Hello, friends! It’s
been way too long. I just saw that the last time I wrote a newsletter
was 11 months ago. Ack! I’m sorry to be so out of touch. We moved to
Colorado from Chicago early last spring, then baby girl Emmy arrived in
June (she’s about to be 8 months), and life’s been a bit of a happy,
chaotic blur since then. I spend my days mostly covered in dog hair,
spit up, and peanut butter, and I manage to answer 1.5 emails per week,
HOWEVER I get more cuddles than should be allowed, and I’m so grateful
for Emmy and Luca.
Sometimes I miss being able to tour like I
did before, but I know that time will come again in some form when the
kids are bigger. In the meantime, I’m fortunate to have a partner who
understands how much I love music, and who is willing to hold down the
fort so I can head out for shows occasionally. Speaking of which, I hope
I’ll get to see you on my upcoming adventures listed below.
Sending love (which will likely be covered in dog hair and peanut butter), xo Edie
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - Friday, March 3rd @ THE ARK - Special Guest for Rose Cousins’ CD Release Show - 8pm show / $20 tickets available HERE - 316 S. Main Street / 734) 761-1451
* * * * * * * * EVANSTON, ILLINOIS (Chicago) - Sunday, March 5th @ S.P.A.C.E . - Co-bill with Rose Cousins - 7pm show / $15-27 tickets available HERE 1245 Chicago Avenue / 847-556-9756 **Tables are almost sold out (there are still GA seats) – but purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended**
My friend Chely Wright’s new album “I Am The Rain” is stunningly beautiful. It was produced by the incredible Joe Henry (Ani
DiFranco, Rose Cousins, Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie). The song, “You Are
The River,” from which the album title is derived is one Chely and I
wrote together over email and text a few years back. Our song also
features The Milk Carton Kids on harmonies – gahh! So dreamy. Check out Chely’s beautiful record HERE – I can’t recommend it more highly.
___________________________________________________________ SONG COMMISSIONS Many
of you know that I write commissioned songs for birthdays, weddings,
anniversaries, engagements, apologies – you name it. Some of those
songs (What Love Looks Like, On & On, The Light In your Eyes, My Everything) have
been included on my albums. If this is something you might be
interested in doing for someone you love, I’d love to work with you. You
would just need to send me 2-3 pages of information about the person –
could be the story of how you met, a list of the things you love about
him/her (and some of the things that drive you crazy :), maybe some love
poems you’ve written each other, mundane details about your life
together (how does he take his coffee? does she snore? does he play the
piano?), some photographs – and I will weave these things and your
story into a song. I truly love writing them, and it’s such an
incredibly personal gift to give someone you care about. The cost for a
custom commissioned song is $1600, and you will receive two CD copies of
a professionally recorded version of the song, a digital version, and
handwritten and printed lyrics. You can also pay the commission fee over
time if that is helpful. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out more.
___________________________________________________________ My latest album PAPER RINGS: 8 love stories
Click HERE to order on Bandcamp Click HERE to order on iTunes Click HERE to order on CDBaby
Paper Rings: 8 love stories, released February 2016, is a collection of eight commissioned
love songs I wrote for fans/friends, secretly getting to know my
“subjects” through pictures and stories and the quirky little details
that only those who love them would know. I don’t play most of them
live, so I wanted to record a selection of them with one of my favorite musicians and songwriters on the planet, Andy Gullahorn,
who plays lead guitar and sings harmonies on the album. A few of the
songs you might already know – “The Light In Your Eyes” and “My
Everything” (the “bad gift party” song) – but the rest of the songs
will likely be brand new to you.
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you!
I’m writing this note from my Dad’s sunlit living room in Boston. Outside the birds are chirping and the daffodils are daffodilling. Spring is inching its way in, and it’s lovely.
The new baby will be here 3 months from now which currently means tying my shoes ain’t as easy as it used to be. I’m sure not complaining though. And, as our small family is preparing to become a bit larger, we are also preparing to move to a slightly more spacious environment. After 8 wonderful years in Chicago, we are relocating to Colorado Springs. We have been dreaming of a move west for a few years, and Matt just got a great new city planner job out there, so we are off for a new adventure. We will miss Chicago dearly, but can’t wait to be near mountains, specifically Pikes Peak in the photo above. Who cares if they have less oxygen out there? Oxygen schmoxygen.
