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Noel Schwartz says
January 11, 2017 at 3:22 pm
Bringer of Peace article in the C-Times was inspiring. I am working with at risk elementary children in West Asheville….our program is called Creative Peacemakers (www.creativepeacemakers.com and also on Facebook). Music is one of the creative ways that they are learning to express themselves in healthy ways. The program is offered at the Center for Art and Spirit at St. George. I am also active with WNC4Peace, and we hosted their annual Peacemaker of the Year awards last fall around International Day of Peace which is where I first heard your incredible music. We are always looking for volunteers or artists (for a small stipend) to meet with our small group of children to inspire them to know that they can make a difference for peace in the world. Thank you for all that you do to promote peace and to inspire the rest of us. Also, love the sign you put on your house….thinking I may have to have one!
David LaMotte says
January 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm
Hi Noel — thanks so much for this note, and for the good work you are doing. I will drop you an email to follow up about those connections.
Laurie Giese says
November 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Hi David, I am from Stronghold Camp and Conference Center in Oregon, IL. I have worked there for over 20 years. In the 90’s, you came here and played for us and it was amazing! You gave me one of your CD’s! Anyway, we have a new Executive Director now, Danny Pierce, who is very interested in you and your music. Danny also is familiar with the Montreat Camp! Just thought I would let you know that he will be contacting you at some point
Light and Love!
November 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm
Thanks so much, Laurie! I would love to come back to Stronghold, and I look forward to hearing from Danny!
Heather Taylor says
September 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm
I’d love to be in contact about what I can do to help you and your current project. I’m moving to Asheville in a month and I’ll have some time off before my next job. Would really like to help whatever you’re planning next, just to help. I’m a musician, massage therapist, artist, entrepeneur etc….many hats…been very fortunate….I look forward to talking! Thanks much
September 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Hi Heather — thanks for reaching out! I will drop you an email and we will figure out where to go from there. 🙂
Jinny Batterson says
July 11, 2016 at 6:45 am
Thoroughly enjoyed the “3 Daves” concert in Cary, NC last weekend. Having some difficulty with a follow-up attempt to order a copy of David Lamotte’s “Worldchanging 101” for friends in Australia. Get as far as the payment screen, and then it seems to lock up. Would appreciate feedback about a possible workaround. No great rush. Many thanks!
Hi Ginny — I think we got this worked out with Barbie, right? If there is an ongoing issue, please let us know.
Chris Chemi says
April 19, 2016 at 8:44 pm
My wife and myself walked into your sound check in Black Mountain and you blew me away with Your play. Thank you very much. We did come back and watch you that night. I still owe you a beer. Thank you
April 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm
Thanks for coming back, Chris! Good to meet you. I’ll look forward to that beer further down the line. 🙂
Gwen Meharg says
September 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm
I just read your article on Why The Church Needs Art, an old article but new to me. Thank you.
I wanted to share a holy experience I had a couple Januarys ago. It was the first time I rode my horse in the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade. I had not ridden in 30 some years and I started riding again at 50. Blue Skies was green broke and the folks at the barn were taking bets on which would happen first. Whether I would sell him or get hurt. I surprised us all and waited him out. He was brilliant in his first ever parade and so was the parade itself. From the saddle I was able to see ALL the people who came to the parade. ALL the ages, and colors, and economic realities. For a few hours that morning we were one, we were all FW cowboys and cowgirls. The parade moves slow enough to make eye contact and that is a powerful thing. Sometimes we could even exchange a few words. It was a divine experience. Thank you for the article and calling it back into my mind and heart.
As an artist, I am a painter. I painted as part of worship teams for about 10 years and then someone saw breasts and someone else saw tears in one of my paintings. I was told my gifts were no longer welcome. Sigh. I don’t do that kind of work often any more. It is stronger now if not as direct as it used to be. There is more mystery now. It tells a more complicated story with more grays. The story I hope to tell is that beauty is the end of the story. No matter how messy the middle gets, the end is beauty.
If you are inclined check out my websites. http://www.GwenMeharg.com for the abstract work and http://www.DrawNearToGod.com for the more obviously bible related/prophetic images.
Peace and clear, true songs,
Gwen Meharg from Fort Worth, TX
October 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm
Thanks much for this note, Gwen, for the evocative story, and for the links to your powerful art. I like the ‘hard joy’ series very much, in particular.
Clancy Payne says
July 11, 2015 at 4:04 am
Hi David, I am Tom Payne’s sister and I already feel as though I know you. You and Tom are amazing writers , poets and historians.
Your piece tonight was fascinating and I really got a great history lesson, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
On a funny note, Tom and my dad was born in Roanoke Va. As was his father and father before. Our grandfather’s name was “George Washington Payne” ……. Like your grandfather it seems like famous southern presidents were popular when it came to naming baby boys.
