JANET & BRETT DODD – DUET – FOLK, AMERICANA, BLUEGRASS
Music and performing for us are mostly about connecting with people and community. As a couple music was one of the things that brought us together and is how we connect with others. Performing gives us a chance to share the songs and stories that have meaning to us.
Talk to us a bit about community, about yourself as an artist, and about PorchFest, please…
Our interest in Porchfest began with one of our good friends and great song finder, Kevin Watkins, who lives in the PorchFest zone! We play a lot on our own porch. Using music as a means to connect and create community is awesome!
Seeing people’s smiles as they heard a tune or reacted to our own smiles! Seeing people out of their homes in the neighborhood connecting.
Community is people connecting. We create it by finding ways to connect…. I think there do need to be catalysts, people who go out of their way (like Marshall) to support events that bring people together for music, art, poetry, outdoor events etc.
Not enough…. But we jump at opportunities to connect with others often through music but we push ourselves to explore new areas where we might find common ground with people!
5- What do you hope to accomplish at PorchFest? What do you want to help PorchFest accomplish?
Connect, smile, be in the moment…. Let the music be.
6- What things will you be doing to make this year’s event super special?
Its always special but we’ll stretch ourselves and play some more risky stuff so that it is more like us just playing on our own porch as opposed to “performance”…. We want to just play and that sometimes has many elements of non-perfection which is more real in terms of porch music…. Last time we had someone request a song and we simply asked them if they knew it and would sing… that’s porch music!
7- Why should be attend this year?
They should come because more and more we need to find things that unite us.