Summit County singer Nancy Cook lives simply |

Summit County singer Nancy Cook lives simply

Leslie Brefeld
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Tammy McMinn

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Finding balance in life can mean more time to give of yourself.

Local singer and songwriter Nancy Cook has found this in practical application after nearly 20 years as a full-time musician in Summit County.

Cook said she lives simply, allowing her more time to work on her music, and more opportunities to give the gift of her music to various nonprofit organizations.

She annually plays for the High Country Conservation Center’s Tim McClure Benefit in February, the Swan Mountain Recpath benefit in the summer and for the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe event in March.

She also finds balance by mixing up her gigs ” sometimes partying at A-Basin’s apres ski, other times hosting a more personal affair at summer concerts.

Over the years, Cook has also found an audience with the diverse faces of Summit’s spiritual community, performing and speaking at many of the local churches.

On Sunday, the High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host Nancy Cook as the speaker and performer at their service with the theme, “The Loving of the Game.”

Cook, who’s been writing songs for 30 years, recently found a new way to compose.

She said she’s always been engaged by language, so the lyrics would come first.

But in the last couple years, she said she’s “fallen in love with melody, rhythmic exploration and improvisation,” and now her songwriting begins in melody.

Cook said when she is booked to speak and perform at an engagement (as she is for Sunday in Frisco), it is an easy extension, as she always tells stories during her live music.

“The story is often as important as the song,” she said. “It’s all about connection.”

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

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