I lived in Roanoke for 17 years, now I’m back in Venice beach.
I miss my home nestled between the blue ridge and Appalachian mts.
I miss my southern friends and my community, knowing the banker, the baker and the candle stick maker al by name. I still dream of the seasons as they changed , the. Forsythia in the spring , getting my beans in the ground by march, laying on my back on a hot summer night with a salt shaker in one hand as I picked and ate fresh tomatoes off my vines. The wild chickada’s screaming as they added music to the lovely crepe myrtle . The pain in the ass yet glorious leaves as they blew off the tree covering everything even finding a way into the house, the gutters….. Yes hard to rake but well worth the effort. Then, at last that first crisp cold snow that transformed my world into the wonder I had been waiting for.
I loved it there, and it was not my choice to leave for good but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the smell of the salty pacific and the night music of the waves crashing as they end their journey only to begin again .
My cup often runneth over.
Take care and thank you again for your article tonight.
Tom is happy with his studies, it does my heart good to feel his joy.
Love, Clancy P.
July 11, 2015 at 8:37 am
Clancy, there is apparently no shortage of poets in your family! What a beautiful reminiscence. I graduated from high school in Roanoke, and know it well. I lived in Sarasota before that, loving the salt of the gulf in the air. I hope our paths will cross in person someday. It seems we would have no shortage of things to talk about. Please give your extraordinary brother my love.
And do you know that I recorded his song Ten Lucky Pennies? It’s not the same as the original, of course, but I’m honored to have done it.
Michael Smith says
June 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm
I just heard last weekend (at Bread for the World’s lobby day) that you’re living in Black Mountain. I work for Bread and live in Asheville. You probably know that we work on the justice side of hunger – not the charity side. Charity is essential. It makes sure that our hungry neighbors are fed today. But it doesn’t address the reasons that they are hungry. Are you going to the Wild Goose Festival?
July 10, 2015 at 7:43 am
Hi Michael — great to hear from you. Thanks for the important work you are doing. I look forward to learning more. Yes, there’s a difference between meeting people’s needs and challenging the systems that make them needy. Thanks for showing up in that way. I’ll miss the Goose this year, but let’s try to catch up soon.
Ronald E. Lemon says
April 20, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Looking forward to your visit to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College…..Safe travels and god bless!…April 22, 2015
April 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm
Thanks Ronald! See you soon…
Don Bliss says
April 4, 2015 at 11:11 pm
As I always do at this time of year I got out the Spin CD to listen to “Peter.”
Thank you for such a beautiful, moving and meaningful song.
April 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm
Thanks so much, Don. I’m moved that it continues to resonate for you. It hurts me every time I sing it, which is probably a good thing. Peace.
Jim Hargrove says
February 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm
My wife heard about the poem “White Flour” at a womens circle meeting. She said the point was made that you can’t fight hate with hate. I came on the web site to view the poem. I found the imagry to be vivid, and the words amusing but biting at the same time. I’m glad I dropped by.
February 11, 2015 at 7:31 am
Thanks much, Jim. I’m glad the poem resonates.
Sue Richard says
January 25, 2015 at 11:22 am
On Pandora this morning and heard a beautiful folk song by a New Hampshire artist named Bill Staines. The name of the song is “River.” Since we only see you once a year (for now!), I was wondering if you would consider singing this song when you sing at the White Horse near the 4th of July, 2015. So many wonderful folk songs, I am always finding something new. Thanks, David.
(Josh Richard’s mom)
January 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm
Hi Sue — wonderful to hear from you. It is always a challenge to fit in the songs I want to play at any given show, so I think I’d better not make any promises — that said, I’m glad to be pointed to the song. I will go look it up and check it out. Bill Staines certainly does some great work. Thanks for thinking of me!
River Ludington says
October 20, 2014 at 10:44 pm
A long time ago, you came and performed at my house in New Mexico when I was no older than about 10. I helped you carry your stuff out in the morning, and you gave me the pick you used the night before. I’ve been playing guitar since. Now I’m in college, and your album Good Tar just started playing on my iTunes while I was doing homework, and I can’t turn it off. It is making me want to play guitar for the rest of the night like it did after your performance. It may be nearly a decade later, but Thanks for the pick!
October 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm
Hey River — thanks so much for this kind note. It’s a wonderful way to end my day here in El Salvador, and you’re really kind to take the time to write. I look forward to the next time our paths cross. 😉
Linda Freeman says
October 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm
Hello David..so wonderful to see that you have done some really great things with your life. Many blessing for you cause you are what is lacking in this world and that is an humanitariun heart. My heart aches for what goes on in our world and you have the opportunity to have your voice heard..how great that is!! Loved your music when you played in Blk. Mtn., been many years ago!! Keep up the great job!! Will make a special effort to read your books!! Still have one of your CD’s from many years ago!! Take care my friend and stay safe during any travels!!
