What a fun night! This was our first performance as a full band and we totally nailed it! Was nice debuting some new Fun-a-day tunes, as well as old favorites. Thanks so much for all the staff at Sam's for being wonderful and asking us back. Thanks to all who came out!
Wow, what an amazingly awesome night. So much variety of performances - everything from poetry readings to music to digery do! All culminating in a gigantic drum circle jam out with everyone from the community! It really felt like we were walking our talk - cross-class, intergenerational, great vibes and food. Wow! I hope to see you all at our next variety show (and maybe even hear you perform!) I'm totally geared up for my performance at Sam's Next Saturday!
What a great event! The organizers did such a fantastic job setting up the space and promoting the event. Was a great chance to run into/catch up with old friends. The other projects were so amazing! My favorites were the comics by Hannah Kaplan (who also designed my lovely logo) and Nur Habib who photographed numbers for each day in different locations. All in all, looking forward to next year!
Getting ready to release "Fun-a-day" today in Northampton in the Dynamite space in Thornes. Thanks so much to everyone who put in tons of hard work to organize this awesome event! I'm super excited to see what everyone else did who participated in this project.
Also starting to make my "to do" list for the house in preparation for the Dharma House's first fundraiser and birthday party. The list is long, but manageable. Am looking forward to baking my famous vegan chocolate cake. (I'm not a vegan, nor will I ever be, but for some reason, this recipe is great!) Hope to see you all at both of these great community events!
For the month of January, I participated in a nation-wide project called "Fun-A-Day" where people do one thing every day for that month. I wrote a song a day for the entire month - 31 songs. Whew! My trusty garageband was the receptacle into which they were all poured into. These songs used a variety of instruments and genres. Techno, experimental, folk, rap, and blues. I played piano, flute, ukelele, electric guitar, vocals, drums and my own bodily functions. Some of the songs are silly, some are serious, and some are curious. I am releasing a home-made cd of the 20 best ones. I have chosen to put them out to you as-is, with all of their "blemishes" as a raw exhibition of this project, which started out as an experiment, but actually resulted in some pretty nifty tunes! The intention is for you, my fans, friends and listeners, to get an up-close experience of the creative process. I often find people saying to me when they find out that I'm a musician, "Wow, I could never write a song." I believe that anybody can be creatively expressive, and that songs don't have to be these mysterious things that only a select few of us can do. Yes, songs can have complicated chord structures, come from deep places inside of us, and be the manifestation of our hidden abstract emotions (and certainly require great practice, skill and talent.) They can also, however be simple in form and in topic - "folk sons." I hope you enjoy listening to my "Fun-A-Day" as much as I did making it. I also hope you join the movement next year, doing whatever it is that drives you for one day, every day, in the month of January.
A big, huge thanks goes out to my friend and Sax player Loren for recommending weebly to me! After using wordpress for the past year and having difficulties with inserting widgets, media players and other necessary items, I was ready to invest hundreds of dollars into a webdesigner. Now, with weebly, however, I can do all of these things on my own! How exciting! I am very proud of my tech-savvy ness (words I never thought I would say) Hope you enjoy this new and improved website!