you make me feel alive

What did I tell you? I told you I'd be back! Though I believe only one person actually saw my last post, but that's all just because of lack of promotion and "sharing" - ahhh the inter-webs....
Anywho, now that summer is peeking it's head around the corner, so is my well-being. It was a rough winter what with dealing with the depression monster and feeling the on-coming storm that is my 30s. 
Oh you know how that goes...what am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Babies? Music? Either/Or? Both? Forever a cat lady? Part-time job? New album? Lord, I'm getting fat. Exercise? How much aspercreme is too much? 
Yeah...
Happy to say that I have answers to none of those...well, except the cat lady one. 
So in the meantime, I collected myself, as one does, and just started saying yes to things. Like in improv - never say no - it stops the flow. 
Shows are being booked, I'm auditioning for things, I am 98% sure I'll be getting a part-time job this summer (what kind, remains a mystery), and I've recorded a new track. Granted, it's a cover but MAN OH MAN!! I'm really excited about this one. 
I can't share many details quite yet because - SURPRISES. 
So that's really gotten my wheels in motion. My voice has changed a bit since I recorded my record and that's interesting. Singing is quite the adventure. So personal and so wavering. 

I leave on Friday for Tulsa (my hometown) to visit the family and I landed a nice little gig there too. I'm excited to be staying with my sister, Briana, and her family (bro-in-law, Brent, and niece, Rio) in their new house. My niece is almost 3 y/o and from what I can tell from our FaceTime sessions, she's a hoot. There are also some other shows going on the week I'm there....my bro-in-law is the drummer in a band (American Shadows) and has a show on the 15th AND THEN! my former employers/touring family, Tears for Fears, are playing in Tulsa for the first time at the "Old Lady On Brady" on the 16th. Needless to say, the whole family is coming along :) 
My gig is on Wednesday the 17th at Main Street Tavern in Broken Arrow (suburb of Tulsa) from 6-9p. It's a duo with local great, Scott McQuade on keys. We'll be doing some jazz, classic pop, and some Okie favorites. Sure to be fun. 

Oh! and I've made these posters recently. I'm kind of like, really digging making posters for people. Which also I should mention, the day I get back from Tulsa, I head straight from the airport to Blue Whale (in DTLA) to sing with Nick's monster group. 3 trombones, 3 percussionists, 1 horn, bass, keys, vibes, 2 vocals (I'm one), I think some guitar, plus the chamber trio....it's going to be BIG. 

Here are the posters:

There are two more shows that are booked so far for this summer but, I'm still getting those details. I can tell you the dates though! July 1st and August 1st (both in LA). Oh and my big 3-0 is on June 22nd. 

So, be on the lookout for the new track - It will be released by next week - will be on soundcloud, maybe band camp and definitely all my social sites. 
I can't wait for you to hear it!!!

I'm off to do some guided meditation/hypnotherapy in preparation of being on an airplane on Friday. Call me crazy, but being over 30,000 feet in the air in a giant steel machine just doesn't feel natural to me. 

Ohm.....

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