October 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm
Thanks so much, Linda. Wonderful to hear from you. Peace…
Jo Sanders says
August 23, 2014 at 9:18 am
Years ago when I was living in New Zealand, I was at the Auckland Folk Festival and had the opportunity to hear you perform. Wonderful!!
I think I emailed you a few times about the possibility of coming to my home reservation in South Dakota but…that fell through on my part…anywhoo
Now you are coming to Aberdeen, SD…where I now live!!! Even more wonderful!!! I am excited to come to your performance!!
August 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm
Hey Jo! How wonderful! I will look forward to reconnecting with you in a new hemisphere. I would love to talk further about a visit to the reservation as well. See you tomorrow, I hope!
Sarah Mitchell says
June 27, 2014 at 10:08 am
We are in Montreat, where we’ve enjoyed hearing you a number of times. I have looked in the store for your “Sing Loud” bumper sticker, but they have only the “God Bless Every Nation” one (which gets lots of comments when folks see it on my car). I thought since it is now the Worship and Music conference, I might find it here. A friend of mine had to buy a new car, and in doing so, lost her “Sing Loud”. I promised her I’d try to find another one. Will you have them available at your White Horse appearance next week? Do your folks have any? I have gotten extra “God Bless” ones from them.
June 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Hi Sarah — we’ve got’em! Yes, we will have them at the White Horse show, and they’re also available on this website. The White Horse is more fun than web shopping, though. 😉 See you soon!
Theresa Douglas says
May 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm
I wanted to thank you for your presentation today at the Rotary International District 1020 Peace Conference at Scotland’s Parliament in Edinburgh. I found it entertaining, thought provoking and motivating! Your relaxed style meant that the challenges to us, which were inherent in what you were saying, were heard, by me in any case, and I am not intending to adopt that old hero narrative any more! Active-ism here I come! I’m sure the young people in the audience will be talking about today for a long time to come! Well done.
Once again, thank you, I hope you enjoy your time here in Scotland with us and… Haste ye back!
May 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Thanks so much, Theresa! I so deeply appreciate those kind words. It was a joy to be with you. Blessings on your journey.
Keith Best says
April 25, 2014 at 7:59 am
I have really enjoyed your website and listening to you speak and sing. Jean and I are looking forward to meeting you in Scotland for the first and very unique Rotary Peace Conference on May 10th. You have made it really easy to put together a bio for the delegates. We have spread the word about your work through facebook and LinkedIn. See you in the Scottish Parliament Building on Friday.
May 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
I’m sure looking forward to it, Keith. Thanks!
Lesedi, Cape Town says
March 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Hi there David! I must say, my lack of knowledge and interest in these advanced ways of communicating with people couldn’t put out the joy I felt after having met you that day in Cape Town. I just had to write to you. I had no idea who you are or what you do but your warmth and sincerity left me walking away with a smile, asking God why I had met you. I really enjoyed our little chat, and His hand upon you was quite evident. It truly is my prayer that you continue toiling away in all humility for the good of mankind. Now when I sit at Charly’s bakery i’ll make it a point to say a little prayer for you and your family. Don’t grow weary of doing good. Peace be with you. 🙂
Marjorie W. Joyce says
January 29, 2014 at 4:55 am
David – Have shared the video you posted of Pete Seeger on facebook with many relatives and friends who do not do FB. Yes, that particular song brought tears to my eyes as well. I sort of had in the back of my head, “well, as long as we’ve got good ole Pete – we have someone to keep us straight”. And of course I love that his song calls us all to be prophets and reminds us it is all of our responsibility.
Have enjoyed listening to your music since the early 90’s and Third Street Coffee House in Roanoke and other times I am able to catch you on tour. I believe you have a lot of Pete’s heart and ability through your songs to share a wonderful message of peace and how we can all be each others brothers and sisters. I have your bumper sticker, “Sing Loud, its a Big World” on my coffee thermos that I take with me to work, it means I start each day with a smile, thank you.
October 23, 2013 at 11:01 am
How do I sign up to receive your blog, David? Please?
Thank you for your seemingly tireless work for peace and justice for all. I know that you and your family must get exhausted sometimes. Here’s a bit of extra energy to carry on.
October 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm
Thanks for asking — your comment alerted me to the fact that there was a problem with the sign-up. You will now find it back where it should be, on the main page of this web site: https://www.davidlamotte.com, in the upper right column.
Charlotte Mizelle says
October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm
I just wanted to say what a nice website you have….I was looking through it for an upcoming event you have in Boone, NC and found it east to navigate and learn about your work. So many are not nearly as well done….so I wanted to pass along the compliment. I look forward to hearing your massage and music next week.
October 22, 2013 at 10:30 am
Thanks much for your kindness, Charlotte!
