wstw, chirping birdies, and nashville

This Sunday we have a radio interview on WSTW here in Wilmington.  We’re going to be co-hosts for the Hometown Heroes show on Sunday night from 9-11p.  If you’re in the area, tune in.  If not, you can listen on wstw.com.  They record the show and have it up for a couple weeks afterwards as well. So if you’re like my parents and can’t stay up until 11p on a school night (sorry mom and dad), no worries, you can listen to it at your convenience Monday afternoon.

It’s been great waking up this week.  We’ve been sleeping with our windows open and in the morning the sun shines in the room and I can finally hear birds singing!  I think waking up to birds chirping is so much better than an alarm clock.  There’s a bird hanging outside my living room window right now.  He’s so cute.  I think I’ll name him Ray.  I think he’s making a nest because he keeps coming back and forth with twigs.  There’s two of them now.  His wife must be helping him.  I’ll call her Audrey.

Tyler and I will probably mention our plans for the future on the radio on Sunday (if asked that is) so I thought I’d take the time to make a couple things clear here so that no one feels blindsided if they tune in.

At the end of August/beginning of September, we’re planning on moving to Nashville, TN.  We’re taking steps to make this happen.  We’re not renewing the lease for the apartment we live in now, and in April we’re flying down to Nashville to hunt for apartments and try to make a Starbucks transfer happen.  We’ll be playing some shows in the DE area this summer and at the end of July we’re taking a trip to England to lead worship for a youth camp that my brother (he’s a youth pastor in Chorleywood outside of London) has invited us to.  Tyler will have the opportunity to teach some of the students to surf at the camp (It’s in Cornwall) and we’ll play music, and I think it’s really going to be an amazing experience.

So why are we going to Nashville?  When we say Nashville a lot of people automatically assume that we’re going there with the hopes of getting discovered and signed to a major record label.  While we aren’t necessarily opposed to that, we aren’t going to Nashville with that in mind.  We’ve discovered that Delaware isn’t very accepting of original music, in the sense that there really aren’t many venues in the area devoted to promoting orignal stuff or independent artists.  To really do well in this area, you have to be a cover band, jam band, or a bar band.  While we’ve played in some bars, our music is pretty organic and we don’t really fit that scene.  We’re hoping that we can go to Nashville, network with other independent artists, get better at what we do, and play in venues that are more receptive to our style.  Eventually we’d love to be able to do music full time, and tour with other artists, but that’s more a long term goal at this point. So that’s the plan for now.

I’m sad to leave Newark because honestly, coming from a military family, living in Newark throughout college is the longest I’ve ever stayed in one place.  At the same time, I’m ready for a change.

I suppose I should get to work.  I know I’ve mentioned the movie “Once” before, but seriously, if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it this weekend.  My brother sent me a itunes gift card for my birthday and I purchased the soundtrack.  I’m listening to it now and am amazed all over again.

-Jenny

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Political queries of a sleep deprived twenty-something.

I know, I know, it’s late.  What could I possibly have to write about?  Well, it’s one of those nights when sleep isn’t coming so easily, so I thought I’d take a stab at blogging to calm my nerves–if they indeed need calming.

Tomorrow (technically today) is Tyler’s 23rd birthday.   So if you see him, wish him a good one.

I’ve been thinking about politics a lot, and had hoped to keep the whole discussion out of the Jenny & Tyler blog world, but as sleep seems unattainable right now, I may as well ask you a few questions, dear reader.

So I’ve been following a few of the candidates at a distance and have made a few observations of my own, but I still feel very naive and in the dark.  This will be my second opportunity to vote in a presidential election.  In 2004 I was a freshman in college and sat in a forum for some of the freshman scholars that up until November 2nd centered predominately on the coming election.  It was amusing to sit in a class of 12 18-year-olds who all seemed to think they knew anything and everything about politics, the world, religion, when in reality we all knew very little.  I had more than my fill of Kerry Vs. Bush debates concerning natural resources, the war, abortion, the economy…the list goes on and on.  And still when the time came to cast my vote, I don’t think I was well informed, and in retrospect I think I voted incorrectly.  I’m not sure my vote mattered with the electoral college system and what not, but still, this time I’d like to make a wise decision.

Obviously, things are a little different this time around.  We don’t even have a candidate for the Democrats yet.  And the primaries have passed in Delaware so it’s not like I can make a difference in that race (unless of course I were to contribute to a campaign nationally somehow, but at this point I’m not sure that I’d back either candidate).

So my question to you is, which presidential hopeful (Republican or Democrat) do you support and why?  Here’s your chance to demonstrate your knowledge and perhaps influence an undecided voter.

Kind of a heavy topic for 1am.

-Jenny

beef jerky or cupcakes?

So it’s been more than two weeks since the last blog post…I know you’re all hanging on the edge of your seats, staring anxiously at your computer screen, anticipating a profound message…..

okay, probably not.

I can’t explain the blog hiatus…I think I’ve been waiting for something incredibly exciting to post…and that hasn’t come along.

We’ve played some great gigs the past few weeks. Saturday night we were in Elkton, MD playing a coffee house type/service thingy called Late Nite.  The crowd was sparse, but we had a good time jamming.  I even busted out the mandolin for a lively rendition of “Dark Hollow.”  Oh how I love that song.

Tyler and I celebrated our birthdays this weekend with our families.  We went to Bowie on Friday and ate dinner with my family and then we had brunch with Ty’s family on Sunday morning.  After brunch we went to this place on Main Street here in Newark called Sweet & Sassy Cupcakes and I had the best cupcake of my life.  Seriously.  It was Irish Creme flavored frosting atop a chocolate cupcake.  So good.  I want to go back and get another one.   Tyler and Brian Mitchell are here eating breakfast and have formulated a business plan for the male version of Sweet & Sassy.  They’ll name their store Rough & Hairy and will specialize in selling different types of beef jerky.  I have to admit, it some strange way, the idea really makes sense.

We’re playing at a venue called the Underground down in Frankford, DE this Saturday.  If you’re in the area, come check it out.  Directions can be found on our tour page.

See ya,

-jenny