Professional Businesswomen’s of California Conference May 23rd

My friends at KFOG asked me to be the musical entertainment at this years Professional Businesswomen of California Conference to be held Thursday May 23rd. So I will be somewhere in the Moscone Center West playing music in between speakers. Anyway, I have been horrible about updating this here blog with news so I thought I would put it out there. If you happen to have a ticket…I understand it is sold out…please come say hi!

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Renee and Romo- Helping the local musician one podcast at a time.

May I introduce Renee and Romo a new duo of sorts that has come together in the name of friendship and a the mutual love of podcasting! These two personalities bring out the best in anybody and their sessions are wacky and hysterically entertaining…oh yeah, and the music is good too.

Individually, Rene and Romo both have successful careers: Renee is the beloved female on KFOG’s morning Show here in the Bay, and Michael Romanowski is a fabulous mastering engineer based out of San Fran. (You may know him by such projects as- Victoria George. ha!)
But as I was saying, they’ve put together this side project and have started recording various local artist in their natural habitat (a dark recording studio with no windows) and in their generous free time. All this in the name of helping promote local music in the Bay Area!! We love them!

Check out their site www.reneeandromo.com and peruse around! I did a podcast with them back in March and had a total blast as is evidenced by the extremely long session we recorded (which is available in it’s entirely if you happen to have the flu and have nothing to do for 2 hours). There are lots of fabulous artists with big personalities in the archive and I’m sure more to come- so check it out!

Here’s a direct link to our lengthy podcast: http://reneeandromo.com/category/podcasts It’s pretty funny- if I do say so myself!

The Album- More Nastalgia

I walked into Best Buy yesterday to look for the new Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks album. I don’t go into Best Buy very often but figured it would be as good a place as any to find said CD. Plus, I was just driving by. Looking over their measly selection of CDs which have been condensed into 3 racks now was a sad reminder of how dead the physical album is. Yes, I’ve known this for a while, but it was really hit home yesterday whilst sifting through their pathetic selection. It kinda made me sad.

I love albums. I like looking over their art work, photos, liner notes and lyrics. I like the whole package! And, most importantly, I like listening to an entire album at once, in order!!!! I think of it as batting order (side note: I used to play competitive softball and find myself using softball as an analogy very often. Even though it’s kinda lame, I can’t help it). You know like first song is lead off hitter and it’s suppose gets everyone’s attention and get on base. Yeah, like I said, lame analogy. But it is always interesting if it’s a good album and has good flow what song bats like 8th? Ya know?

Maybe it’s because I make albums and I know what a labor of love they are? Yes, I know how much time it takes to think of an order and live with it over and over in your car- just to make sure it’s perfect. I know what’s its like to go into your mastering appt and bite your nails and twitch while you give your engineer the FINAL ORDER!

I take comfort in the fact there will always be other freaks out there like me. People who will order the package off-line and wait for snail mail to deliver or find a cool record store and sift through. Vinyl is a whole different story in part because it is far more cool and hip. I’m talking dorks like me who want a CD to scratch up.
By the way, Best Buy didn’t even have the Susan Tedeschi album…

Nashville In July

Well, it’s July 23rd and it’s HOT in Nashville.   I guess living in Cali for this past year, it’s easy to forget what it’s like to live in this kind of heat.  I used to live in Arizona and it got ballz hot there too, but it’s a dry heat so it’s easier to deal with.  The humidity is what really kills you here in the South….although it is good for your skin….

Other than the weather during the day, it’s great to be in Nashville again!  I much prefer to come here as a visitor and work rather than living here full time. That was too hard.  I prefer being able to “plug in”  to what’s going on here and then “unplug” and go home.  There is so much hurry up and wait in this business and remember being my happiest in Nashville when I was actually playing,  writing and seeing music.  It was the down time, the day-to-day that killed me and made me miss California.  See the thing is, I don’t totally fit into the mold here.  At least in the straight up country market.   I really wrestled with this when I was living here because I wanted success so so badly.  It took me a while to realize that it’s not the country industry that I’m probably ever gonna connect with here, it’s the SONG! That’s where this place touches me and teaches me.  I have a much more peaceful relationship with Nashville keeping this in mind.

New Website!

I’m proud to announce the launch of my new website, in partnership with the release of my new EP, Lately I. Take a look around, and let me know what you think! Thanks to Jessie from Hand Hugs Design for all her help!