There is a delicate balance for quilters, between doing what we love because we love it, and doing what we love because we are obligated.
Are you getting excited for the release party?! I know I am! It’s consuming all of my free time these days–but I assure you, it will be a great time! Food and drinks will be available, we’ll have a great big cake, we’ll listen to some music and you get to go home with free stuff! And who doesn’t love free stuff?
We’ve got a bunch of door prizes, and we’ll be giving them away, raffle-style. And how does a person get tickets? Oh, let me count the ways! Everyone gets one for walking in the door, and there will be another in each goodie bag. You can also get tickets for signing up for the mailing list, and recognizing a song from the CD when it starts to play over the sound system. The best way, in my opinion (with no limits!), is that you get a ticket for every $5 you spend at the merch table–on CDs, t-shirts, and more! (Put on the shirt you buy and we’ll give you one more.)
The more raffle tickets you have, the better…because look at all the great stuff you could win:
- Portrait Photography Session—Erin K Photography
- Miche Shells—Stephanie Kolczak, Independent Miche Rep
- T-shirts, License Plate Frames, Misc – KMON
- Zinfandel—Wines by Wednesday
- Ukeleles (2)—Guitars of Montana
- Gift Card—Suki Café
- Montana Silversmiths bracelet and earrings—Montana Silversmiths
- Full Auto Detailing voucher—Flawless Auto Body
- Boudoir Portrait Session—Monica L DeShaw
- Rodan & Fields Skincare Packages (2)—Melanie Hauer, Consultant
- Gift Card—Dante’s Creative Cuisine
- “Bag of Bags” candy gift basket—Candy Masterpiece
- Baseball cap and coffee mugs—Dowl HKM
- Bud Light camp chair, Busch Light backpack—Eagle Beverage
- Gift Card—2K’s Kafé
- Ford Racing Baseball Caps—Bison Ford
- Gift Card—Albertson’s
- Door Prize – Studio Montage
- Growler and 1 Free Fill—Bowser Brewing Company
We’re very lucky to have so much support from the community–not only are these sponsors wonderful people who shop locally and support the arts, but they are also great at what they do. Links to their respective web presences can be found here. Please make sure to look them up!
While Everyone Else Does Their Christmas Shopping…
I have a party to plan! My Type-A, organizational side (strangely not evidenced by the appearance of my kitchen) is going, for lack of a better term, apeshit.
I haven’t had so much of this type of fun since…well, that time I got married. You can’t imagine the lists, and you can’t imagine the spreadsheets. It makes me want to write a novelty song.
There will be plenty of time to share the details with all of you, just write January 28 on your calendar, and later, we’ll discuss the rest. Just know that this thing is going to be one rip-roarin’ good time and you’re not going to want to miss it. Save the date, man. Save. The. Date.
Oh!!! And you’ll see, off to the right, that there is a little linky-link that says something about subscribing to the mailing list. DO IT. (Please. If you want.) If you would also be so kind as to include a mailing address, you will receive mailings about the party, and a sweet merch table coupon for use while you’re there, happy, and full of booze.
In other news, I am supremely stoked today because Jordan will come back this weekend. He’s been gone a ton this month, mostly for work, and I am missing him! We have plans once he gets back to do our own “Christmas,” with a nice dinner and maybe a Christmas movie marathon, featuring classics like “Jingle All The Way” and “Santa Baby” (ABC Family) (Jokes! ) But the idea that I have a boyfriend who doesn’t openly hate “It’s a Wonderful Life” does bring a smile to my face, and leaves that portion of my holiday cheer unsquelched.
I do have a few Christmas gifts to buy, and must admit I haven’t even started my shopping yet. Or my idea-generating. So I’d like to rip off some of yours and pass them off as my own. (Cool?)
So then, what is the coolest non-traditional Christmas gift you’ve ever been happy to receive? I frame the question that way, recalling the year my sister told me she’d like the strangest thing I could find on eBay within a specific budget. I’m not sure she was thrilled when I got her two bags of rocks (which, upon much further scrubbing and mining, were supposed to reveal sapphires and rubies, as I recall…) I don’t know that I ever became privy to the outcome of that wild gravel chase, but I do remember that at some point, maybe even that same year, she repaid the thoughtfulness with a CD of “Opera’s Greatest Drinking Songs.” Joke’s on her, though, because “Drink, Drink, Drink” and the “Anvil Chorus” have made it into the regular rotation on my iPod.
Anyway, I hope you’re all enjoying this holiday season with too much togetherness, too many calories, and the higher-than-average level of hilarity that can only come from being fat and surrounded. 🙂
Some Little Victories Feel a LOT Bigger…
So, my e-mail is finally working again! It is now safe to send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hassled a lot of computer-geek friends with a lot of really odd questions, and little by little, untangled the problem. It took almost a month to get it squared away, just a series of simple things that are not in my repertoire of talents. Sheet music and spreadsheets, sheet cakes and bedsheets are all things I can do…but if we leave the world of sheets, I’m in a pickle.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who made themselves available for assistance. It was much appreciated!
