Back to it. We had a fantastic break from doing shows that left us re-inspired to write, record, and maybe even play a string of gigs in Europe next spring! I wrote a bunch of new songs, and we (Jen and I) put together a whole lot of new arrangements for live shows where I (believe it or not) am singing lead and Jen is playing bass. Having a blast...pinch me.
I'm looking forward to our 6 week hiatus to get back in touch with writing. Jen and I cleared the schedule until March to get some much needed breathing room. Let the creativity begin!
Wow. Can't believe how quickly the years are flying by. I'm looking forward to playing bass at a CD release show for Niagara Moon on 1/15 at the LoFi Performance Gallery in Seattle.
Just revisiting an old studio project to help me get inspired to write a guitar-focused album. This one was particularly fun.
Yesterday we got to play a private event for a real hero of the art world...Chuck Close. What a true honor. Got to see millions of dollars of his art up close...(no pun intended)...and also far away. Originally from here in Everett, he was reunited with his first art teacher who is now solidly over 100 years of age. Wow.
Well...we dropped out for 5 weeks...ahhhhhh....I can breathe again. Can't sum it all up with only a few sentences, or even a pic or two...but we're happy to be back writing and playing again. May is one of our busiest months yet.
Off to Hong Kong and the Philippines...ever since our trip to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand a couple years ago, we've been itching to get back to southeast asia...it's been a long & rainy winter in the northwest...time for some sunshine! About 150 shows last year...never once felt like work. It really is true what they say...do something you love...never work a day in your life. I am so grateful.
It has been a fantastic summer in the Northwest! Haven't posted in a while...I know, but I haven't been slacking...I've just been hugely busy with gigs and working on our next Ginger UPs CD. We should be finished tracking in the next few weeks and hope to have it completed by November. Just finished our website redesign also...check it out at www.thegingerups.com
Just started getting into animation! Having fun with moving images. Check out the 2 short clips I just made.
Had a wonderful time on tour all the way to Tucson, AZ and back. About 20 shows in all, but it's great to be back and on to recording the next CD.
Headed out on our first tour as The Ginger UPs! Already got to see some old friends and play some new venues. Having a blast watching the surfers in Pismo Beach. Sun shining...70 degrees...I think I could get used to this very quickly.
Worked hard this month to put together a successful 5 piece band show at Egan's in Ballard...our favorite venue in town. What a blast! It's been over a decade since Jen and I played together in a band on stage as we usually perform as a duo. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show in support, and hats off to the musicians who let us borrow their talents for the evening.
Lonnie Welsh - keyboard
Eric Ritts - bass
Dave Bush - drums
This week, I played the most gigs in one week ever in my life. 7 days. 7 shows. Funny thing...it didn't feel like work to me. To see a collection of posters I designed for our highlighted shows, go to www.thegingerups.com/posters. Only 4 shows this coming week ;-(
Nice to revisit our old stomping grounds. I miss the south end of Seattle. Great to see some old friends at the show.
Thanks to all who came out to support us at Alexa's cafe in Bothell. The after party was a blast. I wouldn't want to celebrate my birthday any other way.
Just finished a pop/rock studio project as a hired gun. Music to be posted soon after editing and mixdown.
What a great time we had playing in Olympia and Aberdeen. Wonderful new friends Robyn and Bill from Unity and a fun, successful show at Westport Winery. A much needed day away. Interesting how the world gives that to you when you need it the most.
What a fun weekend we had at Anelia's! New friends, great food, and LaConner, WA is just a beautiful place. We look forward to going back in October.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us yesterday evening at the Twin Rivers Brewing Company in Monroe. What a wonderful evening...good friends, great food and beer.
The Bellevue farmers market at crossroads mall is a fantastic place to buy some local vegetables and other arts/crafts direct from the source. Got to play some of my original solo acoustic/singer-songwriter material that I have not played for an audience in years. What a blast. A 4 hour gig, but I could have kept going all evening!
Had a great time playing the Renton farmers market yesterday. Got the chance to test out a new electric guitar of mine on stage for the first time. Our old hometown is alive and well...thriving in cultural diversity. I miss it dearly, and it's always a treat to spend a day there...especially when it means playing music. Thanks to all who put together such a great little local market. See you next year.
The Ginger UPs are blasting off to cruise the universe. So happy to be changing gears! I get restless when new music isn't flowing...
The Hayburners project was fun, but my wife and I are on to a new pop/jazz duo called The Ginger UPs. We are about halfway done with the new CD, and really excited to be gigging ferociously again starting in June!
Just having some awesome memories of our southeast Asia trip. I can't believe we've been back a month already. Where has the time gone? I remember my wife and I with a bottle of Lao Lao in Vang Vieng, Laos overlooking the river and thinking to myself...I could get lost here. Or our stay on Phu Quoc island in Vietnam...never wanted to leave. I could go on and on. Ahhh...but all good things must eventually come to and end. 3 months later, I'm back in Seattle and ready to start playing music again. A guitar was difficult to come by out there, but we did manage a short gig at the "La La Land" bar in Laos over the new year holiday celebration.