Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I've been having a little crisis over here today - as I just spent every single day of the last year taking self-portraits and now I'm not.  It was this driving force - this thing that got me out of my dull housewife and mom gig and forced me to think about something beyond my life - and now - back to boring?

I posted my favorite 365 shots on Facebook and the one I took last June during a late night recording session with my band reminded the guitarist that he needed to get off his duff and record a backing track to a fiddle solo I sent him almost a year ago.  We bantered back and forth...

... and suddenly, without my very personal 365 project to distract me, I'm back to this sick feeling, missing my music roots back in Atlanta so much it physically hurts.

*sidenote - the song I was thinking we should mix up was Seize the Day from Newsies.  Don't judge me - we could totally come up with a rockin' Celtic version of that*

Anywho, I'm feeling slightly crazed right now.  I need an outlet, otherwise my life is taken up with dragging a screaming Dude all over town (all he does is scream whenever we have to go anywhere because he wants to go somewhere else), barely maintaining a household, trying to keep us all from getting the plague and being sick and pregnant - all while living in the frozen tundra of the midwest in a town with a population roughly the same size as the university where I got my masters.. . and since I went to Arizona State, the sobriety level is probably roughly the same too.   I NEED A DISTRACTION.  I need to create something.

But then there's the issue that my music taste is so awesome, I wonder if I'll ever create anything I love half as much as the music I curate.  Have I mentioned my absolute favorite album of 2011/12 was the Punch Brothers' Who's Feeling Young Now?  Because I could eat it with a spoon.  It.  Is. Amazing.  I can't pick a favorite track - though their cover of Kid A and their Movement and Location are up there.  I might pick this one - Clara - which is both possibly the most romantic song ever written and the greatest chord progression ever.  Plus the fiddle chopping.  UGH.  The Dude LOVES this song and sings the melody all the time.


What can't Chris Thiele do???  His collab last year with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan on the Goat Rodeo Sessions was so amazing that I can hardly see straight.

It's a blessing and a curse to have such incredible music at my fingertips.  Especially when I'm pretty sure I'm losing my mind in the desert of Wisconsin AND January.


M said...

Robert is also going through a fun scream-whenever-we-say-it's-time-to-go-somewhere phase. He wants to stay home and play. Sometimes he even gets upset if he has to stop to eat a meal.

Master P said...

That makes me feel so much better. Yay birthday twins!!

Jane said...

Do all violinists/back up members of a band do the sway/wink/glance around at the rest of the band when they aren't playing? Is this some inner circle thing I will never know because I don't play?

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