I have always had a deep love for traveling. It started when I was young and would fly regularly to visit my dad after my parents divorce. Airports have always been a place that I appreciate. Although at times they can be stressful and rage full, boring and unimaginative, they are also this place where we receive a gift that is all to rare in this busy day and age we live in: an expanse of unstructured time.Read More
I made a playlist of some of the powerful female artists who have inspired me to make music throughout the years. You can check it out here. Hey, you could even listen to it while you read this blog post! What a great idea! ;~)
We’ve come a long way since I was a child, and She-Ra, Princes of Power began to fight just as gallantly as He-Man ever did, inspiring little girls everywhere. All the while wearing some fierce golden boots with wicked heels-something He-Man would likely have a lot of trouble with. Personally, I was really excited about her talking winged unicorn partner in crime: Swift Wind.Read More
nternational Women's Day's got me thinking about women. Whenever I think about women I think about my time at Mills College. Attending Mills College was one of the best decisions I ever made. It changed my life in so many ways. Mills is a small, all women, liberal arts college in Oakland. I learned a lot during my time there about all kinds of topics, from sociology and religion to creative writing and vocal improvisation. However the most important thing that I learned there wasn’t ever written on the chalkboard in a classroom or discovered within the pages of a reading assignment...Read More
"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" ~~Anonymous
December is here and lately my thoughts are gravitating towards how best to bring about positive changes in my life and I'm finding a lot of solace in letting go of trying to be perfect and accepting things as they are. Even appreciating and being grateful for things being exactly as they are. I'm proud of my new song about Hanukkah called Festival of Lights.Read More
The pre-release show at Avonova went off without a hitch and I couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you to everyone who came-it meant the world to me! This was my first time playing a show with a full band and it was an amazing experience. I had such a blast presenting these songs with the little ensemble that I put together. It’s a completely different level to be able to present these songs live, all flushed out with drums, bass, violin, and harmony vocals. A girl could get used to this-it was my favorite show so far!Read More
Do you ever watch the sunset from beginning to end? Get out where you have a nice view of the horizon while the light is just starting to change and stay until the moon is glowing bright and the colors have finished their dance for the day. That’s what I did tonight. I sat up at one of the lookout points off of Grizzly Peak and listened to these songs that I’ve been working on. I’ve seen them transform before my very eyes from solo piano and vocal pieces to fully flushed out arrangements with everything from drums and bass, to organs and horns, guitars, strings, loops, and harmonies. It’s been an incredible process.Read More
In a perfect world, I would be telling you that RISE is completed and I can't stop doing happy little jigs all the time. As things actually stand, in what is commonly referred to as reality, we are just a handful of mixes and some mastering away from a completed album. This news has a huge silver lining to it because since we are NOT yet done, I don't have to say goodbye quite yet to this amazing time and the lovely people who have made this experience so wonderful.
And if you must know, there have still been some happy little jigs because the songs that we have completed mixing sound so good! They make me cry, they are that good. I really, really, really want to share them with you. I am chomping at the bit to even give you one little taste of the deliciousness I've been hearing. But I've decided to hold off and save it all for the big reveal. No appetizers at this banquet, but once dinner is served there will be 13 courses of flavorful songs to delightfully devour. Ok, so maybe I went a little bit too far with the food metaphor there, but you get the idea.
I've got some time off before we get back into the studio to finish off the mixing. So I've been making myself useful by starting to figure out what the heck I'm gonna do once this album is done. There is a whole world of endless tasks in the way of promotion and marketing: cd packaging, photo shoots, submitting the album for reviews, a cd release party, a tour of select cities; all of these things are percolating in my brain. I think partly I am trying to keep myself busy so I don't have to face the fact that this project is pretty much over.
It's been such an incredible process working on this record from start to finish. I am absolutely thrilled with how it's turning out and all the wonderful people who have lent their talents to make this project as good as it is. When I look back at where I was at the beginning of 2014 I am amazed by how far I've come and how much I've learned this year. I have been bold and courageous in pursuit of my dreams. I raised more money than I ever would've thought possible. I practiced my butt off and managed to hold my own playing with two of the most talented musicians I will ever meet. I spent hours and days carefully crafting and planning out the arrangements these songs. I have had the honor and the priviledge of working closely with the one and only Julie Wolf. I have been so incredibly blessed.
