10/10/18 - Wow, seven months since we've given an update here. Honestly, there's been so much going on that this is the first chance we've had! April and May were filled with life changes after Sarah's dad passed away, but also lots of fun with friends and family at concerts, meeting more hammered dulcimer players, and going to arguably the hottest Indy 500 on record. Sarah submitted a video to the Hit Like a Girl contest in April and tied for champion in the over-18 concert category. The summer months included lots of practice time for the National Hammer Dulcimer Championship, a few in-person lessons, and concerts at places like the Rhythm! Discovery Center downtown Indianapolis and an appearance at the Eagle Creek Folk Festival. Sarah went to Michigan City IN for a gorgeous art walk street performance and then we packed up the family and went to Winfield KS for the Walnut Valley Festival for the championship. A fun experience and a top five finish after 14 months of playing the hammered dulcimer was quite satisfying (but enough motivation to aim for a return in the future!) - Read the full contest story on Sarah's blog. As if that wasn't enough, Sarah returned to coordinate a 4-day ministry training conference that hosted 70 people from at least 8 states...now we're taking a breather and turning towards the Christmas season and setting our sights on our first recording!
3/28/18 - It's been the best of times and the worst of times. The new hammered dulcimer had its first public appearance in February at a grocery store of all places! Then we crossed off a bucket list item on 3/6 with a performance at the gorgeous Indianapolis Artsgarden. Just a few days later we had a very satisfying performance up in Berne IN for a full crowd followed by a weekend with close friends. However, the past two weeks have been very sad as Sarah's dad passed away on 3/19 after battling post-op pneumonia. Without his help Resonate150 would not exist and both of us are heartbroken at losing him at the young age of 68. He was a dream chaser and pursued his passion for flying powered parachutes - we'll keep chasing our dreams in his honor. To that end, we just booked 4 events with more coming and music is not only our passion but also our healing therapy right now along with a strong embrace by the Holy Spirit.
1/29/18 - Last weekend we drove to Master Works and picked up the new hammered dulcimer!! It's beautiful! Just a couple days after getting home we went north to Ft. Wayne to see Ted Yoder and soulbreather perform together...and we finally remembered to get a group photo! This photo means the world to us as do the people in it! Now the real work begins - adding the sound of this new instrument to our set list!
12/16/17 - So many amazing things for this update!
- Doug passed his Krav Maga instructor's test!!! This is a BIG DEAL! It was 3 days long and 6 trainees were pushed past their limits. Two of them broke a hand! - thankfully Doug did not...but he did tear a tendon and ligament in his right thumb so he won't be playing too much for the near future while it's healing up.
- Recording equipment is being added to our list of investments this year! Everything from an iMac to the microphones! Now it's time to learn the software and put things to good use. This won't mean a professional recording *yet* but it's the first step towards one.
- Hammered dulcimer progress is full steam ahead! The same weekend that Doug had his test was also the weekend that Ted Yoder visited our hometown for a Christmas concert. I (Sarah) got excited to see his new instrument and then contacted Master Works to see how mine is coming along. Here's a few photos that were sent back to me! The attention to detail is incredible!!
- Join us on Facebook for 4 live mini-concerts between 12/17-22. Doug may not play much but each evening will include 2-3 songs on marimba and hammered dulcimer! Click the Facebook link at the bottom of this site and it will take you to our page where we'll be streaming live.
Music takes money and lots of it! How? Well, we pay for equipment, instrument insurance, travel, babysitting, and eventually recording - which will include licenses, distribution and tons of other stuff. By giving you'll be helping others experience our music, thank you!
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