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Welcome To Winter!!! And Happy 2017!!

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I want to begin by saying how absolutely wonderful it was to tour again this year (last year, now!) in The U.K.  What an amazing experience it was, again!!  For those of you who didn’t see the choir performance from Gloucester, I’m including a link here (click the underlined text!)… enjoy it!

When I book these tours with my agent, I spend months preparing and thinking about the thrill of traveling, of playing songs for people who really listen or sing along, and these thoughts really inspire me.  To have a tour to look forward to and plan for is one of my favorite things in life… I only wish we could visit so many other countries.  Maybe when my son goes to college!!  Until then, we’ll keep going where we can. I am grateful to you for showing up at the shows with your love and enthusiasm, and I’m incredibly thankful to still be able to do music as my job, thanks to you…which brings me to our next tour, right around the corner, in Germany!  We are heading over for a couple of weeks at the end of April… can’t wait!!  Some people ask me if I’m tired after the show, as I sit out at the merch table signing albums, etc., and my feeling is the same every night; it’s so wonderful to meet people in each city and to laugh with them or talk for a bit (and hug…ha!).  I also learn a lot from these conversations… I hear your requests, and I truly appreciate the feedback.  My wonderful friends, James Ralston (guitar) and Jim Hanson (bass) will be with me, as always, and we will have a drummer, as well, this time around.  Check the website for dates!!  

I just found out that we’ll be coming back for one week to London and a couple of other cities, as we’ve been invited to do a festival in July!!  I’ll keep you posted with details. And the most recent touring update, is that we’re putting together another U.K. tour in February, 2018.  I’m trying for another European tour in November of this year, as well.  We’d love to get back to France, Spain, Belgium and so many other countries.  There is even talk of going over to Japan, at some point in the next year… I haven’t been to Japan since I opened for Jackson Browne in 1996!  21 years ago!  I also remember touring in Japan, when I was Rickie Lee Jones’ keyboard player/ background singer, in 1985 and 86’.  I wrote a song called “Forward My Mail To Osaka”. (Haha!)  I never recorded the song, but Japan had quite an impact on me.  It’s incredibly eye-opening to go to a place so different from home… and I loved it.

I’ll keep you posted on that…

Ready for a new recipe???  I AM!!  My sister-in-law was in town from Israel, and made this in my kitchen… it’s a great side salad.  Let’s call it “Cabbage with Pine Nuts”.

Cabbage With Pine Nuts: (as discussed… haha.)

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage, very thinly sliced (maybe use a mandolin – play it very quietly, and the cabbage will be thin.)  
  • Toasted pine nuts about 1 Cup (buy raw and gently toast on stove — never take your eyes off of them — they burn if you look away (kind of like my ex boyfriend of 30 years ago).  So about 2 minutes on medium/low heat, until golden and you hear Harps and Angels singing – Thank you, Randy Newman, for the reference.  
  • Toasted sesame seeds  About 3/4 of a Cup (same deal as above). 

Sauce:

  • Soy Sauce 2 Tablespoons
  • Sugar 1/4 Cup  (I know, it is a lot, but it works… or as Ina Garten says “How bad could that be??!!”  
  • White wine vinegar 1/2 Cup
  • Canola or sunflower oil (or something similar) 1/2 Cup

Boil sauce ingredients for about 2 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved, then let cool for a bit.  

Mix cabbage, pine nuts, sesame seeds, then pour cooled sauce over and mix.  Enjoy!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season, and are enjoying the colder weather… I am!!  It’s finally raining in L.A.  Yay!  I realize how silly this may sound to some of you in Eastern Europe, or in Chicago — maybe I should move…?  Haha!

There is so much going on in the world in politics, and I’d rather not get into it here, but I would like to say that, as always, I wish for peace for all, and for love to win, over everything.

Have a wonderful winter, and I will send more recipes soon!!

