Archive for May, 2010

Shane Alexander visits for a house concert

Shane Alexander House Concert

Shane Alexander House Concert

Shane Alexander House Concert

After the House Concert Memorial Day Weekend

When my husband and I were looking for a house to buy we stumbled upon this great property in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The first thing I said was  “This would be perfect for house concerts!”  Sure enough, it has proven to be true. As a touring musician I had so many people host me over the years. I vowed to offer that back to my fellow friends and musicians. Our house has become the concert stop for several touring artists; including Brett Perkins, Cindy Alexander, Sharon Bousquet, Kevin Montgomery, Al Perkins, Kevin Fisher and several others. We feel blessed to have this natural amphitheater to share our love of music with our friends. It’s always a hit! Thanks Shane for an incredible evening under the stars!!

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Eurovision documentary featuring YLA Studios!

Amir Aly and Pelle Jernryd at YLA Studios

 A friend emailed me from Sweden this week that she saw my picture on a wall while watching a documentary on music! There’s only one wall I could think of and that is in Amir’s studio in Malmo. I was correct.  This documentary on Eurovision is very interesting…and the commentator is hilarious! Eurovision was the model for American Idol. I can remember when I first went to Sweden and “experienced” the phenomenon!! It was like Europe just shut down for the finals (sound familiar?) While I was recording my two songs in the studio this past March Amir was telling me about  Alexander Rybak coming into the studio after me. In fact, my producer had to postpone Alexander since I was there for just that week to record.  (Something his Russian label was not too happy about I guess, but waited nonetheless because Amir is worth waiting for!) ANYWAY, I had no idea who he was and I can appreciate his music now. I think I’ll promote a violin program into our schools next year! Hope you enjoy the video…..

http://svtplay.se/v/2009829/melodifestivalen/infor_esc_med_resereportern_ian_wright_-_del_3_av_3

YouTube featured singing on BEN’s CD. Song Shovel.

BEN's Andreas Ejnarsson, Marcus Andersson-Hjalte, and Daniel Frank.

BEN's Andreas Ejnarsson, Marcus Andersson-Hjalte, and Daniel Frank.

While living and working in Sweden I met a band called BEN. It didn’t take long for us to realize that we appreciated each other’s music and I found these guys to be incredibly talented and insightful songwriters. They asked me to sing on their CD and I jumped at the opportunity. Here it is, 8 years later, but it feels like yesterday! We reunited this past March for a show in Helsingborg. The photos of me were taken at that time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgbGAO5d9g4