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Not Yellowstone During COVID 19  

Hello friends!

Welp.... what to say? It has once again been decided that music is too dangerous to have in Yellowstone National Park this winter. This will be my 4th season of sitting it out. So now what?? 

First of all, I have a gig at the Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast on Sept 12. I usually start around 5 ish and play til 7ish.   https://www.robinsnestcody.com/ . 1508 Alger Ave, Cody WY 

I will also be playing Oct 29th in Cody at a new venue called The Colonel, also in Cody.  https://www.thecolonelvenue.com/have-fun

From there I will be floating over to the east coast, and the current plan is to land in Rhode Island for the winter.  Up, up, and away! I have attached a song of that title that I was honored to record with my dear friend, Gregory Douglass. 

Yellowstone Music in the time of Covid 19  

Greetings! Salutations!

I just got back to Yellowstone from a wonderful journey to Sunapee Lake in NH with my family. Since I began working in Yellowstone, that annual vacation event stopped happening for me, so I'm grateful for the chance to get back to the Lake in the summertime. It's a lot warmer in August than it is in November!!! 

Due to the latest Covid outbreaks, the company I work for in Yellowstone has opted not to have live music again for winter 21-22.  I would love to find some other place where I can perform for hours every night and entertain all those who visit. Ideas or referrals are welcome! I also would love to get back into performing with others. I have no idea where I'm going to land, but keep me in mind! 

On another note, my solo cello arrangement of Pink Floyd's "Mother" is now available by contacting me as well as at Sheet Music Plus and Sheet Music Direct. I also created a solo viola arrangement for it, for all you violists! 

Yellowstone Music in the time of Covid 19 

Coolo! I have just gotten one of my string quartet arrangements published and available for public use!  Bohemian Rhapsody, as played by the Lake String Quartet, is now available (or should be soon) for purchase where all online music is available for purchasing... 

If you are interested in any of my string arrangements, feel free to ask me directly.  

Music in Yellowstone at the time of Covid 

So it is with a very heavy heart that I share that Yellowstone will have no music this summer.

  2020 and 2021 have been the first years for me in which I have not been immersed in music in some way, shape or form since.... maybe before I started playing the cello in 4th grade??? I'm not even sure of that because before I started cello lessons, I would bang and sing on the piano.. and before I started banging and singing on the piano, I would bang and sing on pots and pans...  That is not to say that I'm not working on any music, but I'm not living in a community of musicians and I am not performing nightly and trying to come up with clever arrangements of requests from you..

When I started at the Old Faithful Inn in 2011, it was a serious stretch for me to play solo -- let alone solo for 4 hours straight -- let alone solo for 4 hours straight and 5 nights a week.... and... I was hired as a pianist, sooooooo....  learning piano was a priority and a serious stress... I will never forget the night that one of our guests appeared and sat next to me.. She said "We have been enjoying your music so much... We have a room on the 3rd floor and have been listening to you from there every night and it has been wonderful!" and then she secretly whispered to  me "but just between you and me, the cellist is much better than the pianist".  I laughed my face off. I told her I couldn't agree more.  She looked mortified and said "Oh... are you the pianist as well????  I just meant... the selection of music... " it trailed off... I found it hilarious, and knew it to be true... I was definitely catching up on my piano skills that year, and every night was terrifying. I have made a lot of progress on that end, although there is always more to go, and always more to improve on the cello end as well. A couple of years later, a visitor from Australia met me in a group situation outside of the mezzanine... and he said "oh... are you the pianist???? That was wonderful.... but what's with that cello????? "  I laughed my head off of that too... 

I can't wait til I can laugh my head off again at comments like that... Perhaps Winter 21-22? 

Let us heal from this pandemic.

Now. 

 

 

Where's Waldo? 

Hello Dear Friends!

As my musical cohorts and I patiently await the green light to return live music to the historic lodges in Yellowstone National Park, I wanted to let you know that I am one of the 500+ cellists in Tony Roger's latest Covid Cello Project. This one is number 14 (!) - Camille Saint-Saens' Danse Bacchanale. There is a watch party for the live release scheduled for Saturday, the 19th (for me writing this right now - TOMORROW) at 1 pm Texas time (central time here in the USA). I'm excited to see/hear it. Every one of Tony's projects gets better and better, and he's put out all the stops for this one.  Here is the link:  https://youtu.be/iNEb_HlnEPQ

Don't worry if you can't watch the live release, it should be available on You Tube for many many moons to come. I hope you are having a wonderful day! 

Hello from Old Faithful 

Hello friends,

I wish I could say that Boo and I have retaken our post at the Old Faithful Inn, but unfortunately I am still hiding out in our employee dorms trying to keep the quality of life up for me and my fellow employees. If you miss the music in Yellowstone, I ask you to speak up to the area managers, front desk, tripadvisor.. whoever else seems appropriate.  I know I'm having a rough time without music, but there is nothing I can do to bring it back, other than playing for myself.  I thank you all for everything, and hope that we may meet again SOON!   xoxo

Looking for a job for the winter... :( 

Hello Friends!

Time has been such an odd thing this season..  It seems like it keeps dragging on, yet it's already the end of September and now I need to start packing! Xanterra has opted to hold off on the music for this coming winter season so this will be my first season out of the park in a long time. Anyone know of any venues who might want a resident musician??  I would love any leads anyone might have... especially around New England so that I can help out my folks. It looks like  I need to work on my video chops as well as recording, mixing, mastering, cello, piano and vocals. I'll be busy, even if unemployed.  This too, shall pass. I wish you all love,  peace, ease, happiness and good fortune! 

Martha's latest CD is available at CDbaby.com and at Old Faithful and Lake gift shops in Yellowstone. Woohooo!

Martha's latest CD is available at CDbaby.com and at Old Faithful and Lake gift shops in Yellowstone. Woohooo!

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Interested in hosting a house concert?? 

Martha is available for house concerts or private events outside of the Yellowstone area between seasons -- March thru April, or October thru November. 

If you like to have parties, a house concert is simply a party that incorporates live music. It's fun and intimate, and you can pretty much set it up however you like.  A common scenario is to invite 20 or so friends over and request they donate to the musician -- usually $10 or $20. A lot of folks do a potluck kind of thing, while others really show off their culinary and hosting skills.  It's really up to you! If you are interested and would like more information, please send me an email.  Marthacolby.music@gmail.com