Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Seattle, WA: Columbia City Theater (Bushwick Book Club - The Shining)

Happy one-year anniversary, Bushwick Book Club! And Happy Halloween as well. Can't beat celebrating both here--particularly with a World Series Game 6 for-the-ages on backstage...

I enjoyed The Shining--the first Stephen King book I ever read--and found plenty of obscure potential song-threads. "Mrs. Brant's Blues" was the winner, however, leaving me to perform a randy ode to a very peripheral character while dressed as a five-year-old: a first for me, and, I assume, many others in the room.

And if you missed it, I released my Book Club recordings from the past year here!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Eugene, OR: FAR-West Conference

If I try to journal everything from the four days spent at this event (I've sat the previous two conferences out) I'd come up woefully short. And I'm tired...from all the things I didn't journal over the past four days! So, in very short, thanks to friends and colleagues new and old, conference coordinators, showcase hosts, and those willing to jump into the inaugural on-site songwriting collaborative (complete with 'fishbowl' of rut-breaking song-ideas generously supplied by the Seattle songwriting corps). Coordinated that, moderated one panel, said a li'l something at the luncheon, sang late into the night and early into the morning, and got back in one piece. Not bad work...

Lurking behind (L-R) Best of the West award winners Laurie Lewis, Vivian Williams,
Phil Williams, FAR-West President Steve Brogden, and co-presenter Marni Rachmiel
Photo: Peggy Glenn

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lynwood, WA: Tacos Guaymas (y Mas)

Mmmm, churros...!

Kirkland, WA: Kirkland Library (Bushwick Book Club - The Time Machine)

As I mentioned, Geoff has arranged for the Book Club to tour H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic The Time Machine through the King County Library System, the busiest (aggregate) library in the country! We're just across the parking lot from our location last week, but I'm almost kept from the stage by my dropped-jaw fascination with the very sci-fi-looking self-check-in sorting system 'backstage.'

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kirkland, WA: NW BookFest (Bushwick Book Club - The Time Machine)

Having just released my last year's-worth of Bushwick Book Club songs, said Book Club is at it again at BookFest. These types of literary events feature myriad panels, workshops, and other resources for readers and writers of all ages and levels, and mostly seem to draw folk interested in specific components of the schedule...which makes for some interesting and fun looks-on-faces from those hurriedly passing through the room on their respective ways to the next panel/workshop/reading and not expecting to encounter live music.

We'll be touring The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) through the King County Library System this fall--Kirkland on Oct. 8; Bothell Oct. 29; Vashon Nov. 20; Covington Dec. 1 (more possible)--so I'll have plenty of opportunities to croon "Take You Along."