Friday, May 31, 2013

Just some more baby pics, no big deal.

So the boy is now 8.5 months old, and these photos were taken when he was 5 months old. He's got a lot more hair nowadays, but he's still super cute. Barbara MacDonald takes fabulOSO pictures. Here is proof of that:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Grownup nonsense counteracted by cute baby pictures.

I have to keep reminding myself that my family is healthy, and that's all that matters. Because goodness knows enough annoying stuff is going on at once. Broken refrigerators, broken HVACs, and all kinds of other nonsense is stressing me out. Deep breaths feel good, but only physically. I'm not Buddhist enough, I guess.

Avocado sandwich mmmmmm.
Anyway, I've been trying to make a few minutes a day to work on a new song. The wee boy makes it difficult because he LOVES to play the guitar ... at the same time that I'm playing it. He also loves to write lyrics, though so far he's only come up with BABABAMAMAGAGALALALALA. Not surprisingly, however, he sings on pitch. I have hoped that he ends up with an MBA not an MFA, but if he continues to be a good-lookin' good-singin' guitar player, maybe he'll do well in life after all.

Think he's got enough hair?
What else is new? The boy's got a

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jason Isbell, Paul Thorn, and ... me!

Doesn't that sounds like a fun show?

Iroquois AmphitheatreFriday, June 7$20 in advance/$22 day of show

I play 7:30-8:00, so don't be late.
Steve Cooley will be joining me on some strings of the to-be-determined variety.
Mr. Isbell and Mr. Thorn will have their respective bands with them.

Buy tickets here.

Now who wants to make my setlist for me? How can we fit in saw, yodeling, and still have time for an accordion/banjo duet? Work on that for me...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My irrelevant superpower.

People hate Facebook for lots of reasons. My main grief with it is that it totally negates my superpower.

What's my superpower? I remember when your birthday is. If we went to high school together, I probably also remember your parents' phone number (not so useful anymore), but I definitely remember your birthday. It may take me a few minutes to figure it out, but I always get there.

Try to schedule a meeting or book a gig with me on July 12? I'll tell you I already have something that day because it's so familiar. Then I'll remember that it's Alan's birthday, not actually a music festival, and accept the gig. But Alan and I are also Facebook friends, which means I don't get to show off my superpower. EVERYONE CAN FIGURE OUT HIS BIRTHDAY!

Anyway, I've pretty much stopped wishing people happy birthday because I feel like it's cheating these days. Although, come to think of it, that's a pretty dumb reason. Maybe I should just get over myself and develop a new, more relevant, superpower.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Crickets and roses.

Last night I heard something I hadn't heard in almost two years: crickets. For about five seconds I smiled and though, "Oh, how I have missed those charming sounds!" Then I tried to fall asleep, which was more difficult than sleeping on the second floor in Manhattan with the windows wide open in July because there's no air conditioning (which I have done). So, yeah, it turns out I didn't miss the crickets after all. Apparently, there aren't crickets in Scotland. At least none that invade the cities and keep you up at night. Who knew?

roses roses roses
We did live right across from a swanky cricket club in Edinburgh. They were strangely quiet, however.

Off to prune my rosebush, which I'm pretty sure puts your rosebush to shame. Fighting words to other gardeners, I know, but take it as a challenge! Check these babies out:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Daydreaming about the castle-church I'll live in.

From the looks of my blog comments and messages, you and I (and a few others) will be going in on buying St. Stephen's Church in Edinburgh.  I mean, did you see that pipe organ inside? Or just do a Google image search for all the gorgeous pics of this beautiful 1828 building.

I'm already daydreaming about the fabulous garden parties, and the concerts, and the organ jams, and the community theatre, and the massive four-poster royal bedroom. It'll be grand, folks. Princess Kate bring the wee royal over for playdates and/or piano lessons, and then she and I will run up the street to Leo's Beanery for a latte while Mary Poppins watches the kids.

It's good to have dreams, folks.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Draft posts, birth, baby playing.

I'm feeling better, y'all. I've got a shiny new (albeit used) computer to replace my precious drowned Macbook, and I'm actually feeling like writing again. The problem now is that I'm completely overflowing with things to say.

I've still got about ten blogs in draft in my series on "Having a Baby Abroad" and the NHS. I'm trying to decide just how personal to get. Birth stories aren't really my thing, but many of you have asked about it. I also feel someone obligated to share what I learned during the process, seeing as I feel like I could write a dissertation on the subject of childbirth. Most American women I've talked to seem scared and baffled and intent on having as much medical intervention as possible. That seems pretty backwards to me, especially when America has worse infant and maternal mortality rates than other developed nations. I came to my opinion from the opposite end of the spectrum, however, and I don't want to sound preachy. Still, I feel like childbirth is a huge feminist issue, and y'all know how strongly I feel about health care systems...

And so my blogs sit in draft.

But I digress ... there is music, and there are babies. Those are the two things on my mind of late. Both are pretty great, to be honest.

Are y'all on Vine? It's my newest addiction. @davidcaldwell44 is on there too.

Monday, May 13, 2013

I'm buying a building in Scotland.

St. Stephen's Church
I miss Scotland. I know I'm not supposed to say that. I'm supposed to be excited to be back in America. I'm happy to be close to my family, and I do love Louisville. But I miss looking out my window to a cobblestone street overlooking a winding river, just steps away from the Royal Botanical Gardens and a magnificent view of the Castle. I miss our lovely neighbor, Joan, who had us over for cocktails post-baby and gave us our wee boy's favorite bouncy chair. I miss the local coffeeshop and the friends I made there.

I was browsing Edinburgh real estate today, and I saw this for sale. It's the church that was the center of my favorite neighborhood -- Stockbridge -- and they only want £500k. That's a lot of money, but that's a lot of old stone building, too. Like most of the churches in Edinburgh (at least so it seemed), St. Stephen's Church operated as a community center rather than a religious center.

So who wants to go in on St. Stephen's Church with me?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Headliners Show Canceled

Don't come to Headliners on Monday, May 13! Well, at least don't come to see me and Martha Wainwright. She just canceled her tour.

Sorry to tease you.

In other news, I think I've found a replacement computer, which cheers me tremendously. You see, my precious MacBook (the one that drowned) was not only my only means of recording and writing (my fingers cramp when I use a pen, so I can't even be old-fashioned), but it was our entire home entertainment center. Remember that our television (and liquor collection and David's shoes!) was stolen while we were abroad, along with our DVD player, and much of our CD collection. So when my precious laptop met its demise, David and I were forced to play dominos and read and hold hands.

Really, it wasn't so bad.

What are you reading? David is tearing through every single Inspector Rebus novel in chronological order, while I try to beat him with Agatha Raisin mysteries. Apparently, when you become parents, you start reading mystery novels. Who knew?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brigid shows this weekend.

Just as I was finally starting to feel better -- actually wanting to write again -- my precious MacBook drowned. I try not to get upset about material things, especially when so many of my friends have lost so much more this week than a stupid computer. Still, I mostly just felt like I ripped up a thousand dollars.

I've managed to procure another machine for a bit, so I thought I'd at least let you know about some upcoming shows.

Saturday, May 11
Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch
I'm doing a little Q&A and a few songs and a little talking at the library's How-To Festival.

Saturday, May 11
Clifton Center
Kentucky Homefront Taping
I'm playing solo during the second broadcast. They tape two shows that night -- the first at 7:30 and the second at 9pm. I'm on stage during the 9:00 show, assuming I can stay awake that late.

doors at 7pm, show at 8:00pm
Headliners Music Hall
I'm playing an opening set before the Martha Wainwright show.