Tara Jones & Friends

Songbook

When a call for artists went out over a neighborhood email list a few months ago, I responded with an offer to host two day-long house concerts during what was to become Art in the Hood. My offer was enthusiastically accepted and I immediately sent out my own call for musicians. I couldn’t be more  delighted by the response I received and am so very excited to spend a weekend listening to the music of this diverse group of musicians.

As for me….

I love to write music. I love to sing.

For most of my life the songs I have written used other people’s words for lyrics.

Religious texts
Shakespeare
Yoga Music
Lines from a play

Baker's Dozen

Then, several years ago, I wrote my first love song. Years later I wrote a dozen more and put them all together to create my CD “Baker’s Dozen”.

This past year, I made two decisions that have expanded my singing/music repertoire even more.

To celebrate turning 50 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a night club singer by singing a short set of jazz standards first (a cappella) at an open mic and then with Paul Biondi’s great jazz quartet at Mac’s at the Vet’s Club in Eugene. I will sing a full set of such songs (with a couple of my own thrown into the mix) with piano accompaniment on Saturday.

To recreate the wonderful experience of collaboration that I enjoyed when recording my CD, I put together the band that will be performing covers of folk, rock and pop tunes as well as a couple songs of my own on Sunday.

I find great joy and inspiration in music, in singing, in song-writing, in performing with other musicians. I hope that you will enjoy hearing both the songs that I have written and the songs I love to sing.

In addition to the artists whose studios are part of the art walk I have invited Margot Lovinger and Deborah Herbert to exhibit their beautiful creations at my home to be viewed (and purchased) by those who attend the music performances.

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Margot Lovinger

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Deborah Herbert