Thanks to everyone who came out to my goodbye show with Hip for Squares on Saturday night. We were bowled over by the warmth and love in that room! You can check out this photo gallery of beautiful pictures from the night, taken by Jared Luxenburg. And there's videos here, including songs by Entirely Talia and Maia Papaya. Here's a couple of my favorites. This video tells the story of how we started the band:
I've been rehearsing again with my band Hip for Squares for our big final show together this Saturday February 25th at in Berkeley. We went on tour together for a week in August in the Pacific Northwest, and then took a break from shows for the fall. It's been feeling really good to have a chance to play with Maia and Talia again and feel those three-part harmonies sliding right back into place. Not to mention enjoying getting to hang out with them again and hear the songs they've written in the months we've been doing our own things. I haven't played a lot of the songs we do together in several months, so it's taking some practicing to get them back to where I want them to be! It's a good challenge, remembering how these songs that I wrote actually go.
I'm excited to say that my All the Livelong Day EP is now available on iTunes and CDBaby. It's also still up on Bandcamp, where you can pay what you like to download it. I can use your help to get the word out! Would you write a review of the CD on CDBaby and/or iTunes to let folks know why they should give it a listen? Your recommendation helps get my music to more ears, and gets you my deep appreciation!
I'm exploring playing with a new side musician these days. It's fun to be trying out my songs with someone I've never played with before and hearing what he comes up with. I won't tell you any more just yet, but save the date for March 24th at Actual Cafe in Oakland to hear us play together for the first time.
I had a chance to play at this year's annual "3 Guys, 6 Strings" trans man singer-songwriter showcase put on by Joshua Klipp in San Francisco. Check out the video of me playing there below. You can also find one of me and Joshua Klipp leading an impromptu "I Wanna Dance (With Somebody Who Loves Me)" sing-along tribute to Whitney Houston. I shared the stage that night with StormMiguel Florez, Joe Stevens (of Coyote Grace) and Rosco Kickingstone. It is such a fun, community-building event. Thanks to all of you who came out to the show! Josh just put out a live CD from last year's show, and all proceeds go to support Coyote Grace. Get in on iTunes here.
Lastly, I'm backing up several new musician friends these days and having a blast doing it. I've recently started singing with Mana Maddy and the Family Band. It's great fun to be adding the low harmony part in this alt-chamber pop band that includes a cello, standup bass, ukelele, drums, guitar, and sometimes flute! I feel a little bit like I've stepped into the Triplets of Belleville.
And this week I have the pleasure of joining a choir of drunken zombies backing up StormMiguel Florez as he records his song "I've Been to Manhattan" for his upcoming music video about transsexual zombies. StormMiguel is fundraising to help make it happen, and I gave $30. Check out more about the project and make a donation here.
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