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“love & blood” has a birthday

One year ago this week I released an album, love & blood.

I never actually posted a darned thing about it on this blog. I don’t know why, since I’ve never been prouder of a body of work, but that’s what happened. The album had a very good first year in the world. Continue reading ““love & blood” has a birthday”

The Monkees Kinda Brought the Summer

Yes, those Monkees and their early-summer release, Good Times.

I’m not late to the party, though I’m certainly late to posting about the party—an ear candy party that popped in and out of my earbuds and speakers throughout the summer. A near-perfect pop album that always felt at once nostalgic and fresh. Every time it slipped into me I came to the same conclusion: Continue reading “The Monkees Kinda Brought the Summer”

Ready to Roar

You’re looking at my first commission, I suppose. Continue reading “Ready to Roar”

Doves Are Crying Across the World

Doves are crying, and so am I. We’ve lost one of the most important artists of the last 100 years. This one hurts, worse than Michael Jackson, worse than David Bowie, worse than any I can remember.

I only saw Prince in concert once, but it was a private show in NYC at 3 AM in some unimpressive warehouse in Chelsea in 1993. Here’s how I got in, it’s a pretty decent story: Continue reading “Doves Are Crying Across the World”

Bowie’s Final Grace Note

I’m listening to Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, released to the public on his 69th birthday, 100 hours or so before his death. And there are 100 reasons I am overwhelmed by it. Not only as a body of work from a significant artist but as the ultimate period at the end of his life’s book. Continue reading “Bowie’s Final Grace Note”

Perfection is Boring

I’ve been working on lyric videos for the new album, and this week’s upload is  “Bark Right At the Moon.” It’s the first track we recorded at Rubicon Studios back on December 29, 2014, just a few weeks after Charles died. It’s such a straightforward song so many ways, it felt like the perfect choice for all of us to feel each other out in the studio. Continue reading “Perfection is Boring”

Remember, Girl…

I’m doing my best to do this right now.

Stand Up

When Old Dreams Really Come True (#SXSW)

It’s 1981.

I’m a theater major at Duke University in Durham, NC. I hate frats and sororities but still dig the basketball team. I live off campus. I have insanely phenomenal friendships (still well intact 30 years later). We study hard and party harder. We Think Big Thoughts. We play our music LOUD, and we are going to change the fucking world. There is not a minute wasted in our lives. Not one. Continue reading “When Old Dreams Really Come True (#SXSW)”

When Work Makes the Dark Days Light

The last few days of 2014 may well have been the best of the year. Actually, the were the best, and–with my fingers tightly crossed–I hope they’re the map for 2015. I spent these days laying down the basic tracks for the new album, love & blood.

Continue reading “When Work Makes the Dark Days Light”

Incongruous

Incongruous is the only word to describe this month. As the definition below suggests, things are “not in harmony.” Continue reading “Incongruous”

Charles

Charles, my husband and collaborator for most of the past decade, died on December 9th.

It was peaceful; he can rest now. Charles told me, more than once, what he wanted his epitaph to be, and I think he’d like that I’m sharing it now: “Here lies Charles Rieser. He threw ice at the clouds.” Continue reading “Charles”

When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough

Today is my birthday, a pretty good day to give a great deal of thanks–even though that thanks feels insufficient. Continue reading “When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough”

Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding

The Kickstarter campaign for my next recording is now officially two weeks old, and it’s going gangbusters (92% funded as of this post)!

So for all creatives and makers and DIY’ers out there, I thought I’d share a few very quick lessons learned in case you’re thinking of finding support for your next project. Continue reading “Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding”

Change: It Ain’t What It Used to Be

“Change. It ain’t what it used to be.”

My ex said that to me once, apropos of almost nothing, and it made me laugh so hard I had to grab a pen and write it down. Continue reading “Change: It Ain’t What It Used to Be”

Fun Times: The Murder Ballad

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a painting, “Mercy,” and the song to which its loosely connected. Continue reading “Fun Times: The Murder Ballad”

You’re Pretty Good… For a Girl

I had dinner recently with my good friend Carla Black, founder of Rockrgrl magazine and MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women). She spent decades as a tireless advocate for women in music. Sadly, that’s no way to make a living, so she’s recently jumped the wall and will make her first million selling precious Austin real estate. You go, girl. Continue reading “You’re Pretty Good… For a Girl”

Mercy, Mercy

I’ve been doing some painting that aligns in some way with songs I anticipate recording this fall. This one, “Mercy,” contrasts the overwhelming force of nature against those of us occupying space on the planet. Continue reading “Mercy, Mercy”

Comparing To-Do Lists

In my circle of acquaintances, I am the Queen of the To-Do List. I have a daily, weekly, and monthly list. Mostly, they serve me well. Occasionally they’re a big ball and chain, and I ignore them all for a week or more… until it’s clear that shit still needs to get done. Continue reading “Comparing To-Do Lists”

Picture

There’s a song destined for the next album. It’s called “Picture.”

My ex and I talk often, and I imagine it will be quite awhile before I stop thinking about what, to me, should have been a phenomenal partnership. Continue reading “Picture”

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