Scott George says
August 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm
Hello David LaMotte and fans!
I just wanted to say what a blessing it has been being able to enjoy your music over the years. My sister first introduced me to you when she was in college at PC in Greenville S.C. back in 1995. Your music resonated with me through the years and I even requested the band at my wedding play a few of your songs in 2006. It is now 2013 and I still enjoy hearing your songs. I now live in Florida and hope to see some upcoming tour dates down here in the near future! Thanks for your music and service to the world!
August 14, 2013 at 7:42 pm
Thanks so much for those kind words, Scott! I look forward to our paths crossing again some time.
Terri Bocklund says
June 18, 2013 at 11:20 am
Hi David – we swapped songs a few times in the 90s at my little venue Bagels & Ballads in Northern Virginia, and at your venue, The Green Door. I thought I’d try to see what you’ve been up to, and wow, I’m so impressed with what you have accomplished! Besides the music, your humanitarian efforts are inspiring.
I’m going to be an Artist in Residence this summer at Isle Royale National Park, and I’ve been a composing fool since visiting there a couple summers ago. I’m on the brink of a new phase of my musical career, and I’m amazed at how it’s all come about.
Hope you get a little glow from this “voice from the past” connection, and please know you made a difference to me along the way!
June 18, 2013 at 11:43 am
Hey Terri, wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for looking me up. The Isle Royale gig sounds completely wonderful. Best of luck with that. Thanks, too, for your kind words about my adventures. I hope our paths will cross again at some point.
Lloyd Navarro says
May 2, 2013 at 10:57 am
My spouse and I want to thank you for the wonderful evening you shared with us at the Rotary District 7690 Conference on Saturday, April 20, 2013. It is inspiring to hear about your life’s purpose, experiences gained, accomplishments becoming contributions, and dreams yet to occur. Hope our paths cross again and wish you happiness both personally and professionally.
Lloyd & Leslie Navarro
May 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm
Thanks so much, Lloyd and Leslie. It was a delight to be with you. Thanks for the work you do as Rotarians, and for your support of the Rotary Peace Fellowship, as well as for these kind words.
Darel "LOve" Santucci says
April 15, 2013 at 11:40 am
I was the performer who played at Love Wins Ministries’ anniversary party this past Sunday afternoon. You left me a guitar pick to get in touch with you (it worked – nice touch); so, here I am touching base. I’m basically starting back into the music business from scratch, and any assistance I can get along the way would be greatly appreciated. I can also play keyboards, bass, drums, and accordion – if that helps in any way. You can contact me at (919) 912-6286, or via my email address hidden above. Thank you for your compliments.
Darel “LOve” Santucci
May 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Hey Darel, great to hear from you, as well as to hear you. I sent a note to your email address, and I look forward to being in touch. Peace…
Katrina Landon says
April 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm
Here are websites to the venues mentioned by me:
1.(Williamsburg Occaision for the Arts: http://www.aofta.org/
2. First Night (WMBG): http://www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org/
3. Williamsburg Public Library: http://www.wrl.org/events/concerts
April 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Thanks again, Katrina. 😉
April 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm
The egg man! Just thought of you as I have a friend living in Asheville now, and I told her to look out for your next performance. I have moved back to my hometown, Williamsburg, VA. You should check out Williamsburg’s “Occaision for the Arts” which is held in October. It’s a paying gig, and you would sell CDs I am sure! Also, their “First Night” on New Year’s Eve is also an excellent venue and also paying! The Williamsburg Public Library also books artists and also pays. Nice little theater.
I still remember the night I sat beside you at the South Florida Folk Music Festical in January, 1994…you shared your egg with me! I lived in Roanoke for many years – maybe you remember me, maybe not. Not important, but I just wanted you to know I still love your music! I am glad to see you are still living the life of an artist and activist!
April 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Hey Katrina – great to hear from you. Thanks for those kind words and that warm invitation. Hope I can get to the Williamsburg Public Library some time. Good fun. I look forward to the next time our paths cross. Peace…
Susie Fender says
April 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm
Wow, David, we enjoyed your song & music on Saturday at Concord. I had to “bad” fortune to have to speak (on my polio experiences) after your performance. You have new fans of your music in my husband and me. Hope to see you again soon. It was a pleasure to meet you.
April 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm
Susie, it was an honor and privilege to share that stage with you. Thank you for sharing your story with such courage, grace and candor. Thanks, too, for your kind words here. Thankfully, it’s not a competitive sport. 😉 I look forward to the next time our paths cross.
Joe McCulloch says
March 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm
Hi David. I first met and heard you speak at College Connection this past January in Montreat. I just received my DVD that included your talk as well as Loli’s sermon. I’m thoroughly enjoying listening to it on by drive to and from work and reminiscing about the great conference. I am amazed at how much I remember from your talks. Thanks. Also wanted you to know that I am still working on bringing you to First Pres in Shreveport and have been in touch with your assistant. Have a planning meeting tomorrow and am hoping to get them to agree on something for the fall. Hope all is well with you and your family and a big hug to Mason.
