“The dreams told me if you visited there seasonally – between the squatters who find it in the rainy season and the icicles that stay for winter – it’s a rather pleasant little lake house, a cottage really, sitting in a clump of woods behind the new subdivision with the flower shop and hardware store. Minding its own 20th century business. Well water. Long table with an oilcloth. A few framed Audubons. Percolator coffee.”
August 8, 2011
I had lunch last week with a friend from out of town, and reported, “I have everything I want”…Creatively. It’s true. I am in the check-the-book twice, near saturation stage with my career/life and it’s been a long time coming!
The story I wrote for this month’s blog is a rendering of several dreams I had recently. They gave me some pretty clear messages and express the very real truth that change is inevitable, we all grow old, and life as we know it…ends. Though not meant to memorialize any one person, any one life, the dreams did offer me a kind of awareness I’d previously not seen.
J. O’Reilly Productions News. I’ve been working with some very remarkable people this summer, sharing the stage and collaborating on new projects. As of early July, I have signed on as booking agent for songwriter Michael Smith! This means if you want to book a concert with him, you can now contact me! Read more here.
Michael and I are rehearsing “Songs of a Catholic Childhood“, our new show commissioned by the St. Scholastica Alumnae – with thanks to Judi Heikes! And we are preparing to bring back “PASIONES” our beloved cabaret about the Spanish Civil War for a live show on Oct 9 for portoluz, and a radio show on Dec 10 on WFMT’s Folkstage!
In the Salon. In a unique collaboration with Women’s Media Group and the Roots Salon, we have started the “Community Voices” New World project, with some exceptional women meeting monthly at the Salon. Some of these artists you’ve have heard on our programs. I’ll say this they are writers and they are do-ers. And I have great respect for them! We will be creating new work for the Feminist Lens New Years show. We will be putting out a call for submissions for other writers to submit material for the program and beyond. Stay Tuned!
The Progeny. Our annual summer concert Roots UnderGround Fest returns August 27 with Midnight Moxie (Meg, Sarah and Nia) co-hosting with me and singing the final set. (more below) The girls have just released their CD “Don’t Stop” a magical, rockin’ all original piece of work, produced by Stuart Rosenberg. Find them on their website midnightmoxie.com
For constant updates and fleeting thoughts, find us on our Facebook Fan Pages: Jamie O’Reilly, Musician – Michael P. Smith, Songwriter – The Feminist Lens – Midnight Moxie.
Michael Smith Solo Act Concert Dates can be seen on his website.
See you at something! And remember to support your local artists!
Chicago Area Performance Dates & Radio Shows
In Order of Appearance: Comfort Food Folk Duo, Jamie and the Voices of the Roots Salon, Crooked Mouth String Band, Paul and Michael Amandes, Michael Smith, Midnight Moxie, big finale. We’re outside, weather permitted.
RADIO. Sunday, August 28th
Rick Kogan’s Sunday Papers
WGN Radio 720 and wgn.com 7 am ish
Michael and Jamie are interviewed by Rick, performing a few from “Songs of a Catholic Childhood.”
NEW SHOW! St. Scholastica Academy Alumnae Present
“Songs of A Catholic Childhood “ with Jamie O’Reilly, Michael Smith, and Al Ehrich
Sunday, September 11
2-5 PM ~ 2:00 Raffle ~ 3:00 Concert
Mayne Stage www.maynestage.com
1328 Morse Ave. Chicago, IL 60626
Tickets $35 Call: 773.764.5715 x 360, or order online
St. Scholastica: www.scholasticacommunity.us
In this concert benefit for St. Scholastica Alumnae, Michael Smith and Jamie O’Reilly reflect on life in parochial school during their formative years through songs and stories. His – in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post-WWII New Jersey. Hers – of life in an Illinois town, during the post-Vatican II, 60s/70s Baby-Boom era.
RADIO. Women’s Media Group The Feminist Lens Presents “Coming to the Table”
September 24 6:30 – 7 PM
Listen on WFMT.com or 98.7 FM ~ Read more here: wmgchicago.com
FOLK-CABARET Pasiones Returns! WPA 2.0 The Brand New Deal Cultural Arts Series Presents Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
Featuring Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith
With Katrina O’Reilly-Greene, Piano, Vocal & Bob Weber, Cello
Oct 9, 2011 2:00 PM
Evanston Space 1245 Chicago Ave
Evanston, Il Go to: Evanstonspace.com
More about this great series at portoluz.org.
READ all about Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, our Folk Cabaret,
Produced by J. O’Reilly Productions.