Join us for an unforgettable experience with three of the finest singer-songwriters, courageous truth-tellers and radiant voices of our time: Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin & Patty Griffin. This exciting Salon offers a rare opportunity to join intimate craft conversations, life journey interviews and musical performances to explore and celebrate the transcendence of song, memoir writing and living the creative life.
Whether you are a singer, songwriter, memoirist, poet, creative artist or simply someone who just appreciates the power of good storytelling and the transcendence of song (& welcomes renewal on a faraway isle), you will certainly be inspired and enlightened by this memorable Salon experience!
The power of music in our lives is indisputable. Music can awaken a sense of wonder, stir the creative mind, heal the body, enhance the soul, create order out of chaos, connect people together, inspire activism and social good, and help us to navigate our way forward in the world.
The ancient Greeks had deep reverence for music. Orpheus, the founder of music and poetry according to Greek tradition, could move animals, trees and stones with his mastery of the lyre and his words. Plato wrote that “musical sound is given to us for the sake of harmony, which has motion akin to the orbits in our soul.”
The soundtracks of our lives have been narrated by the great singer-songwriters of our age. Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin walk alongside Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and the late Leonard Cohen, among others, as modern poets, bards, troubadours and balladeers who have influenced narratively rich, confessional lyric writing.
This trio of Grammy award winning artists will weave together engaging reflection and conversation on the art of memoir and telling our stories, the heart and soul of the creative process and the nature of personal & profound songwriting.
Self-revealing and socially aware storytelling is mined deeply by all three artists. In their hands, songs surface as mini-memoirs, knitting together poetic imagery, observant literary sketches of everyday life and the interior wanderings of an artist that touch upon universal truths. Judy Collins & Shawn Colvin have also written acclaimed literary memoirs -- Shawn’s 2012 Diamond in the Rough and three memoirs by Judy: Trust Your Heart (1987), Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music (2010), & her 2017 release Cravings: How I Conquered Food.
We hope that you can join us! Limited to 60 participants.
Judy Collins  has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. She was instrumental in making stars of two virtually unknown songwriters -- Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen -- when she turned their poetic songs (“A Case of You” and “Suzanne”, among others) into beloved hits. Judy Collins’ luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
Shawn Colvin  won her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On, in 1989. She has been a mainstay of the contemporary folk music scene ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 Grammy Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for “Sunny Came Home.” Her inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in 2012. With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that characterize Shawn’s performances, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. Shawn was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association.
Patty Griffin  is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Though won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. She was born in Old Town, Maine and resides in Austin, Texas.