Hi all! Hope this blog finds you well and happy. It’s been a tough year for many. Not only does it seem like the world has gone crazy, but for a time my whole world seemed to as well.
Just goes to show that life is never predictable, unless you foresee unpredictability. Talk all you want, sometimes the ones we love just can’t bring themselves to be honest about how things REALLY are until they don’t even know themselves anymore.
So here I am, loads of new songs in my pocket, all written about the dynamics of love. More than ever I feel the weight of lifelong idealistic notions of what a love relationship is meant to mean pressing on my very being. I’d like to start over with different expectations, different ideals. Redistribute the pressure to different places. That’s where I am with this project.
I’ve resisted doing a kickstarter or pledge campaign until now because most of what I was doing I felt I could make in my own studio. I feel the time has come to make the record of a lifetime, with these songs that I feel represent a lot of people in the world. Love is amazing, love is shit. Loving someone is truly an unpredictable, beautiful ride.
I’ve wanted to make an album with Rob Szabo for years. Not only is he a stunning songwriter and performer, but he captures something in his productions that is true and honest, the very thing these songs need. Intensely personal yet transferable. The way art should be. Here are some examples of some amazing music Rob has produced.
Rob’s Own Music
So I’ve gathered together a collection of exclusive merch and experiences that I am offering for your monetary support. All proceeds go to fund the making and production of Love or Something Like It. I’ll be heading out to Toronto at the beginning of November to record with Rob and release date for the album will be February 14. As always thanks for your love and support. My main hope is that these melodies and words that have gotten me through the last 6 months will be a balm to other broken hearts.
This month our special guests are three amazing Scottish songwriters Rosie Bans,Anna Mac, and Mike Nisbit! This is going to be a very special night full of witty banter and amazing songs! After seeing them on the Ginger w/ Attitude tour earlier in the year, I am so pleased to be able to hosting this amazing group of songwriters at Tower of Song!
Yay! The next instalment of my Lazy Sundays Songwriter Series will be the amazing Yvonne Lyon! We are so lucky to be able to host her on her UK tour performing and promoting her perfect new album These Small Rebellions!
If you haven’t heard her before, “singer/songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best and brightest talent currently emerging from Scotland. Her new album, More Than Mine combines poignant lyrics with strong, creative melodies demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense. She has consistently drawn and stirred crowds across the UK with her emotive performances.
Yvonne has shared the stage with the likes of Patti Griffin, Karine Polwart, Luka Bloom, Steve Forbert and toured the UK with Juliet Turner.
Most recently Yvonne secured a position on BBC Radio Scotland’s playlist with her new single The Coffee Song as well as being nominated songwriter of the the week.
Sunday, October 20th 8pm-10pm(doors at 7:30) Tower of Song, 107 Pershore Rd S, Birmingham B30 3JX £5/£4 concessions
Can’t wait to see you! Please support live music and one of the best small venues in the UK, Tower of Song!! x
A few months back, I played a gig at a lovely venue in Cotteridge called Tower of Song. It was a true listening environment and amazing people running the place. I’m so happy to say that they’ve said yes to a bi-monthly (for now) Sunday songwriter gig there! Our first amazing artist has been confirmed as Emily Baker, one of my song writing heroes. I first saw her perform at the illustrious Ginglik, at one of the best singer/songwriter nights in London, vetted and booked by Amity Hill. There have been only a few people in my life that made me tear up the first time I saw them perform, and Emily is one.
Here’s what people are saying about Emily’s new record All at Sea…
Q Magazine **** ‘Within minimal enhancement…she sings and strums about fragile lives and loves with the directness of a stripped back Aimee Mann’
Acoustic Magazine ‘a masterclass in restrained acoustic balladry…’.
Don’t miss this amazing gig!
Buy tickets in advance and save £1 each! Advance £5, Concessions £4, Door £6
*Please note that tickets are not refundable, but if for some reason you cannot make the gig, feel free to sell the ticket on and let me know so I have their name at the door! ! x
I’m often asked to review products on one of my blogs or give an opinion. I turn down most companies, mainly because I believe in clean, healthy food. It’s the kind of food we planted and harvested on the farm in West Virginia where I grew up, and the kind of food I prepare for my own family still. I could never be bothered to review products that don’t fit into that profile, and sadly, many do not. Enter Tideford Organics. A most unusual company. Unusual in all the best ways.
If you haven’t yet heard of Tideford Organics, they have been around since 1996 and were built on a commitment to organic food and the environment. They are now in a purpose built factory in Devon and designing food that tastes like you made it at home. If you haven’t already read it, here is my review of the products I was sent.
Back in October, one of my friends/readers saw that Tideford was looking for food bloggers to review their new line. Normally, I would pass the link on to another blogger, but I found Tideford intriguing. I’d seen their products while perusing the gluten-free tag on the Ocado website. I always look at the ingredients lists of products if they are available and was impressed by the fact that their soups and sauces seemed to be all prepared from fresh organic ingredients. So I agreed to review all the gluten-free vegetarian items that they’d like to send my way.
A few weeks after my review went live, you can imagine my surprise when I got another email from Tideford saying they were sending me a second batch of goodies that had been “tweaked in response to your comments on your blog.” What? I was stunned. Where was the normal “thank you for your review, we’ll take your comments into consideration” or the dreaded “like us on facebook you could win in a £250 voucher!” I told you they were unusual! I was also amazed at how much they’d accomplished with just a few lines of suggestion. For that is what it was, only suggestion, I had no idea that after a 3rd batch tasting and discussions with the managing director that we’d be in negotiations for my consulting on next season’s line.
So there it is. I’ve now crossed over from independent reviewer to consultant. I thought you should know, and I’m hoping to be able to share as much of the experience as possible in the coming months. I’m headed down to Devon on Thursday next and cannot wait to meet up with the team. I’m so pleased at the prospect of working with a company that holds the same ideals about food that I do. Stay tuned for the next chapter!