Singer, Songwriter slash Mom
Momhood
7th May 2011 Posted in: Blog Posts, Momhood Comments Off

Pickup lines my daughter just taught me:

Did it hurt? (Did what hurt?) When you fell from heaven.

Fat penguins. (What?) I’m just trying to come up with something to break the ice.

Blueberries or strawberries? (What do you mean?) I want to know what to put in your pancakes tomorrow morning.

 


6th May 2011 Posted in: Blog Posts, Momhood Comments Off

The It Gets Better Campaign is great because it show so dramatically how much better it can get. Watching the Google Chrome commercial during Glee the other night, though, I was reminded of a relatively undramatic “it gets better” moment that makes me smile.

When I was in high school, the jocks formed a school sanctioned group called “The Twelve Ounce Club.”

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22nd Sep 2010 Posted in: Blog Posts, Momhood Comments Off

It’s finally here, the day I’ve worked the last two years to reach: the official release date of my new album Internal Combustion. It’s been on my calendar – a glowing, pulsing deadline – with hundreds of “next actions” on my lists that had to be done in order to get here – and it’s here! Fireworks seem appropriate! Bouquets of flowers!  Massive checks arriving by FedEx!

But…you know what? I spent most of the day in my pajamas, filing the massive stack in my office, emptying my email inbox, stuffing a few CDs in mailers. All the work comes before this. The writing of the songs, the negotiating with the family for travel time, the wonderful time in Austin with Mark working on the record, the back and forth of the mixing and the graphic design, the new website, the new email service, the occasional freaking out by me and the shoring up by my husband, the hiring of the publicist and the radio promoter, the submitting to iTunes and Amazon and CD Baby. The urgent last-minute trip to Indiana to mail the CDs to the radio in time. The millions of emails alerting the world that the CD is coming. All done. Now it’s out into the world and there is nothing to do but…let it go. It will get played or it won’t get played. People will buy it or they won’t. I’ve worked with the most awesome people, I’ve done the best job I could, and now it’s done. Phew.


20th Sep 2010 Posted in: Blog Posts, Momhood, Road Diaries Comments Off
Inside Life Unexpected - My Adventure in TV Land

So, my husband and I were looking for something special to do for our anniversary.

“Hey, guess what! Los Lobos is playing in Vancouver that weekend!” My husband is pretty much a fanatic, and I’m close. Also, we knew that Life Unexpected is shot there. Maybe we could go by the set. I email LUX creator Liz Tigelaar to tell her we are coming to town and see if there is any chance we can come say hi.  She says definitely yes.

Oh, fun!

Then a couple of days later I learn about an unbelievable coincidence. It turns out they are planning to shoot a music festival sequence right around that weekend but aren’t sure exactly which days, and do I already have my flight booked? Would I be willing to adjust my travel plans so I can appear on the show? (more…)


12th Nov 2009 Posted in: Blog Posts, Momhood, Road Diaries Comments Off

It’s a physical thing: kind of down my throat and around my chest. It’s a profoundly satisfied, joyous, relaxed-yet-energized feeling. There’s humor to it. I feel funnier than usual and pretty and worthy and kind of badass. It happens most often in rehearsal, or, as it did this weekend, at a late night jam. (more…)