hundreds of aspiring guitar players with her volatile, unbridled approach to her instrument. We hope you can join us. Pls spread the word.
Over the Rhine on tour opening for Ani DiFranco:
Carnegie Music Hall
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
40 Watt Club
New Orleans, LA
House of Blues
Again, hope to see you!
Big Green Light Number Four
We’ll soon be performing for the first time on etown, a nationally syndicated radio show out of Boulder, Colorado, that we’ve been fans of for a long time. For years, hosts Nick and Helen Forster have been creatively building community and encouraging everyone to live peacefully with our planet. (After all, it’s the only planet in the universe that we know of that teems with life.) Pls join us as a member of the audience if you’re able.
E*town radio show taping with Over the Rhine and the BoDeans.
Much more to announce soon. Pls share this letter with family and friends or anyone who might be interested.
Linford and Karin/Over the Rhine