Music seems to have taken different forms for me these days… Lately I’ve been strumming my ukulele, singing songs about fungus, worms, bunnies, and vegetables with squirmy elementary school children. Being a science and garden teacher in the Bayview of San Francisco keeps me on my toes– and I find that music soothes, centers, and engages even the most wild spirits.
I’ve gained some songwriting inspiration from my students’ powerful stories and from dreamy places close to my heart. It was a pleasure to work with Scott McDowell at the legendary Hyde Street Studio C. I wrangled some of SF’s finest musicians to put their magical touches on the tracks.
Stay tuned for the new melodies! Coming soon…
Thomas Edler slappin’ his mighty bass.
Pedal steel magic from Tim Marcus.
Ari Margolis added some tasty keys solos.
Nicky Bloom on the fiddle!
Benjamin Eichorn channels beautiful vocal harmonies.
Andrew Laubacher shows his dexterity on the drum tracks
Scott McDowell, making mixing dreams come true!
Come by for a delicious prix fix meal at the Blue Print Tap Room. Kitchen Stereo is putting on a surf and turf theme, and I’ll be providing some live music! Buy your tickets here.
We threw our third annual Country Flat Farm harvest party– complete with a roast from a locally raised pig, a homemade potluck, apple harvest/cider pressing, teeter totter, and of course a bluegrass trio (I was thrilled to sit in on a few songs). We kicked up the dust, danced, and feasted as the sun set and the stars appeared. People set up their tents nestled in the terraces between the fruit trees. The crickets began their nightly song, and the campfire glow lit the hands of musicians and rosy cheeks. Voices sung… Cradled in the central coast mountains… Fall is such an abundant time of year and encourages celebration through community togetherness. We are full.
I was so pleased when I approached Pete Lee about making a music video, and he agreed. His work is imaginative, alluring, and beautifully edited. I originally wrote the song “Extranjero” about the struggle of migrant workers (particularly in agriculture) and the drive to create a new life for themselves and their families. The desire to hold onto what is left behind, and the hope of a new life of opportunity. Pete heard the pulse and envisioned a chase scene… I let him run away with his story, and we gathered a crew for a rainy weekend of shooting. Dolly tracks, heavy gear, schlepping, dashing through the woods, and lots of good laughs, food, and support. A true collaboration with creative costume design and setting the tone for all actors involved. I appreciate Pete’s approach of leaving the viewer curious about the time period and the evolution of the character (moi).
After playing the I Madonnari chalk painting festival last week in Santa Barbara, I felt so energized and inspired. A place where the community comes together to celebrate color, art, friends, leaders, wisdom, collaboration, children, deliciousness, music, and unity. It was a joy playing with my local band to an appreciative audience… dancing kids, umbrellas, ice cream, sunshine… joyous world. And my favorite moment (below) was when we sang a cover of “I’ll Fly Away” and a priest came out and encouraged everyone to join the song!
All things creative and colorful to enjoy! Saturday, May 25th come to Art Along the Creek– local paintings, and some live music. (I’ll play from 2-3pm). 37 Mountain Drive, across from Rocky Nook Park in Santa Barbara.
Then I Maddonari at the Santa Barbara Mission! Beautiful chalk painting festival with delicious Italian food, mind blowing art and live music. Playin’ from 3-4:30pm on Monday, May 27th.
A lazy Sunday on the front porch… Sunshine, singing with a friend, and an applause from a stoked neighbor up the hill.