Peace and Love,

Vonda

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The German “Solo” Tour begins…

Hello friends!  It’s been a busy month getting the album ready and getting prepared for my first-ever Solo tour.  But the good news is … it’s all happening!  I wish I could see more of you on this tour, but for now – this week – it’s all about Germany.  More details on the general release of Solo and updates from the road coming soon…..

 

With love,

Vonda

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End of May updates!

Hi Friends and family!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Just practicing a lot, writing and getting ready for some upcoming gigs. To begin with, I’m going up to The Vancouver Island Music Fest on Sunday, July 10th, where I’ll be sitting in with some friends in the band Night Train Music Club, featuring Leland Sklar, Steve Postell, Bernard Fowler, among others. I’ll also be playing four or five of my own songs with this band. Some featured performers at the Festival will be David Crosby, Randy Newman, Rodney Crowell, Corey Harris and many others, so hop on a plane and come on up!

Next up, we’ll be heading to Texas for a couple of shows — on Friday, July 29th at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands and Saturday July 30th in Austin, at The One World Theater, with my band; Jim Hanson and James Ralston. We’ve also just added a show in Scarborough, Maine on August 4th at The Landing At Pine Point. Next we have B.B. King’s in New York City on Thursday, September 15th and The Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland on Saturday Sept. 17th. Yay! Gigs in beautiful places! How lucky am I?

For those of you who don’t know, they finally released the soundtrack to Love And Other Drugs, where I’m doing lots of humming! You can get it on iTunes, etc.

Yesterday, I began recording a new solo album, which we hope to release before the end of the year. The album will be solo versions of some of my older songs as well as more current songs. (I’m going to attempt putting a new one on as well). We’ll follow this up with a European tour early next year… I’ll keep you posted!

As you may have noticed, I’m much more active on my Facebook page than on my website, as it’s so easy to send updates. So if you’re on my website, please know that I read the messages, and if you really want to reach me, please also send a message to my Facebook page… I read this everyday, and try to answer all of the comments. (Between cooking dinner, practicing, going to the gym, cleaning up toys from the living room floor, etc… you get it).

O.K… are you ready for another recipe? This is a favorite in our household.

Short grain brown rice with vegetables!

Ingredients:
1 cup short grain brown rice (wouldn’t it be funny, if it didn’t have any rice in it?)
1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons (on a lovely winter night by a fire)
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I have nothing further to say about this)
1 ear of fresh corn cut off of the cob (corn noses are just too tough for this dish… ha ha.)
1 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 carrots, diced
1/2 cups of frozen peas (fresh is even better)
1/2 of a cup frozen edamame out of the shell
Red chili flakes to taste (1/4 teaspoon, or so)
Salt (I use Kosher) and Pepper

Saute onions and garlic in a decent amount of olive oil (2 Tablespoons?) for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
When onions are soft, add the rice and cook, stirring often for about 2 good minutes, so that the rice absorbs all of the flavor.
Add about 4 cups of water, salt, pepper, chili flakes and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Add all of the vegetables and cook another 30 minutes, or so.
Check water to make sure you have enough. If it seems you have too much water, uncover rice to let it cook off.

When all water is absorbed, it’s done. Check for salt and adjust.

I serve this with homemade black beans (I’ll send that recipe next week, but it’s so easy!), fresh guacamole, fresh salsa… o.k., I’ll send you all of these recipes next week! Tortilla’s, sourcream… I like SAUCE!

When you serve rice with all of these other wonderful dishes, it can serve about 4.

Enjoy! Thanks Kelly for encouraging me to share recipes with my web friends.

Love,

Vonda

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Frankfurt!

Hi all!

It’s late, so this will be short, but I must say that our show in Koln (Cologne) was so special and wonderful! We played at a church, where they apparently do poetry readings, so it’s pretty hip.

Before the show, I felt I needed to show a sort of respect for my environment and hold back a bit, but that mindset really didn’t feel right to me, as I believe that we are here on this earth to be our fullest and best selves, so I imagined myself to be in a gospel church somewhere in the deep south where one certainly doesn’t hold back a bit. Read more

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