Fran McKendree: Home
"I don't know what to call it--heart, clarity, vision, soul--but there is so much of it in Fran's songs that I cannot hear his voice without receiving more of these gifts myself."
~ Barbara Brown Taylor
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SPLASH PAGE...[what you see first when you arrive at my site]
McKendree Spring 'live' Douglas Corner, Nashville May 26 2013
MCKENDREE SPRING AT DOUGLAS CORNER,
McKendree Spring, the band Fran was part of from 1969-1975, did their final show at Douglas Corner, in Nashville, TN on May 26. A great time was had by all, as they say! Thanks so much to all the boys in the band, to Eric Murrell, who gave tirelessly of himself [as always] to help us sound as good as possible, to the many other folks who worked hard to bring all the pieces together, and to Douglas Corner for hosting the event. More story and photos on the News page.
AwakeningSoul ~ new website www.awakeningsoulpresents.org
We have recently redesigned and updated our AwakeningSoul website. Here you'll find information and updates about the events that we'll be hosting this November and in the coming years. AwakeningSoul is a partnership of Fran and Ann Holtz, with creative input and guidance from Brian Prior, Diana McKendree, and others. Please take a few minutes to visit the new site..thanks!
And speaking of AwakeningSoul events... here's some video from our last gathering...
Our friend Larry Hastings has just finished editing some of the videos from the AwakeningSoul event in 2011 'A New Ancient Harmony'. I'll make these all available on my YouTube and Vimeo channels, but here are two that are really fun; Duncan Wickel and Charles Milling in a great improv... the other is the amazingly gifted, in talent and spirit, Lindsey Blount doing some improv with River Guerguerian! I loved bringing these great friends together!
At the top of this 'home page' you'll see 'Painting in the Skies,' one of the music videos from our AwakeningSoul gathering last December 'A New Ancient Harmony.' Featuring Lindsey Blount, River Guerguerian, Charles Milling and Duncan Wickel. It was such a joy and a privilege to share that event with these amazingly gifted and generous friends.
And here's a photo of the (almost) entire banner backdrop and band at that event;
Photo by Larry Hastings.
L-R Duncan Wickel, Lindsey Blount, Fran, Charles Milling, River Guerguerian [far left, sitting, John Philip Newell]
Please check back often at our website for updates, videos and more info: http://www.awakeningsoulpresents.org
My friend DAVID CRUMM, providing, as always a wonderful web site full of challenging and profound reading; www.readthespirit.com.
AWAKE.... FRAN'S LATEST CD RELEASE...
[click the button just below to listen and purchase]
'Awake' My newest cd is available at CDBaby.com. Digital downloads are available, too, at CDBaby.com, iTunes and all the other digital download shops, but the cover art and package on this one are so beautiful, you may want to order the hard copy. You'll find a few samples on the music page here at the site.
One of the quieter meditation pieces is 'Watch, O Watch.' The lyric was written by my dear friend John Philip Newell and David Poole wrote the music.. thanks, both, for a beautiful song. Lindsey Blount sings the harmonies and Duncan Wickel is the violinist. 'Sing a New Church' has really incredible lyrics set to one of my favorite tunes of all time. Tracia Johnson, Lindsey Blount and Charles Milling singing on this one.
Click this button to purchase a hard copy or download. Thanks!
The latest McKendree Spring cd recorded in Nashville in August is available at CDBaby.com http://cdbaby.com/cd/mckendreespring2 and is available at iTunes too. Visit the news page or;
and the McKendree Spring Facebook page for more info and photos.
There are many ways we can support the people of Haiti, and other countries in need over the next months and years. Episcopal Relief and Development and Doctors Without Borders continue to be tireless advocates for the survivors and their families. We all need to be generous - wherever our hearts may guide us to contribute.
Here are two excellent relief agencies;
I do hope you'll take a few minutes to visit the 'news' page for updates and click the 'links' to find some other very creative and hardworking groups that are carrying on some important work. And please visit the music, friends and photo pages, too. And a reminder; While you're here, don't forget to sign the guestbook, thanks!
All the best, Fran
small photo of Fran's Larrivee guitar at top by: Ellen Coleman
large photo above by Diana McKendree - taken in Tuscany at a small abandoned village
below by Susan Logan