So I actually love mowing the lawn, but I get around to it maybe once a month....ya know right before the neighborhood sicks city ordinance on me probably. And once a month just doesn't cut it ;) ;) for summer months in Missouri. So tonight, yes Friday night, I pulled out the old push mower from the rusted shed in my backyard and......mowed the lawn. I was having such a nice time that I thought I'd go over the front one more time and cut it shorter so maybe next month it wouldn't be quite the jungle it was today. I dare say I got slightly ambitious and left dirt patches where grass once was..... Tolmi was sitting on the front porch barking at every person that came by. I was listening to Ani DiFranco in one ear because one side on my headphones is dead. With the hum of the mower, I heard something new in her song, "Everest." I could really only hear the bass and the higher notes in her vocal melody. It was reminiscent of Billie Holiday!! Now, I did listen to some Billie today, but it completely caught me by surprise. The bass line held many qualities of the standards Miss Holiday made original, and Ani's higher range has a similarity I never noticed before to Billie's signature sound. hmm
Anway, I gave blood today! The reason that is note-worthy is that I have been trying for YEARS to give blood. I haven't pursued it, but I always sign up when a blood drive is nearby. So many different reasons it hasn't worked in the past......low iron, low iron, low iron, blood clotted before full pint, and last time I tried my heart rate was TOO high! I'm not afraid of needles so it wasn't that I was anxious. The nurse said sometimes people's resting heart rates are too high to give. oh but today, I was a lovely two digits below the disqualifying heart rate. All of that to say......
I'm terribly squemish with bloody situations. I'm not afraid of needles, but seeing blood triggers my gag reflex. So while mowing tonight, probably somewhere on the post-donating sheet "don't"s, I kept nervously expecting my right arm to suddenly start gushing blood like a geyser. I started the push mower using my left arm to avoid the geyser. I had taken the arm band off so I just had a regular bandaid there. I'm very task-oriented and completing tasks pushes me to my limits at times. So i kept glancing down at my arm as I mowed watching a little bit of blood slowly show up on the back of the bandaid. And I felt abit light-headed because I hadn't eaten dinner yet, but I could not stop.
Speaking of task-oriented, I kept thinking of interesting things to type on my blog tonight and there were SOOOOO many :c), but somehow they were all tied together and I didn't know how to only give you a piece so I just started with tonight. Otherwise, this would be terribly longer than it is already! Oh there are so many things I want to say......I guess you'll just have to hang out with me sometime...:c)
I am now the Executive Assistant to the president at my full time job, which means busy busy busy. I LOVE that, but please help me stay on track with my love for music. My friend, Vanessa Benkert, designed some postcards for me. She is going to help me with much of my merchandise/marketing/website designs so the postcards are a taste of that yumminess. Please send me your mailing address if you'd like a postcard from me. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support!!! And I'm still working on confirming recording dates but soon!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
My friend, Mike Young, took this picture of me at the gig at the Potter's House, Saturday night. It was super muggy on the back porch, but for some reason it just seemed right to be out there. It made me think of my first gig at the PoHo (Potter's House). I played a show as Beyond the Fleece with "my boys," John Whitaker and Dustin Tompkins. :c) This was our band name in college at Drury University. Remembering that lovely time made me think of my first "gig" ever by myself. I was interning in a tiny town a little drive from Philadelphia, PA called Womelsdorf....yes Womelsdorf. :c) A short drive down the main drag and you were quickly in Robesonia, PA. My fellow interns and I found ourselves at a bar in Robesonia called Goodfellas behind the family-owned Italian restaurant, Giannotti's, one night. When the house band took a smoke break, the owner of the bar came over and asked if any of us could play something because he knew we were all music therapists. Teryn, the intern that lived in the room next to mine, pointed at me saying, "This girl sings in her room every night! She's awesome!" I figured people could hear me sing in my room, but no one had commented on it at that point. So blushing all the while, the lead singer let me borrow her acoustic and I played my song, "Stare." Long story short (haha right....), the owner, Andre Giannotti, asked me to play there once a week. I will never forget that. I still get nervous every time I play, but this was the childlike fear of new experiences. I would just come in with a janky microphone and an amp, and sometimes no equipment at all. haha Thanks to Goodfellas and the Giannottis for that encouragement and support from my very beginning as a wee little artist! :c)
p.s. I spoke with David Smith of VanSmith Studios. He gave me several dates to choose from for recording so I'm on my way to cashing in my wonderful, wonderful birthday present! A friend of mine designed some postcards for me so I will hopefully be mailing those out soon. I will send some emails and facebook to get correct mailing addresses for all you amazing individuals that inspire and motivate me so much.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Let me take this moment to apologize for my ridiculous "talking to Tolmi" voice in this video.... Tolmi does this on a regular basis at my house, but he usually stops before I get the camera out. I find it extremely entertaining so I thought I'd share. :c)
So I took Tolmi for a walk right as the sun set below the horizon today. Ya know when it looks like everything is lit from the light down the hall. I caught myself thinking about how I always admire those parents that I see out with the strollers, taking a walk with the kids. It seems like another thing to add into a crazy, busy day so thank you to those parents! But I feel like I was let in on a little secret tonight...... As I walked Tolmi, I felt satisfied because I was doing something for Tolmi and he was undoubtedly pleased. Then, I noticed that I was relaxing even with the consistent tug on my arm from Tolmi reminding of the reality of the moment. It's some mixture of that lifeline anchoring you in reality, plus the way the air comes at you when walking briskly that happens to give you the opportunity to let go for abit. I was suddenly seeing everything creatively, fairly comfortable in my own skin, and every thought I had about my surroundings seemed almost like the beginning of a poem....or a song maybe. I walked through a little park, and noticed a significant increase in lightning bugs all around. Then, I walked past a hospital and noticed the lack of lightning bugs in the grassy areas in that area. Many symbolic, life thoughts about the bugs themselves and why they congregate where they do and how that relates to people and the fact that their lights blink off and on........yes many thoughts........ah but I need to take Tolmi on walks more often in the cool of the evening.
Music update: I'm playing a gig at the Potter's House this Saturday, July 11th. Probably around 8pm, but I'll confirm that as soon as I know! Good night! :c)