Whoooo, what a crazy and incredible week!
First off, I stepped on the scale at the gym and almost fell over. As of yesterday, I have lost 91 pounds! I’m still in shock about it, to be honest. Once I lose 100 pounds there will be a mega party.
In gardening news, boy child’s cucumber, pepper, and basil are doing great. His tomatoes never sprouted. So we’re off to buy a tomato plant later today.
We had an incredible time, musically speaking, at WJCU last week. (In non musical stuff, it was bad. Our BSI server crashed so we had to go to our backup – which we’re still on. Our poor engineer and GM are working overtime to try and get it up and running.)
But let’s focus on the positive! We had three amazing artists stop by. On Wednesday, Jeremy Messersmith came by. He’s so awesome. We bonded and I have declared him my long lost twin brother. It’s not often I get a guest on the air that can discuss whether JJ Abrahms will destroy the Star Wars Universe with me. Talented, smart, and a geek? Love it!
I didn’t get to see his show that night, I had a prior commitment to see a friend from Toronto perform at a house concert. Her name is Heather Dale and she is fabulous. Amazing writer and performer. It was a great night of wonderful folk music.
Then Thursday came and I hit the ground running. For those who don’t know, I offer my services to drive artists to and from venues if needed. And it was needed on Thursday!
I picked up one of my all time favorite bands, NeedToBreathe, from House of Blues Cleveland and took them to WJCU. We had a great visit and the interview was pretty darn good, if I say so myself. Bear made me cry (in a good way) and he, Bo, and Seth did a fabulous job playing (no surprise there!)
We took quick pics then I took them back to HoB, swapping them out for Foy Vance. We headed back to the studio and went on air in the 2 o’clock hour. I adore that man. We had such a great time visiting (on and off the air). We shared great stories and music. He even played some new music for me in the car as we were heading to/from the HoB – including a song written and performed by his TM, Lee, who is a super mad talented man in his own right!
I dropped Foy back at the HoB then headed home. I had 90 minutes to make dinner, change clothes, visit with the kids, then back out the door to the concert.
Which was PHENOMENAL. I’m such a huge fan of NeedToBreathe and Foy Vance. Both together in one night was perfect! My good friend, Karen, joined me and she was in heaven. Foy performed a newer song he’s written called “The Death of God” and it’s gorgeous!
Here’s a pic of me with Foy at the station after his interview:
If you’d like to hear the interviews, they are up on our website.
This week is another full one for me. The Belle Brigade is stopping by on Wednesday then I’ll be seeing them open for Ray LaMontagne that night (Yay! Ray!!). Thursday, Cayucas will be stopping by for an interview.
Then early Friday morning my daughter and I head to Wisconsin for a camping trip with friends. So between all the work and time with the kids (oh yeah, did I mention they’re done with school for the summer?) I have to get stuff packed for camping.
Yes, I am insane. Did you have any doubts?
Adds this week:
*Fink – I was biased to begin with, I can’t lie. Fink is my maternal grandmother’s maiden last name. So the name drew my eye. And then I listened. Then I called JB Brenner and asked for the full CD so I could get a better feel about their sound. Art (or as I call him: “JB’s partner in crime”) sent me the digital link. After the 3rd song I emailed them both and said “YES!” The album is beautiful and haunting.
*The Belle Brigade – I’m a huge fan of theirs and delighted to add the second single. And I can’t wait to meet them on Wednesday!
*First Aid Kit – I kept forgetting to add them. Then Michael Ehrenberg and I were talking about music we’re loving and he mentioned the album as one of his favorites. I said “OMG yes! Thank you for reminding me! I need to add it Monday!” So kudos to Michael for reminding me to get this gorgeous song in rotation.
*John Fullbright – What a great song from a great artist! I knew on the first listen that I’d be adding it.
*Selwyn Birchwood – If you were at the Music Meeting at NonComm, you know my thoughts on this one. But if you missed it, here’s my summation: “Sometimes I want kick ass blues that makes me want to roll the windows down and jam. I’m adding it the minute Tim (Kolleth w/ Alligator) asks me to.” Love this new artist!
Have a great week!