Wrapping up 2011

January 4, 2012

I got a mass email from someone recommending that I go through this past year and acknowledge every accomplishment, usually I would be annoyed at being added to a mailing list without my permission, but I actually really like the idea.  This will probably make for a really dull blog entry, but if you watch “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” before reading this, it will seem like the most invigorating and exciting thing ever. (Seriously, I dare you to watch that movie).

So here goes –  2011: the good, the great and the awesome:

*Booked and embarked on a tour to Chicago and had an awesome time.

*Bought an Airstream.

*Played Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, discovered a supportive and vibrant community of folk musicians and folk music lovers.

*Booked our longest tour to date and spent five weeks on the road playing shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio.

*Sold our furniture and left our apartment (hey, it’s an accomplishment!)

*Met John Platt from WFUV, got airplay and played in the studio.




*Played a Quad showcase at our first NERFA, met more awesome folk folks.

*Got a scholarship to attend out first Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

*Improved as a duo and gained confidence as a performer.

*Started designing websites (has nothing to do with music, but I’m adding it anyway).

*Got File Maker Pro (I told you this would be boring).

*Formed a jazz trio (Sadly, not called The Whispering Trio – we’re leaning towards “The Un Deux Trio”).

*Found some awesome pants at Goodwill last week.

*Decided I wanted to learn the banjo.

*Got a banjo!

*Discovered that you can order a vegan pizza from any pizza place – you just have to ask for no cheese…seems obvious now.

*Made a music video (I guess this should be closer to the top of the list, you can see where my priorities lie).

*Got a Kindle.

*Discovered that milk is not an ingredient in Green & Blacks 85% dark chocolate, even though its listed as an ingredient – it’s just processed on shared equipment!

*Watched 15 minutes of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and got my money back.

So, pretty great year!  I wholeheartedly recommend this exercise 😉