I hope as you look back on your year and take stock you can find your own host of things to hold dear and be proud of. I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. May light and peace be abundant in 2015.
RISE is coming along quite nicely. Last week we finished up lead vocals, laid down some harmonies, trumpet, organ, and spent a day with a fantastic guitarist Michael Papenburg who created some beautiful, driving, and spacious layers to add to a bunch of tunes. I am amazed at how these songs keep sounding better and better.
We’ve just got a few more odds and ends to record and concurrently we’ll be diving into mixing next week. Mixing is the final stage of the project, when you take all the elements that you’ve recorded and make sure that everything is sounding it’s best, and all the different pieces are balanced and placed properly. The quality of the mix can make or break an album. Luckily, I’ve got a magician of an engineer doing my mixing, and Julie Wolf at the helm to guide and watch over the process. This is a very good thing, because honestly, there is a great deal that goes into mixing that is just over my head at this point. It takes a certain kind of ear and very fine tuned and specific listening to do it right, and while I’m sure by the end of this process I will be closer to having that kind of ear, it’s not something that comes naturally to me. That’s why I am so glad I’ve got the dream team in my corner, and I trust them completely to make this record sound fabulous.
I know there is still a lot to be done, and we won’t officially be finished for another couple weeks, but I am already starting to feel a bit sad that this project is coming to a close. I knew that it would go by fast, and I have been careful to thoroughly enjoy every bit of it. But like all good things, it must come to an end, and it’s going to be hard to let go. It’s been such a dream come true to work with so many talented people in one of the finest studios in the world. I am so thankful. SO THANKFUL!
I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving. Thanks for following along with me as I walk this path, and thanks, as always, for listening. I am thankful for each of you. I am thankful for all the factors that synched up so that this project could come to fruition in such a wonderful form. I am thankful that there is yet work to be done and that I get to spend some more time with the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege of working with. I am thankful that after this project is over I will get to share the result with you and that there will be many new musical adventures to be had…
Last night, walking home from the bus stop I almost got hit by a car. That'll make you stop and take stock.
They were turning left. I was crossing University and the numbers were counting down but I had plenty of time to cross before the light turned red, so I was quickly making my way through the crosswalk. About halfway through, I look up and see this car coming towards me. I lock eyes with the driver and she looks shocked. It was one of those moments that happen really fast, but those few seconds expand in your mind so it feels like a lot longer. The car ended up stopping a few feet away from me and I just kept hustling to get out of the middle of the road. At first I was just indignant about the whole thing. What was she doing driving into me when I had the right of way? And my first thought after that one was: this cannot happen right now; I have an album to finish. As I continued walking home it slowly hit me that my evening could've just taken a very difficult turn.
I was listening to Radiohead on my headphones and the song Videotape came on. It's a song about leaving a videotape to say goodbye to the people you love after you've died. It's one of my favorite Radiohead songs, just beautiful. I don't know if it was the song, or the stress, or the thoughts running through my head that I could be in an ambulance on my way to the hospital right now, but I found that there were tears streaming down my face. It's always so strange to be passing people on the street when you are openly crying. You feel like it's so obvious, but it was dark and most people aren't paying much attention to the other people they pass on the street so it's not likely they'll notice.
When I got home I lay down in bed and let myself cry for a while. I'd actually been in a funky mood all week so it felt good to let out some pent up emotion. Once I'd calmed down I started thinking about how thankful I was that the woman driving the car saw me and was able to stop in time. I thought about how everything for RISE is coming together so easily and beautifully. I thought about how thankful I am to have this project in my life that makes me really clear that I do not want to go anywhere.
Sometimes I think of myself cradled in the palms of God’s hands. It’s a very comforting image. It reminds me that everything there is to think about, it’s already been considered. This path has been laid out for me long before I was even strong enough to powerfully choose it, and everything is going to be all right no matter what happens.
I do believe that. Even if that car had hit me last night, somehow things would’ve worked out. But, thankfully, that wasn’t the plan.
Today we’re going to be sorting out string parts for a bunch of songs. Recently we’ve been finalizing some horn arrangements that are sounding so amazing! I need to start inventing adjectives to describe how wonderful they are… stupendincredifabulous. There you go. Gotta get going now. More from me later. Thanks for reading and I’m so glad to be writing to you with all of my limbs intact from the comfort of my home instead of laid up in some hospital bed. Phew!
