I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. Abraham Lincoln
Thank goodness the Celtic Festival is finally over with! It was an amazing event and we had a lot of fun and I would like very much to do it again next year. I hope we are asked to do it. Unfortunately all of the picture that I took were not good. The camera was acting funny and when I got home and downloaded the pictures there was only one useable picture. This one of the Wicked Tinkers:
Speaking of the Wicked Tinkers, they are a very well known band for the Celtic Festivals around the western states and unfortunately the scheduling of the musical events was such that whenever any of the local bands were playing The Wicked Tinkers were playing at the same time so when the local bands were playing, us and The Celtic Sisters and Beltane, our audiences left and went to watch The Wicked Tinkers instead of us. The one time that a band wasn’t pitted up against The Wicked Tinkers they had a great audience, and that was only one time the entire day that any of the bands had any sort of an audience except first thing in the morning, which didn’t much matter because no one was there anyway. So the only negative thing I have to say was that the scheduling of the musical events was not very good.
The people that did get to hear us had great things to say and Ginger Jones, the woman that got me started on the Celtic Festival in the first place, said that my Welsh was perfect. LOL, I don’t know that I would go that far, but I really appreciated hearing that. Just being there at the festival made me feel a lot closer to home. Now, it’s back to business as usual.
A Big than you to Missy for the hug!
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” ― Groucho Marx
Well this is it! The final day before The Celtic festival. We will spend the day rehearsing and getting ready for the Ceilidh tonight at 6pm. This will be my last blog until after the Festival is done and over with. We have rehearsed so much my left wrist is sore! If you would like to hear some of the songs we are playing for The Ceilidh tonight you can here then at my EZ Street a Day in the Life blog, I posted all of the songs for tonight on there. Hopefully I will have lots of pictures to share with you when we are done tomorrow. I bet you are all sick to death of hearing about this thing, but it is so important to me. I have never felt so much nervousness and importance about any other gig we have done before, so sorry if I’m going on and on about it.
Our clothes are cleaned and ready to go, all except Mike’s hat. I need to clean his fedora today because he can’t decide whch hat to wear. Man, I really wish that was my toughest decision, LOL. We have one more rehearsal and then we just have to get on that stage and hope we have done enough to prepare. The songs will be what they are and there isn’t any more that we can do about it except hope we do them justice. I didn’t have time to order a shirt for the gig so a few weeks ago I made my own. I wanted to order this really cute dress from Wales with the Welsh dragon that is on the Welsh flag on it but it would have taken too long. So I took a plain white shirt and sharpies and made my own. Here it is:
Other than that I took a few minutes out with my camera yesterday to run the batteries down so that I could recharge then for today and I got this cool pic of a grasshopper:
Other than that, everything is great. I am happy and nervous. I hope I will have a lot to share with you when I get back. Here is another song that we are doing for the festival that I didn’t post at the other blog, it’s a song we are doing by Badfinger called “Day After Day“. Badfinger was from Swansea, Wales and in the late 60′s and early 70′s it was thought that they were going to be the next Beatles, in fact The Beatles helped them get their start. Unfortunately they were plagued by bad luck and bad management and Pete Ham inevitably committed suicide and was later followed by Tom Evans in another suicide.
- No Pain…No Gain (ezstreetblog.wordpress.com)
- Goin’ to the Ceilidh (ezstreetblog.wordpress.com)
- Here’s Looking up Your Kilt (catseyesk.wordpress.com)
Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it’s all in perfect working order. Spike Milligan
I have never been to a Ceilidh, pronounced Kaylee, before. Nor have I ever been to a Celtic Festival either. I am so excited. I’m hoping to meet up with some other family members from the Daffydd (Davies, Davis) clan of Wales that settled near Malad, Idaho about the same time that my family did. Chances are I have cousins living there that I don’t even know about. It would also be very cool to meet some friends from near where my family came from, Cowbridge, Swansea or Cardiff. My Grandmother and Grandad always tried to keep us in tune with our roots and of all their grandchildren I am the only one that carried on the tradition of music, which is a very big thing in Wales. Wales is called “The Land of Song” and for a very good reason. Music is a huge part of our heritage. I don’t know why I am the only musician since my great-granfather, maybe I got the strongest part of the musical gene pool. I have been singing since I was 3, picked up the violin when I was 10 and switched to guitar at 16. I am always a vocalist first, and my guitar skills are very secondary. Anyway, I can’t wait to see the dancing and hear some of the other music. There is one group called “The Celtic Sisters” and they sing in Gaelic, which is so cool to me because they are the only other group of musicians performing in a Celtic native tongue besides me. We are also the only group performing traditional folk music from Wales so it’s a very important thing to me that I represent my family and our country the best that I can! I can’t wait!!!!!!!
