the updates.

I feel pretty clever right now!  I added an events listing on this website along with a discography.  Check them out.

I’ve been working on re-working Simple Fruit for my next album, 18.93 Metres of my Fibre.  It’s been a lot of fun, but it’s also been pretty hard work without much of note.  I’m also daydreaming about a piano solo right on that bridge.

It’s funny how un-romantic recording music is.  It’s mostly just a cabaret of soul-crushing recordings that are just not good enough until you hit on something that may not be exactly what you’re dreaming of, but it’s close enough to authentic that you can ride with it.  Take, for instance, the recording of Simple Fruit that I have on this website currently.  It’s a fairly good recording, but my throat was sore and I was nervous about singing that song, so my vocals just aren’t right.  They’re not strong enough.  So I’m re-doing it, and I’m probably going to publish a very similar version of the song on this site with piano and call it done – an excellent exercise in eliminating hubris, no?

Speaking of which, I need to practise my glockenspiel.  Please!  Check out my events listing and come visit me at Le Pastel on Rachel E. on the 26th of July.

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tickling the ivories.

We have a new instrument here at Shoestring Studios, and I’m super excited about it.  It’s beautiful, the action is wonderful, and the sound is pretty unbelievable.

Thank you so much to J. Stevens for taking these pictures!

I’ve been practicing sight reading and trying to hammer out some Simon & Garfunkel.  It’s been painful and slow, and I’ve been having visions from being in 10th grade in awkward music classes, but I think that playing such beautifully constructed songs will help me learn more than pretty much anything else.  That’s what I did with the guitar – I have a book of songs from Buffy Sainte-Marie as well, and that’s how I taught myself how to play.

Oh, I’m so excited!  I’m going to go practice.

the rhythm.

Today was big and low and long, so I have something to show you that will hopefully brighten both your day and mine.

“Are those dyed eggs?” I hear you wondering.

No, they’re shakers.  And they’re going to make my next album amazing, thanks to my bestest (and most rhythmic) friend.

Don’t they look delicious?