My friend Samantha is one half of the creative team behind GoJindy. She and Danielle have been teaching awesome craft sessions for kids in Fairfield, and they are working to open a dedicated space for kids to be creative and for their parents to hang out too!
I was lucky enough to grow up with a mom who was always finding crafts for me and my brothers to make as kids, and I think that creative, resourceful spirit she instilled in me serves me to this day to find solutions in so many areas of my life. Plus crafts are just fun, and having a place to go have fun, especially in the winter, is way important!
So I was really excited with Samantha asked me to play at their fundraiser concert, because I totally support the cause! I’m opening for the awesome local band Haven - Rebecca Haven, Tom Todar, Casper Huggins and Joe Overmyer.
I don’t think they have a website yet, but here’s a video of them performing at an open mic a couple weeks ago:
Come hear some great local live music and support a great cause!
Saturday, July 7th, 8pm
Tickets are $10 or $15 for two people.
Here is Wings in widescreen, with drums! :D
Heather Miller performing “Wings” live at Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, IA. December 27th, 2011 with David Hurlin on drums.
Mentioned in the video:
Here is “A Sister’s Prayer” from my show at Cafe Paradiso on Dec 27th, 2011. What you can’t see in the video is my whole family, my brother’s girlfriend and her family and a bunch of family friends out in the audience started crying as I sang this, which meant I had to work hard to hold it together!
Heather Miller performing “A Sister’s Prayer” live at Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, IA. December 27th, 2011 with David Hurlin on drums.
Thanks to http://www.youtube.com/user/maxqt for filming!
…look at Miss Ohio.
If you’re reading elsewhere, you may need come to the blog to see the video.
Yeah, I keep thinking of blogging, and every time I think of it, that line pops up for some reason. Doesn’t bother me really because it’s a damn good song, I’m just not sure why exactly it keeps coming up. Maybe it’s being back in Iowa, and all the talk of the raygun shirts that only people from Iowa, Ohio or Idaho understand. (This and This).
Maybe it’s the line “I wanna do right, but not right now.” December was a busy month for me. Making sure I made it to 100 performances before going home (Ended up being 103, yay!). The final of those performances was a 45 minute set, so that was a little bit of a bigger deal than my usual open mics. Final Rubicon group showcase, where I also prepped the food & beverages. Getting a haircut. Prepping for and teaching a couple music lessons. Organizing my stuff in Austin to be gone for a month (By now, I honestly don’t remember quite how I left it, hope I did ok there.) Getting packed up to come home in just a duffle bag and guitar case (there are lots of great little nooks & crannies in a guitar case for stuff like socks and scarves - I even put my hair flowers and a pashmina INSIDE the guitar.)
That was just while I was IN Austin. Coming home I pretty much hit the ground running, I got to Des Moines on Thursday and spent the evening with my cousin, came to Fairfield on Friday and was asked to sing back-up in a Christmas show on Saturday (yay!), so had a couple rehearsals on Friday & Saturday before the show. Mix in there visits and parties with family and friends too, and then some doctor & dentist appointments, doing some live Lyrical Venus shows, Christmas shopping (not like I had room in my guitar case for presents!), and then getting ready for my concert on the 27th!
In some ways I’d been prepping for the concert since May, through all the work I’ve been doing with Dan in my Rubicon Year, including all that open mic experience, and in other ways I pulled off most of it in just a little over a week!
I did a quick photo shoot with my friend who also made me a beautiful poster and newspaper ad (which we also repurposed for a flyer). I printed out and put the posters up all around town. I wrote an article for the paper. I made a Facebook event and hand-invited my Fairfield people. I organized getting a sound guy who could also record the show so I might be able to use a few of those tracks for a live EP. I organized my bro & husband to man the video camera and webcast. I figured out the set list and gathered up mp3s of all the songs so I could get them to the other musicians (part of which involved uploading videos from my open mics to YouTube and then ripping the audio from them). My brother & I burned 20 copies of a little 5-song demo, I designed a label and put it on all of them, realized I forgot my website and hand-wrote it on all of them. I also put all those songs together on a Bandcamp page with lyrics and info in case I had any online people wanting the tracks. I had two rehearsals, one with Lauryn Shapter and one with the whole group, the night before the show. I asked local bloggers if I could get listed on their blogs. I did a radio interview on KRUU. I also was making sure to run through the songs myself every day and handing out flyers wherever I could.
Oh, and through most of this we were house/pet sitting for two awesome cats, which was pretty great because not only was it a nice house, both we and our housemates had more space, but also meant a bit more running around if something was forgotten at one house or the other.
The coolest thing I think, was that even with all this stuff to do, I didn’t freak out or get sick or lose my voice, as I so often did back in my high school and college theatre days before a big show or competition. I worked hard, but it was fun and felt good.
And the show went really well! I ended up with about 60 or so people, which was a nice full house. (Cafe Paradiso can squeeze maybe a little over 100 in for a really big deal show.) I think there was around another 10 people watching online at any one time. The energy was great, I felt really connected to the audience and comfortable with my between song banter, the songs felt awesome with David, Lauryn & Taylor backing me up! I even sold 5 of my little CDs. BIG BIG BIG heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the show not only possible but a success! I love you!
New Year’s Eve though, I came down with a fever which thankfully broke during the night. Spent most of New Year’s day napping on the couch between spurts of cleaning up the house for the owners’ return and gathering up all the things we had accumulated there. Monday I could have gone out if I needed to but luckily got to spend it inside having a marathon session of The Office on Netflix. I think the quick little sickness was my body’s way of saying, “If you don’t slow down, I’m gonna do it for you, missy!”
So yeah. I’ve got more to blog about, and I wanna do it right, but not right now. This turned out to be a pretty good catch-up/recap of the past few weeks at least anyway! :) I head back to Austin on the 7th for my final Rubicon session, which includes RECORDING in March! And all the fun little details of actually creating and releasing a CD. And figuring out what comes after this Rubicon Year is over. Whoa…
I have some Austin blogging to catch up on, but I thought I better post this to start getting the word out. Hope you Fairfield peeps will come have a sweet after-Christmas night out and hear some songs! (I shall be posting more about it soon methinks!)