Full circle, is a phrase we use when a course of events arrives at the place they initially started from. Sometimes literally, sometimes metaphorically. As I lay on the fold out couch mattress, in my parents brownstone, listening to thunder and watching lightening, I think about the last week. I went to Chicago, my hometown, to go to a wedding. A wedding of friends, who moved a few years ago from Seattle. Where I live now. Chicago is a great place to grow up. There's a tremendous amount of diversity, art, music, good food and energy. A friendliness and directness I miss whenever I am away. I have spent half of my life living here. I can say all this looking back on the past. But for many years I felt no connection to it other then the place where my family lives. There was a spark, a few years back, I had an opportunity to work with producer Brian Deck. A dream chance, he helped me see my music in a whole new light. So there's been glimpses. But this last week, meeting new people, exploring old neighborhoods, and greatly appreciating the radio (WUOW is amazing). I feel connected to the place I grew up in a whole new familiar way. I think I will be visiting more often.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Like the little engine that could (the best childhood story), I have been playing extensiving throughout the NW for the last year and a half. With a nice tour to France in the mix. Making an effort to play as many diverse and DIY venues as possible. I know a lot of people have been talking about how hard the music industry is right now. But I have been watching and experiencing a beauty growing within.
In the last ten years, with various projects, I have played all kinds of shows. From fancy theaters like On The Boards, a 13th century church in Marseille, to a local pizza parlor. Performing in front of 2 people to 500. And in the last few years I have been witnessing a stronger sense of community. A reaching between fans and musicians, that I have never seen before. For example- I have some touring friends from the east coast who could easily play a 300+ size venue. But prefer to play a DIY speakeasy because A. it's all ages and you can drink (some cities really seperate the two) B. get paid more and sell more merch, C. someone usually cooks a meal or offers you a place to stay and most importantly D. you get to know people. Another example- last year I traded a homemade (my dads secret receipe) apple-blueberry pie for an artist to make a music video. So what I mean by all this, is that there seems to be a strong sense of coming together to share an artistic experience. It has been very inspiring to participate in. And easier to make a living in, at least for me.
So I am taking April off, from performing, to start new songs. There's a whole wall of them staring at me every morning when I wake up. I am grateful for all the hard work, creativity, and adventure my bandmates share. Like the saying goes you are what you eat, you are who you spend time with, you are where you spend your time ..
Next stop- Columbia City Theater, Seattle May 17 and Folklife Festival, May 27. See you there.. choo choo
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Monday, February 18, 2013
February 23- Neon Sigh presents a musical showcase, Josephine, Seattle. With Golden Gardens, The Harvey Girls (PDX), Lou-Lou Hernandez
March 3- performing as part of the Candlelight Evening Live Stage Festival. A two part series with Derek M. Johnson, Forest Friends, and LA Lungs to name a few. The festival will be at Teatro de la Psychomachia A private Seattle venue for surveillance of theater, art and music which hosts performers whose work is rooted in ritual, esoteric, ceremonial, and the spiritual.
March 9- recording for KEXP Sonarchy Radio. With the help of Jessic Gring, Bobby Wane and Dean Moore, I have created a new, unique, hour long set with interludes, preludes and story book samples. Sonarchy is recorded live in the studios of Jack Straw. Broadcast date TBA.
March 16- Da'daedal Festival at the Josephine, Seattle. I will be paired with musician Ambrosia Bartosek from Hekate, to create a piece simataneously with a visual artist. The Da'daedal collectives goal is to not only provide an alternative platform for writers, musicians and artists to showcase their work, but to introduce different circles from the Seattle area and beyond.
March 23- A welcomed show at The Charleston (Bremerton) with Dante Manlo. The Charleston is a renovated old movie theather run by a DIY collective. It's all ages, with a bar and a beautiful mastiff.
April 11-12 with Dada Trash Collage, Chicago more TBA
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