I am a little late to cheer in the new year… after all we just celebrated Valentine’s Day! An IMPORTANT one for folks in the wedding industry! Did you have a good holiday?
In December I had the privilege of touring with the Celtic Trio for the 8th consecutive season. This year we were joined by the talented Seattle based multi-instrumentalist, Eric Miller.
In music as with any field, you have your ups and downs… and then sometimes there are just those experiences that leave you totally inspired and reinvigorated. This tour was one such adventure for me.
This crew is working on a new album and I just got back from Camano Island where I spent two days working on string parts to blend with flutes, whistles, vocals, all kinds of keyboard goodness and more. It was a TRUE blessing as it is any time I get to create music with good people who are passionate about their craft.
Thanks for your continued interest in my musical journey and I hope that you find something here of interest whether it is inspiration for your wedding music or encouragement to another violinist looking for ways to channel creative energy.
Welcome and I hope to keep in touch a little better this year.
I started playing the violin at age 3. I loved the instrument and I adored hanging out with my teacher, my fellow students and my brother who was also learning to play. My first switch from student to teacher was as a Freshman at George Fox University when my junior high math teacher asked if I would begin teaching her 5 year old daughter to play. That little girl is now in med school and over the years I’ve had the privilege of teaching a multitude of young music lovers both in private studio settings as well as in ensembles and chamber groups from the very tiniest pupils to college students. My oldest student to date was 84 years old. I love helping anyone who is passionate about music or interested in discovering that passion.
If you are interested in connecting about private lessons or group settings, use the contact page to drop me a line.
Yesterday was a cooker but we had a great time playing at the Resort at the Mountain. This beautiful couple gave us a lot of liberty in our musical selections, we knew that the general vibe they wanted was classical music for prelude and pop and bluegrass for the cocktail hour. I opted to enlist our string trio with guitar and was greatly aided by the musical talents of Erin Green (viola), Dylan Rieck (cello) and Nate Macy (guitar).
This type of ensemble is probably my favorite to write for because of the wide range of styles it can accommodate. I love to write string harmonies and it’s great working with Erin and Dylan because they can also improvise and add their own touches to the music. BTW, Dylan is new to the Pacific Northwest–we just shipped him in from that great musical mecca Austin! He’s a lovely player and wonderful person. And you should check out his site: www.dylanrieck.com.
I am late to the game I suppose. This song has been out since 2011 and nearly 180 million people love it on Youtube but that’s one of the lovely things about this little company of mine is that I’m forever being introduced to new feel good songs. Today, for a cheery Friday pick me up, I give you “Love on Top.” I’m nearly done with a string trio arrangement for a couple’s recessional next Month. It’s SUCH a fantastic choice I must say.
There’s such a trend now for couples to choose contemporary music for their wedding in addition to or instead of the more traditional classical pieces. Because there are few things I love more than creating new musical arrangements, it’s a trend I hope stays around!
Today I wanted to share some video from a wedding we performed for at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Gardens (which by the way is an incredible place to visit if you are exploring our fine city.)
This video features our Acoustic Trio, comprised of Violin, Guitar & Cello playing ithe Guns N’ Roses tune Sweet Child of Mine.
This past weekend we had the privilege of performing for a gorgeous wedding in Calistoga, CA. We put together this little trailer to give a visual on the trio and what goes into preparing to play. I recorded audio of our music as well and will share that soon.
I just celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary. The music at our wedding included a Minuet from Handel’s Water Music for seating of family followed by an instrumental arrangement of With a Little Help From My Friends by the Beatles followed by a song I’d heard Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek perform at the Mark O’Connor fiddle camp the year prior to our wedding. Our recessional was a recording of the Benny Goodman orchestra playing Sing, Sing, Sing because we met swing dancing. At our reception we danced to Eva Cassidy’s beautiful ballad The Songbird.
Every year around this time I find myself thinking about what songs would comprise the musical soundtrack of our present lives.
Magic from Coldplay’s forthcoming Ghost Stories album is a strong contender with its stunningly raw and beautiful lyrics.
Call it magic
Call it true
Call it magic
When I’m with you
And I just got broken
Broken into two
Still I call it magic
When I’m next to you
And I don’t, and I don’t and I don’t, and I don’t
No, I don’t,
I don’t, no, I don’t, no, I don’t, no, I don’t want anybody else but you
I was sad when I read the news of the Chris Martin/Gwyneth Paltrow split. When difficult events take place in the personal lives of artists, the media pours over their work to look for the “warning signs” and analyzes every word ever spoken in an interview to reveal the trouble that was supposedly brewing. But it is so hypocritical that our society does this when anyone who’s been in a meaningful relationship well knows that there are a lot of ups and downs. . .oh and by the way, a byproduct of that is often beautiful art.
Working in the wedding industry as I do, I see so many of the ups: radiant couples giddily planning every details of their wedding celebration. I always ask my clients how they met and I love hearing these romantic stories. Their joy reminds me of my own love story for which I’m grateful. I sometimes wonder about the downs—hoping that this magic remains for them just as it has for my sweet neighbors who, deep into their 70s still travel the world together and sing one another’s praises when the other one is not in the room.
At 12 years, I don’t consider myself any sort of marriage expert but one thing that I do believe is that you have to work at the things that are important to you. If Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to be a success in one’s professional field, how about 10,000 hours spent focused on your relationship? What would that look like?
Well… for me, that sounds like a joyful endeavor and thus, this year’s official winner of personal theme song:
“Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.”~ Happiness is my family.