a new week.

It’s Monday morning, and I all ready feel pretty productive.  This morning I helped do some inventory at the little store where I work and then I went over to church to help with Vacation Bible School music, which went really well.  I was surprised at how into the music the kids were.  Today I’m just gearing up for the week–doing laundry, trying to line up an apartment, some writing, etc.

We just finished a really successful weekend of shows.  I’d say my favorite gig was the Logan House.  We opened for the Crash Motive (they’re really excellent if you haven’t heard them) and the crowd was awesome.  Very receptive to us.  It was a high energy show and we had a great time.  Tyler and I went to bed exhausted on Friday night after playing to shows and we both woke up early to go to work all day on Saturday.  On Saturday night we drove up to Jennersville, PA to play at a Starbucks.  The crowd was sparse, but the people there were really interested in listening to the music, so we had fun telling them the stories behind the songs, etc.  We went to bed tired again on Saturday night.  It feels good to go to bed exhausted like that after a fun show.

In exactly 7 days Tyler and I will be celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary.  I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year.  Someone told me that the newly-wed period has been extended to 2 years, so I guess we can say we’re newly-weds for another year.  I definitely still feel like newly-weds. I love being married to Tyler!  We’re spending the weekend exploring NYC and the surrounding areas, and just relaxing together.  Seems perfect to me.

Thanks to all who came out this past weekend to support us!  We enjoyed seeing some familiar faces and we really had a great time meeting new people!


Living with in-laws….

As you may or may not know, Tyler and I moved in with his parents at the beginning of June and will be here until we leave for Nashville August 21st. (yes, we FINALLY have a date!)

That being said…living with the in-laws can be, well, interesting.  Those of you with “in-law communal living” experience know what I’m talking about.

Upon arrival to the Somers’ house, Tyler and I laid siege to the basement, unpacked our air mattress, and set up all of our musical equipment.  Living in the basement actually has it’s perks.  Unlike our old apartment, the Somers’ have air conditioning, and the basement is naturally at least 5 degrees cooler than the rest of the house.  Thus, we get 62 degree air for free.  The basement also has a TV that has cable…so I can numb my mind by watching reality shows like What Not to Wear and reruns of the Gilmore Girls.

However, we’ve had a few road bumps these past few weeks…

This first night we had dinner with the whole family, and Tyler’s dad told Tyler to take his elbows off the table…(he’s 23, not 3, okay?)

Our air mattress popped about a week and half into our stay, so we squished ourselves into a twin bed until we could borrow a replacement from our friend.

Somehow I’ve become a primary caretaker of the dog.  If you know me well, you know I really, really don’t like dogs.  I’ve found myself walking the dog, avoiding picking up his poop, and best of all, this morning the dog took a ride in my backseat to the groomers.  It’s pretty hilarious.  And what can I say, I’m actually becoming pretty good friends with it.  (the dog’s name is Chase.)

All in all, the experience has been, well, not to be too redundant, interesting.

Hope to see some of you at the shows this weekend!


shows this weekend.

Last Saturday we played a really fun show at the Starbucks on Main Street in Newark. We met a lot of new people and had a great time playing some of our new songs.  If you missed the show, you’ve got plenty of chances to come hear some music this weekend.  This Friday we’re playing at Beans Coffee Shop in Woodstown, NJ at 7pm and then we’re opening for The Crash Motive (formerly Omnisoul) at Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington, DE at 10pm.  On Saturday we’ll be at Starbucks up in Jennersville, PA at 6pm.  If you have a chance, come to a show!

The move to Nashville is starting to come together!  We may have found a place to live and Tyler officially has a Starbucks transfer in place.  We’ll see what happens!


Upcoming shows and more…

Last Sunday we participated in the Kaylyn Elaine Warren benefit concert out in Fair Hil, MD.  The show went really well in spite of the heat.  We were both dripping by the end of the set and wound up leaving by 3:30 or so, but it was still a good time.

We’ve recently booked some more shows for June & July that I thought some of you might be interested in…

Here’s our “summer schedule” so far:

June 20, Beans Coffee House, Woodstown, NJ

June 21, Starbucks, Jennersville, PA

July 3, Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ

July 5, Starbucks, Glasgow, DE

July 11, Beans Coffee House, Woodstown, NJ

July 12, Borders Bookstore, Newark, DE

July 18, Arena’s Deli & Bar, Rehobeth, DE

July 22nd, Arrowhead Camp

July 28-Aug 12, we’ll be in England.  For part of the trip we’re leading worship for a youth camp, and then for the other half we’re sightseeing and spending time with my brother and sister-in-law.  It should be a good time.

I’m not sure on the times for all of the shows yet, but we’ll keep you updated.  For now, mark your calendars and plan to come out and see us.  We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we’re dying to play out, so I promise, you won’t be disappointed.


A Lesson in Artist Terminology and our Response

Last night we played a show with three other bands up at The Fire in Philly.  The other bands were “The Bronze Episode (hereafter referred to as TBE)”, “Bottle Up and Go (BUG)” and “Chris Kasper (Kasper).”  Chris is the most like us in terms of his musical band.

We arrived around 8:30p and were almost immediately greeted by some members of TBE and BUG.  They were really nice.  We chit-chatted about our styles, where we’re from, playing at The Fire before, and more.  At the end of the conversation, we were about to go in when the Synth/Keyboard/Background Vocals guy from TBE asked if it would be okay if their band “backlined” that night.

I, Tyler, had no idea what “backlining” meant.  I asked Jenny and she didn’t know either.  I began to think of possible definitions for “backlining.”  We were opening the show, the “headliner” was Kasper (I think because of his June “residency” there at The Fire), so maybe TBE was going to “backline” – meaning perform before the headliner?  After about ten seconds of thinking such thoughts and feeling stupid for not really knowing, I told the Synth/Keyboard/Background Vocals guy (I wish I remembered his name) that Jenny and I had no idea what “backlining” meant.

“Backlining” officially means setting up one’s equipment and lining it up close to the back of the stage, leaving room at the front of the stage for those performing prior.

And for those of you who don’t know what a residency is (I found out three months or so ago), it means that an artist or band plays each week at one and the same venue for a certain period of time (hence takes residence there).  Kasper has a residency for the month of June at The Fire, every Tuesday night, from last night until the end of the month.

In light of all this, while Jenny and I were riding back from Philly around midnight last night, we devised a plan to come up with terminology of our own.  They are as follows:

Do you prefer “inees” or “outees” – translation – Do you like in-ear monitors or regular stage monitors.  (Not are you attracted to people with a certain type of belly button – though I prefer “inees”)

Do you typically “slice and dice” – translation – When unplugging your guitar, do you cut the signal to the board so as to avoid the speaker “pop” or do you let the sound guy know to mute your channel.

We had more dumb terms, but I can’t remember them.  Maybe I’ll add them later.
Thanks for coming to the show last night!