OPEN MIC TOUR
So far, I have performed in Nasheville (January) and Chicago (February) - two places I'd
already been before. This month, I decided to visit a place I've never seen - St. Louis, Missouri. I was so excited to see the Gateway Arch! What a beautiful monument, with a very cool museum underground! It is a trip I will never forget. I almost felt right at home, because the banks of the Missouri were lined with Riverboats just like we see here on the Ohio during Tall Stacks.
I performed at the Venice Cafe, just blocks from the Anheuser-Busch plant. The decor of the
place was remarkable - beautiful mosaics on every wall, artwork, pictures, a large courtyard, and even a memorial for the late, one legged pianist who used to perform at the venue. It is apparently the oldest running Open Mic in
St. Louis, dating back 23 years!
Once again, I was up first. This time it was a bummer, because the place filled up about 20
minutes AFTER I sang. When you drive 5 hours just to sing a few songs and turn right around to drive home, it's best to reach as many people as possible. Lesson learned - next time I'll wait until a few others sign
up. But, either way, I met some cool and talented people, sold CDs, obtained email addresses, experienced the Arch, AND ate the best (veggie) burger of my life at the Hyatt's Brewhouse! STL ROXX!!!!
Next stop - New York City - April 22nd, 23rd, 24th!!!!!!!
I haven't made alot of progress with my own recordings this month. But, I have done work for
other artists, which is always a nice change of pace.
I have been working on Chris Seal's follow up Dancing Nobody album. Chris is a talented composer
and owner/operator of Tuneplant Music Productions. I've recorded vocals for many of his projects, and am pleased to invite him into my own works as an arranger for the next album.
I also wrote and recorded the chorus for a song called "Everybody" on rapper/pianist B-Shields'
upcoming debut acoustic album, which will also feature some big name local, and national talent. I call him the "one take wonder," because he recorded a flawless flo from beginning to end in one take - pretty impressive! The
session went so well, I ended up recording supporting vocals on a couple other songs too - one of them named "Cincinnati." I may end up performing at B's release party, and will certainly keep you posted.
I have to give a shout out to Maddy Krallman - you go girl!! She is my pride and joy, a star
student. She recently completed Book 1 of her Music Theory lessons, and finished learning pretty much every piano chord that exists. I have been implementing sight reading excercises into the lessons and this young lady never
skips a beat. She beautifully handles every challenge I throw at her, with poise and diligence. Our goal for the year is to prepare her to play piano and sing a song (at the same time) for her December 2012 recital. It's
only March, and she is well on her way, making great strides each and every week. Thank you for your hard work, you make me look good...Keep up the good work, Maddy!!
This month, Billy and I ordered and received our wedding invitations. By the end of the week, I
will mail them out and - IT'S OFFICIAL - we're getting hitched!!! Four reasons (JUST in the last week) to marry a guy like Billy - he supports my green lifestyle, is somehow even more creative and imaginative than myself, I
absolutely admire his work ethic, and he knows how to do all the manly stuff that I can't do! He built a beautiful fence for my garden (so the dogs don't ruin it) and put a pond in our backyard. He had two days off, and
that is what he chose to do with his time. I love my Bill! (It also helps to have good friends like Michael Miller to share the work load! Thanks for your help!)
Start a garden and/or compost this April! Thanks for reading!