One Down, Many More To Come 

It's been a few weeks since our first full band show and I couldn't be more proud of my bandmates. They've been great to create with and I'm so thankful I get to work with them every week. As a group, we wanted to say thank you to all the folks who braved the weather to come out to the show. You made all the difference. 

So, with one down, we've begun to look forward to other gigs and BRAND NEW MUSIC. Yes, we're writing new, original music for the next shows. We're also playing with a few covers and a potential mash-up. If there are any venues you'd like to see us at or groups you want to see us play with, let us know! Keep up to date with our upcoming events on the SHOWS tab here and with the day to day on Facebook or Instagram. 

With love,

The Sky Choice Band

Giving Thanks 

Thanksgiving- a time of reflection and gratitude for the people, places, things, and experiences we hold dear. For me, that naturally includes music, instruments, venues, musicians, songwriters, friends and family. Thank you for inspiring me to make music, to challenge myself to make better music, and for listening to me as a musician and a human. I have a bad habit of compartmentalizing the different aspects of my life when really it's all just one thing that happens in different parts- sorta like a meal (yeah, I'm about to make a Thanksgiving dinner metaphor. I know, I know. I won't do it every year. Probably. Maybe.) There's all these different things on your plate- your job is the bread and butter, the money maker; your work is your art, the stuffing you could eat and never get enough of; your family is the turkey/ham/main course, the foundation of the meal (p.s. family is more than blood relatives); your friends are the green bean casserole, pure comfort food; your moments of peace and quite are the white wine, a shared toast to a moment alone; and last but not least, the ways we blow off steam are the pie (sometimes literally. Although sometimes that's the wine too... Anyway.)

Now that I've stretched the metaphor too thin, let me get back to what I was trying to say- Thank You. To the fair weather friends and the umbrella anchors; to the ones who opened doors for me and the ones who help me keep some shut; to the ones still reading and the ones who have long closed this tab in their browser to return to their other screen needs. Thank You. By six degrees of separation or less you have impacted me, in obvious hail dents to micro fractures in my bones. Thank You. 

Happy Thanksgiving

Sky

A Band!!! 

Folks, I can officially say that The Sky Choice Band is a real deal. We're working on getting gigs, but we've had a few awesome rehearsals already. I can't wait to show you the hard work these guys have put in.

The show at the Corn Maze has been rescheduled for October 13th. Yes, a Friday the 13th in October- I think I might get a little spooky for the occasion. :) The following day, the 14th, I'm back at The Perk Downtown in Colorado Springs for an evening of all originals. I'll have at least one new one to perform and perhaps some very old ones will find their way onto the stage. You'll have to be there to find out! CHeck out the Shows tab for more details.

That's all the updates I have for you this week. Check follow me on Instagram @skychoicemusic or on Facebook to stay the most up to date!

Stay Choosy,

Sky

Jaroso 

This past weekend I had the pleasure of house sitting for some friends in Jaroso, CO. They live right downtown alongside the other half a dozen houses and post office that make up the down town. The surrounding landscape is either farmland or open space yet unclaimed by man-made structures. A single sizable mountain peak stands above the valley and gorge below. In this town, in this house, I met Howard. Howard was a piano, rumored to have retired from his days at a Brothel in the mountain town of Creede. True or not, this idea fascinated me, and Howard let my imagination run free with the tales a piano might have told if he had lips to tell them. While it took three days of convincing, Howard eventually admitted a few details of his employment at the specialty establishment in Creede. The resulting song was a portrait of life there. At least, as much as my imagination could paint one. 

It felt nice to play piano again after not having done so for so long. By some stroke of luck, a friend of a friend was giving away a keyboard and I was able to accept the offer! I didn't realize how much I missed just messing around on the keys, juts for fun. I'm looking forward to a new instrument to write with as well.

Got a few gigs coming up and working on a few more, just check out the Shows tab for more info.

