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Might As Well Hang Em Up

Friday, February 1st, 2008

I can’t imagine ever having more fun at a show than I did at Wednesday’s CD release. To everyone who came out, I can’t thank you enough. The crowd totally blew me away. I’m still geeked about it.

It was especially great to play with both of my brothers, Brian and Aric, not to mention all the other very special guests: Jon, Thea, Kelly, Chris, Dan, Matt and Gordon. When it comes to music, I don’t play well with others. I unexpectedly add in extra measures, repeat verses, and leave out choruses. I play songs at different speeds and sometimes stop in the middle to talk about peanut butter. These folks not only navigated my shenanigans, but they sounded fantastic.

It seems I don’t really have a point here. I guess I just want to say thanks. Thanks to my family. Thanks to everyone who came out to the show. Thanks to everyone who bought the CD. Thanks to the people who read this garbage. I don’t expect to make it big as a musician. I don’t even think I’m very good. I just do this because it’s a tremendous amount of fun, and it wouldn’t be without all y’all.

It’s a little self-indulgent for me to post these, but some friends of mine took it upon themselves to write about the show.  And while I’m ridiculously flattered by what they wrote, I’m mostly using this as an excuse to direct my meager audience to websites of three wicked-good writers: Arnie, Lacy, Shama.

Photo by Gordon Wright

I’m 30 Years Old, Dammit!

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

When I first got a TiVo, for a long time it thought I was an 11 year old. Well, that’s not entirely true. There were a couple months where it thought I was a 6 year old girl. I swear, you ask a machine to record 3-2-1 Contact and The Adventures of Pete and Pete and it jumps to all sorts of crazy conclusions.

Recently I was looking through some old stuff and I found the poster I made for my first show. It was drawn in crayon. Despite how it looks, I wasn’t 11 when I made it. (Nor was I a 6 year old girl.) I was 23.


Excuse me, I need to take this.

Friday, March 9th, 2007

I love playing live shows. I’ve been to hear a lot of musicians play and it seems like most of them manage to make it through shows with minimal fuss. I’ll chalk a lot of that up to musicianship and professionalism. Those are two things I manage to make do without, but it seems to work out okay.

Case in point: at Uncommon Ground last week, I was careful to set my phone on vibrate so it wouldn’t ring during the show. Let’s just say I learned that the hard way. What I forgot, however, is that cell phones can interfere with audio equipment, and when that audio equipment involves high-powered amplifiers, it can be quite pronounced.

Take a listen for yourself:

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I don’t want to point any fingers at who might have so unfortunately interrupted my brilliant performance (ahem, Shama) but… THANK YOU! That song was going terribly. It’s a song my brothers and I wrote for my grandparents’ 55th anniversary and it makes no sense to those outside of our family and it was originally a song about puppies and I don’t remember the chords or the lyrics so well. If anything, the loud, obnoxious buzzing only made it better!

By the way, I mentioned in an earlier post, that cell phone interference sounds like the opening to the Bel Biv Devoe song “Poison.” Now you can listen and decide for yourself.

Nerdy Songs and Raising Money For Nerds To Help People Who May or May Not Be Nerds

Monday, December 18th, 2006

At my last show I mentioned that all the money collected would go to our local Chicago chapter of Engineers Without Borders. It worked great. Now I can finally afford that Playstation 3. I’m just kidding. I’m getting a Wii.

Really, though, about $200 was raised so that EWB can do its thing. The website is all linked up there if you want to read more about it. That 200 dollars will pay for a year’s worth of clean drinking water for a village. Except I made that up… but it’s probably not that far off. So, thanks everyone.
Now that that’s taken care of, I’ve really got to stop writing songs that mention math and/or computers. Before I had to put myself on a break-up song moratorium, but now I think I need to take a break with the engineering tunes. Too bad, I had a good one brewing about the guy who invented TV. Oh well.

I usually hate posting live songs because, well, I think they sound like crap — not so much the recording, but my grating, out-of-tune vocal stylings — but I had so much fun at the last show I figured I’d post this song:

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Natasha’s dad even made a video of it, which you can view on myspace. Either there’s some sort of spotlight effect or it was videotaped through the scope of a sniper rifle. I guess they missed because I’M STILL HERE!!! Umm. Happy New Year?