Come and listen to the leading track off the new album! Share it with your friends for the pre-order because this is going to be such a tremendous album and we are so very excited.
5 mason jars
You are invited into a polar expedition. This adventure is, as always, to be tailored to your story and we are merely providing suggestions and framework for goodness to happen. Make changes as needed and be creative.
Sometime this month find a wooded area that is traversed by people, even in winter. It should be hidden enough to be an enjoyable destination, yet frequented enough to be quite public.
Create your jars: Write the following words on the 5 tags- Hopes, Dreams, Fears, Secrets, Prayers. Then put the tags in the jars so they’re easily seen. And leave scrap paper and golf pencils in each jar. Lastly, leave quotes and your own thoughts in the jars as well, as a catalyst.
Bundle up and head out into the cold. Bring a friend. Or family. Enjoy the sense of purpose that comes with loving people by providing them anonymous reflection space.
Hang your jars together in a place that can be seen from a path- not too hidden but not too obvious. It should feel as if they’ve stumbled onto something special. And they have.
Leave the jars there. Invite your friends and connections on Facebook and other media channels. Everyone loves and deserves an adventure.
Collect your jars after 5-7 days. If you leave the brittle glass out too long they’re subject to breaking.
Take some time and treasure the connections and thoughts left there. Whether poetic musings, crude vandalism or plain honesty, it all speaks to our humanity.
Keep the jars somewhere they can catch the light this month. Be reminded of hopes, dreams, fears and everything that comes with great beginnings.
Whenever the season changes it’s good to have a soundtrack to follow and celebrate the new themes. Recreate this crafted playlist or look up some of these songs about New Year’s and new beginning to fill your January days.
What songs would you add? Feel free to leave them here in the comments!
1. Auld Lang Syne – Glenn Miller Band
2. New Year’s Day- U2
3. This is the New Year- Death Cab for Cutie
4. Golden Years- David Bowie
5. This Year’s Love- David Gray
6. What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?- Ella Fitzgerald
7. New Day- Gomez
8. This Year- Serendipity
9. When I was 17- Frank Sinatra
10. Auld Lang Syne- Andrew Bird
Here’s some additions after we asked folks on Facebook what they suggest listening to:
*Everything is New- Tim Coons
*Good Days-Renee Swick-Ziller and Tim Coons
*This is Not the End- Fieldwork
*Blue Danube- Johann Strauss
*Long December- Counting Crows
*Next Year- Foo Fighters
*What Planet is This?!- The Seat Belts
*Ice on Her Lashes- Brooke Fraser
*I See Fire- Ed Sheeran
*Get Lucky- Daft Punk
*Where is My Mind- The Pixies
Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Green Stew
My grandmother would fix two special things for our dinner every New Year’s Eve: collared greens and black eyed peas. And every year they were terrible. We would yell and complain and she would retort that at least one bite must be taken for wealth and good fortune finding us in our year to come. I’m from Kansas, but I believe this is a southern tradition. Apparently it dates all the way back to the Civil War.
May your new year be blessed with wealth and good fortune. At least you’ll start it with a great meal.
2 Cups dried black-eyed peas
1 Tbs. canola oil
3/4 C. finely chopped yellow onion
8 oz. kielbasa sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
4 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 bunch collard greens – chopped
1. Sort and wash peas; set Aside.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 10 minutes or until tender. Add sausage; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. Stir in broth; bring to a simmer, scraping pan to loosen yummy browned bits. Stir in peas, salt, peppers, and bay leaves. Cover and simmer 45 minutes or until peas begin to soften. Uncover and cook 15 minutes or until liquid begins to thicken.
4. Stir in vinegar, tomatoes, and greens; simmer 10 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Serve with warm cornbread drizzled with honey.
Each month as Giants & Pilgrims creates all the content and stories and art for Almanac No. 1, a theme will be chosen that resonates with the month and the place we find ourselves in this year. For January our theme is “Begin”.
January is a blank canvas. A snowy field. Untouched clay.
Now is the time to reflect and be resolute again.
The resolutions we make now guide and direct our new year.
So here’s to new beginnings.
May the fresh start find you this season.
This is a project a year in the making. And one that’s close to Betony and I’s heart.
January of last year Betony and I talked about doing an art project together; one that would involve music, paintings, and anything else we felt was worth doing. What resulted was a big work we’re calling “Almanac No. 1”.
We did a successful Kickstarter in the fall and now we are releasing a monthly subscription, a series of paintings, and an album. All this will be found here in the coming months, slowly, like a good garden.
As for the publication, we are full of subscribers for the year, but plan on making this site a place to engage in the rhythms of our Almanac. As for the paintings, a full gallery will be posted in February. As for the album, we are doing pre-sales in January with a digital release January 18th!
Thank you for all of your support. We hope this art, music, and adventure enriches your whole year with the same goodness we’ve experienced in making it!
Tim Coons of
Giants & Pilgrims