Ok, so you found me out. I love cheezy Christmas music. One day I hope to make a whole Christmas album....but for now, here's an original Christmas song that my friend and lovely songstress, Kate Klim and I wrote last year.
After we wrote it, I called my friend Jonny Bistline, bass-cello-everything-player extraordinaire to record it and add lots of pretty things to it. So, that's Jonny playing everything and singing back-ups with me, too. (Check out "Better", my song that he produced and recorded for my sister's wedding present..a new version of that song will be going on my new album, due out next year!)
We had fun writing and recording this...hope you guys like it!
Merry, Merry and a hot toddy.
Current mood:busy"Time On My Hands" is a new-ish song of mine that I wrote with my friend, Mark Erelli back in January. This is one of my favorite songs that I've co-written so far, and hope you'll love it!!
Mark is giving it away as his "Download of the Month" on his website, so get it while you can! There's also a version of him singing it, for a male perspective. ;-) http://www.markerelli.com
(go to the "Music" and then "Download" pages)
Oh- and that's Mark singing back-up vocals and playing the Lap steel. He's awesome.
I'm posting a new song called "Better", that I wrote as a wedding present for my sister, Cara and her new hubby, Steve. It's a little mooshy love song.
My friend, Jonny Bistline produced it, (I'm so THRILLED with his prodcution!)and played all of the drum tracks, bass lines, and rhodes on there. Eliot Hunt played the gorgeous guitar parts and I sang. So, I thought I'd share it with ya. The picture next to the song is me sneaking up on Jonny while he's at work on the song... ;-)
Also, in a few days, when I'm back on my dear little Mac, ( I'm at my folks' house using my dad's PC and it's freaking me out...time to get wireless, parents)I'm going to post a song I wrote with Mark Erelli back in January. He's giving it away as his "free download" of the month on his website, so check it out. It's one of my absolute FAVORITE co-writes that I've ever done. http://www.markerelli.com
Go to the Music page, and then the "Downloads" page from there.
So, enjoy this little mooshy love song, and stay tuned for more to come!!
P.S. This Phantom Planet album is AMAZING. Just got hooked on it while driving to the beach this weekend. Definite top Summer album in my book!!
Current mood:sickHey all,
As I'm *still* laid up on my couch recovering from a nasty sinus infection, (almost a week later) I thought I'd throw out a blog...while watching the baseball game.
Saturday my 2 friends married each other... Eliot, my guitar player and Heather, one of my best girlfriends. I was so incredibly honored that they asked me to sing my song "Over the Moon" as their first dance. wow. I'm posting a picture of me and Stu (my other guitar player) playing mandolin with me. ...and yes, I sang with a sinus infection. not my personal best, but people were sweet, and most importantly Eliot and Heather looked like they were in dreamland as they danced. yay.
I had a show in Portland, ME on Monday night, and sang the best I could given my condition. People, again, were super sweet and tried to tell me that i didn't sound sick...nice try. Anyway, the Northstar Cafe is adorable. After we (me and my dear friend, Liz Stahler) played, they were playing a mix of music including the Sundays, and Shawn Colvin...my personal fantasy playlist. So, they are now my favorite coffee shop.
On my way to and from Portland, and 2ce last night as I switched over my closet from winter to summer, I played the new Death Cab for Cutie album. WOW. The new album is just gorgeous. Not since I was 16 years old....(exactly 16 years ago...weird...)when I discovered my favorite band, The Sundays, have I been moved so much by a band. I literally never get tired of listening to them.
My beau, David, who is a live sound engineer, was working for a band who was on tour with Death Cab a couple of years ago. (D was on tour with The Cribs. They're great.) I met him in NYC for their show at Hammerstein's Ballroom and met David at the stage door. At the time, I was clueless about how amazing they are. David greeted me at the stage door, and introduced me to Ben, waiting for *his* girlfriend to arrive, too. Little did I know it was THE Ben Gibbard. I said hi as if i were saying hi to someone I didn't know, and more interested in seeing my beau, who had been on tour for a while. If I were to meet Ben now, I'd be all stupid. Even that night, I enjoyed the show, but it wasn't until about 6 months later, when I met David down in FL at his parents' house...he picked me up from the airport...in his Dad's huge caddy....blasting Transatlanticism. At first I was skeptical, but then, I kinda just "got it". I let it in and got it. I *really* listened to the lyrics and then then music made sense and then I didn't hear the words at all anymore, i just felt the vibe of the music and understood it even more. Now, I'm hopeless. ....bought their new CD at Newbury Comics and got a free pint glass with Death Cab's new logo on it.
So, currently, I'm supposed to be working on getting my shit together to go back to Nashville in a couple of weeks to write some more. Hoping I start to feel better really soon so I can focus and get some ideas flushed out.
....also plan on making a new album this year. Have really started making steps towards that already! I swear! Will keep you posted...
Gonna go back to watching the game some more, and focusing on getting better....