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We've finished up recording and mixing the new album at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Can't wait to share the new, eclectic bunch of songs with you! The official CD Release Show was at Knuckleheads in Kansas City on Thursday, April 11th! Many, many thanks to everyone who came out, packed the house, and had the them pulling out extra chairs!!

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A speedy glimpse inside Weights and Measures Soundlab during the recording of Joy Zimmerman's new CD, To the Girl. A special thanks to Nicholas Sloan for his GoPro footage. Video by Linda Dill. Minute and a Half - words & music by Joy Zimmerman, copyright 2013. joyzimmermanmusic.com

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Official release of To the Girl on April 5th, 2019. 

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Note by Note: Dear John or Jane | No. 13 | 4.18.19

What were your favorite sounds from childhood? 

(I’ll give you a minute to ponder this…) 

My top picks include my mom playing piano downstairs as we went to sleep, the school librarian reading us another chapter, Stevie Wonder singing as we danced, kids calling out to invite me to roller skate or play kickball, typewriter keys tapping as my mom typed my dad’s graduate school papers… 

I’m old enough that this particular typewriter was a beautiful, black classic model and heavy as an anchor. It once belonged to my grandfather. 

The cadence of those keys and the frequent chime of the return led me to write a song with the typewriter as its foundation. I started by finding a rhythm on typewriter keys and then launching into a break-up song. 

After remembering an expression I first heard in college -- “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” -- I thought of other ill-fated images, and I was off to the races. Read more

 

Latest Track

The title track to my latest CD: Wanting my younger self to know that all would be well, To the Girl became a love letter to myself during chapters of challenge and change. “All the strands are being woven and tossed….”

Events

Date Event Location
 —  — The InterContinental Hotel - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman and John Brandsgard The Intercontinental Hotel, Kansas City, MO The Intercontinental Hotel, Kansas City, MO
 —  — Lenexa Farmers Market - Joy Zimmerman Lenexa City Center Lenexa City Center
 —  — The InterContinental Hotel - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman, John Brandsgard and Nicholas Sloan Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
 —  — Crestwood Shops Street Party - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman, John Brandsgard and Nicholas Sloan Crestwood Shops, Kansas City, MO Crestwood Shops, Kansas City, MO
The Warming House - Joy Zimmerman and Ryan Dugan The Warming House, Minneapolis, MN The Warming House, Minneapolis, MN
 —  — Ma'am Concert Series, Unplugged, Saint Joseph, MO - Joy Zimmerman, Julie Bennett-Hume, Jenna Rae and Kristin Hamilton - Lost Cowgirl Revue Saint Joseph, MO Saint Joseph, MO
 —  — Women on the Rise Educational Event: Joy Zimmerman - moderator Folk Alliance International Folk Alliance International
 —  — The InterContinental Hotel - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman and Nicholas Sloan Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
 —  — Trago Bar and Tapas - Joy Zimmerman Trago Bar & Tapas, Kansas City, MO Trago Bar & Tapas, Kansas City, MO
 —  — The Mark Music Series - The Lost Cowgirl Revue - Joy Zimmerman, Julie Bennett Hume, Jenna Rae and Kristin Hamilton The Mark Peace and Hope Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO The Mark Peace and Hope Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO
 —  — Lenexa Farmers Market - Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes Lenexa, KS Lenexa, KS
 —  — The InterContinental Hotel - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman, John Brandsgard and Nicholas Sloan Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
 —  — SACC Worship Music - Joy Zimmerman & Ryan Dugan Olathe, KS Olathe, KS
 —  — Overland Park Farmers Market - Joy Zimmerman & Jimmy Dykes Overland Park, Kansas Overland Park, Kansas
 —  — The InterContinental Hotel - Jimmy Dykes, Joy Zimmerman, John Brandsgard and Nicholas Sloan Kansas City, MO Kansas City, MO
 —  — MS Achievement Center Kansas City, KS Kansas City, KS
 —  — 5x5 Songwriter Showcase - Joy Zimmerman Lawrence, KS Lawrence, KS
 —  — Turning Point: Your Family's Greatest Hits - Joy Zimmerman Turning Point, Leawood, Kansas Turning Point, Leawood, Kansas
 —  — MS Achievement Center Kansas City, KS Kansas City, KS
Trago Bar & Tapas - Joy Zimmerman Trago Bar & Tapas, Kansas City, MO Trago Bar & Tapas, Kansas City, MO