The recording is going just great. We got all the basic tracking (drums, bass, and piano) done over the course of three days and it sounds fantastic! I was very pleased with myself because I was so prepared that it felt natural to play my parts while keeping up a steady rhythm, and I could focus on the sound of the band and just enjoy myself. I am so in love with the grand piano at Fantasy Studios. It is the nicest piano I have ever played and it was just delightful to get to play my songs on it for three days and really mine the instrument for all the wonderful dynamic range that it has.
There is definitely a kind of magic that happens in the studio. You discover new things and songs come together in ways that you didn't expect. The energy of the instruments working together in tandem is so exciting and invigorating. It was just a blast to work with such talented musicians and to actually feel like I was holding my own and keeping up my end of the trio well. I am so pleased with how it turned out and with my performance. I really couldn't be happier.
It was a little bit sad when it was over. It's the kind of thing where you look forward to and prepare for so long and then it all goes by too quickly and you miss it as soon as it's passed by. But I know no matter what, I will always treasure these moments of doing the basic tracking for this album. It really is like a dream come true to be working at a world-class studio like Fantasy with such an all-star team supporting me. I know I am also so blessed that the people surrounding me are not only talented, but wonderful to be around as well. Whatever happens with this record, I am so humbled and grateful that I get to have this experience in my life.
I had a couple of days off and today I was back in the studio working on vocals. It was fun and challenging in a very different way. For one thing, it's just me in the live room and my producer and engineer in the control room. So the nature of the work is much smaller and focused on me as an individual. It has the potential to be a very high-pressure situation, but I felt really comfortable and at ease. I've been learning that singing live for a gig is very different than singing in the studio. It's like stage acting versus camera acting. Things that I am used to doing in a big and loud way can be done in a contained and delicate way. It was challenging because I am not used to it, but I actually felt like I discovered some really beautiful moments and connected with these tunes on a profound level by relating to them with such subtlety.
We got six songs done, which is apparently "pretty unheard of" according to my experienced engineer, Adam. He said he would've been pleasantly surprised if we'd gotten four done, and was only expecting we would complete three. So I am giving myself a big pat on the back right about now. J
It is great working so intimately with him and Julie, my producer. I so appreciate their impeccable ears tuned towards capturing the essence of these songs. Julie is adept at communicating what she is looking for and making suggestions about how to execute it, and Adam is just such a master at his craft. He works so quickly and efficiently to make sure that everything is sounding great, and he manipulates the software so effortlessly he's always right on point and ready to get things set up for whatever the next step is. It's amazing to watch him work when I get to sit in the control room after we're done recording while we listen back and weave together the best takes into the final comp.
I’ve got another day of vocals tomorrow, then a week working with Julie outside of the studio to assess where we are at and finalize what’s left to record. Hopefully we can break my record and get seven songs done tomorrow-then all the lead vocals would be completed. Exciting! I’ll let you know how things are going again soon.
The rehearsal day went great and I've got my first day of basic tracking under my belt and everything went very smoothly. Yay! We were able to get 4 songs done, which was our goal for the first day. And I succeeded in my personal goal which was to not be the weak link in this trio that consists of extremely talented, seasoned musicians, and little ol' me. I totally held my own though and I am proud of myself. :-) Now that I've got one day down, and a couple of the trickier songs taken care of I feel way less nervous about the next couple of days.
The drummer and bassist that I am working with are so friggin awesome! The Sensational Todd Sickafoose and the Marvelous Allison Miller. It is exciting to hear them playing on these tunes and I am having so much fun working with them. I can't wait for you guys to hear this album. We're all going to have to wait a while though. I'm hoping to have the pre-release digital album ready for IndieGogo folks by the end of December. It'll be here before we know it.
My producer, Julie, gave me a great compliment yesterday. She commented on the fact that my energy yesterday was really calm and grounded. I was happy to get that feedback, because that was definitely another goal of mine. I want to walk through this whole process with as much grace as possible.
As you can probably imagine, taking on a project like this is a huge endeavor, and it is all to easy too get caught up in the pressure. We've got 3 days to record the basics for 13 songs-that's not a lot of time. When that tape starts rolling every little thing you play, every tiny mistake on timing or dynamics, is getting captured forever. It could be really stressful.