March 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm
Thanks so much for your kind words, and for listening deeply enough to those ideas that they stuck with you.i hope the Shreveport thing will work out, and I’ll look forward to our paths crossing again, whenever that happens.
January 29, 2013 at 11:39 am
i recently met you at check-out of your recent stay at the hotel i am training at in S.C(1-28-2013)I asked you about what you do as i saw your guitar.You gave me your business”pick” to your website.It is excellent.I checked out probably every song available.So..i have a few words on it”
I LOVE A “SONG FOR YOU”
BECAUSE I AM”BAREFOOT FOR NOW”
EVEN THOUGH I SEE A “WINTER CLEAR”
MY”LENS CAP”CAPTURES “YOUR SMILE”
AND ONE MORE WORD..”KEEP THE CHANGE”.
It was a pleasure to meet you although briefly..may we meet again on your travels.
January 29, 2013 at 11:48 am
Thank you for taking the time to listen to those songs, Heidi, and for your kind note, using my own words for me, rather than against me. 🙂 peace…
Hideko Tamura Snider says
January 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Hi,David, I just tried to contact you at the recommendation of Rev. Dr. Linda Morgan-Clement at the College of Wooster. I got the impression she wanted us connected. Looking over your web site, I feel we are kindred hearts though I am twice your senior in age. How wonderful to know that you and linda will be among
the inheritors of the Earth after our generation is gone. As we say in Japanese, “Kanpai”. Hope to get a chance to speak with you.
Hideko Tamura snider
One Sunny Day Initiatives
January 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm
Hello Hideko —
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!
It was lovely to get your messages. Yes, Linda spoke to me about you at the conference last weekend, and I would love to talk with you. Thanks so much for reaching out. I have your number here, and will call tomorrow.
November 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm
It was so great meeting you and hearing some of your songs at the jam last Mon. Your voice has so much expression and your guitar playing beautifully compliments it – you tell your song-story with your whole body. Love your songwriting, esp the USS Bathtub. I hope to catch one of your shows soon and definitely hope to see you at another jam. Marie V
Joy Myers says
October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Is it possible to get a copy for my e-reader?
October 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm
Very soon, Joy! Which kind do you have?
Lois Lunetta says
October 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Hi, David –
I found your impressive website through the article on White Flour in God’s Blog (Sojourners) and would like info on prices for bulk copies of the book. Am passing on to the “movers and shakers” of my church’s denomination my hope that you might visit a large group meeting in central PA in 2013.
Blessings to you in continuing the fine work you’re doing!
October 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Hi Lois — thanks much for your kind words and for your enthusiasm about the book. I’d love to come out to Central PA and visit with you and your denominational friends. To talk about bulk discounts, please contact Sherri Powers — sherri(dot)powers(at)cox.net. Thanks again! – David
Brandy Martin says
September 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm
Great to catch up with you and your work. Love the website. My family attended 2 of your house concerts in San Angelo, Texas in early 2000 (Robert Dowler and Terry Maxwell were the hosts)as well as a concert at a local venue. We own 4 autographed CDs which we all still LOVE to listen to. You inspired my son, who was 9 at the time, to pick up the guitar. He now has his own band is enjoying playing locally. Thank you for your inspiration in all that you do. It is wonderful to see how much you and your family are doing to promote fellowship around the world!
September 7, 2012 at 8:11 am
Thanks so much for taking the time to look me up. It’s a please to hear from you. I remember those shows at Robert and Terry’s. Good evenings of song and conversation. Please give my best to folks who might remember me in San Andgelo, and thanks for your kind words.
August 9, 2012 at 12:55 am
I serendipitously came across your blog. I am a future Peace Fellow stating in Feb 2012 at UQ and wanted to thank you for your blogging; general curiously lead to me reading basically anything and everything that your blog had to offer about Australia.
August 9, 2012 at 9:42 am
Congratulations on becoming a Peace Fellow. It’s no small thing. I hope you will have a wonderful and enriching experience, and I would be happy to hear from you any time if you have questions or just want to check in. I’ll send a note to your email account so that you know how to reach me.
Mihir Chaturvedi says
May 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm
This is Mihir from Bangkok, Thailand. Sir if u remember i met u at Bawarchi Restaurant at Chidlom, Bangkok. I have gone through your website and was really touched by it. especially what u are doing with the education of children in guatemala i am short of words. only what i can say is sir that i too want to do something like this but i dont know from where to start. if i can be the part of your great project it would be like a dream come true for me. Hats of to u sir for what you and your family are doing to change the world and i sincerely hope that we meet again very soon as i am really longing to meet u. I wish u all the best for your future projects.
