Monthly Archives: January 2013

The New Website

Hello and welcome to the new As I’m embarking on the scary and exciting journey of making another solo CD, I decided to give the old website an overhaul. Well, to be honest, the old website hadn’t been updated in about about eight or nine years, so I suppose it’s overdue.

And maybe that’s true for the solo album, too. I’ve spent the better part of 11 years as part of a trio (then quartet) called Girlyman. We toured all over the US, Canada, and the UK. For me, it was a dream come true. I was making music, and I was making a living (albeit a modest one). In the late 1990’s when I was last making music on my own, I was struggling to just break even. Some people came out to shows or bought a CD, but it was on a much, much smaller scale.

When Girlyman came into being, everything seemed to take off. Suddenly, there were a lot more people at the shows, a lot more CDs being sold, and I was even occasionally recognized on the street (boosting my ego). More importantly, I was making music with people that I loved. It wasn’t always awesome – living off of PBJ sandwiches and constantly using gas station restrooms come to mind – but I was still living my dream.

Yet in the last year, I’ve come to see the ways in which playing in a group, as amazing as it’s been, always had a quiet undercurrent of I’m not good enough to make music on my own.  And whenever that voice came up, I said to myself, “It doesn’t matter – I’m in a group, so who cares?  I’m living my dream.” And as I slowly began to burn out from the constant touring, I’d say, “But I’m living my dream.”

I was living my dream. And I wasn’t. It’s not that my dream changed – it expanded. I also want to spend more time at home. I also want to sustain relationships outside of this very small group of people, regardless of how much I love them. I want to write and record more songs of my own. I want to collaborate with others.

So this hiatus Girlyman is taking seems to be a blessing in disguise for me. I now have time to work on all of the above. Maybe new creative ideas I haven’t even thought of yet. Do you have any ideas? Is there anything you want to hear from me? I feel such deep appreciation for all the support I’ve gotten for my Kickstarter campaign, and I want to share more music (or whatever) with y’all.

And this website seems like a start.