Noe Venable

“California, I’m coming home”

Posted by on May 11, 2015

“California, I’m coming home”

Dear Friends, I’m up early, enjoying the solitude of the pre-dawn morning…  That blessed time before the toddler wakes and our “real” day begins.  I love these stolen moments, the spaces in between where you’ve been and where you’re supposed to be.  It’s funny I’ve written so many songs in the most unexpected moments…  While walking from one place to another, during transportation layovers, etc. This morning, though, I reach out to you, since I am long overdue for an update. My biggest news is that after ten years away, I am moving back to California, to the San Francisco Bay Area.  With our departure immanent, I have been taking the time to really see and appreciate all that we’ll be leaving here in Brooklyn. Foremost, I see how much I’ve come to love the people I’ve met here.  Each one of you Brooklyn friends has affected me so deeply– what I care about, what I write about, how I mother my son.  Amidst all the grave things going on right now in our world, you’ve helped me find my strength and my voice.  I am stronger for my love of all of you. I’ve also been noticing the beauty of the land here.  My son is now two and a half, and with him as my co-explorer, I’ve gotten to spend every day in Prospect Park  with its waterfalls, meadows, and hidden places..  How blessed we’ve been to ride our bike everywhere, and to watch the year unfold here.  Honestly, I find the city so overwhelming,  I don’t think I could have lasted here any other way.    At the same time as I notice these things, I am overjoyed, after so many years, to return to the place that’s always been home to me.  My last album, Cascadia was, in some sense, a landscape of dreams, filled with sense impressions of places, real and imagined.  But on another level, it was a simple love letter to wilderness.  Wilderness as the holding place of spirit.  And nowhere have I felt that more intensely than in the California wilds. Right now it looks like we’ll be moving on June 15th.  My partner is making a film this summer, so I’ll be flying solo, with one toddler, a music studio, two guitars and a cat.  Wish me luck!   Californians, I can’t wait to see you! All love, Noe...

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Thanks for coming to the Rockwood

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014

Thanks for coming to the Rockwood

Thanks so much to all who came out to our NYC cd release concert this past Thursday at the Rockwood Music Hall.  It was a magical night for me. Since then, I’ve been thinking…  Solitude is so important for a songwriter…  I’ve spent so much time with this music, conjuring it, living with it, wrestling it forth out of wherever it is songs come from. But there is also such a thing as too much solitude for an artist, perhaps especially a musician.  There is nothing like playing with other people, feeling them bring the songs to vibrant life.  And there is also nothing like connecting with you, dear listeners– to get to share this music and to hear that it means something to you.  Thank you for all the ways you’ve reflected that back to me. All of this is to say, after a hiatus of years, I’m ready and excited to start booking shows again.  Stay tuned for further concerts in New York, San Francisco, and wherever else we can manage with a toddler on board. Thanks always for listening, and be well. Warmly, Noe...

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Goldenrod

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014

Goldenrod

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