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So much for getting this week done earlier, huh? Oh well. I'll catch up. Besides, there are so many exciting things to talk to you about in my world right now, and how apropos that they should happen in the week coinciding with the MSI9W chapter on Blogging, eh?
This week has two parts - writing my own actual blog and starting reading other people's blogs. We'll get back to part 2 momentarily.
Part one (subtitled: "Oh how I loved everybody else when I finally got to talk so much about myself") (that's a quote from a Dar Williams song, "What Do You Hear In These Sounds" and if you don't know it go click on the link right now).
Ariel wants us blogging about our lives. OK, you got it.
This has been an amazingly exciting week in Rachel-land. Adam, Ginny, and I celebrated Rosh Hashanah down in Baltimore with Mom, The Dadu, and Jeter. Mom made the traditional Rosh Hashanah meal of baked chicken with onions and carrots and served it up with raisin-laden challah (I'm pretty sure that it's in the Torah somewhere that we eat that for RH, and if not the Torah, at least the Talmud). After Sundown Thursday night, I popped up to Philadelphia on a whim to play the McGillin's Pub Open Mic hosted by my friend Kelvin of the Absolute Zeros. I did a little promotion for my Friday night gig at Lickety Split while I was there and met some nice people. I'm definitely planning to come back.
Friday morning I received emails from Music Alley, the Podcast music service that Ariel suggested we sign up for in week 4, saying that 3 of my songs were being played by a podcast in Ireland. No, really. I've listened to it and I'm thrilled. Even though the guy is speaking in Gaelic and I can't really understand him except when he's reading website addresses. (I've got a few friends who sort of speak Gaelic, though, and I've asked for a translation.)
Then sometime later on Friday morning, I was pondering creative ways to use social media to get people to listen to me (I swear; This is what I think about now) and I had the GENIUS idea to broadcast my Friday night gig live from my iPhone. Oh G-d do I love my iPhone, my genius mind, and the combination of the two together. I teased the option of people tuning into the stream mid-day on Facebook and Twitter. That night for the actual stream, even on short notice, I had 8 different computers logged in. Shout outs to LIberalgeek, Jim from Summit Entertainment (who was my boss when I hosted Karaoke in my early 20s), Debbie, The Wolfe Family, my in-laws, and my parents, btw. And to the other two viewers, whomever you might've been. This experiment was a great success, and there is no doubt that we'll do it again. Especially for an artist like myself who has so many fans scattered all over the country and the world, I will be posting more shows for you all to see. I only wish I'd thought of this for the CD release show.
After the stream, My Brilliant Friend/Fan Debbie tweeted about the set. See, I covered a song by my Favorite Band-not-available-in-the-USA, The Hoosiers. Debbie, also being a Hoosiers fan, tweeted about it, and not 10 minutes later we had a response from Irwin Sparkes, their lead singer who kind of looks like Ben Stiller. Attention from one of my favorite bands? That's enough to make this an epic weekend.
But wait, there's more.
Saturday I went up to Union County MusicFest for the first of two free days of music. The number one reason to go? Seeing OK Go. So, um, remember how I talked about them in the last blog entry, saying that I probably wouldn't have ever pursued this as a career without their example? Just wanted to make sure you remembered. Luckily before the show I had an opportunity to talk to Dan Konopka, the drummer, and give him 4 copies of Happy Happy. One for each of them. I won't lie, folks, I got a little choked up when I told him that the EP probably wouldn't have ever been made if not for OK Go. He thanked me for saying so. He had to run off, so I didn't get to elaborate too much, but hopefully I'll have a chance to someday. Their set was, as per usual, totally killer and I fangirled it up with Katy-my-invisible-robot, Adam, and fellow fangirl Sam. But then when I woke up the next morning, I had an email from Dan. The guys all listened to the CD on their way to their hotel that night, and they enjoyed it. No, REALLY. I don't think I have to tell you how I felt about that. It's not every artist that gets to play their music for their idols and get positive feedback.
So this weekend, in addition to being played on a podcast on the other side of an ocean and playing a great set (if I do say so myself), I was acknowledged as an artist in some capacity or another by members of my two favorite bands. I'll call that a success.
The rest of this blog is being reappropriated to wave 3. To be posted later today.