But I was really able to keep my perspective yesterday. I just focused on enjoying playing these songs with my amazing rhythm section, and savoring the chance to play them on the gorgeous grand piano that they have at Fantasy. Guys-this piano is literally the nicest piano I have every played on. I am in love! Seriously. I am excited to play it again over the next couple days. :-)
Speaking of which, I should probably get ready to head over to Fantasy for day two. I woke up at 5 this morning and I was so excited I couldn't go back to sleep, so hopefully I can still hold myself together in a mildly sleep-deprived state... Wish me luck.
Yes, tomorrow is a big day for me. I am going to meet the drummer and bassist who I'll be working with on RISE and we are going to have an all day rehearsal before we head into the studio on Monday.
I feel prepared and excited. A little bit nervous, but mostly excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity. I feel like my life is a little too perfect right now, but I don't want to jinx it. I'm recording at Fantasy Studios with all of these incredibly talented musicians, and we're all going to make a beautiful album together. Is this really happening? How did I manage to manifest this?
But, I'm not gonna ask too many questions, I'm just gonna go with it and do my best to enjoy every minute of this gift of an experience. Sometimes you've just gotta just say YES to life and go for it. You only live once. I know everybody always says that, but it's the truth. I know a lot of hard work has taken place to get me here, but I find myself in this practically perfect moment, and I'm just going to embrace it and love the shit out of it. (sorry Mom)
This moment is like being at the edge of a precipice-you know everything's going to change in a moment and the momentum is going to carry you forward quicker than you can even keep track of and before you know it, it'll be over. We just had Halloween and by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, EVERYTHING will be recorded and all that will be left to do is mixing and mastering.
Life is strange like that. You spend so long preparing and looking forward to big events, and then they pass by all too quickly. So I am making it my goal to relish this time and savor every moment of this incredible experience that I get to have. I'm going to try to write regularly so you guys can follow along with me if you want. I'm sure it will be a roller coaster...
Well, I should probably get a good night's sleep so I can be on top of my game tomorrow. I will let you know how it's going soon. Nighty night.
Time has been flying by this year, I can't believe it is already halfway over! I definitely owe y'all an update.
America's Got Talent was a crazy experience. I waited around for 7 & 1/2 hours to play for 90 seconds in front of 4 producers who barely paid attention. But I am still glad that I did it for a number of reasons. The courage that I was required to muster up gave me a new level of confidence about the quality of the music I am creating. I was surprised and delighted with all the support and love that people threw in my direction when they found out I was auditioning. I can't tell you how encouraging it was to know how much y'all believe in me and my music. In addition, I kept my promise to my 91 year old grandmother and she is thrilled for me. To top it all off, I got a good song out of it. You can listen to it below.
I am getting ready to launch a crowd funding site for recording my second album. I have a batch of songs that I am really proud of and I can't wait to share with y'all. I am absolutely thrilled that I am going to be working with a producer that I respect and admire. She is going to help me take these songs and my sound to the next level. But first, I need your help to decide which song I should highlight in my crowd funding video. Please take a moment and listen to these tracks below and let me know which one you like the best. Thanks in advance!
That's it for the time being, but I'll be launching my site soon and I hope I can count on you to help spread the word. I'll be posting weekly videos to FaceBook and Twitter and the more you can share and/or retweet the more people will find out about the campaign. If you'd like to be on my fundraising team and receive the videos early so you can send them out via email and/or post them on your page independently, please get in touch with me. I can certainly use all the help I can get.
Thank you for believing in me. And thanks, as always, for listening.
Most of the time, it’s great to be a great singer. I love singing so much. It’s so much fun and there is so much release in it. I think that everyone should sing. And I don’t care what your grandma or your teacher said in 3rd grade. If you stopped judging yourself, you would start singing. Like, all the time. Why wouldn’t you?
Yup, great to be a great singer, except…. When you lose your voice.
