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set my soul free

The new song on the music page is one I wrote a few years ago. The story behind it is kind of amazing, if only to me. I was on tour somewhere in Germany, in a bottom bunk of the bus curled up with my son John Henry, who was about eighteen months old at the time. Touring with a baby was fun but stressful, and I was bone tired.
I don’t know what woke me, most anything can now that I have that mother hear-a-pin-drop ability, but I opened my eyes and these verses came through me in waves. They were in my father’s voice, without a doubt. I felt around for my trusty iPhone so that I could get them down (what did we writers do before the memo pad on our phones?) quickly. I knew they would go through me and leave if I didn’t write them down that instant, much like he makes a visit to me every time I move into a new house; he just comes through and takes a look, then he’s gone.

We recorded it at House of David last summer. I had a 102 fever.
guitars: Kenny Greenberg
acoustic guitar and vocal: me
upright bass: Brad Jones
drums: Chad Cromwell
strings: Eamon McLaughlin
knobs: Richard McLaurin and Adam Bednarik

september 4, 2013

While it isn’t quite fall yet I can feel it in the air. One of the best things about living in New York City is that we get it early, and it’s nothing short of spectacular. I live very close to Central Park, on the Upper West Side in a tall building where I can monitor the progress of the trees. When I moved in they were just getting full, and now I look forward to the reds, ambers, and browns that are soon to replace the lush green I watched develop only five months ago. Cycles are interesting to me. Everything and everyone goes through them. There is a season for all things, yes indeed.

Play List # 1

1. Driva’man – We insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite
2. Lay It Down – Al Green
3. Words – The Bee Gees
4. Wasted and Ready – Ben Kweller
5. Oooh Love – Blaze Foley
6. Trouble in Mind – Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
7. Let It Grow – Eric Clapton
8. Skylark – Hoagy Carmichael
9. The Loved One – INXS
10. Crawl – Kings of Leon
11. Going Back to Cali – LL Cool J
12. Mazzy Star – Halah

New Website!

I wanted to create a website that is an outlet for me. A way to communicate. Not something static where you just get information about me, but something that would let you know who I am, what I’m interested in, and what I’m doing in a more honest way, through photos, playlists, videos, and songs of my own, old and new. I’m grounded these days. I can’t travel much or do many shows right now due to my responsibilities as a Mama, which I’m happy to fulfill. But I’m excited about having a real forum, or playground, again.

I’ll be stomping around here a lot, so come back often.


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new year’s day

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A Soft Place To Fall