Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. Goran Persson
Happy New Year to all of my wonderful, beautiful friends here at WordPress!!! I love each of you. Everyday, the very best part of my day is to get up with my coffee and read your blogs. Each and everyday that you have posted you have let me into your hearts and homes for a brief moment in time and it has been such a joy. I don’t have enough room to mention every single one of you, but you know how you are, I have liked your words and thoughts and have even shared some of my thoughts with each of you. There have been happy times and, yes, there have been tears. There have been times that I have been driven to anger and times I have been driven to laughter, and through it all you have all been there at my side, and shared with me when I was wrong. For that I love each and everyone of you! Have a beautiful 2013 and I hope to share more with you as the next year rolls by. I will try to post a vlog later for you if I have time!
On that note I leave you with The Greatest Jazz Singer in my book, Miss Billie Holliday…
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou
As some of you may know Mike and I are preparing for a gig at The Crescent Brewery on the 29th of December. We are playing from 8-11 and are doing 3 sets. It has been my goal to make this set list the strongest we have done yet as an acoustic duo. We are playing many blues songs and songs from the 60’s and 70’s. Just for fun I added in a great song by the Violent Femmes. I have also added in a song I have wanted to do for the longest time, “If You Could Only See” By Tonic. As well as the usual suspects we are also doing a few Welsh folk songs that some are sung in Welsh, some are macaronic, 1/2 Welsh and 1/2 English, and some are in English. Probably the parts of the set list I am most happy about are the 3 originals that I wrote and the original that Mike and I wrote together. I finally finished up the last of the changes on “No Feeling” which is our joint compilation. First I transposed it and then I added a capo on the second fret to bring it up to the key I wanted the song in. I am really pleased with the originals. 2 of them, “Journey” and “Make You See” were songs I wrote over 12 years ago and the other 2 were written this last year. For me the song writing process is either really fast, or very painfully slow. It took me over 6 months to lock down “Empty” and “No Feeling”. “Empty” has always been complete as far as the chord progressions went, what took so long was the vocal melody lines. It took over 6 months to find the vocal melody line that I was happy with and then I had to lock it in my head to where I could actually hear the melody line without actually hearing the music. I finally got it locked in this last week. So we are rehearsing every night and getting ready. Acoustic duos take much more work because every mistake is painfully obvious, you don’t have a bunch of other background noise to cover up when you make a mistake, hence the extra rehearsal time. On that note the full 5 piece is back in rehearsals tonight getting ready for the New Year’s Eve gig and life is very good….
On that note I will leave you with The Violent Femmes…
I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. Tony Robbins
It’s hard to believe that I started this blog almost a year ago. I started writing this blog on New Year’s Eve 2011 and as it almost dawns on New Year’s Eve 2012 I was thinking back at the amazing amount of changes that have occurred in our lives over the last year. When I started this blog Michael and I had just gotten back together after a forced separation due to legal circumstances. We almost broke up several times at the beginning of 2012 and, in fact, I almost left him and he almost left me more than once. We both struggled with bouts of alcoholism, me more than him. We went through the AA program together and are stronger for it. This last year I have hit some of my darkest nights and yet at other times I have seen some of my brightest days. In the last year we have lost “friends” to betrayal and back stabbing, we have lost musician friends, but at the end of the day our relationship has grown stronger through all the trials and tribulations. We have grown closer as friends and our love has grown deeper. We have managed to regain something through our music, that something special that has always been the glue that held us together.
During the last year I gained some of the lost time with my daughter and grown closer than ever to my mother. I have become a better rhythm guitar player and taught myself to sing in Welsh. I have learned more about myself as a musician in the last year than I have in 42 years of life. We have played some really fantastic gigs over the last year, and have many more to come. I moved up in the writing world from being an internet writer to writing for a real magazine and making my worth for the articles I write. My photography editing skills are getting better and better and I am continuing to work on my dream collage. I have no idea when, if ever that will be finished. It’s an ever evolving dream journal in images.
I have seen friendships end and new friendships sprout. I have also seen friendships that I thought were dead in the water re-sprout with new life of forgiveness and understanding. With each dying flower a new one sprouts in its place, a more beautiful one I believe, richer in color and smell. At the end of the day, and almost year, life is very good. It is as hard as it ever was, but we are happy, and I know that come what may Michael and I will continue to grow together, to love together, and to perform together. Life is very good my friends!
With that I leave you with The Supremes and the beautiful Diana Ross…
Well, here it is. I spent all day working on my masquerade costume for New Year’s Eve when we play at The Frontier Club in Meridian. I had bought this dress at a thrift store a couple of years ago for like $5 with the intention of using it for something and it was perfect for my saloon girl dress. It was actually pretty easy, I just slit the front open, sewed the two sides, punched holes and ran satin ribbon criss cross through it for a bodice. Then I slit the front of the waist down and made a drape effect to show the red satin lining. I still have to finish the mask, so far I have put a black glitter glue design around the eyes and added the red and peacock feathers. I have to wait for the glue to dry over night and I am going to punch a hole under the feathers and add some satin ribbon strands under the feathers. After that all I need is fishnet hose and I am ready! What do you think? I am very pleased with the results and think it’s gonna look really cute…. Miss Lilly requested that I post another song so I am posting our live version of Landslide from the BoEx benefit gig for Baby Maxwell on October the 26th, hope you enjoy!
“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals–this alone is worth the struggle.” -William Penn
My wish for 2012: I wish for the world to have peace, love, friendship and compassion for each other and all living things regardless of race, religion, gender or species. It is my fervent hope that each one of us will carry the good will and generosity of spirit that we show at Christmas time for the next 365 days. To embrace one another in friendship and love. To reach out the hand of charity to those in need. To show understanding and compassion for every living being. That is my wish.
It was so hard not to go out last night and ring in the New Year with friends at a club last night. I was all dressed up and I really wanted to go have a beer. I knew everyone was there and I wanted to be too but I made it past the desire to do something that I would have regretted later and I’m sure my body appreciates not having a hangover this morning!