Monday
Jun132016

Virginia the EP Coming Soon...

I received a phone call from my dad yesterday while running (yes, I stopped running to answer his call because 1) it's my dad and I get super excited when he calls me because he literally is one of the coolest folks I know and 2) I was running and jumped at the opportunity for a break). We caught up and he inquired about my PNW/Florida adventure post I've been promising. Well, that was the nudge I needed and I can happily say I will have it up for you pictures and all... tomorrow.

In the meantime I am excited to announce that I will be releasing an EP in the coming weeks! These songs have been a long time coming. I spent Saturday afternoon stenciling, and stamping, and sketching ideas for cover art while singing my heart out to the The Staple Singers and Joe Purdy's newest album. 

More to come on all of this soon!

 

Friday
Jun032016

Operation Encore: Volume Two...

Hello again. It's hard to believe that May has come and gone. The month was a whirlwind of travel and visits with folks I hold near and dear. That being said, I know I should be posting photos from my parents wonderful visit to the Pacific Northwest and my fun-filled musical rendezvous in Florida, however I wanted to focus on something else today: Operation Encore.

Operation Encore is a music collaboration of singer-songwriters and musicians from across the military and veteran communities. I find this project to be so inspiring and uplifting. Music is innately therapeutic and I'm a huge proponent of projects like this that provide an outlet for service men and women to share their talents with the public. It gives a voice to those who have served and sacrificed so much for our country. 

Logan Vath, a dear musical peach that I am fortunate to call my friend is one of the artists featured on this project. Operation Encore currently has a Kickstarter Page and is seeking backers for their album. I'm not one who often asks for donations from others, but this is a project that I can wholeheartedly stand behind. Click here if you would like to pledge your support.

I promise I'll have an update complete with stories and photos from Florida soon. In the meantime I'll leave you with a little tune of Logan's below.

  

Friday
May202016

Heaven's a Julep on the Porch...

Hello again. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind and I’ve done a less than grand job of documenting anything. Nothing. That’s what I’ve documented. Nothing at all. Well, maybe a little. But only very little. I can’t help but laugh that my last post was titled I’m eager, young, and starry eyed, because these last few days (although extremely fun) have left me feeling more along the lines of someone who is tired, aged, and jumping at the opportunity to be alone and nap. But it’s a good feeling. It’s been one adventure after the next, balancing time with family, travels, and work. Because yes, I do work. Although I’ve had a remind myself of this these last few weeks.

And as I sit here on this ferry from Vancouver Island to the mainland with my thoughts drifting to a million other places than the work that I should be doing, I can’t help but think of a conversation I had at a bar last night in which a new friend reminded me so offhand and casually that nothing lasts forever so we must jump at the opportunities to travel, spend time with those we love, learn and master things that take us outside our comfort zones, and surround ourselves with those who inspire and draw us in. Life is too fleeting to live with our guards up, our eyes closed, and our doubts holding us back.

Go. Do. Play. Travel. Sing. Live. Love.

Florida is calling and I must go.

You weren't just a girl that I should meet. You were the girl that I would meet...

ps: I'll be playing with some musical peaches next week. Details here.

Saturday
Apr302016

I'm Eager, Young, and Starry-Eyed...

My student's grades are submitted, the afternoon sun is shining over the mountains, and my mind is drifting to next week's adventure to places both new and old. I met with my advisor earlier this week to lay out research plans for the summer and somewhere in our discussions our conversation drifted to song writing versus science writing. We began deconstructing the process of each and what makes a good song and in that moment I knew I had made a right life choice years ago accepting this position in Vancouver in her lab. 

Sometimes a little nod from life reminding you that you're going in the right direction is all you need to make the ordinary seem exceptional.

The song below doesn't hurt either.

Shakey Graves is no stranger to these parts.

Happy weekend. Enjoy.

Saturday
Apr232016

It Hurts to Be Dancing Round Your Telephone...

ad·ven·ture: noun. an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

I feel that since Taylor's arrival (and subsequent departure) it's just been one adventure after another with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. I realized today that I have a backlog of photos from the past few weeks and that I've been meaning to share. I could easily split this into three separate posts, but if you've already made it this far, you might as well just stick it out for the full summary. So here we go, allow me to explain the photos above:

Photos 1-4: Jessica returned to town last week to defend her Masters Thesis in Architecture at UBC and my oh my did she ever rock it! She's a super-star in so many ways. Between my work, finishing up her thesis project, and hosting a small army of folks for a house concert (a huge thanks to all of you who came out and tuned in via periscope), we've managed to find time to get out, catch up, and visit our favorite spots in the city. It's been so so good having her back!

Photo 5: I've decided that I must have one of the best jobs in the world. Last Thursday my lab group ventured over to Vancouver Island for a few days of ambling amongst the old growth forests. Waking to the view of the Olympic Mountains looming across the water was simply breathtaking. Complete with craft brews, home-cooked meals, guitar-filled nights of music, and great conversation, the weekend was a moment to catch our breath and forget about work for a while. 

Photos 6-8: The first stop on our tour of old growth forests was Avatar Grove. The fellas from the Ancient Forest Alliance so graciously acted as our tour guides and took us to all of the best spots on the southern portion of the island. We saw some of the burliest and gnarliest trees the continent has to offer.

Photo 9-11: Meet Big Lonely Doug. Perhaps one of the loneliest trees in all of Canada, Doug stands in the middle of a clear-cut surrounded by a field of huge stumps. The 2nd largest Douglas Fir in all of Canada this tree is unbelievably impressive. Note that the tree in photo 10 is the same one we are surrounding in photo 11. It's hard to capture its sheer magnitude of these giants in photos. It's unreal.

Photo 12: This is me in one of my happy places. Jess and I have made it down to the swings nearly every day we've both been around. Regardless of the city, I make it a point to never pass up a swing set

I feel the need to mention too in this post that today has been a true recovery day. A much needed break after all of the on-the-go adventures of late and all of the soon-to-be adventures on the horizon. It's been a slow, sleepy, semi-productive rainy Saturday at home. Jess and I have been in pajamas most of the day, albeit for the hour time slot we slipped out for a mid-afternoon breakfast and seaside swing session. Needless to say, things are getting on just famously here in the PNW.

I've spent nearly every morning for the last three weeks waking up and dancing around to the tune below. No shame in admitting that one.

Still in love. I'm still in love. Are you?

Enjoy.

ps: special thanks to Andy, Ken and TJ Watt photography for the excellent tour and for capturing our old growth ambles on film.