June is just about over and as always there were so many reasons to love this month. Aside from being my birthday month and the beginning of summer its also the month of our wedding anniversary, the Shari Kane & Dave Steele CD Release concert, the Nor-east’r Music Festival, Above the Bridge Songwriters Weekend, the beginning of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Chelsea Sounds & Sights and more. Oh… and then there’s this –
Suffice it to say that we’re coming down hard after a 30 day high and like a really great song, June’s excitement left us feeling elated and satisfied but a little sad that it ended. Unlike a song, we can only play it over again in our heads. We were already riding pretty high from our own CD release concert at the end of May! What an amazing night! So grateful to all the stellar musicians who shared the stage with us and made our songs sound so good – Ozzie Andrews, Mike Shimmin, Drew Howard and most of all Jason Dennie, without whom these songs would not be what they are! So much love in our hearts for all the folks who came to the show and made us feel so special that night.
Recorded at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor by Geoff Michael and mastered by Glenn Brown at GBP Studios in E. Lansing, Searching for Neverland, features a stellar cast of highly sought after Michigan players; Jason Dennie (Thunderwude) on mandolin and harmony vocals, Dan Ozzie Andrews (Cold Tone Harvest) on bass, Mike Shimmin (the olllam) on drums and Drew Howard (Madcat’s Midnight Blues Journey) on pedal steel and dobro as well as the great jazz drummer, Pete Siers (Paul Keller Orchestra) on several tracks.
“If you haven’t heard their new CD yet, I highly recommend it. Great songs, cool arrangements, expert musicianship…GOOD STUFF! – Matt Watroba (Folk DJ, Singer/Songwriter)
“Searching For Neverland will easily be one of our top album picks for 2015! A solid, entertaining album that you will listen to until it wears out. Outstanding production quality, virtuoso guitar and mandolin work (without being overdone). Annie’s wonderful lead vocals, smooth harmonies, fascinating songwriting, an upbeat feel even when the subject is a bit downbeat, a toe-tapper and then some. Trust me, you want to own this album!” – Al Kniola, The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio
It was this very time last year, sitting in the tiny living room of the townhouse at which we landed in early 2013 after an abrupt, radical and painful change in our life, when we decided to make another change – this time for the better. Don’t get me wrong, the townhouse was a perfect place for us to do what we had to do … get rid of, let go of, purge, both material and emotional crap that was cluttering up our lives. It just wasn’t a home. So as I was sifting through boxes and boxes of really old photographs – the kind taken with a crappy Instamatic camera by a not-so-great photographer (me) that you had to pay to get developed and of course why wouldn’t you want TWO of each in case the crappy photo of the person in the photo might actually want a copy?? Please. And I realize that not everyone would agree with me, but why would I hold onto this photo of that guy I dated for like a second? Seriously. It was unbelievably cleansing to say good-bye to them.
Anyway, I said to Rod, “I can’t spend another summer here”. Continue reading