Every rose should have a butterfly, so here is my addition to the art game by Dolly at All About Lemon!
“It is in your power to withdraw yourself whenever you desire. Perfect tranquility within consists in the good ordering of the mind,– the realm of your own.” ― Marcus Aurelius
We took some time out of our crazy rehearsal schedule today to take a bike ride along the river and the pond and I thought I would share some of the pics I took with you. It was so peaceful and quiet, we rode along at a relaxed pace and just enjoyed the scenery.
Mike in the Tree
Aquarius Horoscope for week of September 27, 2012
“Show me the money” is a meme that first appeared in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. It has been uttered approximately a hundred trillion times since then. Have you ever said it in earnest? If so, you were probably demanding to get what you had been promised. You were telling people you wanted to see tangible proof that they valued your efforts. In light of your current astrological omens, I propose that you use a variation on this theme. What you need right now is less materialistic and more marvelous. Try making this your mantra: “Show me the magic.”
This is so true for me today. I just want to get on that stage on Saturday and do my very best performance and at the end of the day I really hope everyone loves the music that we perform. I know that not everyone is going to love what we do, I just hope that someone, just one person, will walk up and tell us they loved it.
When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.
~ Sarah Helen Whitman
I am so not ready for summer to be over. It seems it has just begun. Someone should give summer a speeding ticket, LOL. Well, I have harvested some funky tomatoes out of my garden and some grapes out of my small vineyard. I thought I would share some of the pics with you. I also promised Russel Ray a pic of Mojo, a new cat that either adopted us or we adopted, not sure which. Mojo pretty much comes and goes as he pleases.
So there it is. As you can all see I got my camera back up and running and I am so happy!!!!
- Vineyard Harvest 2012 (leahyetter.wordpress.com)
I don’t know what I did to deserve such an auspicious honor but All Thee Above was so sweet and posted a blog about me on Here is Recommended Sites Tuesday. I appreciate the kudos very much! Thank you so much my friend. I am now the proud owner of two blogs, this one of course and my new one at EZ Street a Day in the Life. My Buddha Blog is a personal journey that started on New Year’s Eve of 2011 and will hit it’s one year evolution on 12-31-2012. It’s amazing how much one can go through in one year on the search for spiritual growth. My EZ Street Blog is all about my journey as a musician and all that is involved with the life of a professional musician. I will be discussing the daily joys and frustrations that go along with being in the entertainment field. I am very curious to see the evolution one year from now. I can tell you the path has been a long one and it won’t stop until I am on my death bed. So for those of you who follow my blogs, thanks for coming along for the ride. I hope I have made it enjoyable and entertaining, even when I’m bitching…. :D Much love and peace, Jaz
- Got My Mojo Working! (catseyesk.wordpress.com)
- A New Day A New Blog (catseyesk.wordpress.com)
Mr. Mojo Risin’, Mr. Mojo Risin’ , Got to keep on risin’ ~Jim Morrison
I finally got my Mojo in sync with the balance of the universe. Things have chilled out and gelled as I said they would. I finally have some time to catch up on the things I have been missing the last few months, good grief I even had time to create a new blog called EZ Street A Day in the Life. What is wrong with me, LOL. Life is very good. I am having the time of my life getting in touch with my musical nature and meeting some very cool cats along the way. Of course there is always the good with the bad, life wouldn’t be balanced without bad vs good, but overall I am a lucky woman indeed. I have a husband who loves me and I am surrounded and blessed with some of the most supportive and loving friends a person could chose to have, including my wonderful blogging buddies here at WordPress. The other great thing that happened recently was that I thought my camera was hopelessly broken and it turns out that it just happens to be very picky about your choice of batteries, so very soon I will be posting more pics. Well enough joy and flowers today, it’s time to get to work…..Much peace and love my friends and if you have time stop by my new blog and say hello. I love hearing from you!
- L.a. Woman (inenglishinstitute.wordpress.com)
- Mojo 259 (jkcards.wordpress.com)
Among the notable things about fire is that it also requires oxygen to burn – exactly like its enemy, life. Thereby are life and flames so often compared. ~Otto Weininger
Good grief the smoke has been thick here the last few days. We have several forest fires burning not too far away and the smoke is so thick that it almost blots out the sun and drops the temperature. This is the worst that it has been in years! It has affected my lungs and thereby also affected my voice. I can’t ever seem to get my voice fully opened up to sing everyday for rehearsals and my nose is stuffed up. It makes rehearsals unpleasant and I sure hope it clears up in the next day or two. The weather man says that the winds are supposed to be changing and carrying the smoke out of the valley. I surely hope so!
