News Flash! Sneak Peek
You are being treated to a sneak peek into my book, In So Many Words, before it comes out on November 4th. My life has been so consumed with preparations for its publication that some of it just had to come out!
The book will be available on Amazon, this blog, a few local spots, and many other sites belonging to colleagues and friends who have generously offered their help with its promotion.
Look for my promotional videos in the first week of October.
I am simply bursting with excitement!
Excerpt from Chapter One:
“Drop the reins. Let God, fate, universe take control. Seriously. You’re not sure you know how to do that? It scares the crap out of you that you won’t know how to do that? Remember the vessel – one heart – possibly two. Remember the light inside you. Remember the vision board focused on you. Your heart and soul. Those come first. Someone else’s love is going to spill into yours. You are not going to take it. Would you still feel happy without him in your life? Of course you would! You already did! Nothing was missing. You are complete.”
Behind the Scenes Book Scoop…
Have you been wondering about my book? Did you think I gave up? Were you devastated about it? Well, fear not! Here is the scoop and it’s oh so exciting!
My publisher asked me the other day if I was a painter and I said no, but showed him my Oh BaBee! Originals portfolio and he was drawn to one of my pieces, my favorite piece as a matter of fact. He suggested that I create and photograph a new piece for the cover of my book. Interesting…never even thought of that! I’ll do it.
We are in the very beginning stages of a promotional video using the lovely Amy Dix with High Rise Promotions as a consultant. She is a firecracker and knows all there is to know about promoting anything and everything. She’s also just so darn fun to be around!
Discussions are in the works for a launch party in a beautiful, relaxing, intimate location with special guests from a local, up and coming group of young artists and entrepreneurs! Did you notice the discretion? Yes! Don’t want to give too much away. We must keep you guessing.
Ugh. The title. The most important part of the book. I’ve had a working title since October and have never really liked it. It’s time to get serious about this. Maybe, just maybe, the art work created for the cover will lead me to a title. Or the other way around. Or not. Ugh.
No matter what, my release date is 11/1/16. Follow me on this exciting journey for the next four months. It should be a good one. And thank you for being interested. That’s good too.
Sweet Treats from the Recess Monkeys
Recess Monkey‘s new album, Novelties, comes out on Friday January 17th! You can stream it, download it, or buy the CD from Amazon.
“Recess Monkey is a nationally acclaimed trio of teachers – Jack Forman (vocals, bass), Drew Holloway (lead vocals, guitar) and Korum Bischoff (drummer) – who make smart rock and pop music for kids and families. Time Out New York named them as one of the top three family music bands in America, and as USA Today notes, “There are bands you can’t go wrong with, and this is one of them.” The band tours nationally and has appeared at Symphony Space in NYC, World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and with Teatro ZinZanni and the Seattle Symphony in their home town, among many other venues. Recess Monkey also leads Seattle’s Kindiependent artist collective. Most weekdays, young fans around the world chat with Forman during his “Live from the Monkey House” show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Their previous 12 albums have won numerous awards and international acclaim. To learn more about Recess Monkey visit www.recessmonkey.com and get updates on their Facebook page.”
Do you like donuts? Well, it’s Time to Make the Donuts according to this trio of entertaining rockers. Check out the You Tube video of this song from Novelties as well as its FREE download. You can get the free download until 6/23. It’s only one of the many quirky songs you and your family will love.
“Kids and families will hear playful wordplay in tracks like “Sweaty Yeti” and “Chasing My Tail” while some songs will capture child-friendly moments, whether it’s a “Piggyback” ride or “Time To Make the Donuts.“
Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary album download in exchange for this review.
Awake at 3 am, I watched a few old videos of my darling. This one has got to be the funniest. It is the best example of tangents I think I’ve ever seen. It’s fun to think about playing this at her high school graduation party. But it’s also sad to think about that. She’s only four now and I already feel like I miss this cute age, when she was three. 🙁
Enjoy. I know I will, for a long, long time.
Wake up and sing with Red Yarn!
Maybe my daughter can now be an honorary member of the ‘Yarnies”. We love Red Yarn’s music and will continue to stomp our feet and clap our hands right along with Andy! Our favorites are I Had a Rooster and Clap Your Hands. We can’t wait to share Molly Cottontail with our 2 year old friend, Molly. We know she will love it too!
Be sure to check out his latest music video of Beautiful Day on YouTube. It reminds my daughter of her morning song at pre-school and it is adorable!
|Red Yarn recently launched the popular Family Ramble concert series in Portland. At the Ramble in April, he’ll debut Wake Up & Sing, an album of sunny songs about childhood play, animal adventures, and parenting.
Wake Up & Sing is an homage to Furgeson’s favorite old children’s records and songbooks, as well as to the great American folk canon championed by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and other bards.
In March 2015, Furgeson made a pilgrimage to the Hudson River Valley to see the environments that inspired some of his musical heroes, from Seeger’s Clearwater to The Band’s Big Pink house in Woodstock. Furgeson spent two days at GRAMMY Award winning producer Dean Jones’ No Parking Studio (in Rosendale, NY), intending to record a six-song EP. Jones coaxed out 12 songs, as Furgeson dug deep into his notebooks of folksong adaptations and rhymes he’d written for his young son. Over the next year, Furgeson and Jones bounced tracks back and forth, crafting 11 of them into a full-length album.
Wake Up & Sing refines the lush and lively folk-rock sound Red Yarn established with his two earlier Deep Woods albums. Furgeson’s rootsy vocals, driving guitar and banjo work, and tight harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs, are still on display, but each song is reframed within Jones’ strange and whimsical sonic palette. The sound is rounded out by Jones’ drumming, Jed Greenberg’s bass and fiddle, as well as guest appearances by 2016 GRAMMY Award nominee Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold), Portland kindie mainstay Mo Phillips, and Jane Scarpantoni on cello (REM, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen). Furgeson’s longtime collaborator Ryan Bruce created bright linocut prints for the album artwork, echoing the simple designs of old Folkways records by Seeger and Guthrie.
Dedicated to his “little Yarnies” – the Portland preschoolers for whom he has performed on an almost daily basis for the last four years – Wake Up & Sing shows a bright and kind-hearted side of this rising family music star.