In This Issue:
BACK IN THE RECORDING STUDIO!
Maybe the best thing I did all year was spend three days in New York at Kaleidoscope Recording Studios working on a new CD. We captured 13 basic tracks in three days - working quickly and performing everything together as much as possible. I felt like a queen working with an extremely talented group of people. It was better than my birthday. Hell, than all of my birthdays combined. More news as we move along into the overdubbing and editing phases. And as if I didn't have enough love surrounding me, Art Heffron made himself available to join us as well, to photograph the magic. You can see the whole album here on smugmug
I'M A TEDX SPEAKER FEB 6TH!
I'm really pleased to have been invited to speak at the TEDx Paonia conference next month. I've spent a lot of time researching, developing and writing the content of my talk, but the work isn't over yet - here comes memorization time! I'm sure you're wondering what it's about, but I'm not going to tell you. You have to come or wait for the video! :) Tickets are on sale now and if you'd like to attend I recommend getting yours very soon - there's only 100 seats and that's it. Other great speakers, to name a few, are author Craig Childs, Percussionist David Alderdice, and Alex Johnson, Ex Director of the Western Slope Conservation Center. More info here.
"THE TWO RULES OF WATERCOLOR"
I have a new blog post up on cowbird! It goes with the watercolor below, which is of the Alhambra, in Granada. The best view of this magnificent structure is from a point called Mirador de San Nicolas. It's a brick plaza at the height of Albaicín, a historical neighborhood "that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past." Flowering vines drape over the brick walls and the labyrinthine passages are studded with heavy wooden doors dotted with metal embellishments. Many of the streets are already narrower than an alley, but they grow progressively smaller and turn to stairs as you near the top. One nearly expects the climb to transform again to ladders before the paths meet and open into the plaza of San Nicolas... Read more here...
Granada, Andalucia, Spain, December 2015
I need to thank so many wonderful people who helped me with the November Tour and my time in the recording studio. Cathy Whelehan hosted four of us for a week while we worked, and fed us too! What an angel. Tom Guralnick in ABQ provided the best venue in town for an unforgettable show celebrating Justin Thompson's CD release. My, did we love that space. Photos and videos soon. One million lovely souls helped us promote, including, and definitely not limited to, The Alabi and KUNM. Joanna Calabrese, Yvonne Meek and the team at Cavalcade all helped organize to bring a quartet of us into unforgettable performance spaces in Colorado. LOVE LOVE LOVE and more LOVE to the people that make live music possible. It's often by donation of time and talents and almost never for profit. Blessings to you all. I'm so lucky to know and work with you!
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Feliz Año Nuevo, friends!
And greetings from Madrid! I'm getting ready to go eat a lot of grapes in a short amount of time. I'm nervous I won't be able to fit all the grapes in my mouth fast enough and deal with the seeds too, because we couldn't find seedless grapes. If you've been to Spain and know about how they celebrate here, well then, you know what I'm talking about and please wish me luck. If not, just wish me luck. Not to mention, I'm not sure I have enough wishes for each grape, so I'm just going to wish myself luck with each strike of the clock and that's it. That's good enough for me. No resloutions here, just gratitude for what is! Ok, ok, maybe I'll wish for world peace on the last toll, but only to assuage the guilt of being so utterly lazy and unambitious otherwise. :)
I hope everyone had an amazing 2015. Personally, I'm tired! I think almost everything of significance to me happened in the last month and half. Shows, studio time, international travel with my beloved little sister, Sarahbelle... Oh yeah, and of course the holidays happened too. How strange to hum jingle bells to myself while walking in a warm wind along the coast in southern Spain. It just felt wrong! I did write a quick little story about how I spent my Christmas Eve, however. It was atypical for me to say the least. Check it out on my Cowbird blog, or by clicking the link on my new painting. :)
If you were at any of the shows in November - The Outpost, or the Western Slope dates, and you ordered a CD...it's coming, and I'm so sorry it didn't make it by Christmas. The re-order didn't come in time for me to ship them out prior to boarding the plane to Spain. Er, Russia. (Because for some reason that's where I went for about twelve hours first?!?) Anyhow, THANK YOU for your patience and thank you even more for supporting my music with your purchase! I will be shipping them first thing when I get home.
In February I've decided to volunteer, as well as perform some gorilla showcases at the International Folk Alliance in Kansas City. If anyone on the list is hosting a private showcase and would like to include my set, let me know. It was a bit of a last minute choice to attend, so it's hustle time to find some spots. Hope to see some of you there.
More news soon as the new record comes along, but right now the rough tracks are sounding pretty swell! I'm looking forward to getting back to New York next week and making sense of what took place (my goodness it was a whirlwind) as well as thinking about what little garnishes to add to some of the tracks. One thing is for sure - My brother Jonathan Sadler will be adding Tabla and Marimba. That's going to be a highlight on the CD for sure. Oh! And, I did choose a title. I think I'm going to call this collection "If the Static Clears." Unless I change my mind, of course, which is always quite possible.
I don't know what's up with me today. I'm feeling very snarky. It must be all the firecrackers that keep exploding in the street. They're making me cranky and cantankerous! I never fail to jump when one sounds like a gunshot behing me. I mean seriously, is that REALLY necessary?!?
And ok, warm Wishes for a beautiful New Year as well. :)