tra la, it's may...
May 2, 2016
...that lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray!" or so wrote alan jay lerner in "camelot." hope you'll forgive my tendency to rattle off broadway lyrics, but i am, in fact, going blissfully astray this lovely month of may. all over the place, as a matter of fact. to connecticut, the bronx, brooklyn, new jersey, north carolina... tra la!
i'm happy to report that NO FUSS AND FEATHERS is still going strong, what with our new album TRAVELING CIRCUS hitting the charts all over this land and a handful of summer festival gigs lined up. check the CALENDAR page to see where you can find us, and if you haven't already, pick up the new album HERE.
i must admit it's great fun being part of a band again. there is nothing like the feeling of melding voices and instruments, especially when the people connected to those voices and instruments are dear to one's heart. i'm sure my feathered friends and i will be at this for a good long while together, but i'm still making time for solo shows in the coming months and planning a new record for release sometime before my kid goes to high school... the process will be slow on this one, but i promise you it will be worth the wait.
so, until we meet again, friends, i wish you a wonderful springtime. check the CALENDAR page to catch up with me when you can, and be sure to enjoy every moment of this (as good old alan jay lerner put it) "shocking time of year when tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear..."
March 4, 2016
i've been baking bread, making soup, practicing yoga, learning songs, and going about the daily business of family life during these waning days of winter. our beloved boy just turned ten, and i find myself feeling wistful, nostalgic, proud, and hopeful by turns, mapping the emotional terrain of a decade of days and nights as a parent. so many cherished memories, and so many yet to make.
preparing for some pretty exciting shows coming up, too -- some on my own, some with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS. our new album, TRAVELING CIRCUS, is doing very well on the folk-dj and roots radio charts, and we're continually updating our performance calendar. in addition to our regular shows, we've added a few dates for our tribute concert HEART LIKE A WHEEL: NO FUSS AND FEATHERS CELEBRATES LINDA RONSTADT. check the NFF site for details on these and other shows.
also beginning to plan for the next solo album... thinking about songs, players, studios, styles... but more on that later.
2016 is already pretty exciting for me and my musical compadres. wanna come along for the ride?
check the CALENDAR page to catch up with me on the road. hope to see you soon!
the stars look very different today
January 11, 2016
today i woke to the news that david bowie had left the planet. though i was never an ardent fan in the way many of my friends are, i was nonetheless shocked to hear that he had died. one of those iconic figures who, in my mind, always was and always will be, it seemed impossible that he could just cease to exist. when i was in high school, the first three tracks on his "let's dance" album - "modern love," "china girl," and the title song - were pretty much everywhere, and his beautiful image took up a significant chunk of real estate in my teenage mind. in his yellow suit and fallen pompadour, bowie was cool and smooth and sexy in a remote and untouchable way, and to me and my catholic school gal-pals, he represented an androgyonously-chaste-yet-naughty idea of manhood that tickled our naive fancies. though i later became aware of his earlier, edgier incarnations, it is this bowie who will live forever in my mind. good night, mister bowie. thanks for being you. over and over and over again.
in other news, and in the continuing effort to add beauty to the world, my NO FUSS AND FEATHERS compadres and i have just this week released our first collaborative album, TRAVELING CIRCUS! it's already been sent out to radio hosts and folks who pre-ordered, but it will be available for purchase on CDBABY very, very soon! we are absolutely in LOVE with this record, and are celebrating by playing songs from it everywhere we can in the coming months. first stop: the SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL in fort lauderdale this weekend!
lots of shows on the horizon for both NO FUSS AND FEATHERS and little old me. be sure to check the CALENDAR page for details and updates. seems i'm adding dates all the time now!
happy new year, everyone! hope to see you down the road somewhere soon...
December 1, 2015
...and suddenly, it's December! Fall was so very busy that I neglected to send a newsletter last month. Did you miss me?
And since I remain quite busy as, I imagine, do many of you, I'm going to maximize our time together here with a list of highlights. Ready?
I still have two solo shows in December, and a whole bunch, both on my own and with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS, in January. Check the CALENDAR page on my website for all the breaking news on that front.
