New CD coming!

We have finished the tracks for our newest Avant Gardener CD with Dave Wiesler, Dan Sebring, Jubal Creech, and of course,  George and I – all with the expert help of Bill Dudley.  It may be called “Goats in the Garden,” and it features mostly original tunes, from swing to waltz to gospel, all in that funky gardener style of cut loose, live music.  We still have work to do, but hope to have it out by the fall…

We are so enjoying your waltz CD…

This is Anne Stewart from the dance camp (with Danny Weiss, Maria and Catherine).  We are so enjoying your waltz CD.  We were desperate for new “homework music” and I am delighted to let you know that these songs and melodies are helping everyone get their homework done at our house!  You and George are national treasures and we are happy to have had your live music all week long.  We’ll look for you on the Glen Echo circuit, and please add us to your email list if you have one.

Blessed Immersion in Music, Light, and Love

Blessed Immersion in Music, Light, and Love.

After Friday night, I was sure Footloose could not be topped.

After Saturday morning, I was sure the Avant Gardeners could not be topped.

After Saturday night, I was sure Footloose could not be topped.

After Sunday morning, I was sure…….. ……… .etc, etc

A Blissful Idiot! That’s me!

.As is my habit, I browsed the ‘CD’s For Sale’ table. I have no way of knowing what the music is like, and so, as is also my habit, I just looked at the pictures. One of them grabbed me. Swirling colors, a beautiful smiling face, all floating along in a world with No Gravity. The image alone is worth the price.

I sometimes worry about our musicians. I don’t see people buying many disks, and I haven’t bought many myself. A Chattaboogie dancer suggested that we could play these disks during breaks, possibly increasing sales. It seems like a fine idea to me.

Later, I went out to the van to give my new purchase a listen, and, sure enough, found myself floating along in a wonderful world with No Gravity. A world with only one theme – the Amazing Power of Grace.

I’m not worried anymore. You see, Grace trumps sales, and my heart is lighter now.

For whatever comes…..

Posted by: “Bob Bennett” happycontradancer

Laura Light will shine on.
Posted by: “Bob Bennett” happycontradancer
Mon Apr 2, 2007 10:17 am (PST)
The Dance Groove.


The 24th of June this year, I returned home to the DC area from an exhaustive trip to Hawaii (my daughter w/2 small children [husband in the Navy] fell and broke both legs). Figuring I was still on “Hawaii time,” I was comfortable going to the contra dance on Friday night at Glen Echo. Jet lag was kicking in. Saturday night/Sunday morning I managed to get to bed at 2:00 a.m. and slept until 11:10 a.m. Upon awakening I realized I had quite a lot to do in an effort to unpack, get things put away, and try to get back into the east coast time zone.

Something moved me to look at the Glen Echo schedule and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Avant Gardeners were playing there that day – the Waltz!! There was no question as to what I would do now- – hands down, I was going waltzing! I had never been to a waltz before AND I couldn’t wait to hear the Avant Gardeners play waltz music! It was wonderful!

I hope that you will keep the Avant Gardeners in mind and schedule them as often as possible when the Glen Echo schedule has “TBA” listed for the Sunday afternoon waltzes. They are fabulous!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this, my opinion.

the new haiku says…

the new haiku says
swinging melodies bouncing chords bending rhythms playing lights
you guys – wonderful!

(haiku authors sure
bend the old five – seven – five
with A Gs around)

ah, realllllly great
dance to you again?

(My god, that was I – IV – V – I!)



Kachemak Bay Waltz CD

Dear Laura and George,
this morning I undid the plastic wrap, cued up your Kachemak Bay Waltz CD and your lovely music awakened my sleepy house and lightened my heart. I occurred to me that your 45 minute treat is worth the price many, many times over, and thus I’m moved to write you these few words. No, I’m not sending more money for the CD, but I do want to thank you for all the wonderful music you shared with us at Terpsichore’s Holiday, as well as for the recording which is mine to continue enjoying here at home.

Best wishes,

I hope you’ll be doing it again next year…

Thanks again to you and the other Gardeners for such a splendid evening at
the Cotillion, and thanks also for your graciousness in letting us run
overtime a few minutes. I’ve never seen a roomful of barefoot people dance
with such vigor [since their socks were knocked off by the music :) ].

People are still talking about what a swell party this was.

I hope you’ll be doing it again next year.
(Princeton Cotillion)