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Dear Friends:

This Thanksgiving I realized that one of the things I am truly grateful for are my fans!  It was so wonderful to see familiar faces in Southern California last week, and I hope to return sooner this time.  For today, I am looking forward to heading south for my last tour of 2015.  I’ll be featuring tunes my newest CD “Checks & Love Letters!”

Fri Dec 4 Cousin Andy’s Concert Series  Carbondale, IL

Sat Dec 5 Charles & Myrtle’s Coffeehouse Chatanooga, TN

Sun Dec 6 House Concert Black Mountain, NC  Contact hebju98 at gmail.com for RSVP and directions.

Hope to see you!

HO HO HO: Click here to download this quirky holiday single from CDBaby!

UPCOMING TOURS: For the new year, I am planning a short visit to FL in late Jan/early Feb, and TX/LA in March with Mariah Colorado.  Stay tuned, and be sure to share venue ideas and contacts, or volunteer to host a house concert.  I truly couldn’t do this without you!

ARTIST EDUCATOR:  Most of you know that I often go to schools to talk about my family’s emigration from Germany in 1940, during WWII.  I am represented in the Northeast by Arts Are Essential, a booking agency for Artist/Educators.  Hit reply to drop me a line if you know a school or teacher that would be interested in hosting this presentation.

UKULELES:  Special thanks to those of you who attended  THE FIFTH ANNUAL BERKSHIRE COUNTY UKE FEST.  If you missed it, here’s the wrap up from The Berkshire Eagle. Funding and support provided by The Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, and Sanctuary Records.

WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT TOURING: Check out this wonderful article, recently written by Rachel Levin for The Record at Williams College.

FALCON RIDGE:  I was honored to be chosen as an “emerging” artist at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  If you were in attendance and didn’t get a chance to vote for me in the “Most Wanted” contest, here’s the ONLINE VOTING LINK!

RAFT THE GRAND CANYON: Our raft trip on Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from May 6-13, 2016 is full.  Drop me a line to be on the waiting list.

GOING DOWN GRAND:  I’m thrilled to have one of my canyon poems included in this amazing collection! Going Down Grand, the first full-length anthology of Grand Canyon poetry, gathers the voices of cowboys, explorers, river-runners,hikers, artists, geologists, rangers, and others whose words bear witness to this complex and magnificent place. For readers on the river, the trails, the rim, or beyond, the poems on these pages will make fine canyon company.  Order from Lithic Press.

SONGWRITING BLOG:  Jamie Anderson, good friend and supreme performer/road warrior, recently invited me to be a guest contributor to her blog.  Have a look!

YOU TUBE:  Videos! Hope you enjoy! Wings by Bernice Lewis Filmed at The Booth Theater in Danville, PA. Thanks to Bob Drake, you can also catch an impromptu breakfast performance of In The Band at Kerrville Folk Festival’s infamous Camp Coho, featuring Gina Forsyth, Charlie Roth, Gary Martin, Dennis Dougherty, Amy Kucharik and many others.

ACOUSTIC LIVE: I was honored to be the subject a feature article in Acoustic Live, a wonderful music publication out of NYC.

SIRIUS SUBSCRIBERS: I had the shock of my life (OK, that’s an exaggeration)  when I received a check over $150 in airplay royalties.  Up until now, my quarterly royalties for airplay have been under $5.  If you are a Sirius subscriber, please drop them a note to request more Bernice Lewis!  Then you’ll be able to say you helped put my daughter through school!

PANDORA:  Checks & Love Letters is on Pandora! In the 2014 Top Albums and Song Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart, Checks & Love Letters tying with Dolly Parton at 90 out of 600 listings!

PODCASTS:  Check out Mariah and I being interviewd by Janet Feld.  Episode 5 at Janet’s Planet Radio Hour on True 2 You Radio

ORDERING INFO:  Checks & Loveletters is available. You can purchase or download from CDBaby.



Under an overcast sky
the trees still dance in every shade
lemon yellow, rusty orange, bright magenta
the hills behind glow in a color
somewhere between golden and rose blush

I look up and I am in the flight path
a thousand geese above me
head for the nearest field
to rest and gather themselves

Their screams are loud
as they land and take off
“over here” they cry to each other
“stay close, it’s a long way
keep my wing tip in sight.”

Last night on the news hour
I saw footage of a refugee camp
barren and colorless

The women in black stand by the loaded buses
and sob as they wave their children and grandchildren off
to Greece, to Turkey, to the U.K. to the the moon
“Over here” they cry out to the blackened windows
praying for one more glimpse of a child’s eyes
“stay safe, live well, keep us in your prayers.”

Whether it’s here or Syria
migration is loud
and courageous

© Bernice Lewis

Hope our paths cross soon – Bernice