So lately, I been drinking a lot of tea with honey and lemon, sucking on raw cloves of garlic, gargling with salt/turmeric water and, since I can’t practice, I am writing to you, about whatever I fancy. So, yea, I been working on this piano song. I would probably be singing over it if I could, but it’s just in the beginning stages. I think it’s kind of haunting and beautiful. I’m thinking about calling it “every song is like a dream I once had” the longest title ever for the song with no words…
Lately, I’ve been thinking about two of my favorite animals. Octopuses and whales. I’ve studies some shamanism and sometimes work with the energies of different animals as guides or teachers. I know it can sound a little kooky but it really works for me. The octopus helps me to navigate through my deepest and darkest pockets and turn that into treasure. The whale is the record keeper, the song of the whale is older than any human song. It is the song of the planet. The whale is the keeper of wisdom.
I’m on a mission to find out more about these awesome animals. I know a little, but I know there is a lot more to know. So hit me up with your favorite facts and stories if you have any.
Once I got to follow around an octopus for like an hour. It was a little one, but still really cool. I was snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands, I was probably 16 years old and we happened upon an octopus’s garden by accident and I was instantly mesmerized. The way these animals are able to blend in to their surroundings is uncanny and amazing to witness in real life. I noticed that when the octopus backed up onto a sea urchin and got poked how it would turn white for a moment and then instantly blend back in to the changed background. I don’t know how I ever got myself to stop watching it actually…
I later found out that octopuses are so smart that in captivity, they have been know to break out of their cages during the night, sneak into other enclosures and dine on fish, and then sneak back into their own cage as if nothing ever happened. Click here to watch a video of an octopus easily locomoting outside of the water. It’s pretty cool. And if you are at all interested, the link to the article at the bottom is worth clicking on. Super-fascinating.
Well, I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am sure that with all this extra special care my voice is going to be well rested and in tip top shape for the big Lost Church gig! Hope I’ll be seeing you there because it is going to be a show that you do not want to miss. See my Shows Page for details.
Squishy, squishy octopus kisses,
This Valentine's Day I got to do something I have always dreamed of. I was part of a global movement for change, performing for the largest crowd I've ever played in front of, and I felt like I was really making a difference with my music. One Billion Rising brought together millions of people in cities all over the world to raise awareness and call for an end to rape culture and violence against women. I played for the Oakland gathering in front of City Hall right before the keynote speaker took the stage. I shared a new song that I wrote specifically for the event and I received a standing ovation from a huge crowd of 300 people. That was a really amazing feeling.
I also worked really hard to promote my Saint Valentine music video that is on YouTube and the views almost doubled! If you haven't already seen it you should definitely take a minute to check it out and maybe even send a belated Valentine's Day greeting to your friends. You can watch the video here.
Personally, I think that one day a year devoted to love is not enough. This world needs a Love Revolution and I intend to be part of it and I challenge you to be part of it too. Love yourself, love the people in your life, love strangers on the bus, send love to people halfway across the world who are suffering. We all need to realize that there is no "us" and "them" there is only "us" and we need to learn to love one another and make it through this life together.
I hope you had a wonderful Day of Love-let's all try to have more of them!
Things are moving right along, and before we know it, it’s gonna be 2013. There is a lot going on these days to ponder with elementary school shootings and Mayan calendars coming to an end, but there has been another issue that has been on my mind a lot lately and that is Climate Change.
Depending on how much alternative news media you are exposed to you may have heard about the UN Climate Change Summit that took place in Qatar earlier this month. I was disappointed to find that after this two week global conference there was virtually no progress made towards significantly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in a way that would stop or even slow our progress towards a future of more catastrophic weather events. The leadership and commitments needed from the US and other leading nations were sadly lacking.
I find it hard to believe that in these modern times we cannot commit to changing our dependence on the finite resources of fossil fuelsto focus our efforts on technology that would be safe and sustainable for generations to come. Instead it seems that citizens are having to fight their own governments to try to save our species.
There is not a lot I can do to change the decisions the US government is making. But I do believe in the power of music to change people’s hearts. I think a lot of issues that can become too complex, heated and convoluted during the course of conversation can be communicated easily through the avenue of music. So I wrote a song about climate change and I am hoping to share it with you all soon. This is the first political song I have written intentionally. I don’t think it’s the song that is going to unite the world and have them all sing along, but it is a start. I might write some more songs about climate change, or gun control, soon. As always, I will hope to touch hearts and minds with the music I create and may we see changes of heart on a global scale in 2013.
Happy Holidays and New Year to you all-Be Well!