Thanks so much to all of you who came out to the NYC and Chicago Paper Rings CD release shows, and to those of you who have reached out about the new record. It’s so wonderful to hear that you are enjoying it. If you feel so inclined, I’d be so grateful if you took a moment to add a brief review of it on iTunes.
I’ll be playing a few more CD release shows in Boston, Washington DC, Columbia MD, and Baltimore in April. Be sure to grab your tickets or RSVP asap as seats are already starting to fill up. All the proper links are below. Would love to see you there.
In the meantime, I wish you green beer and iced shamrock cookies, xo Edie
p.s. Pikes Peak photo above by LanieB1966 on Flickr
CD Release Show at SPACE in Evanston with Andy Gullahorn on 2/10/16. Photo by Norma Aguirre.
Paper Rings is out today!
Happy “Valentime’s” Day! (as my 3-yr-old likes to call it)
Hope you have a wonderful day full of whatever makes you happy.
I’m excited to announce that my new CD of commissioned love songs, Paper Rings: 8 love stories, is officially out today on this day of “lurve.” This
project came about after several years of writing commissioned songs
for fans/friends, secretly getting to know my “subjects” through
pictures and stories and the quirky little details that only those who
love them would know. I recorded this selection of them with one of my very favorite musicians and songwriters,Andy Gullahorn, who plays lead guitar and sings harmonies on the album.
Huge thanks to all who came out to our incredibly fun NYC CD release with Teddy Goldstein, and then the magical evening at SPACE in Evanston last week with Andy Gullahorn. We could not have asked for warmer or kinder audiences in both cities. And the Boston CD release is still to come on April 8th at the wonderful Club Passim with my friend Carla Ryder opening. Be sure to grab your tickets asap as seats are already starting to fill up. Would love to see you there.
the meantime, stay warm and eat plenty of chocolate. I keep reminding
myself that spring will make this all this face-freezingness worthwhile.
TWO NEW “BABIES” ARRIVING IN 2016!
Happy New Year!
I hope your year is off to a wonderful start so far. After a roller-coaster-y 2015, we (husband Matt, son Luca in his monkey Halloween costume, and I above) were ready to see the start of 2016.
The headline is true – I will be welcoming TWO new “babies ” in 2016! One is an actual baby who will be arriving in June. Many of you know we have gone through several years of infertility treatments, first for our son, Luca, now 3, and then for this new one on the way. We are grateful that I’m now in my 2nd trimester, and while I’m honestly still pretty nervous, I’m thankful we made it here. Thank you to all who have been so supportive and shared your own journeys with me along the way.
The other “baby” is my new CD of commissioned love songs, Paper Rings: 8 love stories. This project came about after several years of writing commissioned songs for fans/friends, secretly getting to know my “subjects” through pictures and stories and the quirky little details that only those who love them would know. I don’t play most of them live, so I wanted to record a selection of them with one of my favorite musicians and songwriters on the planet, Andy Gullahorn, who plays lead guitar and sings harmonies on the album. A few of the songs you might already know – “The Light In Your Eyes” and “My Everything” (the “bad gift party” song) – but the rest of the songs will likely be brand new to you.
Paper Rings will be officially out on Feb 14th – but you can buy a personalized advance copy RIGHT NOW up until February 8th! Click HERE to get your signed copy before the actual release.
I’ll be playing three CD release shows coming up in Chicago, NYC and Boston – would love to see you there! Be sure to grab your tickets asap as seats are already starting to fill up – ticket links on the “TOUR” page!
Click HERE to get your signed advance copy of Paper Rings: 8 love stories!
I’m writing songs and learning piano and playing with my little boy Luca and walking my dogs and dreaming of blueberry pie and spending too much time staring at screens and trying to make myself take walks and drink enough water and wishing I still had time and/or the ability to stay awake long enough to read books. What are you up to?
I have several really fun shows coming up in the fall with Natalia Zukerman in Philly and NYC and Cambridge and with Melissa Ferrick in Chicago…and then I will be teaching at one of my favorite places, Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters in beautiful Harbor Springs. Michigan in November. Hope you will join us, burgeoning and experienced songwriters (p.s. the food is amazing.)
Sending love to you. Hope to see you all this fall!