Saturday, January 12, 2019

February 17, 2019, OR Gallery and Tavern!

CD Release Party Advance Notice! Save the date!

February 17, 2019 at ÖR Gallery and Tavern, time still to be decided (but- late afternoon/early evening)!!

We are SO HAPPY to let you know that we have decided on a place to celebrate and present the new album, What's On My Mind. OR Gallery and Tavern- our first choice- has agreed to host us and we are SO pleased! This is a big room with a lovely beer selection, tasty foods (my favorite is the grilled cheddar and tomato... but they have a nice green salad too!), a real fireplace.... A great place to hang out!

I am hoping, for those of you not local, to have some facebook live happening or other live video (are you interested in doing that for us? let us know.....). Also, I hope to have an open jam following the show, so bring your instruments!!! Lets have a PARTY!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What's On My Mind- YES!!!


The record is done.

I am just waiting on the mastering. Mastering is a mystery to me. But-- I can't let you hear the music until it is mastered.

But here is the cover  :)

I was excited about the first record because it was my first. This time, I can say I am EXCITED about 'What's On My Mind' because I am very proud of it. I am proud of the sounds and very thankful to all the people who contributed to those sounds... Mixed and Mastered by Mark Dann. Recorded by Ted Orr at Sertso Studio. Then, keeping the beat for us on drums, the wonderful Peter Tenerowicz. Stepping in, the 'New Guy' to the process, versatile Aaron Martin, on bass. And then, there is the 'If it has strings or keys, sure, I can play it' guy, on violin, Mike Pagnani. Finally, Guitar Wizard, Rick Warren, sending us guitar oriented folks to the heavens and back.

I can't wait for you to hear how these men put their own marks on my songs. How the guitar and violin weave a tapestry of sound while the drums set the heartbeat and the bass provides this fascinating grounding..... Then there is the recording, mixing, and mastering, which brings the sounds together to best advantage.

This record has taken years, literally years, to be realized. Most of the songs were written a few years ago when my life was in turmoil. I discovered that many of the things that I thought were real, were actually just my imagination. I found out that I had wanted to see the people in my life in a certain way, but they were not that way. It was a jarring time, one of doubting my very understanding of life.

However, I got through it. So did everyone else. Putting out this record sort of makes it all final. In the past. At least the personal songs. The political.... not so much. I still think we need to find a way to talk to one another, find out that we are really more alike than different. That is the first song. The last is the healing song. There is a lot in between.....

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

What's Next?

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have seen me write about learning music and performance skills. Thoughts about practice. Particular performances. Life changing events. Recording records. Pretty much anything having to do with my musical life and some things that had nothing to do with music.

I have three main projects now.... Rick and Marilyn, my acousto-electric duo with Rick Warren. Beer-Stained Fiddle, a bluegrass/newgrass assemble. Of course, Hudson Busk. And, as often as it can happen, singing with Betsi Krisniski. Ok, that is four... but Hudson Busk is part BSF and part Betsi and me.

The project I work hardest on is Rick and Marilyn. Gig-getting and promo and keeping websites up to date and all that tend to gobble up my time.

And now, a record. I am still unsure of the form it will take, but do know I am naming it What's on my Mind, because, well, that is what it is all about. Various things from my life that have happened over the past few years, since I last got up enough gumption to say, time for a record. Much of it is having to do with my family, for better or worse. I won't go any further into that  :)  You can take that anyway you choose  :)

I have also been watching my musical friends put out albums, get gigs, get radio interviews and be so successful (isn't it wonderful!!!) .... and I have recently learned that there is a whole bunch of people out there wanting to tell artists like me how to get more fans, more listens, and maybe even some compensation for the all the work. So, I have read a lot, watched videos, listened to podcasts.... and some of the things they teach sound ok to me, some sound a bit pushy (or a LOT pushy)-- but the bottom line is, I want to play more live shows. All over. I LOVE making music in front of an audience, and if I can judge by the smiles and compliments and dancing, audiences love what I do. I want to do more. So, it appears that PROMOTION is the way to do that. ~sigh~

SO the point of this post (is there really a point?)--I will be 'marketing' to some of you. (Don't you dislike that word? I do- almost as badly as disliking 'promotion') So, I ask you-- Let me know when it is not welcome. Let me know what you particularly like (that helps plan in the future).  Let me know anything you think will help me on my journey.

I know, even this blog entry is a little odd. But then, so am I :)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Music Itself

“I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.” - Virgil Thomson (American composer 1896-1989)

(thanks to Helena)