I’m looking forward to Wednesday, July 13th when I’ll be playing and singing with Ron Steen at the Jazz Club Wilfs at Union Station! Last time I played at Wilfs was for Tasha Miller’s CD release party and it will be good to be back enshrouded in the vintage, red velvet look and feel of this classic Portland club. It always makes me think of… yup, you guessed it, White Christmas with Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen…. which is a good thing!!! Here’s a short video from last summer when I so enjoyed playing with Ron Steen, Kevin Deitz and George Mitchell.
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Right now my big quest is to perform songs that are authentic to me. I did a tune at a gig a couple of years ago by Melody Gardot because I thought it was such a beautiful song. . . the problem was that the story of the song just wasn’t me—even as I was singing, I was thinking that I actually felt kind of embarrassed trying to sell this story that I did not have a personal connection for me. I guess, like in acting, I’m more of a “Method Singer/Violinist.” I think thoughts and create or research the back stories for music although it won’t often actually be shared. I am big on lyrics.
I want to be authentic personally and as an artist. I’m so excited because I’ve got about 6 songs written for a new solo album that will be recorded hopefully within the next several months. I’m laying groundwork and really making sure that the songs themselves are right before the red record button gets clicked. For this reason I hadn’t actually booked a lot of live concerts this summer to try to stay focused on the creative process but when opportunities like playing at Wilfs arrive, I am elated to hop on board… and actually plan to do a few of the songs on the 13th!
Within every genre of music,there is a way to be authentic and there is a way to get distracted and play for the wrong reasons. While I can’t be sure, I believe that a listener can tell the difference. My hope for this upcoming gig at Wilfs is to be joining with my fellow performers to create authentic, wonderful, entertaining music that you’ll be glad to hear. I hope that you can come and be with us!
Wilfs Restaurant at Union Station
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
All Ages are welcome. Cover is $7
You can make reservations or just come!