February contemplations

It's February, and we're having one of those precious days that sometimes happens at this time of year when the air smells like spring and the camellia buds tantalize us with the promise of summer flowers.

We Free Rangers are feeling happy that this has been a much more normal winter than last year's. We just returned from the Klamath Falls area, where the snow remains piled next to the highway and there may actually be water in the rivers by the time summer comes.

But that doesn't keep us from thinking about summer time; fresh berries; vine-ripened tomatoes; drinking coffee under a sun umbrella; and playing at farmers markets.

So far, we're scheduled to play at the Oregon City Market and the market in Esther Short Park in Vancouver.  

During our period of hibernation, we've been working on songs appropriate for weddings. . . always a tough one for those of us in bluegrass. (Murder ballads just don't cut it at most receptions.)  But Doc Watson, Jim Croce, Lynn Morris and the Beatles have inspired us.  New songs -- hurray!

It's supposed to get cloudier and cooler later this week -- as it should this time of year.  It should be cold and rainy during this called WinterFolk and Wintergrass.  Spring will happen soon enough.