Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Oh, Fall. You're back. And with you came the rain. It feels good to be indoors and not feel guilty about not being outside. And with tea-in-mug-in-hand, it's the perfect time to reflect on the summer season. Allow me to recap: It was a good summer. I spent a lot of time on the road, not performing but collecting songs at various music festivals in the Pacific Northwest, finding inspiration in other performers, their sounds and styles. My favorite music festival this summer was the Wildwood Music Fest and Campout in Willamina, Oregon. Hearing mister Willy Tea Taylor perform solo was a real treat, with a gaggle of the kids sitting up on stage acting as the most laid-back security force you'll ever see. Rocking out to the Brothers of the Last Watch, Lone Madrone, and The Resolectrics. Then cruising up to the coast to the Toolshed outside of Westport before going to the Timber Outdoor Music Festival in Carnation, Washington. Lonesome Shack was the highlight there. After a quick break, went up to Deming, Washington, for the Subdued Stringband Jamboree, where the Crow Quill Night Owls played a heck of a set (again, since they were there last year, too). And the wild, wild country I saw in between was magnificent, along with having pickled okra for the first time. So now it's back to Seattle, and the rain, and the fall, and sweaters, and tea, and writing songs and maybe, just maybe, booking a show or two. We shall see. Don't be a stranger in the meantime.
I hope you had a great summer, too, and that this finds you dandy.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Today, I re-released my Seattle album, "It Rains Here Sometimes..."
I'm very excited to share this version with you, finally. It's been years in the making, and I hope you enjoy it!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
You never cease to amaze me.
I love your moods on cloudy days, and when the sun comes out, I can't think of a better place to be.
I love the eclectic variety of people you invite to visit, and those you encourage to stay.
I love your farmers markets and music venues, themed bars and beautiful views, and scrumptious cuisine.
I love you so much, Seattle, that I wrote and recorded an album about you. Part grad school project, part personal memoir, "It Rains Here Sometimes..." was born in 2008, and released in a limited edition handmade form in 2009. Since then, I've been working to perfect this record, and I'm happy to report that the remixed-remastered version will be available soon.
So please stay tuned! xo
Saturday, March 18, 2014
BUILD - verb - \'bild\
: to make (something) by putting together parts or materials
: to develop or form (something) gradually
: to increase the amount of (something)
*Thank you, Merriam-Webster.*
In contrast to building songs all the time, I recently built - with the skill and patience of my knowledgeable father - a new home for my vinyl records. And here it is! All made from one piece of wood. Sanded and lacquered. I learned the difference between a table saw, a circular saw, and a miter saw, and I even got to use a router. It was a big day. xo
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Season's Greetings, Y'All!
And baby, it's cold outside!! Seattle is experiencing unusually cold weather this year, probably to compliment our out-of-character hot summer. True, we are "far" north in the United States, but the ocean and Puget Sound keep us in a more temperate climate than what we're currently experiencing. Wool is essential. And while it's an adventure to get outside, it's fun to be inside. And here is a great reason to leave the house: THE SINGER SONGWRITER SHOWCASE on DECEMBER 15TH at HATTIE'S HAT. It's my last show of the year and I hope you can make it! AND IT'S FREE!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
It was a great summer, and autumn arrived like clockwork with the first day of fall here in the Pacific Northwest. The 80-degree days have been replaced with the 50's and 60's, and we traded the warmth of the sun for the comfort of the rain. Fall is settling in, and it's time to get back to work.
I have good news, my friends! Not one, but TWO NEW SHOWS! Both will take place in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, and both will be grand. Stay tuned to the "Shows" page for more details.
In the meantime, here is a song to help you celebrate the change of the seasons.
Cheers, y'all! xo
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I'm sure you wonder what a singer-songwriter does when s/he's not writing songs, performing, practicing or promoting shows.
Well, allow me to share with you what I'm up to tonight:
I just placed a Rustic Plum Tart (The Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook, page 432) in the oven. It'll be my breakfast when I'm a patron at the brand spankin' new TIMBER! Outdoor Music Festival in Carnation, WA this weekend.
My soundtrack for the evening: I made the tart to Kris Kristofferson, and now I'm listening to J. Tillman's "Vacilando Territory Blues" while it bakes. I'm not sure what's next on my playlist, but the night's still young.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I'm eating watermelon for dinner (since it's too hot to eat anything else - except maybe vegan ice cream). I'm still marveling at the mixtape's Aural Pleasure Tour show at Barboza. It was so much fun!
Thanks to Mixtape Sean for this grand event!
I'd also like to thank Seattle Music Insider for taking some awesome shots like this one.
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