It has been a very busy and memorable 2012. The beginning of the year was busy preparing for the big spring-summer tour, the middle was busy with “The Tour”, and after that was busy recovering from the tour. So here it is December and finally a warm greeting and a report:
2012, the most important missions were to 1) finish and release the record that was begun in 2010, 2) to finish “the” DVD project, and 3) to make a cross-USA music tour. The record, I am very happy to report, although delayed, will be out spring of 2013! Sadly, the DVD project is once again on hold til further notice. The tour, I am very pleased to say, was quite a success and a fun accomplishment. So, I guess, two out of three is not bad!
Playing the ukulele in Clayton, NM
The road: I have played all over the U.S. over the years, and although sometimes touring can be a grind like anyone's work becomes, I have to say that in my line of work, there is always something new to enjoy. This time, my husband Andreas took a sabbatical from his work with the German magazine GEO Epoche to join me on a four month, 18,000 mile journey around the USA. It was really fun to experience the road as a road trip too. I had some really nice gigs, some familiar and some brand new. We caught up with lots of friends and family along the way. We also visited several national parks and important sights too. This is a lot to do in four months. It was almost overwhelming – but wonderful! Andreas wrote a nice blog which you can visit if you like.
A nice addition to come of this was that another German magazine, GEO Wissen, took interest in the advent
ure and had Andreas write a travelogue which recently came out.
This is the article that Andreas wrote
We are so fortunate that not only did we have a good time and good shows, but we were leo very lucky with everything from the weather to logistics, and no speeding tickets!! The craziest thing to me was enjoying how much Andreas appreciated the simplest things of life on the American road. One particular pleasant summer evening in Cleveland, Ohio, when we were staying at a Motel 6, there were no picnic tables outside and it was too nice to sit inside for dinner. We took some beer, a blanket, and our Taco Bell dinner and had a picnic in the grass under the Motel 6 sign. Now, that's romance!!
The record: It actually was finished early in the year, I just got too busy with the road to work on getting it released in 2012. It is called “After The Fair” and it will be released on Valley Entertainment Records in a few months. This is a new and innovative work that was produced by a friend and musical genius from Berlin, Moe Jaksch. I am working on booking some tour dates with Moe and Marvin Dykhuis (who also played on the record) for 2013 and 2014. A very exciting trio – the best of Germany and the best of Austin! I will keep you posted on the record release as it gets closer. I hope you will enjoy the new music!
At present: I am looking forward to Christmas and family. I love this time of year. It is always sweet and nostalgic for me. I am looking forward to 2013 and some new adventures!
Warmest wishes to everyone.