Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Please join Jim Dalton and Maggi Smith-Dalton at upcoming FREE music and history programs at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, Mass.

This special version of the Daltons' longest-running program “American History Thru Music™ — 1760s to 1960s-A Musical Portrait of the USA” —
▪ starts January 29, 2017, with “Causes, Crusades, Campaigns!—Get your energy up!”

▪ followed on February 26, 2017, with “Good Times and Hard Times—We’ve All Been there!”

▪ and wrapping up on April 2, 2017, with “Immigration and Migration—Packing Our Bags, Hittin’ the Road!”

Sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Boston Conservatory’s T-401 classroom (31 Hemenway Street Boston, MA 02115)

Directions to campus: https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/directions

Registration: Contact Rhoda Bernard, rbernard@berklee.edu

▪ Live, historically informed performance of songs & instrumental pieces plus some recorded excerpts where appropriate

▪ Discuss general history (political, social, cultural) & music history for each era … Discover how music both reflected and shaped the course of people’s lives … Opportunities for musical participation provided in each session

▪ Each session will be illustrated, and materials for further exploration will be shared

Download a descriptive flyer here: http://singingstring.org/PDF/AHTM%20Special%20Seminars%20version.pdf

And look for us at WorldFest in February and our annual concert “Celebration of American Music 7” in April….more info to come….

Monday, December 5, 2016

Programs for 2017 coming up soon!

Putting together some pr materials for a series of music/history programs for 2017, and getting psyched! Info will be published shortly....

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Our profession provides all these positives...music which dances in your heart, singing to greet each hour, stories to weave for delight and awe, and silence, yes much of that for dreaming and meditation, for listening...the silence 'twixt the tone giving shape to the tune.
It's a wonderful life, and a life-affirming profession.

A metaphor for our times

Springlike warmth after the subzero cold! A benediction. Yesterday the goldfinch returned to our feeders after long, long absence. I haven’t seen (although I have heard) a chickadee in months. This past summer, new neighbors cut down a magnificent soaring old pine tree, habitat for so many birds and other creatures which kept our garden alive and colorful. I mourned the tree, and I have mourned the subsequent disappearance of many old friends who formerly visited our backyard feeders. They fled the violent death of a tree which has grown on the edge of our two properties for generations. A metaphor for our times, when wars of all kinds rage.

The gardener longs to till the soil, but must wait a while longer. Meanwhile, the warmth caresses my face and hands as I fill the feeders I have kept stocked as best I could while the weather itself seemed to wage war.

But blessings have returned, and I am grateful for them.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

huzzah! and thank you!

We had a lovely gift today...asked to restock our CDs with CD Baby 2nd time in a month after sales depleted their inventory! 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Solstice to All from Jim and Maggi!


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Happy Yule-tide, 2015!

My grandma's tree...one ornament each for most of our years together...some years, couldn't afford ornaments, so simply held hands and were silently grateful for each other before the tree.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CDBaby makes our day!

It's always nice to get emails like this to start your day:"Congratulations! Your music has been selling and we need more copies of  The Sigh Of The Weary: The Civil War At Home to satisfy anticipated demand." Sigh of happiness here!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jim's music in NYC! June 21, 2015

Jim's music in NYC!

Upcoming Composer's Voice/Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame/Make Music New York collaboration at the International Preschools in NYC!

Featuring the World Premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Alex Lubet, steel-string guitar performing the works of Jay Afrisando, Nathaniel Akers, James T. Conolly, Jim Dalton, Douglas DaSilva, Gordon Fitzell, Diarmid Flatley, James E. Holdman, Liam Moore, Yan Pang Clark, Zack Pentacost, Etienne Rolin, Justin Rosin, Bob Siebert.


This HUGE event is Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm at The International Preschools, 345 East 86th Street, NYC. This event is FREE!!!