Feb 042014
 

By Avis Licht

My two loves, outside of my family, of course, are gardening and music. I have always looked up to Pete Seeger and admired his integrity. His way of bringing people together through music is almost unrivaled. In honor of his life and passing I am sharing this video of him singing one of my favorite gardening songs, Inch by Inch: The Garden Song by David Mallett.

Everything we do in life, is inch by inch and one day at a time.

Children learning to sow seed

Teaching children to sow seed.

Small vegetable garden
Sowing seed and watching them grow.

Rose

Beauty in all our lives.

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below, ’til the rain comes tumbling down.

Pulling weeds and picking stones, man is made of dreams and bones.
Feel the need to grow my own ’cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain, find my way in nature’s chain,
to my body and my brain to the music from the land.

Plant your rows straight and long, thicker than with prayer and song.
Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care.
Old crow watching hungrily, from his perch in yonder tree.
In my garden I’m as free as that feathered thief up there.

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below, ’til the rain comes tumbling down.

 

 

Jan 222014
 

By Avis Licht

I’ve enjoyed the music of Laurie Lewis for years and then lo and behold she wrote this song called Garden Grow. I think it’s a hoot and  want to share this great tune about her love of the garden and making it grow better. I announce this as my new anthem. Please enjoy her wonderful singing, playing and great good humour. Posted with her total approval.  Visit her site at: Laurielewis.com

Garden  Grow

Laurie Lewis

Sep 042012
 
Hummingbird

Hummingbird

 by Avis Licht – Yesterday was Labor Day, the time we honor all manner of hard working folks. From those who till the earth, to those that sit at desks making  society function,  it takes a multitude of people to keep  the world working. None of us could do it alone, all of us rely on the work of those who came before us.

I hope to leave my little plot of ground better than when I found it. Healthier, more abundant, more beautiful. If you love to garden, and want to learn more,  then each of you can do this in your own way and in your own time. I love sharing the information I’ve gathered over the past 40 years, from my teachers,  my mistakes and most of all from the garden itself.

Fruits of our labor

Food from the garden is flowing in at the end of summer. We are all so grateful. It tastes so good and there’s plenty to share.

 Here comes the squash, heading into the house…

 

One of my other passions is playing music.  I’m lucky to have found a group of musicians of similar inclination that get together weekly. Our motley crew plays for community gatherings, at farmer’s markets, weddings, wakes and at our local saloon. Celtic music and traditional American tunes are what we mostly play.  Hoping to get the feet dancing and the smiles beaming, we love to share our tunes.

Here’s what I was doing on Labor Day, playing music at a street festival in Bolinas, California. (I’m the one in the middle playing the mandolin.)

Bolinas, Ca - Labor Day Festival

Playing music on Labor Day – Enjoying more fruits of our labor!

Silver Anniversary Jig – This link will let you listen to a tune I wrote for my husband in honor of our 25th wedding anniversary.  It’s being played by the wonderful Rodney and Elvie Miller, a father – daughter duo. I hope you enjoy it.

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