“Do you dream? Do your dreams come true? What do you see? What do you do to make it happen?”

That’s a lyric by Matt Fockler, and we love it so much it’s on the back of our T-shirt. You can get one here, mens and ladies sizes: http://www.jonathanbyrd.com/the-store/t-shirts

The crazy thing is, Matt Fockler, secret songwriter, notorious avoider of all fame, has started his own YouTube channel. There’s only one video right now, and it’s a doozy. Watch it and subscribe to Matt’s channel.

Can I tell y’all how awesome you are? Do you mind if I call you y’all? It’s my preferred non-binary pronoun. People who aren’t from the South think it’s plural, but it can be either. In a formal situation, the plural is “all y’all.”

Three weeks ago, I told y’all about a boarding school called the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, and how the children lacked toys, games, puzzles, and books to engage with after school hours in their common area. You responded! Friday the 8th of February, we met with Dr. Michele Handley, the school’s director, who was delighted to help us unload a Tacoma-load of great stuff. Another fan, April Thompson, saw my post, organized her own campaign, and delivered another carload of things on Valentine’s Day. Sandy Green at Guitarists for Good handled donations of musical instruments. Someone in Winston-Salem has offered a piano and we’re working on approval for that.

Y’all have helped me change the lives of these children and I can’t thank you enough. I like selling records and tickets. I love putting on a show. Helping other people brings meaning to all of it.

When I began my campaign for donations, they had no arts program. I dreamed of funding a small arts program at the school, but I kept it quiet until I could meet with the director. When I shared my dream with Dr. Handley, she told me they had just hired an art teacher! Maybe you’ve heard about public school teachers buying supplies with their own money? Yeah, that’s a real thing.

So I brought home a very conservative requisition list from the school to start an arts program from scratch. My hometown audience at The Kraken has helped me raised some of the money, and I’m considering how to raise the rest.

However, I want to take a moment to breathe and enjoy what we’ve accomplished together. We’re playing a three hour show this Wednesday night with no special guest. We’ll broadcast it on Facebook Live, 7-10pm EST http://facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic

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Every Wednesday night!
The Kraken
Chapel Hill, NC

Feb 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC

Feb 22-23 Fri & Sat
Wintergrass Music Festival
Bellevue, WA

Mar 14 Thu
Muddy Creek Cafe And Music Hall
Bethania, NC, United States

Mar 15 Fri
The Cary Theater
Cary, NC

Mar 28 Thu
Red Dragon Listening Room
Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 29 Fri
Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX

Mar 30 Sat
Fayetteville Public Library
Fayetteville, AR

Apr 2 Tues
The 5 Spot
Nashville TN

Apr 4 Thu
Museum of Commerce
Pensacola, FL

Apr 5 Fri
McGonigels’ Mucky Duck
Houston, TX

Apr 6 Sat
Sycamore Creek Concerts
Dripping Springs, TX

Apr 11 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

Apr 25 Thurs
The Aquarium
Fargo, ND

Apr 26 Fri
West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB

Apr 27 Sat
The Warming House
Minneapolis, MN

May 9 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

May 11 Sat
Tobias Music
Downers Grove, IL

May 16 Thu
Caffe Lena
Saratoga Springs, NY

May 19 Sun
Askew Prov
Providence, RI

May 21 Tues
Rockwood Music Hall
New York, NY

May 23 Thurs
Cafe Nine
New Haven, CT

May 24 Fri
Morristown Unitarian Fellowship
Morristown, NJ

May 26 Sun
Island Pride
Gaithersburg, MD

Jun 13 Thurs
Muddy Creek Music Hall
Winston-Salem, NC

June 29 Sat
Songs From the Wood
Deep Gap, NC

Jul 11 Thurs
The Park Center
Hayward, WI

July 12 Fri
Rhythm of the River Music Festival
Jackson, MN

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