Meanwhile, I wish you and yours an abundance of love and sweetness this season. In the dark and chill of December, may you find light and
October 1, 2015
everyone was all a-twitter about the "blood moon" - and the eclipse that followed - as september came to a close. from my vantage point in austin TX, however, i saw nothing but clouds. disappointing, but as i spent the last night of the SWRFA conference alone in the hotel room vacated by my bandmates, i was thankful for all the lunar photos posted by faraway facebook friends with excellent cameras, and for contemplative hours that yielded two new songs, still in progress...
october brings one solo show for me and two for NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW. check the calendar page for details on those. NFFR will also be spending every available minute in the studio this month, attempting to finish up our debut CD, which we promised by summer's end. well, summer came and went far too quickly, but we're pretty certain all you kind folks who pre-ordered won't have to wait too much longer for the arrival of our newborn record!
wishing you pumpkin-flavored everything, if that's your bag, and if not, well… here's to cozy sweaters and football and good soup. happy fall, friends!
September 1, 2015
the first of september crept in with feline stealth this year. i barely noticed its approach until the kneading and meowling began in earnest this morning, leaving me no choice but to rise and feed it. so here i am, standing at the very cusp of fall, yet sweating into my boots as summer refuses to yield her tenacious grasp. unlike most years, however, i find myself holding on, too. it's been a very sweet summer, indeed!
i was fortunate enough to take a very long and sort of old-fashioned road trip with my family in august, spanning ten days, eleven states, forty-seven driving hours, and more than two thousand miles from new york city to east tennessee to cape cod and back again. i'm happy to report that we had some wonderful adventures together, visited with family, and made memories in some very beautiful places. also relieved that our nine-year-old son has grown into a champion traveler, which, of course, bodes well for his future as mom's road manager, or sideman, perhaps...
this month, i'll be doing a few solo shows in PA, then heading to the southwest regional folk alliance conference in austin with my NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW bandies. we're thrilled to have been chosen as one of this year's official showcase artists! NFFR will also be working on finishing up our CD this month. stay tuned for more details on that...
as always, you can find particulars on all shows - solo and otherwise - on the CALENDAR page. happy travels, everyone! hope to see you somewhere down the road soon!
June 29, 2015
june 2015. wow. what a month. there was so much going on on the national scene, so much sadness, anger and frustration… i could barely keep my head up from the weight of it all. silence seemed unthinkable, so i released a raw and unedited video of a song i wrote some time ago in response to other senseless acts of violence and hatred in our nation. i was comforted and humbled by the overwhelming response it received during its first 48 hours on facebook, so a few days later, i sent the video to youtube and sang the song for the first time onstage at the clearwater festival. it's called "matches," and you can view it HERE.
on a personal level, june was full of year-end school activities for our almost-fourth-grader and recording sessions for the upcoming NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW album, which, i am happy to say, is taking shape nicely.
july is beautifully full of concerts with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW! jay, catherine, karyn, and i will be playing shows in NJ, PA, RI, MA, and NY this month… some indoors, some outdoors. if we're passing your way, we'd love to visit with you. check details HERE.
i'm also happy to report that plans are taking shape for my next solo record. hopefully, recording sessions will begin late this year. so many new songs to choose from… of course, i'm always curious to know what listeners think. if you've got a favorite you'd like me to include, please feel free to let me know.
hope to see you soon! until we meet again, i wish you a wonderful summer filled with rainbows, music, and
may may may
May 5, 2015
i am positively hopping with excitement about all kinds of stuff… for one thing, i'm not wearing a jacket. feeling the sun on my face and arms is a blessing beyond measure this spring. also, our sweet son has only a few more weeks as a third-grader. we are so proud of the person he is becoming, and can hardly remember a time when he wasn't part of our lives. our world is so much richer because of him. we feel pretty lucky, indeed.
musically, i'm feeling pretty lucky, too. first and foremost, recording sessions have begun for the very first, full-length NO FUSS AND FEATHERS CD! catherine, jay, karyn, and i have collaborated in various ways on other recordings, but this will be our first full-fledged, totally-collaborative effort EVER, complete with lots of new, never-before-recorded songs! if you'd like to get in on the ground floor of this new project, you can place your pre-order here: http://www.nofussandfeathersroadshow.com/#!contact/con8
lots of great shows coming up, too, notably my first solo appearances at muses in the vineyard and clearwater's great hudson river revival, and NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW's first group appearances at roots on the river and huntington folk festival. it's going to be a big, big summer, friends. i can't wait...
wishing you sunshine, flowers, music, and
april come she has
April 1, 2015
HOORAY!!! yes, i'm yelling. after the winter we've had here in the northeast, i think i deserve it. and so do you. so HOORAY!!!
