First off, I hope you all had a great holiday season. I enjoyed having a bit of time to relax with my family and friends, but also kept hard at work learning some new material for 2010. I'm hoping to play at a lot of new venues this year, one of which seems quite interested in having me as a mostly-cover artist. So if you hear me playing a lot of , Jewel, ; if you hear some Billy Joel, Elton John, - and yes, by special request, Tool - don't be surprised! But don't worry, I'll still be writing like a fiend as always and still plan to work with primarily original material.
As a songwriter, I feel like its important for me to innovate and change. I don't want to bring you the same type of music over and over from year to year. Maybe you've noticed this - I try to find different rhythmic patterns in my piano playing from song to song, and I try to expand myself by writing in different genres: a little bit of folk here, a touch of rock there, some jazz and some pop. I'm trying to learn some different instruments - guitar, dulcimer, and harp to name a few - to broaden my knowledge of music and see it from new perspectives.
That said, I have some new ideas in store for this year's performances. I hope to be collaborating with some other musicians - ultimately I'd like a folk band to back me, but I'm willing to wait as long as it takes to find the right people. The main goal is to find inspiration from other artists and see what kind of magic we can create together. In addition, I've got some new equipment that will enable me to be a one woman band of sorts. It might look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0vcxA29okM - but with more real instruments! (I love David Ford and I aspire to be his female counterpart!)
So, there's a little bit of what you can expect as the year progresses. As always, be sure to keep track of my show schedule - I plan to have a year full of performing!
Also, remember that my new live album "Naked Honest" will be available at all of these shows along with my first home studio album "Raincloud". For those of you who can't make it to my shows, I promise to have "Naked Honest" available online very soon.
Well, here's to a new year - I can't wait to see what it brings!