New Song! Tide's Turning (feat. Ben Sollee!)

New Song! Tide's Turning (feat. Ben Sollee!)

Oh you guys... today is a treat! Many of you know that last spring I stole myself away to go live with my Atlanta family and care for my grandpa (aka Poppop.) One of the really beautiful parts of being near this side of the family was that I got to hear all these stories that I hadn't heard before. I mean, I had heard the stories, but hadn't heard them with such detail!

Introducing! The Musicians Behind "Velveteen"

Introducing! The Musicians Behind "Velveteen"

Yes, the album is sounding gorgeous. I'm button-bustin' proud of it all. I'm also proud to say that I co-produced it with the talent of a stellar group of musicians. I'd like to introduce you to the other folks who helped make this album real. 

The Biggest Reveal I've Ever Done On The Internet... No, Really.

The Biggest Reveal I've Ever Done On The Internet... No, Really.

This week last year I was gleefully holed up in the Columbia City Theater with a handful of musician friends recording a certain album, *cough cough* MY album.

Yes, it's been a year. Although time has certainly flown, this day could not have gotten here any slower. Every step of the way has felt like molasses rolling down the sidewalk. 

I Have a Case of The Hermit Crabs.

I Have a Case of The Hermit Crabs.

Allow me to explain...I spent 10 years (2004-2014) moving a lot.

Sometimes as frequently as every 6 months. College life, new roommates, living abroad, moving to a new corner of the US, new roommates, new neighborhoods, new jobs... I got really good at picking up everything and moving around based on who I wanted to be near. 

Rolling With The Punches & Shaking Things Up (The Island Edition)

Rolling With The Punches & Shaking Things Up (The Island Edition)

I returned home yesterday afternoon from a gorgeous 10-day Artist Residency on Orcas Island, WA. 

It was sooooo needed. 

Mile High Confessions

Mile High Confessions

I am a mile above earth's surface and there is a well-dressed stranger sitting next to me. He’s attractive. He’s not wearing a wedding ring. He’s sleeping. If it weren't for that airplane window, he’d be leaving a trail of drool across the Midwest. It’s all very endearing.


2015 In Review: You Blow My Socks Off!

2015 In Review: You Blow My Socks Off!

No surprise, 2015 has been a tough but good one and the numbers don't lie...

Midwinter Midnights, Vol. 1 is Here!

Midwinter Midnights, Vol. 1 is Here!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merrrrrrry Christmas! It's out! It's here! & there are so many thank you's in order...

The Rollercoaster From Hell: Grief

The Rollercoaster From Hell: Grief

I've started losing the full ability of my right hand over the last 2 years due to a degenerative, neurological disease called Essential Tremor.

The grief I've experienced from this loss is like Chinese water torture.

Heaven help the person who thinks grieving happens in a linear fashion.

How To Drive Craft Store Employees Crazy

How To Drive Craft Store Employees Crazy

I asked the first employee I came across, "What makes the perfect Christmas noises and sounds here?" 

"Umm... Bells?" he replied.

"Perfect. Show me your bells!"

;)

Why I Pinched Myself 20 Times Yesterday...

Why I Pinched Myself 20 Times Yesterday...

These songs are already so much more alive than I could've ever imagined, it's hard for me to imagine how much better things could get with the remainder of this week. 

3 Strategies for Getting Dressed for a Blind Date (aka Recording Demos)

3 Strategies for Getting Dressed for a Blind Date (aka Recording Demos)

The internal dialog of an artist is the Alice and Wonderland of thoughts...

On Recording and 4am Bedtimes

On Recording and 4am Bedtimes

You are reading the words of a morning person. Evidently, if you stay up long enough... low & behold! It's the morning, the best time of day! 

Look What Came in the Mail!

Oooo! Fancy!

The CD's came back from my manufacturer yesterday! Yay!

I dare you.

Give me a reason to go to the Post Office!

;-)

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I Made a World! Announcing Cello Yoga's "Ebb & Flow"

I Made a World! Announcing Cello Yoga's "Ebb & Flow"

I'm so excited! 

On December 20th, only 2 days from now, my ambient cello music project called Cello Yoga releases it's first studio album...

Ebb & Flow is a 90-minute exploration of water's movement, 8 tracks of delicious cello-ness matching the rise and fall of a yoga class.

For the past couple years, I've been playing cello and composing live in yoga classes. It's been such an enriching experience for me. I learn something about music, something about bodies, and something about their connection to each other at every class. 

I've had so many requests for an album of this music. I've finally conceded.

Because Cashmere & Freshly Shaven Legs

Because Cashmere & Freshly Shaven Legs

It's as if all the questioning and the struggle somehow validates the reasoning and the why of going on this amazingly terrifying journey. Perhaps the struggle & questioning is the heart’s way of forcing the head to remember the ‘Why's.’

The Silence Kills Me.

The Silence Kills Me.

Have you ever wanted to just shake someone to get answer out of them? 

While recording, there's a moment when the song finishes... It feels like the moment right after you jump off a cliff - no gravity, pit-in-stomach, an "Am-I-gonna-die?" feeling.