I'll have a blue Christmas without you


"I'll have a blue Christmas without you."

We can say that about so many artists the world lost this year. David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Prince, Gene Wilder. World affairs aside, you've been a shitty year, 2016. But I'd like to take a moment to express my gratitude for the works these artists left us. I firmly believe that it's art that brings us together and helps us endure and make sense of the world and our own hearts in trying times.

Despite all the loss and hurt in the world, there are things I'm grateful for from 2016. Family, the good fight, and bandmates. We did a lot of things in 2016 that were just dreams in 2015. We made an EP! We played the UMS! We played at legendary places like the Hi-Dive, the Larimer Lounge, the Oriental Theater, and the Denver Public Library! We learned a lot about recording, live sound, songwriting, and each others' talents. We learned more than ever about how to weave a single piece of music out of five threads.

Amanda worked with Open Air mastermind Dave Fender and a all-star team of Denver musicians (Scott McCormick, Neil McCormick, Guy Stakelin, and Josh Trinidad!) in paying tribute to 2016's lost heroes.

Seriously, don't miss this one. "Dearly Departed: Colorado Remembers 2016," a series of Colorado artists performing the music of artists who passed away this year, airs soon on Open Air 102.3 FM:

Friday 12/30 4 p.m.
Sunday 1/1/17 1 a.m.
Sunday 1/1/17 10 p.m.
Monday 1/2/17 6 p.m.

I'll offer gratitude once more to just a few of the people, bands, and institutions who believed in us and gave us a chance in 2016. To name just a few - the Denver Public Library, Faceman, the Hi-Dive, Girls Rock Denver, Globe Hall, Scott McCormick, Safe Boating Is No Accident, Strange Americans, Nick Sullivan, and the Underground Music Showcase.

We've already got a lot more planned for 2016. We've got lots of new songs we're very excited to share. We've got plans for more recording. We're returning in February to the place it all began - Swallow Hill Music - for an intimate set of songs new and old.

So thank you all. Our music is our small gift to you - listen for free courtesy of our friends at the Denver Public Library at:

https://volumedenver.org/

So Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Hold your lovers, family, and friends close and cherish one another. Now, more than ever, we wish you peace on Earth and good will to all mankind.

-Michael
 

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