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel
For those of you who have been following my blog I have started a new one that deals solely with my career as a musician. I started my Buddha blog 9 months ago as a personal journey and I have loved it and will continue to keep it up. This new blog at EZ Street Blog is a journal that deals only with music. I have never been more focused on my career as a musician than now and I thought it would be interesting to see where my journey takes me a year from now. So, for those of you out there that have been following me I hope you will join me on my journey down the long and winging road of music and let me tell you what a strange trip it has already been! I think this blog would also be of interest to those out there that are interested in a career as a professional musician in their local area. I have no delusions of grandeur, never have. I am just a simple woman that happens to have a career as a performing artist and never have wanted the big lights and fast money. All I ever wanted to do was sing.
Aquarius Horoscope for week of September 20, 2012
Are you excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. To get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. To preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. It’s OK to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. Never take them off in mid-flight.
Well Mr. Brezney, you have done it again. He has somehow tapped into the pulse of what is happening in my life, even though I don’t really believe in astrology. Tomorrow I get my driver’s license back after a one year suspension for an accident that I got into. And no, alcohol was not a factor. I’m not going to go into the details but to keep it simple I was in shock and left the scene, unintentionally, but never the less I did. The judge did not want to suspend me but the state does it automatically. At any rate, Rob has hit the nail on the head, I finally get my wings back tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier, except for the fact that I am going to have to be a taxi service for my mother, but that’s ok because she shouldn’t be driving and I have time to give her. Life is good!
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
Because that’s the only kind of trip the Establishment would
let it take.
National Security was at stake.
Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the
chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.
It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
It didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.
This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite
justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.
‘Cause it (censored) wanted to. That’s the (censored) reason.
You tell me.
He cwossed the woad to kill the wabbit.
(Whshhhhhhhhsh) Because it could not resist the power of the
“I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.” — Alfred Hitchcock
Oh, life is a funny thing. We are currently on the quest for the bass player and drummer of our dreams. You wouldn’t think it would be so difficult but in reality this small community of musicians are filled with wannabes, has beens and closed minded egoists. What ever happened to playing for the love of the music? For me it was never about the pay check. It was always about the beauty, the subliminal release of my deepest emotions and thoughts expressed through patterns of air flowing through me and blown out over my vocal chords into an expression of feelings, sometimes subtle sometimes powerful, yet always true to myself. Oh bass player and drummer where art thou?
Some of my fellow bloggers have asked where they can get copies of our music. You can go to our EZ Street Home Page and there is a brown button that will take you to Music Store CD Baby where you can buy copies of songs that we have paid for the licensing on covers. Right now the only song we have available for MP3 download is “Comfortably Numb” and it’s $1.49. It’s a slow process because we have to pay for each song to be licensed if it is a cover tune and then we also have to pay a fee to CD Baby to put it out there for sale, so at the end of the day we don’t make money, all it does is get our music out there for people to have for their MP3 players. You can also click the blue button on the right and listen to many of the songs we have produced and watch the YouTube videos I have produced so far. Thank you to everyone that has been so supportive of me and us. I hope that sometime soon after the Celtic Festival is over to get in the studio and produce a CD with the songs we are doing from the Celtic Festival. Peace my friends, Jaz
Here is the latest video I just produced of us doing a cover of “Rhiannon”. I really hope you enjoy it! Peace, Jaz
Absence of proof is not proof of absence. William Cowper
Hello all! I know I have been absent the last few weeks. I have had an absolutely insane rehearsal schedule getting ready for these big festivals. One down and one more to go on the 29th and then my schedule will mellow out. I hope! I have missed reading everyone’s blogs, it’s like missing my morning paper and cup of coffee. I hope this blog finds everyone healthy and happy. I have been so busy that I didn’t even notice the You Jivin Me, Turkey? had re-blogged my song “Of This Land”. Thank you so much for that, I am really glad you liked it enough to re-blog it, you’re the bomb baby! I had a few minutes today between rehearsals to post and let everyone know what I am up to. After a very hard 2 month song search I have finally come up with 15 songs for the Celtic Festival. They are going to be a mix of songs from folk Welsh songs to songs by Welsh musicians that are well known in America. I am excited about the song choice and the festival, but let me tell you, learning to sing in Welsh is no easy task! I have missed you all and will try to catch up on some of your blogs today….Peace, as always my friends, Jaz