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January 3rd, 2009

09:52 pm - Meep!
I almost forgot...


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09:23 pm - Celtic Myth Podshow Episode SP07

Gary and Ruthie of the fabulous Celtic Myth Podshow were kind enough to include me on their special music episode today.


Gary made a very nice page for me on the Contributors section of their website.

In other radio-ish news, "To Drive the Cold Winter Away" was given a reprise play on WDVR's A Celtic Sunday Brunch. Thank you very much to Walt for including me in this special 2008 year-in-review episode.

And lest I forget... today is J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday!! Happy eleventy-seventh birthday, professor! :)

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December 21st, 2008

06:00 pm - The Longest Night

Greetings from a very cramped dressing room at Carnegie Hall! :)

The following website streams live webcams from inside Maeshowe, a 5,000-year-old stone chamber in Orkney, built to capture the early rays of dawn on the first days of winter:


You can watch this miracle of Neolithic engineering online until early February.  The cameras operate between 9:00am and 4:00pm GMT, so if the image is all dark, it's either a) night-time, or b) just your typical dreary Scottish winter day.  

Happy solstice to all, and to all a good night!

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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December 18th, 2008

07:40 pm - My fan base

 According to Youtube Insight, my video channel is most popular in "an autonomous, demilitarized, monolingually Swedish-speaking administrative province, region, and historical province of Finland" known as the Åland Islands. The United States comes second, followed by Canada, Belgium, Norway, UK, Algeria, Finland, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Apparently, the Åland Islands have an approximate population of 27,210, of which 94.8% are Evangelical Lutheran; of the territory's total area, 89% of it is water; and it is mentioned in H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come as the site where the character Hooper Hamilton commits suicide.

This lead me to think up a t-shirt I could start selling at my gigs...

So, how about it?  Can I start taking any pre-orders? :)

Current Mood: amusedamused

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December 17th, 2008

03:39 pm - Hear me on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #60- Holiday Edition

"Da Day Dawn" featured on Marc Gunn's popular podcast.  Thank you, Marc! :)

Download it from iTunes, or listen here:   The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #60

If you enjoy my piece, please vote for me on Marc's Celtic Top Five!  The tune with the most votes will get a special reprise play at the end of the next episode.

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03:11 pm - Because it's Wednesday...
Michelangelo, forgive me.

Current Mood: mischievousmischievous

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December 16th, 2008

07:10 pm - Wine and winter woolly things
 Today ended up being my day for Christmas present-ing: wrapping gifts, making cards, packing envelopes, etc.  Wrapped up two bottles of wine for our neighborhood postal carrier, Annie (one for "before Christmas" and one for "after Christmas"...  goodness knows she'll need it! ;) Also sent out a couple hard copies of holiday EP to some friends who requested it.  

And then there's the pile o' scarves I made this fall.  Below you'll find me modeling several of said knitted creations:  Gryffindor- and Slytherin-patterned scarves for my friends Beth and Megan respectively; a black one for my pianist friend Mike (to match his clothes); and a pink one for his girlfriend Kat (to match her hair).  My brother insisted I give him his neon red scarf back around Thanksgiving, so no need to wrap that now.  :P  I still have three more to go: a rose-pink scarf for Tim Janis' neighbor, who was kind enough to let me stay at her house several times this summer while I was up in Maine doing gigs; and two for my parents, probably burgundy for my mom and black for my dad.

8 more days till Xmas...  I must needs get busy!

Current Mood: creativecreative

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11:40 am - Taking the airwaves by storm! (Part III)
The latest internet radio station to add my music to their playlist:

Dryad Radio is a mix of New Age, Celtic, World Folk, Faerie, and Medieval/Renaissance music guaranteed to soothe even the most disgruntled troll.

If you know of a "real" radio station, internet station, or podcast that might find my music suitable for their shows, do let me know!  :)

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December 15th, 2008

03:38 pm - White Christmas in West Brookfield 2008
 Last Sunday, Dec. 7th, was the annual White Christmas in West Brookfield festival.  After the tree-lighting ceremony on the common, there is always a choral concert at the town hall. This year the Quaboag Chorus was joined by the Brookfield Brass Ensemble, pianist Virginia Bailey, my student Johanna, and myself. Johanna played two carol duets with me. It was her first big live performance outside of school, and I was SO proud of her!  I've volunteered in this show for the past few years and it is always such a special seasonal landmark for me.  Someone said, "If there were central casting for traditional New England towns of the Norman Rockwell variety, West Brookfield would be chosen every time."  I second that.

Dig our Father Christmas' sweet robe:

Photo courtesy of Richard Murphy

Photo courtesy of Paula Slade

My version of "O Holy Night" from that show is now up on Youtube:

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02:05 pm - Taking the airwaves by storm! (Part II)

You can now hear me on WINTERSCAPES, an online station streaming New Age, Instrumental, World, Celtic and Ambient music that celebrates the winter season. 

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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