It’s been more than two months now since we left Seattle and moved down the coast to San Diego.
It’s meant more than a climate change for us. We’ve gone from an overloaded performance schedule, playing almost every day of every week, to the relatively more relaxed lives of two freelancers. It’s meant though that almost all of our playing time has been dedicated to our new songs, and our new album.
We’ve been aided in this by our new band mates. Our good friend Mara Sedlins has been playing viola with us since we’ve arrived in San Diego. We’ve both known Mara for years, and played with her in Pillow Army back in Seattle. Shortly after we arrived, Mara introduced us to our new drummer, Matt Marlin, a super sensitive and flexible musician and all around great guy. And just last week we found the last piece of the puzzle– the awesome Kevin Walsh on upright bass.
Matt and Mara, plus cats.
In addition to putting together the right people, we’ve also been putting together the right space. Last week we were thrilled when at long last, Rachel was reunited with her piano. Her Steinway was given to her great grandparents as a wedding gift, and has been in her family ever since. For our wedding present, her grandfather Dick Larson had it shipped to us, all the way from Anoka, Minnesota. We’re pleased to report it’s survived the journey and we’ve been giving it plenty of use.
So it’s been. Organizing, planning, getting everything in place for the next stage of our new album, and the next stage of our lives. Although we’re still playing a few times a month, it really does feel as though we’ve jumped off of the treadmill for a while. But on the horizon there’s more in store. New places to play, new performances with this very new and very fun band. Here’s to the future and an exciting new year!
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