The magic of technology sometimes really leaves me awestruck. I’m sitting in the passengers seat of a rented Toyota Corolla that is making us feel very grateful for our mini-van. I mean, what kind of modern day vehicle doesn’t come equipped with cruise-control? Still, its nice that our gas savings alone will probably pay for most of the rental. Imagine it would completely pay for it if we had cruise control :-)

So as most of you know, we’re on our way to Kerrville Texas to play our two songs for the judges along with 32 other finalists. One of whom is fellow Michigan artist, Jen Cass, who is a wonderful singer/songwriter! Kerrville has been on our radar for many years and we’re looking forward to finally seeing what all the fuss is about. We promise to report back next month, but if you want more timely updates join us on Facebook or twitter.

Where oh where to begin and how to begin and when I do finally begin where oh where will it end? I believe there is something in me that just doesn’t fathom how anyone would be interested in anything I have to say in this little blog so why do I do it? Truth is, I had a much-to-verbose expulsion of complaints over the importance of social networking and how on earth does everyone find time to keep up with it all? It helped to get it out and on to virtual paper at least so that I could decide whether or not it was worth “sharing” (Facebook owns that word now too). Still haven’t decided, but I did decide that it would be a good idea to put something up here more recent than November so lets just say that I am presently consumed by the fact that I just read that there is yet another “Agreement” by which I have to try and live. The things is … it makes perfect sense and I like it.

Geez oh Petes, If a new website isn’t enough to get me to write the first new blog in nearly a year, then its a lost cause. So here we go. I couldn’t even begin to recap everything that’s gone on since January of oh nine, but I can tell you that we had one “My Folky Valentine” show, one Folk Alliance Conference, another trip to California, a Nor-east’r Festival, three CD Release Concerts for “My Blue Garden”, Above the Bridge Songwriter’s Weekend, FARM, Canada, and several amazing musical adventures in between all that. Now as we gear up for another NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) Conference where we’ve been selected as one of 30 Tricentric Showcasers, we can honestly say its been an exciting year. The trio with Jason Dennie has been working really hard and we’ve been having a blast making music together and looking forward to a new exciting year to come. (That last line was just in case I don’t get back here till after January again :-)

Like a new born baby, this one is definitely our little bundle of joy. Co-produced by the most amazing, Glenn Brown, this album features several songs you’ve been hearing at our shows over the past year, like Serenity Road and Honey Sugar Baby Mine, along with a few brand new songs. We’re proud to say that Jason Dennie is all over this recording, both on mandolin and vocals and the list of special guests includes some of the greatest musicians in our neck o’ the woods. You really don’t need to look outside of Michigan to find these ‘knock yer socks off'” players. Listen to samples & Order your copy right now!!

I found a sweet old book at our local antique store a long time ago, and bought it, not for its contents but for the way it would look on my shelf. What can i say, i’m a visual person first. Anyway, the other day something prompted me to open it up and read it. Its a book called “Sesame and Lilies” Three lectures by John Ruskin, LL.D. The “revised and enlarged edition” is 4 inches tall with minuscule type… Near as I can tell it was revised in 1871. In reading the first essay I initially found myself simply enjoying the old language. Continue reading

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