As a singer/songwriter I sometimes get a hankering to say a little more than an announcement or sing a short 3-4 minute song. Blogging is the perfect format to tell what I’m up to or dig a little deeper and share what’s on my mind.
I live in Boise Idaho. I love to share my music in coffeehouse venues, art galleries and festivals and even in someone’s backyard or living room. My musical writing style has evolved with my life phases and I eventually settled down into a simple folk niche. It best seems to blend my musical roots and the kind of music I like with the type of voice I have. Simplicity and honesty are at the heart of folk songs. They evoke that sitting-on-the-porch type of feeling. More than ever, I want to convey that hominess with my songs and my aim is to let it come through in my writing. I’m busy learning two new instruments – the piano being my main inspiration till now – so hope to get even homier and rootsier with my mountain dulcimer and ukulele!
Beyond music, I’m married to Stan and we have 2 grown children, Ben and Ashley, who have turned out to be amazing people. Benjamin is a private consultant, legislative adviser, and serves as president of his own firm – Kelly Associates. Ashley is teaching kindergarten at a fine charter school in the area and has aspirations to teach grade school ages in the future.
We recently found ourselves dogless for the first time in over 20 years – not an easy status – having had to make the decision to put our sweet Phoebe down. She was a chocolate brown Labrador who was a gentle companion to both of us after we had to say goodbye to our golden retriever mix, TigerDog, who passed away about 5 years ago and is also sorely missed. But the circle of life goes on and we now have another sweet chocolate Labrador in our lives. Sophie Olivia, born December 21, 2015, is from a Moon Creek Labradors litter. We brought her home February 10, 2016 and wow, having a puppy after 13 years is quite the handful. (What were we thinking?!) But she is learning lots – a little more every day – as are we – and she is already a faithful, and lively, companion. Lots more to follow I’m sure!
That’s it in a nutshell. But to be continued, of course, fine tuned and edited as life happens. 😉