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I’m back!

Wow. Talk about a hiatus from blogging.

In the past few months, I’ve been trying to adapt to a lot of new changes… a new house that needs a lot of love, a new job, plus a fair bit of traveling. To say the least, I’m still still trying to find my groove and find some balance so that I can carve out a regular time each week to devote to some of the things I’ve cut out in the past few months— blogging, songwriting, to name a few.

The house is coming along… slowly but surely… we’ll get there. And, I promise to show before and after pictures. We’ve been taking care of some not-so-sexy tasks like replacing the electrical box and adding recessed lighting. Things that will make a big difference in how we live in the house, but aren’t so exciting for blogging before-and-after reveals.

Though I haven’t been working on my music as much as I’d like, I haven’t dropped it completely. I had a show on Aug. 4 at Mudhouse in Crozet and I’ll post a video that my Richmond neighbors, Colleen and Steve, made from the night. I am also going to be playing a fundraiser—Love for Animals Fall Festival—on Oct. 13. I hope no one calls me out that I don’t even have a pet!

Here’s the video. I hope to be back soon with some more regular posting about the house, music, and life.


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For mother’s day I thought I’d share a sweet lullaby I’ve been working on called Everything. Throughout the process of writing the song, the idea of the song shifted and changed several times, and I was ultimately inspired by the theme of unconditional love; particularly the love of a parent. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Thank you for everything.

Since before I met you
You’ve had a place in side of me
All my love is yours forever I give to you

Every little waking moment
In corners of your mind
Don’t let the darkness fool you I’m there with
All the time

And you never have to ask
I will always give you
Everything I have

Through your battles and your burdens
In your moments of defeat
When you think no one is thinking of you
I’ll be

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I’m very excited to announce that in a little less than a month I’ll be playing at Mudhouse in Crozet with Ashley McMillen. Ashley is a country-inspired singer-songwriter— her voice and her songs will knock your socks off! She is truly one of my favorite artists and Cville and she couldn’t be a nicer person.

In honor of Mother’s Day, you should head over to her web site and check out her song “Momma” and my personal favorite, “Poor Thing.” And, while you’re at it, you should like her Facebook page. Why stop there? RSVP to our event on Facebook and let us know that you’ll be there!

I’ve been working on a lot of new songs recently— one, in fact, that I hope to post this weekend! And, I’m very eager to share them and get them out into the world. I’m very lucky to say that Willie DE, an amazing songwriter and guitar genius, will accompany me. It’s going to be a fantastic night. Hope to see you there!

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I’ve been having a little fun recording some of my songs after work with the help of my co-worker, Matthew Carter. Here’s the latest addition. Thanks to Matthew for providing the drums— I love finally being able to hear some drums behind my songs! The vocals and guitar parts are all me. I also want to make sure I mention Thomas Gunn, who helped me edit this song—along with many others—and made some suggestions that I ended up using in the song.

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I go on a walk just about every morning that I can sneak it in. Routine can be a beautiful thing. Routine is part of what makes it so exciting to see dogwoods blooming after looking at those bare, gray branches for days on end in the winter.

But knowing that my brother has just embarked on a month-long trip to Europe also has me questioning the limitations of routine. The stability and comfort that come from years and years of dwelling in the same place, treading the same paths day-after-day, can easily be rivaled in our hearts and memories with one startling sunrise in a foreign city; one flash of a memory that forever changes how we think and feel.

I share my love of Charlottesville often on this blog. But, we also all need to get out every once in a while. Shake things up.

Speaking of shaking things up, I’ve make a commitment to play, as consistently as possible, at The Local— on Monday nights they have a singer-songwriter night. If you’re ever interested in coming out to see me (and other amazingly talented Cville ssw’s) play, just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll let you know if I plan to be there that particular Monday.

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Thanks to everyone who received my recording so warmly and shared it with others. You have really given me (even more) confidence to continue recording and sharing my songs!

Even though I like to share many parts of my life on this blog, sharing my music was the main reason I started it 100 posts ago. Yep, wordpress let’s you know when you’ve hit 100 posts and this is it baby! In honor of my 100th post, I thought I’d remind people, for those who may have missed it, why I started this blog in the first place, which I wrote about in my very first post.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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I had the chance to lay down a recording the other night at work. It’s soooo much better than any recordings I’ve ever had before that I wanted to share it.

I chose to record this song because I think it works well with just vocals and guitar, though, in an ideal world I’d add some strings, soft in the background and then surging in the chorus; some bass; and maybe some background vocals, too.

Here it is.

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