May 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Mihir, what a treat to hear from you. I so enjoyed our brief conversation in the restaurant, while the musicians played in the corner. I appreciate your kind words and interest in my work. I wish I had some wise general advice for you in your goals, but I guess the best thing I can say is get started! There’s nothing like ‘showing up.’ 😉 You will learn what you need to as you go.
I don’t have any plans to be back in Thailand, but I will come back at the first opportunity, and I hope we will meet again then.
Shawni Westmoreland says
May 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm
I just came across your Kickstarter project which lead me to your site. I’m a big fan of your book and I wish that I would have known about it while it was still open to backers.
I’m a first year ESL kindergarten teacher and I think the work that you and your wife started in Guatemala is amazing. It’s exactly what I want to do, but I don’t quite know how to get started. Do you have any tips for starting a non-profit, education based project?
May 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm
Thanks for your kindness, and for the work you’re doing already. My wife has taught elementary esl. It’s good and noble work.
I’d be happy to talk with you about PEG and that kind of work in general. Maybe next week we could schedule a phone call…?
As for the White Flour book, thank you for wanting to support it! If you want to pick up a copy, that’s the best way now, I suppose. You can do that under the “books” menu at the top of this web site. Thanks again!
May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Thanks so much for responding so quickly. I sent a message to you though your contact form and I look forward to hearing from you!
Toni Putrino says
May 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Hi David,just heard you were in Chiang mai,sorry i missed you,but if you’re ever back this way,please let me know, we can play some songs at my place,take care my friend.
May 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm
It’s been a great visit, Tony, and I do hope to get back. Thanks for the warm welcome. Hope we can get together next time through.
andy pratt says
April 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm
David. You are doing a great job. Your poem: White Flour is brilliant. Must tell you my police story from the UK with a similar theme. I am sending NC my youngest son this year: Sam. he will be running a venue at WG12. Look after him. When are you touring the UK? Remember you have a built-in tour manager/roadie/driver here. Keep the Faith. Andy
April 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Thanks much, Andy! I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get over for Greenbelt. Maybe we can do something fun then. Cheers,
Bud Ogletree says
March 23, 2012 at 1:21 am
Miss getting your new albums and occasionally seeing you in concert, But wanted to let you know I am Very Proud Of the work you and your family are doing. You Probably get alot more Hard Earned Smiles. Thanks For the Time you gave to Us. Good Luck In your future Projects. Bud Ogletree,Jonesboro,Ar
March 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Hey Bud! Good to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. I am back to performing some, though I’m doing a fair amount of speaking these days too. Still love playing music, though. I did two concerts last week. Wish you could have come along. I’ll be back in Arkansas next spring (2013). Maybe we’ll catch up then. Peace.
Grace Upshaw says
March 21, 2012 at 12:43 am
Hi! I saw you, Dan, and Dawud in last November’s Abraham Jam at Duke, and it was amazing. I recently remembered that you guys’ music exists and resumed listening to it nonstop, and its awesomeness led me to check your respective calendars. When I did, I discovered that another Abraham Jam is being planned for November 2012 in Kalamazoo, MI. 😀
So I suppose the point of all this is to ask if Kalamazoo is going to be the only Abraham Jam happening next year, or if you three are planning/would consider going other places as well, since it probably wouldn’t be a good idea for me to give in to the strong temptation to find a way to get to Kalamazoo to see that one. 😛
As a side note, your music makes me happy, as does the fact that people like you exist. You inspire me. ^_^
This may not be the appropriate way to ask questions, and if so, I’m sorry, but it seems like the Contact form is more of a way to book shows, and at any rate, this way other interested people may be able to see it.
Keep up the good work!
March 21, 2012 at 12:54 am
Hey Grace — this is a fine way to ask questions. Thanks for asking them, and for your kind words. We sure had a magical night that evening at Duke, and we can’t wait to gather again in Kalamazoo. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to find some other ways to gather in other places and take the Abe Jam on the road a bit more. There are some other projects in front of it in line, but I’m hoping to fix up abrahamjam.com so that we can offer that to folks. I can’t promise it will be anywhere but Kalamazoo this year, though. Stay tuned, eh?
Tim Oster says
November 1, 2011 at 2:01 am
Yesterday David came to our hometown, Joplin, MO, and my wife and I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing David and hearing his poetry and music for the first time. It was a great experience that we both enjoyed very much. David brought a sense of appreciation, and hope and anticipation for things to come that was especially touching for many of us at Bethany Presbyterian Church as we celebrated our 85th year anniversary, and as we continue to heal following the terrible destruction of our community. From all of us I just want to say how much we appreciate David taking his time to visit Joplin, and to encourage us with his talents. David, I will pray that God will continue to guide, and support you in your efforts to change the world. God bless you and yours!
