Restless 

Though general restlessness has been a constant companion of mine for just about as long as I can remember -- booting me out of bed in the morning and keeping me awake at night -- lately, it seems she's turned the dial up to eleven. I find myself wanting things I do not, cannot, or should not have, spending money unwisely (well, even more unwisely than usual), and generally having trouble keeping mind and body still and focused for any length of time. I crave new projects, new songs, new adventures, new…

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Receive 

Last week, I had an unexpectedly revealing conversation with a friend about the giving and receiving of energy; the seizure and release of control. As productive, outcome-oriented humans, we spend a great deal of energy trying to control things in our lives. We exert Herculean (or perhaps Sisyphean) effort herding tasks and people and events in the direction we want them to go, controlling environments and messages and images, squeezing our expectations into manageable corrals where even the outcome is…

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Juggler 

Today, I am a juggler. My hands in constant motion, my brain whirling, my eyes not sure what to focus on as the many balls I'm trying to keep in the air blur into one... booking new shows, promoting shows already booked, learning new music, singing backup for friends' new records, playing sidekick bass, starting a new songwriter series (more on that soon) and maybe, just maybe, recording demos of new songs of my own...

And perhaps most importantly, this month and next bring more than a few concert…

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Into the Vortex 

So, yeah, it's cold. But I'm not complaining. Here in NYC, it's just kind of a normal cold, not crazy cold, and certainly not Polar Vortex cold like it is in some parts of the USA and Canada right now. If you're caught up in that, I hope you're staying safe indoors as much as possible, and covering every part of your body when outdoors. Put a couple blankets in the car, too. You just never know when you might need some extra protection. Frostbite is no joke, friends...

As for me, well, I've been spending…

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New Year, New Adventures 

Happy New Year, friends!

I can still say that, right? Even though the first month of 2019 is nearly half over? I sure hope so, because I'm just catching up and preparing for all sorts of new adventures this year!

Hope you're safe and warm and keeping loved ones close in these chilly and confusing times. I'm holding tight to my family and the music, cooking good food, practicing yoga, and writing new songs. Turning inward to gather energy to turn outward and do things like attend the Women's March next…

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The Coming of the Cold  

It's nearly December already, and I confess I'm not ready for Winter... Wasn't it just August last week? Autumn seemed more fleeting than a murmuration of migratory birds this year, and I'm surprised to find myself turning more and more inward with each passing day, craving good books, hot soup, wool socks, and homemade bread...

To underscore that cozy yet foreboding feeling I get at the onset of Winter each year, I'm happy to share with you my latest release, a song called "The Coming of the Cold," which…

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Fall 2019 Tour Continues! 

Fall is and always has been my favorite season -- crisp air, good coffee, warm conversation, sweaters, scarves, boots, and of course, elections... don't forget to register and VOTE, friends! Make your voice heard! Here's a handy registration/information link:  https://vote.gov

...and speaking of absolute whirlwinds, the September portion of my Fall 2019 Tour left me absolutely breathless!  October promises even more adventure, bringing concerts with musical kindred near and far:  co-bill dates with…

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Falling Into Summer's End 

Hello, friends!  

There's so much going on, I hardly have time to write... and since a picture is worth a thousand words (or at least the number of words that fit on the picture), here goes... 

Hope you're able to join me at one or more of these shows, or listen in on one of two LIVE radio performances this month:

Sunday, September 16 at 4PM:  Traditions with host RON OLESKO at 89.1FM in Northern NJ or online at WFDU.FM

Sunday, September 30 at 2PM:  The Catskills Cafe with host ARTIE MARTELLO at…

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Baying at the Moon in August 

Happy August, friends!  Checking in just before I head off to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival... maybe I'll see some of you there?

Outside of Brooklyn, Falcon Ridge is the place I feel most at home. Seriously. And this weekend, I'll get to play my songs in a number places there:

  • The Lounge Stage, Thursday 7:55PM, in-the-round with Steve Mayone and Cassandra House;
  • Emerging Artist Showcase, about 2PM Friday afternoon (this is where it all began for Red Molly, and I feel super-privileged to get to do it…

HOT HOT HOT 

Hooray!  It's festival season!  That means it's HOT HOT HOT for me, and not just in the literal sense...

Festival-goers in the Northeast can find me at two festivals in July, one in August, and one in September:

July 13, I'll be playing the 9PM slot on the River Stage at Black Potatoe Music Festival in Clinton, NJ.  

July 29, I'll be swapping songs with my dear friends MILES & MAFALE to open for the great TOM RUSH at Huntington Folk Festival in Huntington, NY.

August 2-5, I'll be at my very favorite…

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Musings

News and views from both inside and outside the addled brain of a songwriting mom...