If there is a corrective action, always ride a bike.
A while back I decided to do things differently. I stopped touring in a car and began carrying my instruments on my bicycle. Soon I felt the need to make another change. Instead of performing in traditional concert settings I began building tours around natural spaces, specifically around water. I wanted to give back, build communities, and learn more from the people and places I visited.
Surrounding Water: July 2015
Was a three week circumnavigation of Lake Superior by bicycle with a vision to unify communities through song, discussion, and storytelling. Acting as a charter bearer to the Great Lakes Commons, I used their visionary Commons Charter in my performances as an invitation to a broad and inclusive conversation concerning the state of our fresh water.
- How can we change our stories about water?
- How can we become better ancestors, teaching our children that the health of our water, communities
and ecosystems are interdependent?
- How would our relationship and treatment of water change if we understood it as a shared gift
with tied responsibilities, instead of as a resource to exploit?
- How can we act on behalf of the water as a commons to ensure the perpetual care of Lake Superior?
The Route, The Stops, The Partners
Please check in with my journal for stories from Surrounding Water.
It' All the River: October / November 2014
Was a national music and stewardship based bicycle tour from Minneapolis to New Orleans. I performed along the way at bike shops, farms, music venues, schools and other non traditional spaces linking communities to the river through bicycles, stories, song and poetry.
is a songwriter, poet, father, letterpress printer and adventure advocate. He has released 8 studio albums of original music and 4 books of poetry. The bicycle is his chosen mode of transport for all activities in all kinds of weather. Given the choice he will side with the animals, mountains, trees, lakes and rivers.
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