Monday, April 30, 2007
Dearest Darling Diary:
So, we left the Kingdom really, really early on Saturday morning and made our way to Northampton, MA! We were very excited to perform in a new space (Cup and Top) and chit-chat on the radio with Bill, Ella and Liam on the radio (Spare The Rock - www.sparetherock.com)!
After hanging out with Ella and Liam and watch them run up and down the halls of the radio show, we perched ourselves in front of the mics and sang some songs acoustically and answered some questions. We played, "It's Not Mine" because the Gooney Bird Kids love that song, "The Pillow" which is a new song that I wrote. It's a bossa nova and I looooove it...especially with the band because Super Chef Jeff is great with the rim shot (hitting the side of the drum with the stick) and "Tell The Truth" which is just a relaxing, sweet song to sing. Okay, so our music isn't exactly "relaxing" but that song is easy on the voice.
Bill, Ella and Liam were so friendly and such a really close family, it's nice to be around them. In fact, I found all of the parents to be very involved and interested in their children...what's more important?
After the radio show, we headed over to Cup and Top cafe where Helen and her crew were beyond welcoming and friendly. We had SO MUCH FUN. Everyone was in the mood to dance, the parents were smiling, the kids were dancing, the scones were being eaten and I just loved it. I've definitely found what I love to do in life - perform while watching kids have a great time! That, for me, is the ultimate.
I had some of the girls hold up the "Tell The Truth" sign, Persephone told me that Ringo was her favorite Beatle and Ella was her usual brilliant self, having an answer for every question I asked.
Thank you Northampton! Thank you Cup and Top! Thank you Spare The Rock for having us and putting this all together. It was a great invite.
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Come see us Rock Central Park on Saturday - Central Park Band Shell 5/5 @ 1 pm (enter at 72nd Street - East Side).
Most Medievally yours,
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Alright, so maybe it wasn't a party, but it was a concert that felt like a big party. The kids were going crazy dancing, the moms and dads were dancing, Racer Steve was going bananas on his guitar by running out and playing in the audience, Super Chef Jeff was a nut on the drums and Judo Champ Billy was playing his bass while dancing in the conga line!
I had recognized so many of our fans from our other concerts and loved watching them singing the words to our songs! The weather was so beautiful today and it was so great to see all the kids in their t-shirts and NO JACKETS!
Remember our next concert in NYC is going to be in Central Park on May 5th at 1pm. This weekend we'll be at the Spare The Rock radio show in Massachusetts and performing at the Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA.
Oh, by the way, we received such nice reviews today: http://www.theopinionatedparent.com/
PS This is a picture from our CD Release Concert!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I hope that there's a cause on this planet that everyone feels drawn towards. It can be saving the whales, protecting the environment or even keeping their local parks safe. Well, I've always been drawn towards the protection of kids and the great thing is, I'm not alone. There's a fantastic organization that the band and I did several shows for this past holiday season, Safe Horizon (www.safehorizon.org).
The great thing about Safe Horizon is that it helps to educate people on the signs of child abuse and how to take action. Sure, it's something no one likes to think about, but my feeling has always been that if I'm part of the solution, I worry less about the problem. Safe Horizon also does so much more! They work with young women, teens and children and provide critical information about lifesaving resources and services available to victims.
How cool would it be if we could stop all kinds of abuse towards children and help the children who have been abused get help and lead healthy, happy lives?
I commend Safe Horizon for their work and hope that the information here inspires someone else to help.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Dear Diary: Today was our April Fools' For Kids Who Are Cool Concert and it was F-U-N! All of the kids got dressed in costumes...I can't even begin to tell you how many princesses and cool kids there were! I thought New York City was full of people wearing jeans and sneakers and here is everyone in tiaras and costumes! I guess I was wrong.
Well, Racer Steve really rocked on the guitar. Super Chef Jeff was playing those drums like crazy and Judo Champ Billy really went bananas on the bass! What a great bunch of musicians and they're also really nice...and funny!
The kids were dancing, singing, laughing, clapping, shaking maracas, wearing cowboy hats. There was also a little girl dressed as a cute Indian girl with beautiful braids, a cheerleader (whose birthday we celebrated) and an M&M! I love costumes...it's fun to be someone else for the day.
At the end of the concert, Racer Richie and Racer Jake gave me beautiful, beautiful roses on stage. They were also wearing cool PKRS t-shirts and knew all the words to the songs.
I wore a very cool new gown that Princess Pauline made for me, by hand. She makes all of my dresses and is very, very talented.