Sunday, December 18, 2011

End of 2011

The year is coming to a close.  I have neglected this blog so badly.  With Facebook allowing for quick short bursts of updates, I just forget to write about the events after the fact.  Since the last post, I have performed multiple weekends at Texas Renaissance Festival with the medieval ensemble Istanpitta, I traveled to Louisiana to perform for Culture Fest in Lake Charles, I have performed two weekends at Louisiana Renaissance Festivals and I sang in Texas Early Music Project's Yule Britannia concert.

Performing with Istanpitta at Texas Renaissance Festival is a delicious change of pace for my otherwise solo traveling.  Istanpitta is made up of different musicians nearly every weekend.  Some people I have made music with in the past, and there were also some new faces.  It is always a different and unique sound each and every time we play something.

Culture Fest was a first year festival.  They did an amazing job of putting everything together.  They had amazing international food choices, a diverse musical selection, and lots of displayed organizations.

Louisiana Renaissance Festival.  I may have to do a special post to cover my experience there.  Between Thanksgiving celebrations, fabulous hospitality, me losing my voice, and everything else...  yeah, it was an experience!

Ah, Texas Early Music Project.  It is such an honor to be a part of this group.  I was asked to find something in Welsh.  In my travels I had met a band, Moch Pryderi, that contains an expert in Welsh.  I contacted him to see if he had suggestions and had time to give me some help with pronunciation.  He graciously provided me with everything I needed.  I enlisted the assistance of my favorite harmonizing singer, Cayla Cardiff, and away we sang.

Now, I'm in Texas in my wee office.  It is the time of year to relax and define the next steps.  I am focusing on some new music.  I am writing a lot.  I am also trying to build another business of mine, Virtually Treasured.

Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!