spring has finally sprung here in brooklyn, and no one is happier than me. for one thing, hats are now optional, not mandatory to keep one's ears from freezing off… and even better, i'm looking forward to a whole bunch of really exciting stuff with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW this month! we've got a pair of local concerts in new jersey and long island april 18 and 19, a trip to texas april 24-26 (which includes our very first CONCERT WINDOW show), and have begun recording sessions for our very first collaborative CD! needless to say, we're very excited. there is no feeling in the world that compares to making great music with great friends!
and speaking of friends, it will be my honor to share the stage at the CLEARWATER'S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL this june in a round-robin with MATT TURK, FRED GILLEN, JR., and JULIE CORBALIS. i've appeared at this storied festival as part of RED MOLLY and HOPE MACHINE, but singing my own songs there, in such great company, will be a very special thrill, indeed!
so far, spring is shaping up to be pretty fancy, indeed. and i, for one, am happy. hope you are, too!
March 1, 2015
well, it's coming in like a lion alright, at least here in brooklyn. snow on snow on snow. i am thankful, though, that the thermometer has allowed me to remove my gloves once in a while this week. but not my hat. that, i'm afraid, is staying on 'til april...
but not in FLORIDA! yes, friends, i am happy to tell you that NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW, the giddy collaborative project i am pleased and proud to be part of, will be taking our first group jaunt to the sunshine state this month! we'll be sharing music and merriment in st. augustine, ft. lauderdale, and cocoa on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of march. if you're in the area, check the CALENDAR page for details and join us if you can!
if you don't have the pleasure of spending the winter in florida, fear not. NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW will be back in new york city for a smashbang show at our favorite brooklyn venue, FIRST ACOUSTICS on march 28th.
and speaking of new york city, i'm absolutely thrilled that my pal HEATHER PIERSON will be touring through my hometown and joining me for a double-bill show at ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL on friday, march 20th! heather is the real deal, as adept at bluegrass guitar as she is at jazz piano. it makes me happy just to be in a room with her and her musical generosity. this is one not-to-be-missed show, so reserve your advance tickets HERE!
well, i'm done gushing for the moment. hope you're all warm and happy wherever you are this march. if i could, i'd send you each a bowl of the pasta e fagioli i just made. it's really quite delicious...
February 2, 2015
it's snowing, there's ice covering the trees, and cars outside my window are slipping and sliding… it's february in new york, friends, and that can only mean one thing -- i don't want to drive anywhere!
lucky for me all my shows this month are local. one, in fact, is so local i don't even need to put on shoes… you guessed it, friends, i'll be doing my FIRST EVER Concert Window show this month!
on february 15th, which just happens to be my birthday, i'll be singing some songs (mostly new and unrecorded) from the comfort of a room in my cozy apartment. now, mind you, i haven't decided WHICH room yet, so you'll have to tune in to Concert Window to find out…
if you're one of those people who's inclined to go out in the wintertime, then by all means, join me at one of the concerts listed on the CALENDAR page if you're in the neighborhood! i wish you the cozy comforts of home this month, a nice cup of hot cocoa now and again, and until next we meet
january beginnings and endings
January 5, 2015
happy new year, friends!
as one of my favorite poets, t.s. eliot, once wrote, "what we call the beginning is often the end. and to make an end is to make a beginning. the end is where we start from." ain't that the truth?
2015 started off with a bang for me, as i was thrilled to play bass for my husband MARK ALLEN BERUBE at the release party for his fantastic new record, STICKY, this past sunday. so many friends turned out to make the event a success, and i managed not to blush too hard when he said nice things about me from the stage…
i've scheduled just two shows this month, the first of which marks a bittersweet end: this friday, january 9, i'll be celebrating the end of a concert series i've been involved with since 2012, 2ND FRIDAYS AT 2 MOON. it's been an absolute pleasure to curate this monthly gathering of songwriters and listeners with my friends WOOL&GRANT, but we're bringing it to a close with this one last smashbang hootenanny party. then, on saturday, january 24, i'll be at DANBURY ARTS IN ACTION for a solo concert in support of their wonderful youth mentoring program.
in other news, i'm happy to tell you that i'll be heading to the studio soon to begin a new collaborative CD with my NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW cohorts! we've been traveling a great deal together lately, and lots of folks have asked us about a recording. we're all jazzed up about this project, and have so much fun together that we just had to oblige! also, we'll be touring to FL and TX in the spring, so watch for show dates!
wishing every one of you a happy, healthy, and productive new year. may you build foundations under the castles of your dreams...
