Annie’s Musings

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At the time of this writing, there are only a few hours left of 2016. A year that many are looking back on with a mixture of “good riddance” and “can we please have a do over?!” A year with far too many losses in the arts and entertainment world at a time when we turn to things like music and art for comfort. A year over-shadowed by what was surely THE MOST despicable and embarrassing election campaign season in my lifetime, riddled with and followed by the kind of behavior that we should ALL be denouncing. I’ve spoken with many who are angry, frightened, and quite literally sickened and yet we are still hopeful. As cliche as it might be, at my lowest times, I find that remembering the many blessings I have in my life is the best cure. If you’re reading this, we count you among them. Continue reading

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Maurice White, Harper Lee, Sonny James, George Martin, Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, Patty Duke, Merle Haggard, Prince, Guy Clark, Muhammad Ali, Ralph Stanley, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Gwen Ifill, Sharon Jones, Florence Henderson, George Micheal, Carrie Fisher (and her mom)… Continue reading

horns4theholidaysWhat is Horns for the Holidays? Horns for the Holidays is a grass roots organization founded in 1996 by Ken Kozora that connects used instruments with children who might not otherwise be able to afford an instrument of their own. How do we do this? YOUR HELP!  Please donate your used musical instrument, encourage others to donate, and spread the word! Horns for the Holidays has been collecting under-used musical instruments from the community and giving back to the kids who need and want them for over 10 years.

Where? You ask? Well, the Chelsea Alehouse for one! and When? Well… how about this weekend?? The Alehouse will be celebrating a full weekend of music to kick off the Horns for the Holidays used musical instrument drive, with Creole Du Nord on Friday, Dec 2nd and we’ll be there on Saturday, Dec 3rd!

So dig out that trumpet collecting dust in the basement or old ukulele or penny whistle or…. ALL instruments are accepted!

ROAD TRIP!!!! Continue reading

img_3726Its so easy to get caught up in how many people show up, how many CDs you sell, how much money you make, how many Facebook Likes you get, how many photos get posted, how many comments on the photos and the list goes on… yep. I’m guilty. But as we make our way down the last stretch of I94 toward Chelsea, after 3 nights in as many states, I’m choosing to focus on the tremendous generosity of a few kind souls who were willing to host this unknown trio of music makers from Michigan, Continue reading

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