Recently on a trip to Ruidoso, NM to visit my 5 year-old daughter Grace's grandma, I got to experience again the magic of forts in the woods. We don't have a TV, so often trips like this staying with relatives end up being unusual opportunities for our daughter (and us!) to watch TV, and for us to remember what it's like to have one in the house. After a while of that, Grace and I ended up building a cool fort out of cushions and blankets in the living room. Then I said, "let's go build a fort in the woods!," and she happily agreed. After hopping across the creek with her on my back, we propped long sticks and small logs up on some fallen brush, and then proceeded to pile tons of pine needles on top while we sang a song she made up: "putting pine needles on the fort, putting pine needles on the fort...." Twenty minutes later we had a fort to remember that could just fit the both of us, and could successfully transport us into that heart of ancestral human experience of making a shelter out of things that nature provides, and then climbing inside that new precious portal into our past and future, and mostly importantly, our alive present. Long live the pine needle fort!
"Everyday: let it all hang out; speak your truth, let the tears fall down to the ground..." ("Everyday" - Alone)
The New CD, Wild Drop is out!
I'm touring my new and old songs around the West, playing primarily house concert venues. Want to host a concert at your house, or know someone in your town who might like to host? It's a great way to enjoy quality original music with your friends in an intimate, casual, and connected way, without the noisy bar. And it's easy. Find out more about it here, and let us know!
Next house concerts: Salt Lake City ~ April 25th
Bay Area ~ May 3, 4th
Southern California ~ May 6-10th
Andrew Dahl-Bredine is a singer-songwriter and musician from Silver City, New Mexico. He makes his living performing, teaching, writing songs, working with kids through music and nature, and living and rediscovering a life closely intertwined with the wild natural world. Check out the music!
“An Evening with Andrew is one of the most enjoyable concerts we have presented since our Center’s opening. The concert was like a breath of fresh air or a cool drink of spring water, it transported us so delightfully from our everyday lives. Our audience was drawn in not only by Andrew’s uncanny and wide variety of musical abilities, his original and superior songwriting, his fluidity in several languages, but mainly his honest connection and rapport with everyone in the room. Everyone -young and old -hung on his every breath the length of the 2 hour performance. We are certain to invite Andrew Dahl-Bredine back every season to the Center for the Arts.” - Laura Moore, Executive Director, Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts
Through his recordings and performances, and his everyday work with kids, music, and the natural world, Andrew seeks to uncover and express what it is to be a human being; to heal, to communicate truthfully, to feel joy and sadness, to be together and alone, and to explore what it might mean to live in balance.
"There's something so foreign, so exotic and unusual in his sound, and in his lyrics; yet somehow he leaves the audience feeling so at home, so comfortable, so close..." - Nena Garcia, Acoustic Review