november is now
November 4, 2014
it's election day in these united states, and i'm about to head out to do my civic duty. let me amend that: i'm about to exercise my privilege as a citizen of this country. it's easy to forget that the right to vote is not available to everyone in the world, and was not even available to women and people of color in this country in the not-so-distant past. today, i will bring my eight-year-old boy with me to the polls, and show him how i use the pen (not quite as satisfying as pulling the big, red lever of old, i'll admit) to let my voice be heard. i shall proudly wear my "i voted" sticker all day long...
then, i'll start preparing for the shows i have this month:
heading upstate to SIX ON THE SQUARE in oxford NY with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW this friday, november 7, then hightailing it to kerhonksen NY november 13-16 for networking and a formal showcase at the NERFA conference with my feathered friends. we are thrilled at the opportunity to perform before so many wonderful colleagues at this fantastic conference!
november 23, i'll be in ridgefield CT for a solo concert at ACOUSTIC CELEBRATION! how can you NOT love a concert series with a name like that?
hope to see you out there on the road somewhere, and hope you're enjoying a november to remember...
October 15, 2014
How did it get to be October 15 already? Better late than never, I suppose...
Busybusybusy with preparations for much traveling this Fall, both on my own and with my No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow buddies, plus helping to organize the annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. So much to do, and the days just seem to fly by...
On a personal note, I just discovered yoga. Crazy, huh? I'd been hoping to try it for many years, but could never seem to gather courage enough to attend the first class. Thankfully, I have a good friend who is a certified teacher, and through her skill and patience, was able to get through my first experience in a safe and welcoming space. Now I'm hooked and am looking for a regular place to study. Hoping the practice will open my mind and body to better life and performance skills. I'll keep you posted...
Meanwhile, may you enjoy the wonders of Autumn and experience life in its fullness always. Until we meet again, I wish you good times, good music, and
a september to remember
September 3, 2014
it's september, and summer heat has finally hit new york city. no kidding. 'twas ninety-plus degrees yesterday, and the kids go back to school tomorrow. but that's nothing new, i suppose. when i was a kid, it seemed it would always get super-hot right as school began. or, worse yet, right after we'd closed the swimming pool...
these days, september means getting my third-grader off to school every morning and re-focusing my performing songwriter energies after a somewhat quiet and contemplative summer.
i am so looking forward to performing solo shows in NYC, north carolina, and connecticut - plus a whole passel of concerts with no fuss and feathers roadshow - in the coming weeks and months. it still amazes me that i have the privilege of writing and singing songs that people actually want to listen to. so, to all you listeners out there, THANK YOU!
remember, the handy CALENDAR page has more details on all concerts. and hey, you just never know when new ones will be added...
until we meet again, i wish you a sweet and luxurious summer's end filled with good songs, good food, and
August 5, 2014
ah, the joys of festival season! during the past few weeks, i was privileged to perform at two fantastic festivals -- solarfest in vermont and falcon ridge folk festival in upstate new york.
solarfest afforded me the opportunity to share the stage with so many songwriters i respect that i was delighted simply to participate. in a showcase featuring so many great songs, i was deeply honored to take the bronze behind gary moon's silver and connor garvey's gold. august company, indeed!
at falcon ridge, i was thrilled to sing with my no fuss and feathers roadshow pals anywhere people wanted to listen -- on the midway, at campsites, and in the volunteer tent. it is always a joy to spend time with cath, jay, and karyn, and more so at this, my "home" festival, which i've attended thirteen of the last fifteen years. you know it's true love when i willingly spend three consecutive nights sleeping in a tent...
onward! august brings shows in brooklyn, new jersey, and baltimore, and eager anticipation of a solo trip to north carolina and a whole passel of concerts with no fuss and feathers roadshow this fall. check the CALENDAR page for more details on these and other shows!
thanks for sticking with me, friends. excited to continue sharing new tunes in the coming months, and when that happens, can a new record be far behind?
wishing you a fun and festive august! hope to see you down the road sometime soon...
Lazy Hazy Crazy
July 1, 2014
I must have been whipping up a batch of fresh pesto when glorious June somehow escaped and her sultry, sticky sister, July, slipped in through the back door. But no matter... we're relaxing into summer here in Brooklyn - spending time in our beautiful community backyard (better known as Prospect Park), learning new songs, and preparing for some wonderful shows in the upcoming months!
