Sunday, June 19, 2005
Just to prove that we've been everywhere, here are three digital moments
from the last month. The first is the 1794 Meetinghouse in New
Salem, MA. It's such a beautiful, quiet little town we wanted
to move in immediately.
Then we found ourselves in
Texas again, and had a wonderful few days at Kerrville, playing our
set at the Threadgill stage and hanging out at the all-night campfires.
Our arms got very hammy from toting guitars all over the site, and
we saw a Walking Stick on the car and a huge black snake on one of
We also got to hear some very inspiring music, and you can visit Anais Mitchell's website to see what
she's about. We came away with her album and have been playing
it with rather annoying repetition ever since.
Anais was the winner of the 2003 New Folk competition.
Then we got to see our friends at Neverlandia very briefly -- long
enough for a dinner. They find faces everywhere. It's
one of our games to leave faces all over the house. So when
my dinner arrived in almost this exact configuration, I was
I stuck the rosemary on the top and added the eyebrows. But
c'mon, the hen was just lying there, lolling about on her hemisphere
of stuffing, waiting for the photo op.
Philly Thursday (with Freebo & Jim Photoglo!) and then PA and
NH. Come on out if you're in the area.
Monday, May 30,
Those of you who receive our newsletter may have detected a hint of
secrecy surrounding a new project. This would refer to the phrase,
"secret project" towards the end of the newsletter.
Well, it's no secret really, we just wanted you to dig around and
find the answers in our Road Notes! But before I tell you about
it, here are some images from our recent tour to Wisconsin.
This is the Cedarburg Cultural Center, on the rainy day when
we arrived. It's a great gallery and nice room to play in.
On exhibit were a couple of artists, one of whom is named Michael
Santini. I'm not sure I'm allowed to use any images of his paintings,
but you can find some of his work at http://www.spxyxx.com/visit-gallery.asp?Artist=Visitor1&ArtistName=Santini&VisitorFlg=Yes
His themes are quite bizarre, and bright and beautifully rendered,
and each piece tells a long story.
Anyway here's the stage inside the Center:
... and it was a cool Spring in Wisconsin, so when we went
to the kite festival in Milwaukee that weekend, we were almost blown
out of our jackets. I'm hoping Mark will be able to put a little
kite footage here somewhere, but meanwhile, here's a buggy we almost
Everybody has to pedal, but only the designated driver can
actually steer. The right steering wheel is just for play.
The kites were amazing!! Just hundreds of them at once, and
a big frog and a big fish and things whirling and spinning and diving...
and the stunt kites were breathtaking.
Somehow I didn't take any pictures in North Carolina, but we did play
there, and it was warmer and lovely. Then we drove about thirteen
hours home in one day. Do not try this if you are not a professional!
However, the trip was made easier by this great book on tape called,
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," by
Mark Haddon and narrated by Jeff Woodman. It was one of the
best we've ever heard and we highly recommend it. I'm sure reading
the book yourself would be good, but this reader is SO excellent,
you should try to find the audio book.
(Incidentally, we've had a recent recommendation to go see The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which historically has been
one of my favorite book series. But, who offered us this tip?
Who could it be? Is it possible it's connected to the... Secret
Oh, come on, it's not secret! You're just playing with us!
Stop acting all coy and just tell us what it is!!
Okay. It's all about the next CD, which is underway. We've
done some work in our own studio, but last Thursday we went to Signature
Sounds in Pomfret, CT to lay down a few tracks with a certain drummer
named Dave Mattacks. Present were:
Mark S. and Mark Thayer, our engineer; myself (Adrienne), aaaaaaaand...
Our hired gun, Tyler...
Mark again, and what are
you wearing, Mk?
I don't want to embarrass Mr. M. because he might read this, but it
was a very cool, very happening dream come true to work with him on
these songs. I've only been admiring his drumming for a couple
of decades. True to our tradition, we couldn't let him get away
without the smooch photo, so here it is:
The session really fired us up because it got us out of our normal
recording routine. We're newly excited about the songs.
Look for more album info in the JULY newsletter.
We're looking forward to our gigs in MA and VT this coming week, and
of course to playing at Kerrville on the 8th. I'm sure we'll
have more to post when we get back midmonth. Meanwhile, play
nicely, because you never know who's watching!
Adrienne (for MeMargoMark)