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Chicago Music Exchange

Just some images from one afternoon when J. and I were checking out new equipment at the Chicago Music Exchange. I’m pretty sure if I lived there I would sleep a heavy, dreamy sleep surrounded by all of those beautiful instruments.



John & Yoko



Nat Office


Just returned from Detroit. Lots of time celebrating a soon to be addition to our great big family. Nothing makes you laugh like sitting around a kitchen full of friends, cousins and aunts for hours. We returned a set of drums J. had been housing that we put to good use the last couple of years. Besides our car battery dying we also survived a manic 60 MPH wind storm that kept the whole town awake around us. My sister and I also inherited two Polaroid cameras on our trip and a silent film camera that we adore.
J. has finished moving out of his lake house and we’re now headed on a bout of traveling this next month to soak up some time in the southern states.

*J&I one chilly afternoon, a new old record, a new old camera, frilly gift wrap for the new addition to our family, late last week, last day of packing up.


Pink Flowers

Valentine's Gifts

Jimi Hendrix Lyrics

Natalie With Roses

Valentine's Chocolates

All love song Tuesday is happening over here, a Valentine’s day ritual. There is only one love song I could never do without though, you can find that here.

*Grocery store carnations, putting together a Valentine’s day package for some little ladies that I know, Jimi Hendrix’s loose femme handwriting, salvaging Roses, a box of chocolates from my mum.. sneaky.

Etta James


Love for Etta James and in her passing a big thanks for all of the joy her music has created. I’ve performed this song, recorded it with a full band and sang it all alone. In the future I will remember her talent and be happy for all of her beautiful and everlasting music.

*Love for Ellington Jordan as well as Billy Foster, who are credited as the writers of ‘I Would Rather Go Blind’.

New Year






Intermission from the usual, J. & I have been working on many projects the last few months. I haven’t written a check yet so I haven’t quite gripped any reality concerning a whole new year. I try to do my best to realize each day as a whole new day and let each year follow without separation from the past. Only when I look at photos capturing the past do I realize it as long ago.

I’ve been thinking of recording video of short performances to add to the website occasionally. As good work & practice naturally unfolds away from the computer for me I haven’t tried this method, but having a lot of new stories to tell I may begin to record this way so that I share. In good time, I will let you all know.


*Photos from top to bottom
White gold Christmas tree, crocheting flowers over the holiday (Grandma would be proud), relaxing in the afternoon, J. looking dapper in his new scarf, Nikon

Sneeze Free

Vintage Jacket

Get well flowers

Currently I am sick and in bed waiting out the end to a cold that I brought back with me over Thanksgiving. Only when you’re sick do you think of all the things you could be doing instead of estimating how many days you think it’s going to take you to feel better (nobody rounds up). When I’m sick I always want to be singing. It is my sneeze free daydream. For the past few days I have been reading, sipping green tea and awaiting my renewal while sifting through recipes online trying to remember how good food tastes.
I estimate one more day. Or two.

Above photos: J. thrifting in Kansas City, flowers to promote getting well


Looking Glass

Our good friends, the talented Ben & Grace Krogh are packing up to head West come September making a new home in beautiful Portland. I’ve had such a good time getting to know this duo this past year and it’s sad to see them go. Ben, who is one talented writer and musician spent some time talking with me about music this past Spring in the Silver St. house. You can keep up with their journey at 2320 Miles, a blog that they built for the occasion.

Cross Village

Sheet Music

Spending the evening working on one of our favorites. Trying to recreate the initial vibe we had with our first recording of Cross Village but with a more full, precise, sound. J. is departing from the computer to chart music (likely to candlelight) while I am reading at home during my downtime. Having just propped up one of the shakiest bookshelves I’ve ever encountered I have been filling it slowly with my stored books trying to evenly distribute them. Back in Illinois again I am slowly writing and creating. Playing music for myself mostly these past few days.