Hi there! I realized recently that my last “Blog” would almost already apply again to this year, as Spring is just over a month away! I need to keep up on these things…
It’s raining L.A., much to my great joy. I’m lucky to have a cozy home with a fireplace that has gotten a lot of use this last few weeks. Mostly what I’m feeling these days is gratitude for my life, my family, my friends, my health and just basic privileges in this world… especially when I think of the less fortunate. So much happens in our hectic lives, that I forget to look around and realize how much I have to be grateful for.
As you know, we’re heading back to the U.K. and Ireland in a couple of weeks, with the lovely Sharon Corr, of The Corrs! She and I are doing a co-bill, where we’ll each play a set and sit in on a couple of songs with each other, then at the end play several songs together with the band and feature our vocal harmonies. This should be really fun and something different… it’s good to change things up sometimes.
I will then head over to Paris (!!!) for one show with just my band and me. I’ve been trying to get back to Paris for a few years, and we’re finally going to get there…yay!! Come on over from Belgium or Denmark or The Netherlands and spend the weekend in Paris!! I am slowly branching out to other countries, as you can see, and we really look forward to visiting you there… and soon to many other places I’d love to visit.
I hope you all have a lovely end of winter season… stay warm and dry, and oh, how about a couple of book recommendations…??
I just read 3 excellent books:
Olive Kitterage, which came out awhile ago, Less, which I believe just won the Pulitzer and I’m just finishing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. All three are great reads… not without some tough sections, emotionally, but excellent books.
It’s almost Springtime!! Raining in L.A. today, but we need it and I love it.
We had such a wonderful tour in the U.K.!!! And now I’m home making beds and cooking again… driving children to playdates, doing laundry and writing another album (haha!). Seriously though, I do have some material to work on. Now comes the hard part… editing!! Any writer knows this phenomenon … 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration!! The reason it takes me so long to write an album, is I work on the lyrics until I love them. That can take awhile. The music and melody come much more easily, and I don’t write the lyrics first and fit them to the music… it’s the other way around, except for some gibberish that I try to decipher to find out what my subconscious wants this song to be about. Sometimes my subconscious has TERRIBLE ideas (!!!) however, and it’s my conscious mind that has to reject those old habits or clichés in the lyrics. I used to write at night — late into the night, but when you have children, everything shifts, as you know. Now it takes a lot more discipline to be creative. There is always a drawer to organize, or a closet to clean out. I’ve been “Kon Marie-ing” my house for the last year… I LOVE that book!! The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying. Everyone would benefit from this book!
I’m reading Pachinko right now, and am completely lost in the worlds of Korea and Japan…it’s a fabulous book.
Let’s talk about tomatoes now!! It’s a bit too early to plant tomatoes in L.A. — I’m going to wait at least 4 weeks, but then I’ll head over to Tomato Mania, where they have a pop-up sale of the seedlings. Those cute, innocent 4 inch plants will take over my backyard in 2 or 3 months!! Last season I bought 12 — I could barely keep up with those tomatoes, but it was wonderful. One of my favorite things to plant is many herbs. It’s wonderful to be making a bruschetta and just walk into the backyard and cut fresh Basil… no running to the store at the last minute! I also have Thyme on hand, for when I make Ottolenghi’s Very Full Tart, which I made 3 nights ago… a savory winter tart with yams, eggplant, zucchini, caramelized onions, feta, ricotta, etc… you get the picture. I love that cookbook, Plenty.
Next up, I’ll be opening for Jackson Browne on a handful of East Coast dates in May!! I’m thrilled to be going out on the road with him and his wonderful band, many of whom I’ve played with for years. I’ll bring Jim on bass and vocals, but otherwise will be playing with Jackson’s guys. Can’t wait!!
And after that, we’ll head to Spain and a couple of U.K. shows in late June and July!!. We’re also trying extremely hard to get a show in Paris while we’re out. There are so many details that I won’t bore you with, as to why it’s not easy getting a show there, but it will happen!! If it’s not on our July run, it will be in November, when we’re coming back to Europe. We’ll know very soon, and I’ll post it! We’ll announce the next European tour by early summer!! There are so many places I’d like to visit and play, including Chicago!! Haha!
We’ll be sending lots of songs from the latest tour, and we’re working on a new live album with songs so many of you are requesting!
I hope you survived the crazy weather in England, Europe and the east coast of the U.S.! We got out the night before the U.K. storm hit, so we felt very lucky.
Here’s a nice side dish recipe for Spicy Beet and Carrot Salad!
One large red beet (or whatever color they have).
One large carrot
One apple (any kind)
Cilantro (about 1/4 cup, chopped)
Lemon (1/2 squeezed)
Red chili flakes 1/2 teaspoon (or anything spicy that you have… could even be jalepeno or hot sauce)
Salt and Pepper
Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Add cilantro, lemon, chili flakes and some salt and pepper. Mix! Chill!
Enjoy your Spring, and I’ll see you out on the road somewhere!
Love and Peace,
New video from the UK! The Wildest Times Of The World shot in Milton Keynes!