Pre-Production Week

posted July 24, 2014

Things I love about what’s happened so far:

Monday, we met with Michele Marotta, awesome fundraiser for The Cancer Connection, to brainstorm about ways to raise money to pay for this album. More to come on this. But I feel we now have some great ideas, and I don’t feel totally sick to my stomach about asking for money.
-We arranged “Love Love Love” at my house. We both started out in bad moods, and the ease with which we got the arrangement cheered us both up.

Tuesday. I drove up to Sackamusic, and we arranged “Wasn’t That a Time,” “As Big As I Am,” and started on “Victory (Turn It Around)”. Also, we talked about our Falcon Ridge set. Kit Karlson, our producer, is playing bass on the songs Amelia isn’t playing.

We came back to my house, where our intern Kay was updating our mailing list and entering our shows into Artist Data. She rocks! Here she is:

And here is a poem she wrote at my retreat:

On Being a Millennial:
What gets me
What really gets me
Is that in my years of
Emotional pampering, of
Participational trophies,
Dozens of selfies
Of being told I can be anything
Now people can make a living telling me
How I’m ugly on the inside
-Kay Carambia

Wednesday. Back to Sackamusic. It’s 90 degrees, and the guys are working on the roof. We figured out our Falcon Ridge set, after much musing on the requests we got on Facebook. We worked up “Joe Hill,” “You Don’t Have that Kind of Time,” “Dave Hayes the Weather Guy,” and had Dave come in to coach us on “Witness,” “Wasn’t That a Time,” “Love3” and “Delilah.” All we have left now is “Normandies” and “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream.” Dave wants me to Travis pick “Delilah!” Whoa! I haven’t Travis picked on a song since Sister Holler. So now I am going out to watch the thunderstorm and practice my Travis picking.

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