Thanks so much for this kindness, Tim, and for your great hospitality in Joplin. Here’s to healing…
October 22, 2011 at 2:30 am
Hi David, My mom Martha sent me your website. I enjoyed your music a lot. I really love children from Guatemala and is great you are doing educational projects for them. I live in FL but I am originally from Guatemala and my husband is from NC. It would be nice to meet you sometime. We are traveling to Guatemala Nov 23-27.
Also we have a webdesign company and would like to help out with the non-profit’s website/hosting.
March 21, 2012 at 12:56 am
Thanks so much for this kind note. I hope we can meet up in Guate some time. I’ll be going down again this summer, but the dates aren’t set yet. We have a new web site behind the scenes that we’re looking forward to launching soon, but I’ll certainly make a note of your offer. That’s very kind. Peace…
martha hall says
October 21, 2011 at 2:14 am
Hi David Nice meeting you by chance in a rainy day at Don Fernando’s Caffe…..
Great music and great soul…..hope you ever give a lecture and concert close by..where me and family can meet you…..
Viggo is 5 years old and wants to hear you…
Take care specially in the mudslides of Guatemala…and chickenbuses…..
take care and will lisen to all your music..slowly…
March 21, 2012 at 12:57 am
Thanks so much for those kind words, Martha. I look forward to the next time our paths cross, in whichever country…
Lee Hunter says
September 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Hi David! Wow, this site looks really wonderful. I’m so happy to see you continuing to do well and do the things you love. I’m thinking about adding a blog to the Tammerlin website, so I’m enjoying seeing what you’re doing with yours. Please get in touch next time you’re in FL. Much love to you and your beautiful family. Lee
September 28, 2011 at 2:18 am
Hey Lee – always great to hear from you! Life’s good here. Much to celebrate. Thanks so much for poking around here. If you find yourselves coming through Chapel Hill, come stay with us and hang out with Mason. He really likes it when other musicians hang around. 😉
Gabi Viernau says
September 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm
In 2006 and 2007 I could visit your concerts in the church of Jesberg, Germany. From that moment on I love your music, your messages, your spirit, your humour, your good heart. I am very interested in reading about your private life, also your good work all around the world for peace to all nations and your activities. I´m always looking forward to your messages. I´ve the luck, that I can often visit concerts with your friend Kenny Legendre, and we can talk together too. I also visited his fantastic concert in the church of Jesberg “Tribute to DavidLaMotte”. You can see, your music, your passion is still going on here. Have much fun on September 22nd with Kenny making a House Concert. Great!!Always hoping, that we can hear and meet you again in Germany. Dearest greetings to you and your “fantastic” family. All the best.
September 15, 2011 at 12:26 am
Gabi, it is lovely to hear from you. I remember you, and sincerely hope that our paths cross again. Kenny made some mention of trying to set something up. Next week we’ll chat about that and do some dreaming. 😉 Thanks for checking in. Frieden…
Ned Yellig says
August 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm
I found your website from the handbill left at Pullen. So nice to learn more about you. Our lives cross through many circles overlapping. We are both busy trying to change our world. I hope we have time for coffee or tea sometime. Ned
September 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm
Hi Ned – I’ve sent you an email. Thanks for checking in.
August 8, 2011 at 5:09 am
You and I met many of years ago when you first produced your first album, you sang at Camp Grier. I was maybe 10 years old and have followed your music since. Thank you for making such amazing music! You actually played for my Presbyterian Campus Ministries group in Greensboro,NC I missed it because I was studying abroad in Germany.I kicked myself because I had heard that you were retiring!!! I couldn’t believe I had missed my last chance to see you live! I am glad that you are back and hope to make it to one of the NC events!
ps new website is awesome!
September 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm
Hey Chelsea – thanks for your kind note. I’m glad we have more chances. Glad you like the web site, too. It’s so nice to work with people who are good at that kind of stuff. Hope to see you soon.
July 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm
David. Andy here. Just got back from the USA. You all need a lot of help with your addiction to sugar, salt and ice cubes – not necessarily together.I helped you take your tent down at Wildgoose – the tall bald Brit in the red T-shirt.
I promised to connect you to the Greenbelt posse.
Here goes: Paul Northup does the booking of musicians. He is the man to get hold of.
he knows me and it may help to say that we met.
Email address is: email@example.com
Keep the faith.
July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm
So true, Andy — re the dietary concerns… 😉
Thanks for your kindness, both in sending this note and in helping with the tent(s). I’ll drop a note to Paul, and drop your name within it.
Howard Daniels says
July 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm
It’s been a long time with a lot of life changes. I first met you years ago at Montreat West at Ft. Collins, Colorado. I still love your music, and listen often. Just wish you came this far West,(New Mexico or West Texas) so I could see you in concert again.
