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Hey guys! Sorry I've been such a blogging disappointment as of late. But one of my many New Year's Resolutions is to be better at this. So here goes.
Adam and I spent New Year's with our dear friend Donna, the fiddle player of Gael in the Harbor and Maid of Honor of our wedding (not in that order). Then on New Year's Day, we saw The King's Speech with her. It *really* got me missing London. I'm working on a song, actually, about just that - Missing London. As if that weren't enough to make me insane, then today I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for the second time) with my parents. No, I'm not an Anglophile, why would you think that? ;-)
Speaking of London, here's a short bit from the "Things I never would have expected of Rachel" department. I am completely and utterly hooked on these TV shows on BBC America where Andrew Lloyd Weber casts the lead in his next production reality singing competition style. This is surprising because A) as much as I love musical theater, I've never been a fan of Lloyd Weber's, B) I don't really care for reality television, and C) I especially don't like singing competitions on reality television. But somehow, these shows are complete and utter crack to me. The last time I was in the UK I saw a poster advertising the winner of the first series ("How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"), Connie Fisher, doing another run of "The Sound of Music" in the Cambridge train station and I stopped dead in my tracks, whipped out my iPhone, and tried (unsucessfully) to take a photo, because the 3G didn't have a flash on it. Then my last night in London, my dear friend brought me to a production of Avenue Q, where Princeton was being played by Daniel Boys (finalist in the second series, "Any Dream Will Do"). I totally fangirled over the poor dear at the stage door, shouting "I saw you on TV!" I think he was amused by the loud little Yank, though. Now I've discovered that my favorite finalist from this series ("I'll Do Anything"), Rachel Tucker, is playing Elphaba in Wicked on the West End. And Lee Mead, the winner of "Any Dream Will Do" (who was bloody brilliant and my favorite the whole series) plays Fiyero. Clearly this means I need to get my behind back over to the UK and see Wicked. Dearest British residents, please hire me to play a show there. We can negotiate terms.
Umm, okay, back to business. I hit my 500th fan on Facebook during Chanukah as part of a MSI9W-inspired challenge to my Facebook fans. I told them I'd record a cover of Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song if they could bump my fan total from 472 to 500 before the end of Chanukah. It was a glowing success, and we've blown through that goal number. I kept my end of the bargain up by posting this video. Since I missed Chanukah and Christmas here on RachelSchain.com (I've been so Facebook-centric), I'm giving you folks a few gifts.
1) New(ish) Song! In October I recorded a wonderful interview with Charlie Silvestri of WCHE's Up Close and Acoustic. The whole interview is available here (and it's a fun interview), but I've made my song "Unconventionally Yours" available for download EXCLUSIVELY to people on my mailing list. So, join the mailing list.
2) (actually) New Song! My 11/20 New York City show went so well they asked me back. So hey, NY, I'm coming back on January 15! This show will celebrate a few firsts: First show of 2011, First show with my new-to-me guitar named Blue, and First time playing with a distortion pedal because this show is going to be the Premiere of my BRAND NEW SONG "Google Thinks We're Dating"! Woo-hoo! It's very funny, and very punky - think Indigo GIrls meet Fall Out Boy - about a girl who goes to Los Angeles on vacation, randomly meets some celebrity, and the photo of the encounter gets picked up by all the gossip sites. So you definitely want to come to the show to say you were there.
3) (can't make the show because you live too far?) Exclusive Webcast! If you live too far away to make it to the show, but you want to say you were watching the night "Google Thinks We're Dating" was premiered? We're cool there! I will be sending an EXCLUSIVE link only to people on my Mailing List so that they can watch the Live Webcast of my NYC show. So join the mailing list. You'll get a gift now and in 2 weeks. Total Win.
One last note before I go; Mark Rogers at WSTW's Hometown Heroes has played my songs twice now. I am so grateful. Literally, tonight, I was pulling into the parking lot at the grocery store when "Not My Place" came on. You may care to look up the show to hear tonight's broadcast when it's posted in the next day or so. You'll get a great peek into the fantastic Delaware Valley music scene that is growing while you're at it. Listen live in future weeks and you can even text in a request to hear your favorite song of mine.
Not that I don't love you all, but it was my bedtime about an hour ago. I hope that 2011 is 10 times as fantastic for you as the last two days of it have been for me. Thank you all for being so gosh darn amazing.