Much love,

Sky

Alamosa Again and New Gig Announcements 

I've found myself in Alamosa quite a lot these last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I had the honor of helping Adams State's vocal jazz group with a week of team building. 68 West, as they're called, are definitely off to a great start. I look froward to visiting them again after they've had more than a week of experience with the music and each other. This weekend, I came back to play at the Alamosa Farmer's Market. I hadn't been last year due to the National Tour, so it was cool to be back and see some familiar faces again. My good friend and fellow musician Sarah Mae Knight played the market with me. It's always a blast to play with other musicians because they can add something extra that you might never have even thought of. I think that's my favorite part about playing with other people- even if they come from a similar musical background, each person has a unique style all their own.

New gigs to see you choosy folks at! As of now, there's a show every month the rest of the year except December. Check out the Shows tab to see more details.

I'm working with a new video editing software and still learning some of the ins and outs. I hope to have it up by the end of the day- we'll see how it goes.

Thank you for all your love and support. I appreciate every ounce.

With love, 

Sky

Arvada, Lamar, and The Future 

Hey folks!

The last few weeks I've had the amazing opportunities to play in Arvada and Lamar. In Arvada, I backed up Sarah Mae Knight on bass uke and harmonies. We were able to make a sweet arrangement of "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man a few days before the show and it ROCKED! You can watch it under the Video tab. In Lamar, the crowd was very appreciative. I played to almost all new faces and I can't wait to go back!

I've been doing a lot of writing lately, though it's mostly been lots of starting songs rather than finishing them. My other J.O.B. has been going well. I'm still learning something new every day there. I've been working away at "The Music Instinct" by Philip Ball in my free time. The book is an in depth look at the importance of music in everyone's lives. The writing style is entertaining while still very informative. I was loaned this book by another musician and highly recommend it to anyone curious about music (Thanks, Marc!)

Ah, the third part of this blog title, you ask? The future. I plan on booking at lest one gig a month per project as the blues band and the Sky Choice band take off (still looking for a bass player for the Sky Choice band if you know of anyone, by the way). I'm really not sure what else the future holds. But who does, right? 

Stay choosy, folks.

Sky

Relatively Uneventful? 

The last few weeks have been relatively uneventful in the musical sphere of things. I've been doing a lot of practice on the bass uke and violin lately. The bass uke is mostly for the blues band. We've set up a place to audition vocalists HERE. As for the violin, I've been working on a few tunes  with my friend Sarah Mae Knight. She and I have played several shows together and we're working on building more in the near future.  

 

While there hasn't been a lot of song writing, I have been working on this poem. Not sure this is a finalized version, but here's what I've got so far.

"We come from fundamentally different sides across the aisle, in metaphor and philosophy. But in darkness, between sheets, closed eyes have cold sweat dreams and we all wake to the same goosebumps and gasping, the same sit up straight panting, sigh out loud, lay back down, thank my higher power I was dreaming. Then we lie awake because our night terrors are day walking. There's this reoccurring one where I didn't hear you, but the big cheeto did. He pandered to your problems, promised falsely, proved that hope alone is hollow when his tiny hands have touched it. Tainted still I dream you followed. Now your deaf ears I can't borrow. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow I will have this dream. When we were children and you scraped your knee my mother did not hesitate to help you. Now a band-aid and antibiotic ointment are far from chemo, inhalers, epi-pens, counseling, and specialist appointments, but doesn't everyone deserve to be healthy? If this is the home of the brave, have the courage to stand for your constituents, not holed up in your office avoiding town halls and press conferences. If this is the land of the free, break from party ties and do what you must known is right. Our star spangled banner can only wave higher if we stop red-rovering favors and take care of one another. You may have promised to repeal, but that was a secondary deal after you swore an oath into office. You are our representatives, our voice in the Congress. We voted you in to make the best decisions for us, but when we're screaming "please, don't do this" how can you act like there's silence? Yes, there are problems in our current healthcare system. So why not fix spark plugs instead of bending pistons? Engines last if you take care of them, and so do voters, Congressman. Be assured if you go forward or repeal just to "win," we the people will remember when elections begin again. So what'll it be- this reoccurring nightmare or The American Dream?"