Right here at home, the 2nd Fridays at 2 Moon series continues July 11 and August 15 (special third Friday show) with guest songwriters JEREMY MAGE and JOE IADANZA, respectively. After more than two years hosting this wonderful salon, WOOL&GRANT and I are continually thrilled and warmed by the magic that happens each month. Join us sometime soon for a totally acoustic listening experience!
Also excited to be performing as a finalist at the Solarfest Songwriter Showcase competition in Tinmouth, VT on Saturday, July 19! So many friends are among the ten finalists -- MARC DOUGLAS BERARDO, JANE FALLON, CONNOR GARVEY, ROB LYTLE, KATHY MOSER, KARYN OLIVER, plus wonderful, new-to-me songwriters DEENA CHAPPELL, CARRIE FERGUSON, and DAVID FERM -- that it hardly seems a competition at all. I'm just looking forward to spending time with these terrific people and hearing their great songs!
In other news, I'm delighted to report that No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow (the collaborative concert wherein I get to share the stage and some HOT rhythm and harmony with KARYN OLIVER and THE YAYAS) has just been awarded a Formal Showcase slot at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Kerhonksen, NY this November! We are so looking forward to sharing our new project with the folk community!
So, I suppose I'll take things a little slower while I can. And I hope you will, too. Wishing you a wonderfully sultry, salty, sweet, and sumptuous summer!
June 10, 2014
Happy. It's impossible to feel otherwise when you have the privilege of spending time at the magical Kerrville Folk Festival with close friends - and people you just met who treat you like a close friend. I am still on a high from four days and three nights of excellent songs, fine company, great stories, beautiful Texas countryside, and the best audiences ever. Playing Kerrville with No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow was surely one of the highlights of my career thus far. I am deeply grateful, and missing the ranch already.
The good news is No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow is heading to Massachusetts in June, and planning a bunch more concerts for the late summer and fall, so good times and great music will continue into the foreseeable future!
Also just found out I'm a finalist at the Solarfest Songwriter Showcase competition, and am thrilled to be performing in such wonderful company at the festival on Saturday, July 19!
For now I'm happy to be holding down the fort with WOOL&GRANT every second Friday at Two Moon in Brooklyn as well as planning a few dates in NC and other points south in October. As always, check the CALENDAR page for details and updates. Until next we meet, I wish you good times, great music, and
mirth and merriment in may
May 1, 2014
IT'S MAY!!! yes, friends. there are CAPITAL LETTERS and i am YELLING. why, you ask? because i am very excited about being ON TOUR with my beloved chicks with dip (as i type this, i am sitting in a lovely vegan cafe called the lunch room in ann arbor)!
starting tonight, we'll be doing four consecutive performances of JONI MITCHELL'S BLUE: A CELEBRATION in michigan and illinois. if you're in the area, and you're a joni fan, won't you join us?
and if you can't make these concerts, here's a little video taste of what we're doing:
JONI MITCHELL'S BLUE: A CELEBRATION
i'll surely have more pithy things to say next month, but right now, it's all about JONI... next month, it's all about KERRVILLE!!!
carry on cheerfully,
April 1, 2014
march roared out with great fury and fanfare here in the northeast, with a last blast of snow and ice on the last day of the month. thankfully, april -- march's more daintily attired sibling -- has arrived in a comparatively gentle way. as i type this, i can feel the sun on my left arm through the big, bright windows of my favorite neighborhood coffee shop. mmmm...
all this is to say i feel a great sense of relief as winter comes to a close. getting around is so much easier when there's no snow on the ground. and get around, i will, during the next two months: three shows in april with no fuss and feathers roadshow, plus a midwest tour in may with joni mitchell's blue!
in other news, i'm happy to say the film i wrote a song for, a sort of homecoming, has wrapped shooting and is now in post-production! written by my friend lynn reed, it's a sharp, emotionally-intuitive coming-of-age drama set in louisiana and new york city, steeped in the high-stakes world of speech and debate. also proud to say the film is written, directed, produced, and photographed by women, which is a very rare thing in an industry still dominated by men. i am honored to be even a small part of this project, and can't wait to see it!
hope to see you somewhere out on the road. check the calendar page for the most up-to-date information. until we meet again, i wish you safe travels, warm sunshine, and
March 1, 2014
...and no, i don't mean that tournament that consumes sports fans this time of year, including those who live in my house. soon talk of brackets and teams and statistics will dominate dinner conversation, and i will listen patiently and smile at the big man and the little boy i love so much... it's a good thing i actually enjoy basketball!
