Members and guests of Mill Creek Women's Club were presented with a short documentary film, “Introduction to Americana Women: Roots Musicians - Women’s Tales & Tunes” by long time member and former club president Dyann Arthur on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
Dyann and her husband Rick wondered what retirement would bring them. They knew they wanted to travel and as they are both musicians they knew they wanted to do something involving music.
It came to Dyann one morning as she was thinking about the lack of historical accounts of women musicians in traditional genres of American music, she knew she wanted to find these women and hear their stories.
“'Coffee in Bed Productions' is what we fondly named our brainstorming efforts,” Dyann said laughing.
A short while later MusicBox Project was born.
Dyann and Rick loaded up their camper and set off on a seven month trip across the United States logging over 26,000 miles through 30 states and collecting 1,000 songs along the way. They recorded music and stories from women active in music endeavors aged 18 – 93. These were women making music for fun with family, all the way up to Grammy-award winning, nationally famous artists.
They met women and families in their kitchens and living rooms and recorded from live concerts and festivals.
The documentary film that resulted from this adventure is both inspirational and fascinating with stories and music and the cultures that go along with the music.
This original work was honored as a "Key Acquisition" for the American Folklife Center within the Library of Congress in 2010.
The Arthurs have presented their documentary across the country, a 26-minute short film, and a 55-minute documentary film “Americana Women: Roots Musicians Women’s Tales & Tunes."
Dyann wants these women musicians to be seen, taken seriously, and recorded for history.
The Arthurs experienced the trip of a lifetime, made valuable friendships along the way and their retirement schedule is full as they continue to meet women musicians and record their music and stories.
As a gift with a $30 or more tax deductible donation, a 55-minute full length version of the movie which Dyann said, "is MUCH more engaging than the Intro!" is available. Dyann went on to say, "we are a 501c3 and donations can be made directly on our website."
Many of the music videos (about 180 of them) are available on their YouTube Channel, as is the 26-minute short documentary film.
The Mill Creek Women's Club is a social and philanthropic organization made up of women from the greater Mill Creek, Washington area.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May at the Mill Creek Country Club at 10:30 am.
Mill Creek Women's Club has been active and growing since 1983 with fun social activities, engaging programs at a monthly luncheon and rewarding philanthropic endeavors focusing on the YWCA Pathways for Women.
For more information about Mill Creek Women's Club go to www.millcreekwomensclub.com; or call Sue Ramsey @ 425-385-2016, or Kathleen Corbiere @ 425-357-6239.