Stay Choosy, folks. New video up under the Video tab.

Sky

 

The Perk Downtown and the E. J. Lynch Workshop 

Hey folks!

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as lovely as mine! Friday night was the gig at The Perk Downtown in Colorado Springs. I had seen Nolan G. Smith play there about a month prior and ADORE the space. The down stairs is set up as a cozy area to sit and watch the passers-by. Upstairs, the tables and chairs are arranged for study/socializing. It is also upstairs where they hold performances. There was a steady stream of traffic throughout the evening, full of strangers and even a few beloved and familiar ones. It was one of the better performances I've had recently- not perfect by any means, but I was very pleased with the evening overall. I premiered my newest song "Dear Rose Maria" while I was there. You can get a listen to it under the Video tab.

Afterwards, I made my way south to Pueblo to spend the weekend with some friends. While there, I had the pleasure to play some of the guitars by E. J. Lynch. The passion this man has for his work is evident in the incredible sound of each guitar. Not only that, but his workshop is also beautiful. (I might be biased). You can view and listen to some of his work here. A friend and I also had the opportunity to explore Westcliffe, CO. Just outside of town is The Beckwith Ranch, a property on the National Register of Historic Places. While the doors were closed to visitors when we were there, the outside was still very impressive. I look forward to going back when the doors are open to the public. 

The rest of the week consisted of a job interview (which went very well), personal practice, and also some band practice. We're still looking for bassists, so let us know if you're interested!

Take care folks. There's a few gigs on the horizon and lots more just beyond. Stay Choosy!

Sky

Starting Bands- Musicians Needed 

Hi folks! Happy Sunday!

It's official- I'm living in Denver now! Well, Littleton actually, but it's closer to Denver than Alamosa (don't worry Alamosans, I will visit frequently). 

Part of this week was spent hunting for open mics. And I found one! It's a really cool one, too. It's at Declaration Brewing on Thursdays. This week it was run by The Dollhouse Thieves. They even jammed out with me when it was my turn to play! It was a TON of fun. You might just see me there next week!

BIG NEWS- I'm starting a band! Two bands, actually. Band one is for the music I've been playing solo all these years. I still plan on doing solo shows, but I want to get involved with other musicians and collaborate more. It's time. Band two is a blues band! I was in a blues band in college and really miss it- so I'm starting one here! Currently, we've a drummer and an electric guitarist for both. We're seeking a bass player for the Sky Choice music an a front woman for the blues band. If you'd be interested in either, let me know! 

New video going up tonight, be sure to check back tomorrow to see what it is (I haven't even decided yet)!

Stay Choosy, folks. I hope to see you in Colorado Springs next weekend at The Perk Downtown. 

Sky

One Month Later 

Hey folks! Long time no blog!

After a month of R&R, it's clear to me that I'm not great at it. The first two weeks I wasn't sure how to sit still. By the third week I'd hacked a routine that was comfortable, though part of m was still restless. Week four was much the same as week three and week five has been a lot of looking forward. I've gotten to spend a lot of time with my friends and family. I've gotten lots of time to think (a dangerous pastime, I know.) I'm grateful for the time to rest and re-acclimate. That said, I'm ready to get back on the horse. 

Tour life was exhausting. Part of that was being gone for several months at a time. Another part of that is just the way it works. I've learned so much in the last year and I can't wait to put it to use in the future. Speaking of the future- I'm moving back to Denver this week. And getting a band together (maybe a couple of 'em) within the next few months. I'm still writing. I'm still practicing. I'm still learning how to get better. How to be better.

Thank you- for your loving support and many kindnesses. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my story knowing you'll be accompanying me through it. 

Stay Choosy, folks.

With love,

Sky