December was pretty busy. We started off the month with a gig at O'Donnell's on December
1st. Fun, as usual. You should have been there to see Garth Koren's rendition of "Bust A Move".
It's pretty hilarious! And Doreen Younglove's rendition of bn9's "Be Like You".
She sings it so well, I'm thinkin' we may never record it! It's her song at this point! On the 9th we played a private party for Athena's birthday. I think I
embarassed the hell out of her with my personalized lyrics to "Happy Birthday", but the party
was a great time. Thanks so much to John for asking us to play it! It was an honor.
On the 12th, we went down to Phili (Manayunk, to be exact.) We played at the Grape Street
Pub. It was a freezing cold night and I was coming down with a cold which lasted the rest of the busy week. Anyway, the
other bands, all local, were amazing! And the people who were there seemed to dig our
groove. Most notable about the night was the NICENESS of the people - the crowd, the
bartender, the doorman and especially the sound guy. We were so appreciative of the humanism
of these people... maybe it's time to get outta NY! I don't know.
Borders Books in Marlton, NJ, is another great place to play. We sold a bunch of
CDs to a totally responsive and respectful crowd. This area is close to my hometown
(Willingboro, NJ) and Jack's family's residence, and a lot of friends & family showed up, some of whom haven't
seen us in a loooonnnngg time. It was fun.
On Dec. 28th, we returned to the Elbow Room with the Random Horns. It's always
a thrill to play with them and the Elbow Room is one of the few places we can do it.
Thanks to everyone who came out. You guys were a great crowd, especially because
you actually braved the icy cold to come see us. We'll keep you all posted on our next NYC appearance.
Looking back on the year itself, there were so many changes! New singers, new keyboard player(s),
working with Lloyd again, adding horns to some live shows and getting back in touch with lots of people from my past.
I got laid off from my day job in March and I may just make one year with no day job!
That's my goal. The band gigged more this year than ever before. Of course, we
released our first CD and had to promote it. It's no wonder some
people couldn't keep up with it, but I'm so appreciative of Jack, Minoru & Marco for
being professional and supportive. I feel fortunate to have these great guys and excellent
musicians to work with. I'm also thrilled to have Joel Hirsh working with us as well as
Sheila Connors and Kristy Cates.
The year also brought us in contact with Frontier Entertainment Group, a management
company based out of Princeton, NJ. We've been working with them on some (top secret)
stuff and should be in full swing in 2001. We also are working on some stuff with Stemway
Productions, a marketing and promotions company based out of NYC. They plan to
keep us busier than perhaps we can handle in 2001 and I'm somewhat torn because
one of my other goals is to start working on the second CD. Decisions, decisions!
Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Please see our schedule for January shows and we hope
to see you in 2001!
Letters from the past:
August, 2000 (from Marco)
December, 1998 (from Stefanie)
November, 1998 (from Stefanie)
October, 1998 (from Stefanie)
September, 1998 (from Stefanie)
August, 1998 (from Stefanie)
July, 1998 (from Stefanie)
June, 1998 (from Natalie)
May, 1998 (from Stefanie)
April, 1998 (from Susan)
March, 1998 (from JoAnn)
February, 1998 (from Kim)
January, 1998 (from Stefanie)
December, 1997 (from Stefanie)