Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Linda Nelson, Waiting on the Moon

This Summer I had the honor of working with country music singer songwriter Linda Nelson on the cover of her new CD Waiting on the Moon. Linda is the kind of person that just the sound of her voice on the phone makes you feel like you're standing in a forest somewhere. She welcomed me into her world with the same kind of gentleness and honesty that she seems to do everything. It was a pleasure to get to know her and work on this project that meant so much to her.

This Sunday October 30th, 3 PM-7 PM we will be celebrating the release of Waiting on the Moon at Andy Nelson's BBQ. I will be there performing my crankie along with a killer line up of talented musicians including Jody West, Christian Kane, Caleb Stine, and other special guests. BBQ, hot cider, and warm folks! BYOB 1107 York Road Cockeysville, MD.

Special thanks to Scott Dennison for his wonderful work on the booklet insert and expert printing advice!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Puppets in the City

I spent this past Monday at Northwestern High School here in Baltimore city where art teacher, Danielle Long, did a shadow puppet unit with her two classes. She had shown them the shadow puppet music video I worked on for Wye Oak, invited me to do my crankie for them on the day of their performances, and talk about my work. These kids were learning to work together and use their creativity. I saw so much potential in them. I watched Danielle guide them through the class, always gentle, always patient and thought about what a difference a good teacher can make. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Yesterday I spent the day at the renowned annual craft fair in Waterford, Virginia. I've been visiting family friends in this pre-civil war town since I was a little girl. Neal and I performed my Elizabeth Whitmore crankie at the Sugar Shack after party on Main Street and met so many wonderful people there.
At the end of the night, we walked to our car in the moonlight, across town and an empty field, alongside about 18 civil war soldiers on horseback. I can still hear the sound of their horse's shoes on the now paved roads. After all these years that little town continues to amaze me. I wish i could explain it better, but there are some things you just have to experience for yourself. Thanks again Waterford.