Alexi Murdoch's long-awaited album was released yesterday, and I have had the pleasure of listening to it today (over and over again I might add). Alexi released 'Four Songs' back in 2002, and it has gone on to be CD Baby's all time best selling record. His full-length album, Time Without Consequence, is pure listening bliss. I recommend picking up both albums, 'Four Songs' will be out of print soon and CD Baby is a company I love to support. (While you're over at CD Baby buying Alexi's album, put some Tim Gearan in your cart too).
Those of you who are regulars know that Dave and I go shopping at a farmer's market every Wednesday right down the street from our office. At this point, we pretty much buy only from our friends at Riverbank Farm, an organic farm in CT. Last week, we picked up our usual haul of veggies, which included turnips, fingerling potatoes and garlic (later baked in a salt crust), tat soi (the last bag they had that day... yay!), red onions and broccoli. The red onion and broccoli went into a frittata, served with the salt-baked potatoes and garlic and sauteed tat soi.
Nicole, who's an intern at the farm this summer, invited us to Riverbank's annual Harvest Fest, which was held this past Sunday. Boy was it fun! The farm itself is absolutely beautiful, which you'll have to imagine since we forgot our camera (d'oh!). There was a big tent set up, which was white on top but when you stood under the tent and looked up it was a bright multi-colored quilt design. The tent was originally an Indian wedding tent, brought back from India by the parents of one of the owners. Very neat. And what a feast was laid out under the tent, it was our dream spread of food. So many vegetarian dishes, from a butternut squash spread to polenta with pesto on top, from baba ganoush to cilantro dip, from sauteed greens to a raw broccoli salad. And desserts too, including the best watermelon I have ever eaten to a luscious apple walnut cake. Music was provided by a great bluegrass group, the Southern Maine Pickin' Society. Nicole took everybody on a hay ride. There were pony rides for the kids. All in all it was such a nice way to spend a Sunday.
What I really liked, besides the good food and music and friendly folks, was knowing where our food has been coming from all summer. We walked around the farm and pointed out all of the vegetables that we've been eating "Look, there's the japanese eggplants" "There's the orange cherry tomatoes" "There's the lettuces". I am always one to look for organic food choices, but the food tastes even better after you've seen where it grows and who's growing it.
So thanks to everyone at Riverbank Farm for the great Harvest Fest, and all of the amazing fruits and vegetables this summer. I can't wait to see what's at the market today!
This morning I recieved an email from one of my favorite bands, Eddie from Ohio. I'll let the letter speak for itself, but please keep Julie in your thoughts. She's an amazing woman, and I know that she'll beat this cancer and will be singing with the guys very soon. We love you Julie!
We're sad to report that within the last two weeks, our own Julie Murphy Wells has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of the aggressive nature of treatment necessary (surgery and therapy), we will be forced to cancel all of our performances for the next four weeks, at least. All the dates that are cancelled are listed below.
On Thursday, September 15, Julie will undergo surgery for removal of the malignancy. While initial test results give reason to believe that the tumor is contained and hasn't spread, nothing will be definite until the surgery takes place.
At this point, Julie wishes to go public with her current illness as she could use all the prayer power she can get for her and her family. She's definitely showing her Fighting Irish colors more than she ever has, and continues to demonstrate a remarkable display of high spirits. She certainly hasn't lost her sharp sense of humor either.
She's been an inspiration to us all, and she gives us all reason to believe she's gonna kick this cancer in the seat of the pants. She's in wonderful care with a new facility in Arlington, Virginia - top professionals with incredible bedside manner. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
We've set up a separate special email account if you'd like to send a note to Julie: my-left-breast AT hotmail DOT com (Yes, that was Julie's idea. We weren't kidding about that sense of humor).
Please watch our website for updates, and we'll do our best to keep folks in the loop with any developments. Sorry, no 'abreast' puns here. http://www.eddiefromohio.com
We realize that this comes on the tail end of another batch of show cancellations. It seems we've moved from one setback to another, and the devastation down South following Katrina has taken the wind out of everybody's sails. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and we apologize for any and all inconveniences.
Here's to better times for everybody, Eddie from Ohio
... why I love my iPod. I can listen to college acapella songs to my heart's content without bothering a) my officemate or b) Dave.
Yeah, I'm easy to please. I do love my college acapella. I almost tried out for the co-ed acapella group at my college, but I chickened out at the last minute. I was still in the Oratorio society, so I did get my singing fix. :)
Posted while listening to The Other Guy's album 'For Your Life'. Not my college, for the record, but a great group nonetheless. (Note to self, order their album '35')
This weekend was spent in Cambridge Mass and the surrounding areas. I always say we're going to Boston, but we rarely make it to the other side of the Charles (River, that is).
We stayed with our good friend Tim, who we met a few years ago now at a guitar camp with Peter Mulvey and David Goodrich. Ah, guitar camp - good times. I don't play guitar, Dave does, but I've been listening to Peter since college and there was no way I was missing out on the fun! Anyway, back to the weekend.
On Saturday we decided to go to the New Bedford Summerfest, not far from Cambridge. Peter was going to be playing, as well as Jeffrey Foucault. We don't get to see Peter nearly enough, so we're always willing to take a drive to hear him play. Besides being a brilliant singer-songwriter, he is one of the sweetest guys I know. When we got to the festival, we ran into Peter listening to a round robin set that included Jeff. I can wax poetically about Jeff too... just trust me and go out and buy their albums.
If you look closely, Jeff is the second from the left. Sitting next to him is Jud Caswell. We saw him in this round robin, as well as later on in a solo set. Jud was recommended by another singer-songwriter we met over the weekend, Teresa Storch. I've been listening to Teresa's 'Live for Now' album, and must get her other album.
Oh, and check out the security sign in the upper left corner... wouldn't you run a spell-check before printing out a sign advertising your business?
Here's a picture of Peter from his solo set. He had a bunch of new songs, which was a treat. Peter's been playing quite a bit on my iPod the past few days, I can't wait for a new album to come out.
A little tip: Peter and Jeff will be playing at the Boston Folk Fest this year, as a part of their larger group Redbird which includes Kris Delmhorst and David Goodrich. The weekend is September 24-25, and the lineup of performers is looking great!
And this last picture is just plain funny. Apparently, you go to the Summerfest for one of two things: Entertainment, or seafood dinners!
Here's the 5 discs I received from the Mix CD swap held by Christine over at Crafty Little Cow, and I included pics of the cd I sent out.
Can you believe these amazing cds? I know, so professional! The bar has been set for the CD Swap 2, being held by Jennifer of Piddleloop. This time I'll have my swanky new computer, so I can print out super cool inserts and cd labels.
I'll post the info on the creators of the cd's pictured below later today, as well as talk about my track listing with links to the artists. And if you want to get in on CD Swap 2, just click on the button over on the left... yup, the one with the cute monkey on it!