No, I'm not dead
May 11, 2008
Just extemely lax in my upkeep of this blog. Granted, I have been a little busy. I started a new job about a month and a half ago as the new Marketing Director of Putumayo World Music.
I've been freelancing for the past year, so getting back into the daily full time gig thing has been a transition, albeit one I've really been enjoying. The place and people are great, and I love working with the great music that Putumayo puts out.
Then, in April, I was in Amsterdam for work for a week (very nice, but, you know, it's work), then in Denmark for a week and a half on vacation (very nice, and yay - not work!)
So now I'm back, and I booked a show for my birthday on Saturday night, June 21 at Connolly's,
a club I've never played at before but sounds very cool. It's up in midtown on 45th Street, and they have food and everything.
There's also some exciting publishing news coming down the pike - but you'll have to stay tuned for that one!
North by Northeast
March 29, 2008
I just got back from seeing my friend Steve Northeast
do a rockin' set at Crash Mansion
, a roomy rock club on the Bowery. Steve is a terrific bartender by night and an imposing rocker by, er, night. It was his record release party and he had a great crowd.
On the way back to the 6 train we passed Rice to Riches
, a restaurant that sells an array of different flavors of rice pudding. That's all it does. I love rice pudding, so we stepped in to check it out. I'm sorry - $5.50 for a small plate of rice pudding? I don't care if it comes in flavors such as "Sex Drugs and Rocky Road" and "Fluent in French Toast." It's rice, milk, and sugar. I'll take a big $2 bowl from my local diner
run away with me and a new podcast
March 28, 2008
My song, "Don't Come Around" just got played on a new and very cool podcast - JogTunesIndie.
Programmed by Dr. Bob, an avid runner, the podcast is specially designed to accompany you when you go for a run. What a fabulous idea! So if you run at 160 beats per minute, "Don't Come Around" can help set the soundtrack to your workout! This makes me want to get my butt up from in front of this computer...
Thanks, Dr. Bob!
another new podcast!
March 20, 2008
The hits just keep on comin'! "Find My Way Home" has just been played on a new podcast - The SittingDuck podcast
, casting (podding?) out of New Zealand.
For a full list of all the radio stations and podcasts that are playing my songs, check out the music page here.
March 16, 2008
March 12, 2008
I'm counting down the last few days until I start my new full time job so I've been trying to take advantage of the free time. Today, I did 3 things I've been meaning to do for a while. First off, I took the bus downtown to check out the Essex Street Market.
It's an indoor market with a bunch of different food vendors that's been there since 1940, and was a place to put all the pushcart vendors that were crowding the streets on the Lower East Side. Today it caters mostly to an Hispanic clientele, but there are a couple of old time Jewish-y butchers and a few lovely cheese shops too. I was tempted to buy some fish because the prices were good, but I wasn't going home yet, and didn't think carting around a bag of fillets were such a good idea.
Next stop was Russ & Daughters
for their Super Heeb sandwich. I had read about this concoction in Time Out New York
and have been dying to try it ever since. It's a combination of whitefish/salmon salad, horseradish cream cheese, and wasabi-infused caviar, all on a bagel. Whah. So good.
The last stop wasn't actually a stop. Starting several months ago, the MTA has been allowing people to ride the 6 train downtown to the last stop, Brooklyn Bridge, and remain on the train as it turns around to make it's way back uptown. The cool thing is that it uses the old, abandoned City Hall station
as the turnaround route. The station has been closed for decades and I've always wanted to see it. I sat in the train as the conductor said, "Brooklyn Bridge, last stop. Next stop, Brooklyn Bridge." I peered out the window as the train made the turn and I could see the dimly lit "City Hall" mosaic on the walls, under a blue mosaic arch design. It was a pretty quick trip - the station is really short, which is one of the reasons it's no longer in use - and less than a minute later we were back on the uptown side. But my itch was scratched.
There was nothing left to do but get off at Union Square, sit in the park, and eat my delicious Super Heeb. L'haim!
March 4, 2008
My extremely talented friend, Dan Azarian
, conceived of and directed this awesome spot for a new makeup company called Bulletproof Airbrush Makeup.
He combines live action and computer graphics in a way that creates this cool new world. And that's my voice in the beginning, sounding all computerized.
And I'm proud to say that he also directed my "Turning Circles" video.
"Turning Circles" video featured on the Podsafe Music Network newsletter
March 3, 2008
March 2, 2008
and I just back from Fairfield, CT after an afternoon gig at Las Vetas.
I've got to say - I really like playing during the day. It feels just kind of friendly and low key. We played for 2 hours, alternating songs, to an audience of teenagers looking cool and nonchalant, tapping along on their cell phones, and parents letting their children stare mesmerized at the musicians, moving instinctively to the music. And most amazingly, we neither got stuck in stand-still traffic, nor stuck in a torrential downpour, two common occurrences during our trips to CT. In fact, the sunset coming home looked like a Turner painting
, and Dvorack's New World Symphony
serenaded us along I-95.
the other little italy
February 24, 2008
I spent the day in the Bronx's Little Italy - Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section.
