Doing It Right: Jonathan Byrd
photo by Rodney Bursiel Jonathan Byrd is a kickass songwriter with a wicked sense of humor. I always, always open his emails even if he’s not touring anywhere near me because he writes these killer welcome/unsubscribe messages at the beginning and usually ends with some great road story after posting his tour dates. Talk about someone doing it right. The one today inspired me enough to...
Countdown to 100: 9 - Baker Street Pub
Chronicling the final 10 out of 100 Open Mic and Showcase performances I have done since June 2011. This is #92 I bundled up in layers when heading out to Baker Street Pub because it was actually cold, (not the slight temperature dip that seems to freak many Texans out), and the open mic is usually outside. I was quite relieved when they decided at the last minute to do it inside, because...
Newslettery Update: 100 Open Mics! December Show...
Dear Friends, Fans and Fellow Music-Makers, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are still enjoying your holiday weekend! I have so many cool things I want to tell you about that I broke it down list style! 1. 100 Open Mics in 7 Months 2. Two Big December Shows 3. Home for the Holidays 4. Thank YOU! 1. 100 Open Mics in 7 Months Most of you have probably heard by now that I am on...
Countdown to 100: 10 - Fair Bean Coffee
Chronicling the final 10 out of 100 Open Mic and Showcase performances I have done since June 2011. This is # 91. Photo by Amy Zamarripa Friday night was low-key & sweet, just a few of the regulars for the day after Thanksgiving at one of my favorite open mic venues - Fair Bean Coffee. After a lovely Thursday of traditional Thanksgiving festivities with my cousin and her friends, it was...
Too Legit to Quit
Photo by Amy Zamarripa I got an email from my producer today saying that one of my heros in an independent, nationally touring band said “yes” to playing on my album. After squealing the news to one of my best friends who was on the phone when I got the email, and then texting my husband and my roommate, I flopped down on the couch in the living room. Tears welled up in my eyes as...
Bliss Joy Bull: What if...? →
blissjoybull: The Rut, & the Way Out Post written by Leo Babauta. You’re in a rut, and you can’t get unstuck. Motivation is a resource that seems harder and harder to come by these days. You’re mired in malaise, you’re unexcited after a slump or a break, you’re in a dull 9-to-5 routine. Any of these…
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us...– E.E. Cummings (via thatkindofwoman)
Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It...– Rumi
1) I wore out a capo & had to buy a new one! I mean, it’s been years, but wow, I didn’t know I could do that. 2) My guitar has scratch marks on the pick guard and surrounding it. I’ve been playing the darn thing more! And with a pick, so you can hear me. 3) I’ve done 76 open mic/showcase type performances since June. When I got here in May, I couldn’t even...