I was inspired by Laura Kidd (of She Makes War) the other week when she posted 5 things she liked on her blog. What a simple, clever way to share new inspirations. I meant to do the same, but this time there’s a little twist. I’ve got six things, and they go like this: 3 things I liked, 1 thing I didn’t like, and 2 things I did this past week.
1) One thing I didn’t like: Let’s start with the bad news, shall we? Our awesome friend Steve Lawson (genius solo looped bass player) just had his laptop and studio headphones stolen by wicked thieves. No one deserves that awfulness, least of all a brilliant and lovely working musician with a family. So, I humbly suggest to you, please GO buy a bunch of his music for as generous a donation as you can afford. Here’s an album of his from 2011 – it’s beautiful, but don’t stop there. The others are all exquisite. Explore.
Steve is playing lovely bass goodness on a few tracks on my upcoming Body of Glass album. Also, he recently did a couple *amazing* live shows with our own Daniel Berkman (aka Colfax) which they plan to release on album later this year, so your contributions will help enable both these projects to come to fruition! Thanks ever so in advance.
2) Something I liked: Did I mention being inspired by She Makes War? That happens a lot. Laura Kidd is a powerhouse of creative fire. She’s doing tons of stunning things, including releasing a new album in just a few weeks, not to be missed. Take a listen and pre-order your very own copy!
Also, I recently saw this video she did for her first album, and it’s a testament to her genius as a musician and visual artist. Laura takes DIY to a whole new level.
3) Another thing I liked: I recently got turned on to another UK artist named Emily Baker, and her album House of Cards is absolutely gorgeous. Songwriting, playing, production: perfect in every way. Check out her album, you’ll not be disappointed.
And here’s a beautiful video of her singing Hit and Run (gives me goosebumps):
4) One thing I did: I’ve lately been developing new material for solo performance, as going solo (or duo) seems like the most sustainable way forward these days. Since I wrote several new piano songs for Song-A-Day last month, I’ve started teaching myself to play them (they were written in simple layers, but playing them is quite another ballgame)… Of course I picked a challenging one to learn first, but after several days of practice, I’m getting into the groove. Here’s a little home video of me playing Turningwheel. Far from perfect, but full of heart. Works in progress! The new songs from Song-A-Day will become another album I hope to release later this year.
5) Another thing I did: I’ve never been to SXSW music festival, but this year I heard of something for all us musicians too busy/broke/insustry-disenchanted to pack ourselves down there… an interwebs-based alternative called Couch By CouchWest. Awesome. Indie videos from all over the map. Go there and entertain yourself with several hours of musical talent and silliness. I did a couple performances. This one is me and Tom Lattanand performing Here and Now, a song we co-wrote for the Auralei EP.
Here’s to the next post being ALL good & happy news…but I guess we get to share the ups and downs, so thanks for being here for all of it. Your presence and participation in our musical journeys makes all the difference.