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Notes from Michelle – December 2016

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So much has happened this year and so many more adventures are to be had! Spending time with my little granddaughter Charlee, who was born last September, has brought great joy to my life. Time flies so quickly but she is magical in every way.

This summer, the band and I recorded Christmas Gifts for our 8th annual benefit concert at Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, December 8th, 2016. Get your tickets now via the theater webstie. As always, 100% of the proceeds will benefit These concerts have fed over 3 million people, so please come out and help us feed some more. “Tis the season.

I also produced two records to help raise money for another worthy organization, the Shanti Project. San Francisco AM Sessions is a collection of my more mellow favorite original songs and San Francisco PM Sessions are some upbeat original favorites. They make a nice gift set so think of them during the holidays. 100% of all proceeds of these two records will go to this long-time San Francisco institution, helping people suffering HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

I went to Paris for my annual trip and it was WONDERFUL! I spent time in my favorite parts of Paris, spent a lot of time in outdoor cafes writing and watching, sat in my favorite churches breathing, and ate dinner with great friends who are used to 4 hour dinners and lively conversation. Then on to New York, Hawaii with plans for my beloved hometown Detroit in the New Year, as well as Montreal, Toronto and Africa…all in the first half of 2017.  It’s always so good to be in the cities I love, and to new places as well. The time I spend traveling helps me see my life in a different way than when I’m here in it. So, my beautiful Maurice Dupont French travel guitar and I will head out soon and be back just in time for our show. This show sells out every year, so please buy your tickets as early as you can and help spread the word. General admission tickets are $25 and include my new holiday CD, and VIP tx are $100 (including a VIP reception courtesy of Heidi Krahling/Insalatas, special seating and the new holiday CD). Every penny you spend goes to  So please do what you can to help spread the love. I wish you a wonderful year end and a magical New Year filled with all good things.

Michelle Schmitt

Sausalito, California December, 2016