Note by Note: Hats Off to 2020! | No. 23 | 1.17.20

My word of intention for this new year is “gutsy.” I originally toyed with “fearless” but decided that a certain amount of fear will be my companion if I’m living right.  Choosing gutsiness, I’m declaring “Hats Off to 2020!” 

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s new book, The Book of Gusty Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, features Eleanor Roosevelt and more than 130 inspiring women.  The Clintons say the most notable commonality among these women is fierce optimism. This optimism isn’t naive, but rather based on determination and a practice of being brave and hopeful. 

Many of you sent me your words of intention for 2020, including “light”, “openness”, “new”, “balance”, “be bold,” “ambition” and “perseverance”. Words to live by. 

Sometimes we need physical manifestations of our inner shifts or commitments…like deciding to let our hair go gray, taking up skydiving or crochet, quitting a job we’ve outgrown or trying a dating app. 

In 2020 I’ll be stepping further into my power and letting my songs take center stage. To mark this new chapter…this new year…this new decade, I’m taking my hats off for a while. I need some newness, some freshness and more freedom. 

One exciting but scary leap will be a new venture into live recording on March 6th. Ryan Dugan will join me on acoustic guitar and Jake Wheeler on upright bass at Knuckleheads in Kansas City. I’ll be sending out more information about this new live CD and other adventures soon. 

As always, I’m so grateful you’re part of the team. 

Here’s my first very short subject video—a “talkie”, as it were.

Wishing you lots of newness and some fierce optimism too, 

Joy 

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” ~Stephen King

Joy Zimmerman's soulful vocals and original music dance effortlessly from poignant to hilarious to compelling to joyful -- round-trip guaranteed! With folk rock as a springboard, Joy dives into the everyday and the extraordinary. A touring musician based in Kansas City, Joy is a voice of authenticity, hope and joy. 

Joy's songwriting awards include an American Songwriter Lyric Contest Honorable Mention and ten Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Showcase wins. She has recorded six albums - three in Nashville and three in Kansas City. Joy released To the Girl, her sixth album of original music in April 2019.  joyzimmermanmusic.com

 

2 comments

  • Megan Michael
    Megan Michael OPKS
    Hi Joy Happy 2020 to you too - LOVED your tribute with hats off like MTM! I’ll miss your hats though. Break a Leg on March 6th at Knuckleheads! IT’s going to be fantastic! I’ll be celebrating my birthday week that night and you will be in my thoughts. I may see you at Jimmy’s fundraiser if you are there. PEACE Megan

    Hi Joy
    Happy 2020 to you too - LOVED your tribute with hats off like MTM! I’ll miss your hats though.

    Break a Leg on March 6th at Knuckleheads! IT’s going to be fantastic! I’ll be celebrating my birthday week that night and you will be in my thoughts. I may see you at Jimmy’s fundraiser if you are there.

    PEACE
    Megan

  • Joy Zimmerman
    Joy Zimmerman
    Hi Megan, Glad you loved the MTM shout-out! Some of my favorite hats are tucked away for the right time ;) Happy, marvelous birthday week! Enjoy all the celebrating! I'll be missing Jimmy's fundraiser due to a trip to Minnesota for a celebration of life for my beloved aunt and a gig. Peace and hugs and happy birthday! Joy

    Hi Megan,
    Glad you loved the MTM shout-out! Some of my favorite hats are tucked away for the right time wink

    Happy, marvelous birthday week! Enjoy all the celebrating!

    I'll be missing Jimmy's fundraiser due to a trip to Minnesota for a celebration of life for my beloved aunt and a gig.

    Peace and hugs and happy birthday!
    Joy

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