John! I felt your warm Texas welcome as soon as I arrived. How fun to experience just a little bit of TX in Bend. Thank you (and Jim too) for inviting me to your new home and concert space. I won't soon forget all the rainbows on my drive peeking through the rain and sun and then hanging there right outside your window overlooking town. Your introduction and warmth throughout the night gave us all an invitation to tune in and let the music, laughter, and connection happen. Thank you for inviting me to take part in your series. Yes!!
John, you've utterly spoiled us all! Playing your house concert was a truly magical experience. You are the consummate host and I am so grateful that you opened your home to me and everyone to create a transcendent night of music. It's healing. It gives me hope. You're the best, and your audience and community in Bend is amazing!
There are moments in your life that are truly transformative...where everything you thought you knew changes, your whole being coalesces around a new truth, and your path gently shifts to accommodate an opening door you never imagined. The Lucky Nows (Jen Cass & Eric Janetsky) had just such a moment at John Cook's place. From John's overflowing kindness and hospitality, to the truly perfect performance space, to the adoring and attentive guests, to the mind and life altering beauty of Bend itself: we are forever changed. And we will be back. And we just might stay forever. And we couldn't begin to find enough words to express our heartfelt thanks for giving us this unforgettable experience. So much love for you, John Cook. So much love.
Having played House Concerts in nearly every State and Europe as well, my point of reference is pretty broad. John does an outstanding job in all respects. Kind, engaged and very lovely folks in a beautiful home in a gorgeous setting with excellent accommodations and outstanding food to top it all off! I am so honored and happy for the opportunity to be part of Songwriter Series House Concerts. John and his brother Jim are wonderful, enthusiastic, generous supporters of the music and make everyone feel right at home. We surely did! Thank you, my friends, and lots of love.
John was kind enough to accommodate me for an extra show on my annual spring tour of the Pacific Northwest, and I quickly knew I was in the Carnegie Hall of Bend from the moment I walked in. The food table was a work of art. The performance space was perfect for listening, and John couldn't have been more gracious, welcoming, and attentive. If a singer/songwriter ever wonders how and why he/she chose this unconventional "occupation", the Songwriter Series is a reminder that there couldn't be a better job in the world. Thanks John!
John, We had such a great time at your series! The audience was really wonderful and the setting you have created, the view, your generous hospitality, everything was perfect. I’m so happy were able to reconnect after all these years since meeting you in Texas. We look forward to returning anytime you will have us! Keep A Song In Your Heart…
John, Thank you is not enough. What a beautiful time I had in Oregon. Thank you for the opportunity to play with Tom & Dirje again.. I am so blessed to fill my bucket with such beautiful music, the joy love and support present.. And the cool weather !! Enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people that came to the house concert .. You rock John !!!
How can I express my gratitude John. Thank you for an incredible gathering, the perfect environment to play, and the opportunity to play music again with Julie Bonk and Dirje Childs. You are indeed one of our patron saints brother - your words of encouragement and the support you have shown made a big difference in my life. I love your new place, loved the meditation room where I slept, loved the gathering of folks at our house concert. You have found your heaven. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing it with me! Tom Prasada Rao
Oh my gosh. What a stellar bunch of people. Please accept my most sincere apology for having a laughing fit while playing. Most unprofessional. Everyone was so understanding and helped me get through it, though, and the music proceeded without a hitch, so those of you who couldn't make the concert and are worrying about how it all turned out, you can lay any fears to rest. I'm afraid Beth Wood must take some of the blame, though, because she is very, very funny. Truth be told, this sort of thing happens more than we'd care to admit. That said, we can't wait to see you when we're in your neighborhood again.
John, I am still basking in the glow of how fun your house concert was!!! Kathy, I am sorry I missed seeing you, but I sang the Cowboy song in your honor! Hope to see you both soon!
My first home concert experience far exceeded my expectations. Intimate, friendly, informal...fun! Gracious host. Great sound. Thank you, John Cook, for a wonderful experience.
Thank you John and Kathy for a wonderful experience. And to Marjorie for hosting in her beautiful, artful house. It was special for me to share music in such an intimate circle of friends. Thank you so much for all that you do to support music, and for bringing a little magic into the world. Much love to you both!
John and Kathy, thank you so much for all of your love and support- you are the people who keep up folk singers going. Caroline and I loved playing the series...what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday!
What an inspiring way to make music. Thank you so much for the warm welcome, the GREAT sound and the continued support for us musicians. This house concert was such a pleasure to play. You've considered all the details, from the well-placed donation hat to building a warm and attentive audience. My show here was some of the most fun I've had making music in recent history.
I have fallen in love with the music scene in Texas. John Cook is one of several supporters that help make the singer-songwriter/acoustic music movement thrive. Texas is so much like California was in the late 60s and 70s and I am honored to have been welcomed into the circle of such talented artists. Please keep it up and thanks for all you do!!!!!
John and Kathy, you are such wonderful supporters and ambassadors of music!! You truly are angels. BIG THANK YOU to you and Judy & Moody for hosting Dirje and me at your house concert series... what a warm, fun, magical, and uplifting day!! I'm so grateful for your friendship!!
John and Kathy, the two of you are BAD ASSES TO THE MAX!!! I love you both. Loved playing your house concert. I love how much you love the music and the musicians. I love how well you take care of us. I'm checking into cloning the two of you.....for we need more! Thanks for all you do in our musical worlds. Words cannot express what it means to us. love. c
John & Kathy are some of the most amazing music supporters around. It is always an honor to play in their presence, because you know these are people who truly understand and appreciate the art form. Thanks you guys! xoxoxo
John, How do I say this? Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What an incredible environment to let your heart out into.. Such an honor to play your house concert series . I have one word to describe my experience performing at your house concert and meeting such warm incredible people. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!! Shine on!! Kool Beans Julie Bonk
Must say I was overwhelmed by the love, warmth and care surrounding our wonderful experience as artists for this series! Everything from the kind Chapmans and their beautiful home with the perfect sound system, to the fabulous spread of food, to the open-hearted attendees--everything created a lovely space for us to share our hearts. I am so honored to be a part of John's music family. John, we love and so appreciate your heartful presence and this concert series is a gem! Thank you so much, Love, Dirje