October 21, 2015

Summer into Fall

Autumn has come but it is still hot here in Northern California which is always disappointing to me. I love the changing seasons but get impatient when they do not change fast enough. I am done with this year's heat but I am sure it isn't done with me yet.
This past summer has been a busy one. I've started a new band with two very cool women: Kirana Peyton and Dawn McCarthy. We are called Matronae and we sing all kinds of songs; some of our own and some written by others including Sinead O'Connor, Demis Roussos, and Popol Vuh. We use our three voices plus percussion, violin and piano. It has been so inspiring learning new songs written by musicians I've never heard of before - makes me realize there is so much stuff out there, I just gotta find it! Even more inspiring has been my time with Dawn and Kirana as they are two really great musicians, strong in voice and purpose; reminding me why we are lucky to have music (and voice!) as our medium. Rocking out with them is incredibly satisfying and wonderful.
We had our first show in September down in Big Sur. If ever there was a perfect place to show the world a new project it would be under those old trees... and it was! The moon rose behind us as we sang and played our hearts out - what a night!
I realize it is silly to tell you of a show after it has already happened but it all went so swiftly and the tickets were sold out before we had agreed to do the show (we opened for Bonnie 'Prince' Billy so they went fast). Hopefully the next you hear of Matronae it will be in relation to a show that some of you might be able to come to. Check out our Facebook page if you have the desire!
In regards to my solo work, I'm still here whittling away at things on the piano... I have all sorts of things swirling around, I'm giving chase, putting in time, sitting with the lights out so as not to scare it all away and slowly but surely things are starting to appear...

January 30, 2015

A Show!

It has been about two and a half years since I have played a show in Sonoma County. I reckon it's about time I dug out my keyboard from the back of the closet, gathered up all my cables, mics, amps and nerve, and sorted out a gig for myself. I'm getting ancy to get back to singing for a crowd. It's taken me a bit of time to figure out just what music is for me, and how it fits into my big picture, and I've come to realize that playing my songs for people is part of why I write them. Human connection and all that stuff. Thanks to my friend Lynn, I've got a show booked at Hopmonk in Sebastopol for February 22nd. It will be a chance for me to play some new songs that I'm hoping to record later this year, and revisit the old ones that I've been missing. I'll be playing in the lovely garden from 3-5. It's covered and cozy so the show will go on rain or shine. Let's hope for rain, though, huh?