Every day I think about how blessed I am to work in such an amazing field. For a former actress with a Masters in Computer Tech, how did I end up here? I’m just a lucky woman.
Sometimes, however, I have to take a step back and relax. If I don’t my body forces me to. Today is a case of that. I had a whirlwind weekend in Columbus, OH with friends and now I’m paying the price with a cold. So I’m lounging in a comfy chair with hot tea and tissues typing this week’s email.
There are a ton of things I was supposed to do today but all I want to do is make myself a nest with blankets and do nothing. Well, maybe watch a few good movies. Those of you with kids understand why that’s just not possible, of course. Darnit.
So instead I’ll push through because tonight I’m going to see The Neighborhood at the House of Blues and I definitely don’t want to miss that.
In other news, I’m busy planning my schedule for when I’m in NYC next week. If there’s a music showcase you’d like me to attend, let me know as soon as you can. My dance card is really filling up!
We had another fabulous week of music at WJCU. On Wednesday, Keith Jeffery of Atlas Genius stopped by the station with their tour manager Forrest (whom I adore). It was great having him visit us – the interview is on our website if you’d like to give it a listen – as are all of our interviews with artists. Check them all out at wjcu.org. That evening I went to the show with a friend and we had a wonderful time. Atlas Genius puts on one heck of an amazing show. And did you know that their parents tour with them? Their dad runs the sound board and their mom works merch. I think that has got to be one of the coolest things I know of. The whole band not only put on a great show but were super sweet to everyone – they even go meet fans after the show at the merch table! I loved their music before last week. But now I’m a fan of them as people as well.
On Friday, Frank Turner stopped by the station to talk with me and play a couple of songs off his new album. I had to force myself to limit my questions because I wanted to ask him a million things. I was super sad to miss his sold out show Friday night. Hopefully he’ll be back or I’ll get to see him again somewhere soon. I did see him in Boulder, so convinced myself I could survive with just that little taste of the awesome.
So why couldn’t I go see Frank Turner? I had to go to Columbus for the aforementioned whirlwind weekend with friends. But before I left, I romped to the House of Blues to catch up with a band that I am a mega fan of: The Wild Feathers. Hugs all around with them and then I sat down with Joel, Preston, and Ben for a quick interview. I’ll be editing that today and getting it up on the website. It was wonderful to see them and catch up. I’m looking forward to getting a second single off their yummy new album on WJCU (hint hint, Julie! *grin*)
We have two artists stopping by The Heights this week and both on Friday. First, Jillette Johnson in the morning to record an interview and then one of our favorite bands, Enter the Haggis, will be by in the afternoon. Our listeners love them (as do I). If you haven’t heard their album “The Modest Revolution”, you should. Really. It’s one of my favorites this year.
Me? I’m going to try to kick this cold and spend time doing family things. Concerts tonight, Wednesday, and Friday, then back to Columbus Saturday for a wedding. Busy me!
Adds this week:
*John Legend: The minute I heard this song I knew it was a hit. I listened to it over and over. I know the other formats will be all over this in a heartbeat but wanted to be the first in Cleveland to spin it because it’s that gorgeous.
*Lily Kershaw: The first time I heard the single I was in my car with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. They had decided to help me listen to new music as I drove them to the venue from our station. The first CD we put in was Lily’s and all three of us were incredibly impressed. Susan wrote down her name so she could make sure to get the CD. When Susan and Derek were digging an artist with me, how could I NOT add it?
*Matt Nathanson: I adore this man. I love his new album and I love this song. And I’m thrilled that he’ll be in Cleveland in less than a month!
*The Hoax: The first time I heard the single was when Serious Bob emailed me an mp3 to get my take. It was definitely a case of love at first listen. I had time this weekend to listen to the full album and was very impressed! Definitely a Cleveland sound (aka rock and blues) and is going to delight our listeners.
*Vienna Teng: If you read my email last week you’ll know what a huge fan I am of Vienna Teng. I’ve listened to the full new album and it’s beautiful. I love the direction she’s gone in with this one and know our listeners will love it too. So glad to have this song in rotation.
Have a wonderful week!