My wife Lydia and I had two wonderful experiences over the past month, and we wanted to write a post-Valentine's Day love letter to the local artists and musicians, and the people who love and support them.

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In the past month we've attended the World Premiere of the movie Candlewood in New Milford, and a concert by a touring artist - Daphne Eckman - at a private home in Middlebury.

Photo by Large Dave
Photo by Large Dave

Lydia - Sharing music and art with those you love is the best way to boost vibrations and mood in the world. Take them to a local show, a play, a new exhibit. Concert tickets are so expensive, seeing the brand names we grew up on gets harder and harder. Lacking time and money, we forego a lot of these experiences, but there are so many ways to get it close to home. Our local singers, filmmakers, and artists are fans too, they work in service of the music and artists they love, while putting their own originals out in the world too. I was reminded of this when Andy Atkinson performed at the Candlewood premiere after-party. The movie was made right here, we sat near the director, with actors that we know on the big screen. Afterwards, it was just him and his guitar filling a festive atmosphere with his music. Daphne Eckman wowed us in Middlebury, but the best thing, it was a concert at a private home, and the generosity of our hosts, the Sutherland's. Their appreciation of this Annapolis, Maryland singer/songwriter led to a performance in their home, and our invite to attend. Consume more music and art from local artists in Connecticut. We forge and cement bonds in our consumption and passion for the arts.

Here are some of the artists and venues that we plan on supporting: Chaser 8, 100 Demons, Woodbury Brewing Company, Space Ballroom, Andy Atkinson, John Fazio, and The Busk Station - Torrington.

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