Hi friend in music + living la vida loca,
How are ya? Holy bones, it’s the end of October. I don’t have a ton to blab at you today, just a cordial invite to a few shows in Duluth + Twin Cities and to let you know that I have changed my mind AGAIN and I am GOING TO RELEASE “MAJESTY OF BEASTS” 4 song limited edition vinyl album in MAY 2017.
Join us for the music video release party for “Veal” on December 13th 2015 at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, MN. 5 pm! Screening of the video plus live music by Toby Thomas Churchill, Katy Vernon, Mary Bue + the Holy Bones. $5. 10% of proceeds go to the Humane Society. Optional vegan potluck starts at 5 – bring a dish if you want + tons of vegan cookies for all. Video produced by Jon Hain w/ assistant Angelica Engel. Video will be live on the web shortly after!
Trite because it’s such an understatement. But the truth IS I love animals! I grew up with dogs, fish, rabbits and cats. In the country, surrounded by deer, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and all sorts of varmints. I got to see exotic animals in zoos and books and fell in love with pandas and koala bears, dolphins and orcas. I had a dream in junior high and high school of becoming a veterinarian and helping sick, injured animals or a marine biologist and learning about ocean life. I took horse riding lessons and studied dog and cat breeds. I drew their pictures and wore t-shirts and puffy sweaters with animals all over them.
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I am here to help! I LOVE this time of year because I get to share a sampling of some of the cool, crafty, artsy, handmade, muse-inspired THINGS that people that I know are making! As our to-do lists fill up and our pockets empty out, we probably have a few people on our gift lists that we just don’t know WHAT to get. I’ve compiled a list of local & indie gifts that I love – most of which you can order online and have shipped to your house or directly to your loved ones, saving time & hopefully stress. These are all thoughtfully researched by yours truly.
Your hair is standing on end. You KNEW you shouldn’t have but you did anyway. You had this feeling in your gut that something was just a little off but you brushed it aside and went ahead. Your dream last night told you to change your mind but it was just a dream … Something was fishy. Your head hurt, your legs were twitchy, you got chills, you got butterflies (not the fun kind). And then, even though you thought through it and used all of your logic and blasted forth with your plan, it ALL fell apart. Maybe you lost some money. Maybe all of your techie gadgets crashed. Or worse, maybe someone betrayed you or an accident befell you. But you KNEW if you had only listened to that tiny voice or feeling in the background that ALL of this could have been avoided …
In my other life, I am a yoga instructor. It balances out the late nights, the wild times, the unpredictability of the music business. Plus, it helps to keep me sane.
In my class on Tuesday night (I teach a handful of community therapists at their workplace), a dear student asked if I would be interested in incorporating chakra teachings into my classes. I jumped at it and wove it into my class design for the night. I love requests and I love challenges – and this one seemed very pertinent. In the next series of blog posts, I’m gonna delve into some simple things you can do at home with your breath, body and music and how they relate to our chakra system.
In 2008 I moved away from the musical momentum that I was working hard to build in Minneapolis. I had an incredible booking agent who had discussed becoming my manager, was getting some nice press from my 4th album Boat With No Oars and was starting to have a blast on my solo tours and meet amazing friends on the road. Waiting tables on the flip side was paying the bills and my gym membership at a neighborhood fitness center in NE Minneapolis was keeping my head out of the dirty snowy MN winter gutter. Read more →