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With MY NEW MOON, his seventh album, Amos Lee reaches into experiences of hope, hopelessness, loss, and renewal. The result is the most wide-ranging musical effort of his career, a set of songs that examines issues of mortality, survival, connection, and celebration in ways that are both deeply personal and profoundly universal.
In 2007, the singer-songwriter began working with the Musicians on Call program, playing music bedside for hospital patients. He went on to play at VA hospitals, for the Wounded Warriors organization, and for the Melodic Caring Project, singing via video for children who are quarantined, too ill to have friends or family visit in their rooms.
“Everything about the connection of music hit me harder,” he says of these efforts, “and I thought, ‘How can I be helpful, and reach out in a more real way?’ Songs have become a bridge, a way for me to reach outside myself and into other people’s lives. My mission now is to connect with people, to still have fun, but to have my intention be more outwardly based, and from a place of giving and service.”
This sense of digging deeper, of fearlessly bringing out the real essence of a song’s meaning, lies at the very heart of MY NEW MOON. “In these days of political crisis, I do think there’s also this feeling that there could be renewal,” says Amos Lee. “That’s what the title of the record is about—a seemingly utter darkness that’s also a beginning. I know that the times I’ve grown the most have been in times of crisis, when I wasn’t sure who I was.
“In listening, and trying to connect to someone else’s pain or someone else’s victories, there’s a lot of fertile ground to be found. Just a beginning, a simple place to start. A conversation, a song, to see and feel someone else’s humanity in your own. That’s always been my interest; sometimes I get there and often I don’t, but I hope in these songs, someone finds a place to start.”
Table and blanket reservations are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another date in the 2021 season. General Admission Donations do not include reserved seating; they are a means to making a gate donation in advance. Table reservations seat four. Blanket reservations are placed in the blankets-only area of lawn and do not allow for chair placement.