July 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Hi Howard – great to hear from you. I hope our paths will cross again some time. I don’t have anything on the calendar in that part of the country just now, but airplanes are amazing inventions… it’s not so hard to get there, if you ever need me to come out. 😉
Grace and peace…
Weikei Yu says
June 17, 2011 at 3:36 am
I was looking through my a bunch of my CDs and I found yours. Autographed by you, Good Tar, double live. It reminded me of the house concerts I used to go to at my neighbors house. Now that I am older, I have come to appreciate your music on a much higher level, and without you I wouldn’t be able to have such an nostalgic but refreshing musical experience.
I also really understand your message and purpose in your music much better. I really dig what you are doing – you are indeed a good example of what defines a good person. Hopefully someday we’ll run into each other again, I’d love to hear your story now that I’m much older. But until then, keep on rockin’. Just thought I’d share that with you.
June 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Thanks so much for your note, and for pulling that old CD out. It’s lovely to hear from you. I hope our paths will cross again some time, too.
Sarah Cottongim says
June 3, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Hi David!! I’m so excited, I just registered for Big Tent and the last item to check off was a ticket to a David LaMotte concert!! I didn’t even know you were back in the states! I was going to go home in the afternoon, but NO WAY would I miss you!!
June 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Thanks Sarah! I’ll look forward to seeing you there. I’m excited about that, too. 😉
Kathryn McCrary says
April 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Hey, dear David!
It’s a pleasure to be “caught up” with you and read your story. I am so pleased to
have been able to follow your life since first knowing you through youth conferences
at Montreat… remember the first Montreat West?
I hope that I’ll be able to see you again, perhaps in Raleigh. Your CDs are alsways with me
when I travel.
Blessings to you.
September 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Hey Kathryn – this reply is long overdue, but I just noticed that I hadn’t replied earlier, so I’m hoping ‘better late than never’ applies.
Thanks for your years of support and friendship. I do remember that first iteration in Colorado, and I hope our paths will continue to cross in the coming years. Peace…
Julia Lehmann says
April 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm
The new web site is really wonderful – congrats! Your thoughts on is peace possible remind me of one of the great songs from The Cotton Patch Gospel – “Turn it around”. The idea being “to get right side up turn upside down”. This is the Gospel message in a nutshell, isn’t it?
So good to have all of you by stateside and to have you performing again. Keep up the good dad practices.
MIchael Wood says
March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm
This is my first chance to preview the new website and I think it’s fantastic. Congratulations.
I know life is treating you well and I’m happy for that. I keep track of you on fb but I’ll keep checking here frequently too.
Look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. My last recollection is when we passed each other in the Charlotte airport more than a couple years ago and I gave you a copy of my book – Rise Up the Phoneix.
Be well and my best to Deanna and Mason.
Harry Wiksten says
February 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm
The World Peace event in Danvers on 2-9-11 gave me an appreciation for how much we can make a difference in someone elses world. Something I know but don’t always think about. Changing the world starts with how we change ourselves to be loving and giving to others.
Anyway, I have passed your site to a young lady currently studying to be a “music therapist”. It seemed like a good fit for her and could possibly expand her horizons.
God Bless your ministry!
Susie Hook says
February 12, 2011 at 4:28 am
GREAT concert tonight!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for blessing First Presbyterian Church of Argenta with your incredible talents. I will go to sleep tonight with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
Kenny Legendre says
February 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm
you’ve grown a lot, and your website shows it :-). Got it tabbed now, and will be checking in regularly like in the old days. Question is now, when are you coming back to Europe??? 😉
Dan Hoffenberg says
February 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm
It was great meeting you yesterday at the Rotary World Peace dinner. Thank you for making the trip to Boston and keeping the Rotarians engaged with your presentation. It’s great to be reminded once in a while of the reason we choose to be Rotarians. Like Susan said above, I’m also having trouble getting “shadows” out of my head. I picked up a few of your CD’s and look forward to hearing more and sharing them with others. Thanks again.
February 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm
indeed a pleasure to check out the new website.
Felix Blowers says
February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm
The new site looks great!
Susan Bishop says
February 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
I was blessed to meet you at the Rotary International World Peace dinner 2/9/11. I will have to find “Shadows” since I’m haunted by little clips of it since you played for us. Emotionally beautiful song.Very inspirational & fullfilling message. Thank you for sharing & congratulations.
I pray a happy & healthy life for you, your wife & adorable Mason.
Richard Grinspun says
February 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm
Impressive site, I already posted a reply to one of your articles and posted it on my facebook. Just to let you know, when I clicked to tabs in the black info box on the home page it did not send me anywere or show the articles promoted.
Overall great job.
Please make any replies to my facebook istead of e-mail, I spend more time on facebook as opposed to reading any e-mail these days.