I can’t believe it’s already November! September was busy. I had a lot of fun playing the Brainwash Drive in Movie Festival in Oakland. It was a new experience to have a chorus of car horns instead of applause at the end of a song. With a couple other shows at some of my favorite venues, Bazaar Café and Martuni’s, it was a busy month for me musically.
There is a lot of new video stuff to check out on my home page if you haven’t already. There is a documentary about open mics that I was featured in, a time lapse video of a first Friday collaborative art show I played, and you can now see the full length video of Piles of Stones, my collaboration with a talented cellist, Ben Hamilton.
While we’re on the subject, it just so happens that myself and said talented cellist are now a couple. Hence, October went by quickly as I found myself a bit twitterpated (this is a Bambi reference, you can google it.) But I have been writing some new songs that I am really excited about so I think I am going to figure out some way I can share them with you in a roughly recorded format. Soon.
Hope you all are doing well. Lots of love!
Lot's of exciting stuff happening lately. Find Shelter Here is officially available and I'm getting some good feedback from the folks who have been listening. Piles of Stones, my collaboration with Ben Hamilton, went incredibly well. The East Bay Media Center is my new favorite venue. If you were there, you know that the combination of cello, piano, and voice in a resonant space is a delicious thing for the ears to take in.
I'm looking forward to my show at the Bazaar Cafe with the very talented Oakshott. Her songs weave an entire world that is punctuated by her etherial voice and delicate melodies. The Bazaar Cafe has a very special place in my heart. It was the first place that I ever played my songs for strangers-at their Thursday night open mic. If you haven't been to this cafe, you are really missing out. They have wonderful live music every night of the week and serve everything from coffee and pie, to wine, beer and a mean chicken curry. I hope to see you on September 16th for what is sure to be a very beautiful evening.
I wrote a new song the other night that totally impressed me. I have been listening to a rough recording that I made of it a lot over the past couple days and I continue to enjoy it. I am really excited to play this one out. I am always excited when I write a new song, there is no other feeling like it, but this one is different. I literally think this is quite possibly the best song I've ever written. I'm calling it "get outta park" and I hope I get the chance to play it for you soon. If we're not already friends on facebook, make sure to find me there because I'll be posting the recording from last night's open mic later this week.
Oh, and I got a kitten. His name is Jackson and he is adorable. I'm not sure how he feels about my new song because I am still working on my kittenspeak, but I think he likes it too.
I am still glowing from my performance at the Hotel Utah last night. That probably sounds super conceited but it also happens to be true. My New Year's Resolution for 2012 was to go to the Hotel Utah Open Mic every week until they asked me to feature. I had such a good time at the open mic every week that I almost forgot about my goal, but that didn't stop it from happening. Last night I was the featured artist at the Hotel Utah Open Mic and I got to play a short set to a packed house and it was a blast! I put on a good show. I was really able to create one of those magical music bubbles-you know, the ones that wrap around the audience and envelope them into a world of the music's creation. It is very satisfying when it works.
So, goal #1 completed.
Now there's the album. Sometimes I literally cannot believe that it is almost done. I'm just pinching myself that it is finally going to be complete and mastered on Thursday. I'm speechless. I cannot wait for you guys to hear this thing, it sounds amazing! All those countless hours spent in the studio have paid off. I don't even know how to communicate how good it feels to finally reach this goal that I have been working towards for so long. It's Sweet.
Goal #2 almost completed.
Goal number three was kind of vauge. I've been setting this goal over and over throughout my musical career. To varying and inconsistant results. The goal? Get more gigs. I set this goal with renewed faith that I would accomplish it a couple weeks ago and a lot has happened since then. In addition to my CD release party which will be a gig of epic proportions, I have two gigs booked, a couple more in the works, and I found myself a weekly gig at a local restaurant. Now, when I thought to myself about what success would look like for this goal, it was one maybe two gigs a month. Clearly, the Universe had something else in mind. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it... in abundance!
Goal #3 ongoing.
I am just savoring this moment because it has been a rare feeling for me to feel satisfied with a job well done. More often I am raking myself over the coals for all the stuff I haven't done. Hopefully there will be a lot more of the former moving forward, but for right now: Deep Sigh of Satisfaction... and back to working on the poster for my weekly gig.