Saturday, January 28, 2006


A friend urged me to get a hair & make-up person to glam me up for my upcoming CD release concert. Oh the memories of being drowned in mascara and eyeshadow on video and photo shoots in London! I tried telling one Italian makeup woman to make me up as if I were a man...." I know I need it, but don't want it to be obvious." She pulled back and replied, indignantly, and with that beautiful accent, "But you are a Woman!" 30 minutes later I looked like I stepped out of a perfume add. AAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Local music conference

A day of details. Attended a band/presenter conference waaay cross town waaay too early in the morning. Spent the morning behind my booth, sandwiched between one guy who provides sound systems and another grizzled guy who looks like he used to be a star ... face like Tom Waits. An Elvis impersonator was across from us in a purple sequined suit, complete with Elvis hair (at 8am!) A Neil Diamond impersonator was next to him. Spoke to loads of people who book Concerts in the Park series around the Southland. Many took a sampler CD and brochure.

With all due respect to those dedicated musicians this morning, I'm wondering if this is just a safe route to bill-paying gigs, when my real destination is music festivals featuring artists who play their own material (not Top 40 songs from the 70s!). I was selling myself as a oddity: a worldbeat band to add variety to everyone's programming. But are we truly suited for any public show? We aren't really a standard African or worldbeat party band. Behind the dancing and the color are real songs and something deeper.

Well, I spent one morning at it. Let's see what comes of those packages. And in the meantime, back on the path to more recognition as the artiste I am at heart!

Oh, and further details: licked 140 stamps at the post office today to send out a mailing for our upcoming Temple Bar show (in addition to my email list). By the time I left, my mouth tasted horrible, but those invitations to our CD release party were on their way!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Post Office and the Afternoon Sky

Just home from the post office, where I dropped off 30 packages to festivals all over the USA and Canada. Eyes red from computer strain. Fingers tired from typing. Desk looks like a bomb hit it. Laundry to the ceiling in the kids' bathroom and the carpets seem mossy with dust. But the late afternoon sky was so beautiful, the air so clean and fresh, it healed everything and made me happy!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ashley's first ever blog

My first ever blog! May I quickly figure out how on earth the whole thing works! I am setting this up as a diary (for anyone who is interested) tracking my re-entry into the global music scene in a bigger way than local gigs and festivals in the middle of nowhere. Wishing myself Good Luck, Good Fortune, Lots of Laughs, and Fun along the waaay. Here I gooooooooo!