Really looking forward to playing a full set at the Fairfield Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 18th! Sarah Brooks will be backing me up on bass. Here’s hoping the weather is as awesome as it was on photo shoot day!
We’re going on at 11:30am for about 45 minutes. Come get your veggies and some sweet tunes at the same time!
A couple weeks ago I was lucky to have a photo shoot with the amazing Juliet Jarmosco.
Here are a few of my favorite shots, we got so many since we did inside and outside. It was a perfect, warm and sunny spring afternoon. The whole thing was a really sweet experience, Juliet put me at ease and made me feel beautiful. My friend Laura did my makeup and came along for moral support and helped with staging shots. They both made it a super fun afternoon.
I’m so excited to have a nice set of professional photos to use for promoting my music!
PS Click the photos to see them full size, Tumblr kinda crops them at will for the mulit-photo layout.
Today I took my little travel guitar & journal & rode the scooter out to Jefferson County Park. It was a little chilly but totally do-able.
I’ve been using this iPhone app called Lift lately, it’s a motivational tracking app. I was able to check off Play Guitar, Sing, & Write In Journal. Realized if I took a walk I could also check Exercise.
I followed a new to me trail and found an educational experience in the signs explaining the retention pond & other landscaping.
I also got to check off Be Grateful for Something, as I was very grateful to have my two legs, energy & a peaceful trail to walk.
This post gives me Write Blog Post!
I just recently figured out that I could move my photo library over to an external hard drive and clear a bunch of space out on my laptop! This was important because my laptop was so full I pretty much couldn’t do anything on it. With the open space I was able to work editing some videos from my CD release party with the band!
So here is the first song, Keep Telling Me.
With me are:
Lauryn Shapter - piano
Dennis James - electric guitar
Sarah Brooks - bass
Greg Holland - drums
Lauryn & Dennis are in a band called Truckstop Souvenir: http://truckstopsouvenir.com/
Greg plays drums with them and some other folks: http://www.greg-holland.com/
Here is Rain Song. The only thing different about this line up is Lauryn is on fiddle!
Huffington Post blogger Mike Ragogna had me back on his local TV interview show, Fairfield 2.0, with Sarah Brooks and Greg Holland, to talk about the Anchor EP and play the songs. We had a super fun, playful interview with Mike and then a lot of fun playing the songs! So this episode is playing on the local channel 9 right now and on YouTube, any time you want. Check it out!
Photo © 2013 Werner Elmker
The theme for the April Art Walk in Fairfield was “Sing in Spring”. Cafe Paradiso was hosting a Singer-Songwriter lineup, and I was not originally scheduled to play, but a few hours before the show they had an empty slot to fill and asked if I could step in. I love that I am so comfortable with enough songs now that a last minute, 30 minute set is no problem for me to say yes! I also love that my awesome co-worker was willing to fill in for me for 30 minutes while I played my set, thanks R!!!
I’d just gotten Rose back from the guitar doctors and was excited to bring her out again. She sounds good as ever, and just feels right in my hands. Thank goodness that turned out well! I even started working on a new song, so that’s a very good sign too.
I’ve had this goal to do at least one “bigger” show per month since coming back to Iowa, like 20-30 minutes. I think it has pretty much worked out that way so far, and I just got to check it off the list for April! :-)
Since I had to jump back behind the bar to serve drinks right after my set, I didn’t get to full listen to the other songwriters, but what I could hear of Jenn Trimpe, Keith DeBoer (Who was also the host and organizer! Thanks Keith!), Tom Todar, Shane Orne and Rebecca Haven, was all great. And the crowd loved them too, because it was always packed. It was a really successful night. Between that and the House of Bricks show the other week, it made me wish there was a regular songwriter night at Cafe Paradiso. Open mics are awesome, but it’s also really great to get to hear longer sets from people and really dig in!
To top off the amazing night, it was warm enough to be out in just a hoodie! Sing in Spring indeed! Hooray!!
As I began to love myself,
I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health - food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”
April 16th 1959, Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday about Self Love.
Last night was super fun! I was part of a songwriter night at House of Bricks in Des Moines. Each writer got about 25 minutes to play, the other 3 guys I was sharing the stage with were super great & the audience was awesome & really listened! Thank you! Plus I made some new connections and even sold a few CDs & a whale & got tips!
I’ll have to get some links up in this post when I’m at a real computer as opposed to my phone, but it was so fun I just had to share something right now!
OK, back home at my laptop and able to add a few links to the other guys:
Here’s actually a video of Dirk Newman’s performance!
Luke Dickens has a YouTube channel.
Alan Morphew has a website.
Check ‘em out! Good stuff!
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