Now that that’s fixed, please see the link on the right —> and sign up for my mailing list! I promise I’m not going to spam you, and what I send is likely to be rare, especially at first, but when I have details on the upcoming RELEASE PARTY, I’d like to have a way to let you know about them.
In the meantime, we have a date! January 28, 2012 at the Tap House Lounge. More details to come!
I am uploading the data for my CD to Discmakers as we speak. Cross your fingers that all goes well. I will keep you posted…Happy Wednesday!
Keeping Bras in My Guitar Case
So, like I said earlier, I’m getting ready for a trip to Los Angeles. I’ve been there before…in November of 2008. I was there for the same reason I’m going now–the TAXI Road Rally.
When I went before, I had some homemade CDs with labels and jackets printed with my inkjet, with a few of my latest songs on them. I think they were Melt, Beg, Get Outta There, and the special ones also included From Here to Her and Something Worth Doing. I gave them out to everyone I could think of…which probably amounted to about seven people. I was not the biggest social butterfly in that huge spectacular hotel conference room. But it was easily one of the coolest things I had ever done in my life.
Usually, conferences are something I attend on someone else’s dime. And usually, the impetus to go is to get a few CPE hours and maybe get out of Great Falls for a few days and see a big city for a nice change. But this–this is my passion, and worth every scrupilously-saved penny it costs me to go.
This year, I will be taking a nearly-complete collection of my early work, either to pitch to opportunities, or just hand out as teasers for my upcoming release. But, I’ll have something REAL, and tangible…and well-done, for a change. Not that I put subpar recordings on my CDs last time, but by myself I hadn’t been able to do anything like what we’ve done in the studio this year. I feel like this time, I have something to be proud of–and that I’m not just going there to take it all in.
In some silly way, it helps that I didn’t set out much to build upon last time, because my name has changed anyway.
I’ve been thinking about what to take with me aside from CDs. Last time, I hardly left the hotel. I didn’t really know anybody…I didn’t know where to try to go. Now I know several people who live in or are at least familiar with L.A., and my buddy Mike Beeson will be there as well, so the outdoor temperature may actually have some bearing on what to pack. I don’t think I should take my guitar…too risky. I might accidentally break out into the Freebird solo in the lobby if I have too much to drink. (And boy, would THAT be embarrassing!) I also shouldn’t need a guitar, unless inspiration strikes in the middle of the night (which is likely) and I find myself needing, desperately, to chord out a song before I lose it. But then, that’s what iPod apps are for.
I was sort of thinking about packing all my clothes in a guitar case, just to be misleading. I could roam through the airport with nothing but a “guitar,” looking like a weary troubadour ready to sing for my supper….if not a nun-turned-governess who might turn your linens into play clothes. Then if someone stole my luggage, expecting to find a bright shiny Gibson (something I don’t have anyway), they open up the latches, and *poof*….out pops a bunch of underwear. If I could only see it happen, that in itself might be worth being without my underwear. But, let’s be real here, I can’t pack 4 days’ worth of clothes in a guitar case. A cello case…possibly. A string bass case….well, maybe. The cowboy boot count would have to go up, though.
I also need to record at least one song I would like to have critiqued by a successful songwriter–like Pat or Pete Luboff or Jason Blume or Jeffrey Steele…as if Jeffrey Steele will have time to sit at TAXI critiquing no-name writers’ songs. But…it might help to get in line early, just in case. 🙂
Start ’em Up!
So…as I’m busily recording this EP, hearing new interpretations of old music (to me, anyway) undoing about 32 years worth of unsupervised vocalizing, it’s coming at me hard and heavy that I’d better get busy and let people KNOW about this thing. It’s going to be a great record–I have no doubt that fans will love it–the only problem is…I need me some fans!
There is already a solid group of you out there. And you’re wonderful. Many of you have known me since before it ever occurred to me that I could maybe write my own songs and sing them. Many of you have met me within the last year. Then, there are a few people from all walks of life in between that for whatever reason, identify in some way with what I’m trying to do here, and have your own appreciation for it. And thank you for that. If it weren’t for you, I would have a realistic impression that this project is 100%, indisputably, for me. And no one else.
And this project is for me. But, more than that, it’s for all of you. It’s for all of you who have stood by me lo these many (many!) years, and happily listened to whatever new song I might have had, whenever it was. Thanks for still being out there, and thanks for remembering that I’m still here, too!
Anyway…so here’s what we did.
We took the old favorites from my early stuff–some of yours, some of mine, and we’re doing them up mostly rustic, acoustic-style. We’ve got a few that are fuller-production, and we’re using some fun instruments–mandolin, string bass, etc. to breathe some new life into them. You’re going to love ’em! I’m hoping to follow up in a year or so with a full-length album–with completely different songs–and consider it a Part II of sorts. But, for that to happen, Part I needs to make a splash.
For the moment, I am looking for places to play! And a sound system that I can haul around with me in my sedan that will make me sound like Celine Dion. Well, if she was American, and Montanan, and sarcastic as hell. Any ideas?
More to come!
Hugs and sloppy kisses,