Farmer’s Market 6/10 & 6/20

Hope Kiah playing flute at the Farmer's market
Jonas Skardis happened by with his camera and kindly sent us this picture.

Vinnie and I played at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 10 again on Tuesday, June 20. There’s nothing like this amazing market in Santa Fe. So worth a visit, if just for the experience. I especially love the adorable children who respond to the music, like Cedar, above. His smile was irresistible and his dancing too! In case you haven’t checked it out, the market food is amazing, as are the people. I laughed at one guy with a T-Shirt that said “Life is too short to be a vegetarian.” My body strongly agrees. The locally sourced sausage breakfast burritos sold there are awesome…

Upper Crust Gig, in Town 6/4

Last night was so sweet , playing with Vinnie on the Upper Crust Pizza portal in downtown Santa Fe. Listening to the recordings I see how our music is getting tighter, and more relaxed. Vinnie really can sing and play that guitar. The weather was gorgeous and the place filled up with friends, locals and tourists. Our next time there is Sunday July 9, again 6-9,

On Friday June 23 we’ll play at the Upper Crust Pizza in Eldorado. We’d love to see you!

I’m Not Your Job

My first original: a love song to my  husband! Vinnie put some nice changes behind it and he kindly accompanies my vocals. The concept was inspired by a concert where the original love song lyrics got under my skin. Same old message: If I’m unhappy, it’s your fault. If I’m happy, it’s your fault, etc. I say that we are responsible for our own happiness, which is the ultimate gift we can give each other. On the way home from the concert I asked myself what I would say in a love song to my husband Thom, and it hit me: “I’m Not Your Job.” So I wrote it, although it felt more like it wrote itself, and here’s the PDF(Side note: Thom approves. In honor of that, see our 2015 anniversary selfie above.)

I made the song chart using the online software Noteflight. It’s cool! $50/year gives you many many options.

This is my quick attempt at a vocal recording:

Posting it here is one way for me to copyright the material…

Lizard Tail Open Mic

Another new open mic. (It was so fun playing with Dave Bedini last Thursday at Molly’s in Tijeras!)

Dave Wilt and Dave Bedini are the hosts for Monday nights at the Lizard Tail. It’s an encouraging atmosphere for folks to try out their material, meet new people, have a beer, or jam with others.

There’s always a bass in the house, you can choose to perform alone, in small groups, or to invite someone to join you. All styles are welcome.

We’ve been carrying on every Monday for over a year, and we’re still going strong. The owners of the Lizard Tail, Ken and Dan, are good guys and music fans. They also brew all the beer, and it is really good. Wine and some sodas are also available.

A fun musical clip

My dear friend Carol Calvert kindly took this clip at Second Street Brewery on 5/7/17, when I played with Harmonica Mike Handler’s Blues Review for the annual Crawfish Boil. Vin Kelley’s awesome vocal rendition of “Still Got the Blues For You” didn’t make it into the clip, but trust me, he was great. We really had fun that day. Mike played the cajon and harmonica simultaneously, and Larry Diaz played bass.

Back-to-Back Upper Crust Gigs

Dear Friends,

We had so much fun March 18 and 19 at Upper Crust Pizza in Eldorado, and in town, respectively. Thanks tons to our attendees! Playing on the portal in town was sweet. These gigs were mercifully less jammed, but with awesome appreciative crowds, and everybody enjoyed the amplification.

Warm wishes to you,

Hope & Vinnie