I went with a group of girlfriends I've known since I was a kid. We went to Dominick's
for lunch. No menus - the waiter just tells you what they've got in the kitchen. We started with stuffed artichokes as big as my head, overflowing with sausage breadcrumbs, sitting in a pool of fragrant liquid that begged to be sopped up with the crusty bread. Next up were two big entre platters - penne with broccoli rabe and veal roast. The penne was spiked with delicious garlic and the broccoli rabe was crunchy and bitter. The veal was prepared as a rollade with some kind of meat stuffing in the middle that was unrecognizable but tasty nonetheless. We washed it all down with red house wine served in small water glasses, just like in the old country. We capped the day off with coffee and pastries at a bakery around the corner - creamy eclairs and Napoleons. And, of course, a couple of chocolate-covered canolli to take home.
Another TV pilot
February 4, 2008
This morning I met a film crew at Macy's in Herald Square to shoot a pilot for an online program for WE TV called "She Got Game." Here's the premise: stylish, personable host walks up to an unsuspecting shopper and offers to pay for her purchases if she can answer a bunch of trivia questions about fashion and pop culture. I was the unsuspecting shopper - which is funny, because I'm the ANTI-shopper - I hate shopping and only do it when I absolutely have to. So, I'm standing there with a pair of jeans and a couple of shirts that I picked off the racks, and stylish host comes over with his offer and I get SO EXCITED! That's ACTING! He asked me a couple of trivia questions: What celebrity doesn't have her own line of clothes? Mary-Kate Olsen, Beyonce Knowles, or Oprah Winfrey! Got it! Oprah! Yay! I win the jeans! Cue the requisite excitement. Next question - Beyonce Knowles' fashion line is called House of...? I honestly have no idea. B? I ask. Good guess, but no cigar - or in this case, no shirt. It was Dereon, named after Beyonce's grandmother. No kidding.
Of course, this was just the pilot, so I didn't actually win anything. But if they shoot the show for real, they said they'd call me and I could actually win something. I'll let you know. In the meantime, my burgeoning action career progresses...
number 1, baby!
January 22, 2008
January 18, 2008
There's this great music site called Pandora.
It streams music to your computer based on artists you've already told it you like. So, say you like, I don't know, uh, Elisa Peimer.
You can put that in and get lots of other artists who sound like Elisa Peimer. What's cool for me is they don't take every submission. I've been trying to get my music into Pandora for a while, and they just added the new album. And there are already people listening to it! So I'm psyched. You can try it with a bunch of artists - it's fun. I've already plugged in my Jellyfish
radio station for my power pop music needs.
apparently, I was on TV
January 10, 2008
It seems as though Cinematherapy,
the program I taped this past fall for the WE Network, aired on TV and I didn't even know it! A friend of mine told me she was changing channels the other day and suddenly saw me being interviewed about Forrest Gump. Yup, that was it. I'm trying to see if it's airing again, but if any of you have seen it, let me know! What's the point of taping a TV program if you never get to see it?
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I am the next American Idol
January 8, 2008
Or just something close. Or maybe not that close. Either way, my song "Set To Fly" did make it onto the American Idol Underground Folk Charts (I'm a little bit folk, a little bit rock 'n' roll...) debuting at #5. The chart is here,
and you can listen to the song and comment to your heart's desire.
New gig scheduled
January 2, 2008
The top recording artists of 2007
January 2, 2008
December 30, 2007
December 28, 2007
If there's one thing that makes me sit in front of the computer, or open a magazine, and moan in delight, it's beautifully shot pictures of food. Here's one of my favorites, Smitten Kitchen.
I don't know this person, but she takes some of the most delicious photos I've seen. The front page is all cookies now. Yum, baby.
December 21, 2007
Same Old Lang Syne
December 17, 2007
Dan Fogelberg died yesterday.
As I have a long history of being uncool, I'm not afraid to say that this makes me very sad. I've been a fan of his since high school, and I regret that I never had the chance to see him perform live. Dan might have epitimized the soft rock genre that was never particularly hip, but I always found his voice beautiful and his songs catchy and moving. "Same Old Lang Syne"
still makes me cry every time I hear it. And I have one of those crystal clear memories of sitting in the hall in high school one very early morning, with the sun streaming in the windows outside the school radio station, and Dan's record "Longer" drifting out of the station door. I was just listening to his songs a few weeks ago. Take another listen yourself.
A poet in the family
December 8, 2007
My sister's husband is a poet. I guess we both have in common the ability to write short lines of text. It works out well for both us.
His name is Jeff Croteau, and he's just published a book of his poety called Oranges.
It's published by Penhallow Press
and he's doing a reading this Tuesday the 11th in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at RiverRun Books
. Jeff's collection is of love poems, each with something to say about oranges as well. And who doesn't love oranges?
New Pull of the Moon review
December 2, 2007
Indie-Music.com just posted a fabulous review of Pull of the Moon! Writer Catherine Tully says, "Lovely. Both the faster and slower tracks on the CD are well done, but it is the softer, silkier ones that really showcase this singer's skill for relating to the listener. Good stuff." The whole review is available here.
Here's a secret...
November 30, 2007
I really love show tunes. I love listening to Broadway cast albums and singing along at the top of my voice. So, it was with delight that I got to join my friend, vocalist Susan Gregory, at the Duplex last night for an evening of show tunes and '70's and '80's pop songs. In case you don't know it, the Duplex
is one of those piano bars in the West Village with a piano player who knows every standard number in the book, and a staff and clientele who have no qualms about grabbing the mike and belting one out. And, after a couple of drinks, the whole SRO crowd was belting along too. Good times, good times.
Oh, say can you see it?
November 26, 2007