i am not sure i will have the time to watch much of the tournament anyhow, as i will be busybusybusy with live shows near and far this month! highlights include four concerts with NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW in PA, MD, NC, and NYC, a fantastic tribute to patty griffin at BRAD COLE's ACOUSTIC CIRCUS with a host of great nyc songwriters, plus a double bill in long island with supercool americana trio THE END OF AMERICA.
i am continually thrilled and amazed at the opportunities that come my way, and that i am able to continue doing what i love for appreciative audiences. join me at a show sometime, pick up a copy of my latest record, STEEL AND SALT, or just walk beside me quietly. any way you choose to travel, i'm glad to have you with me on this journey.
wishing you great music, good food, kind friends, and
January 30, 2014
New Year News
December 30, 2013
Happy New Year, Friends! Time is surely marching on, and each new year seems to arrive faster than the last! 2013 was a very good year for me, and I am grateful for the manifold blessings that came my way during the last 12 months...
- First of all, I'm proud to have completed the inaugural season of RealWomenRealSongs, and am so looking forward to cheering on all the wonderful women participating in the new season of this amazing project!
- Happy to have contributed a song to The Acoustic Guitar Project in the company of so many fellow workers-in-song here in New York City and all over the world.
- So honored to have toured with dear friends in Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration for the second year in a row. We've still got a few more shows on the calendar in Boston and Chicago, but I kind of wish we could do this forever.
- Finally, I am so proud to have released another solo record in collaboration with Fred Gillen Jr. Steel and Salt is exactly what I wanted it to be, and it could not have been so without Fred's guiding hand, musical chops, and boundless energy!
2014 will bring lots of traveling for me, much of it with a new collaborative project - No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow - that I am very excited about. I'm beginning to understand the old saw that the joy is in the journey, because so far, I am enjoying every step. Thank you for walking beside me. You're really good company...
May the new year bring many blessings to you and those you love. I wish you good times, great music, and above all,
December 1, 2013
is it really december already? i think i might still be stuck somewhere in october… help!
nevertheless, time marches on, and i find myself embarking on a very musically busy season during months that are often quiet ones for me...
first of all, i have a handful of shows in december that i have been looking forward to for some time: on friday, december 6, i have the pleasure of sharing a concert with the very cool TURNER ADAMS at GARDEN STAGE, one of my very favorite local venues; then, on saturday, december 14, i get to open for the amazing FREEDY JOHNSTON at the beautiful KENNETT FLASH; and finally, on december 15, i will be participating in the TRIBES HILL WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION for the first time, surrounded by many musical friends and collaborators.
and as if that weren't enough, on january 3, we will be happily launching NO FUSS AND FEATHERS ROADSHOW: An Evening with Carolann Solebello, Karyn Oliver and The YaYas at CT FOLK - the first of many concerts for this touring in-the-round collaborative in 2014. finally, i just got word today that i have been selected as one of 12 finalists in the SOUTH FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL Singer/Songwriter Competition, and will be performing at the festival on saturday, january 18. three lucky winners will also perform on the festival main stage on sunday, january 19. cross your fingers for me!
as my little holiday gift to you, i've discounted all my recordings at CD BABY during the month of december. you can even buy directly from the STORE page on my website...
i am thankful for the manifold blessings a life in music has given me, perhaps the greatest of which are the beautiful people i have met along the way. so grateful to share this journey with you, and hoping we meet again sometime in the new year. until then, i wish you great joy - both in the grand events of life, and its small blessings. may you wake each day filled with wonder, hope, and
remember in november
November 1, 2013
hope you're enjoying the pleasures of the season as much as i am. autumn is my favorite time of year, and i find it especially beautiful here in new york city. there's something about the juxtaposition of steel and glass and brick and mortar against mother nature's crisp, earthy palette that fills me with joy and sadness at the same time...
although the season has been gentle thus far this year, last fall announced itself with great fuss and fury. the wind blew, the rain fell, the seas rose, and so many people in the city i love faced enormous loss. before the waters receded, i wrote a song called "neptune," which eventually became the final track on steel and salt. as the anniversary of that storm approached this week, i created this video in tribute to the many people from my hometown - staten island, new york - who perished last fall:
remembering can be rough, but remembering is good. when i remember, i make stuff. sometimes i think memory is what drives creativity. i hope this fall finds you remembering and making stuff, too - pies, sweaters, paintings, songs, poems, cocktails, photographs, love… we are creative beings. i wish you the joy of creativity this fall.
join me at a show sometime and tell me what you make when you remember...