Day 229: If John Mayer did it, I can too. And upcoming events.

John Mayer is playing the TMI game lately, saying incredibly stupid things in incredibly public places. Brave! Or was it the malt whiskey? Either way, if he can do it, then I will too.


I'm sure this has something to do with being a mother of a three-year-old, recording a CD, working 55 different freelance writing, editing, teaching, and performing jobs to piece together a subsistence living in music, trying to be a half decent wife who remembers the kiss goodbye as she rushes off for yet another commitment, maintaining friendships, keeping the dustballs in our house from getting bigger than our way-too-big and highly contested couch that was a wedding gift from the M-I-L, and preventing my Dad from leaving forlorn messages about how he'd really like it if I would return phone calls occasionally, but... how come every other musician there is better than I am? (For those visiting for the first time: I'm KIDDING!)

I know! Maybe if I wrote shorter sentences, I'd have more time to practice. Problem solved; let's move on.

Despite this ridiculous and completely misguided neurosis, I think this is a good time to tell you a few of the things that unworthy and undeserving musicians like us (nudge nudge wink wink) will be doing in place of practicing in the next couple of days:

-Recording a CD. We spent Monday in the studio with a handful of great musicians. Tom Rohde joined us to put some leads on one of Steve's songs. Evan Harlan brought some killer accordion to the table. Ian Hudson, a former student at Bridgewater State College, played some piano on Si Bheag Si Mor. And Salil Sachdev did some incredible percussion work on several tracks. And for those Brian Haley fans in the audience, there's rumor and high hopes that he might show up, too. This is going to be a really fun and really diverse CD. So stay tuned.

-Tonight: Irish session at Bridgewater State College. Join Steve and I tonight, Weds. Feb 24 from 7-9 pm for an Irish session at Bridgewater State College. Everyone is invited and welcome, no matter what level. There
are likely to be plenty of learners there, so it's a great time to pull out those tunes you've been working on!

Event is held at "One Park Avenue" which is room 004 in the Campus Center building at Bridgewater. You can get directions at Bridgewater's website,

Hope to see you -- and please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

-Saturday night: You’re Invited to hear the biggest Irish Band in Boston playing tunes at the Littlest Bar in Boston, The Boston Highlands Ceili Band, performing a couple sides from the Johnny Powell Band’s 1950s 78 RPM issues.

5pm - Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Littlest Bar in Boston
102 Broad Street
Boston, MA (click here for maps and directions)

No Cover

The Boston Highlands Ceili Band:
Fiddles: Brendan Bulger and Maureen Calvi
Accordions: Chris Bulger and Mike Reynolds
Trumpet: Glen Carliss
Alto and Soprano Saxophones: Roger Gamache and Sue Lindsay, respectively.
Bass: Larry Flint
Drums: Stevie O’Callaghan Jr.
Piano: Helen Kisiel

Unique listening experience guaranteed. Open Trad Irish Session to follow the performance - so bring your instruments too...


Lots more coming in March, but that's enough for now!

Jeez, I almost forgot the daily practice routine, which is why I'm blogging in the first place. Well, there's been oodles of daily playing in the last two weeks, but not really daily "PRACTICE." And they are different, folks. I've tried to convince myself that one can do a gig or play a session in place of practice, but you know, what? You can't. Well, you can... but practice and performance are two different things. So, this is when we just simply forgive ourselves and move on.