Sparking the Airwaves: Thank you for listening…!

I can’t find the words to express the joy of having my friends & family calling now to say:
“Hey! Omg-I’m listening to your song on the radio right now, Right NOW! Hey- You’re on air!”

Your voice,

so high, so happy

we can feel your glow, a thousand miles

close and sparking the air.  Even Chula races

room to room to catch

your laughter.

I can’t find the words to express the joy of having my friends & family calling now to say:

“Hey! Omg-I’m listening to your song on the radio right now, Right NOW!  Hey- You’re on air!”

This morning’s call…2 states away, my Mom to tell me- “KUVO is playing Recession Stomp right now! So I called the DJ Arturo to talk to him… wow, what a great guy he is…!” 😉

Since starting publicity 2 months ago, sending my new CD Torch and Sass around the world- I’ve enjoyed calls & shout outs from Richmond, Washington, Portland, Ohio, Atlanta, San Antonio, Boulder, San Francisco, Boston, Brownsville, Denver, & Italy…. Of course, Mom’s call was the best! 😉

It’s crazy surreal. This culmination of sorts- the place where last year’s writing & recording in 3 studios meets this year’s send-it-out-into-the-world, (hold-your-breath!), and then feel (through others), how ether expands on the airwaves... 😉  Can’t believe it.  Maybe someday I’ll hear for myself… hehe 😉

For stations that report what they play publicly (many don’t) we guesstimate that around about 175 US radio stations are playing music from Torch and Sass right now.  So this has put me in that  elusive place of  “in “the charts” with other musicians & recording artists – sometimes with Diana Krall, Robert Glasper, Karrin Allyson.  My place bounces around, but for awhile the College Music Journal had me in the top 30- & the only unsigned artist!!

Since I’m so bad about appreciating the little successes along the way (too focused on that long list of what I haven’t done yet…), and since it’s January, I’m just going to stop now.


Stop for a second & breathe in…this great space. And all mi Mum’s good energy….

Thank you Thank you Thank you….to everyone who has called, to the DJs who take time to listen and find something new, to all of you who listen to radio, & to your local, community radio stations:  you ALL keep musicians going!  Today- I am ecstatic, exuberant, silly-high, bouncing-off-the-walls elated!!!

Thanks Mumma!!!

Poetry pebble:  Mindful Writing Prompt

Celebrating October

October activities include, planting tons of flowers, camping, Fall purging (like spring cleaning), building my Day of the dead alter, and making special jewelry for the holiday. I love October so much, I could marry it. And this just might be the dress I’d wear.

If you’ve been following my blog for at least a year, then you know of my love affair with October;   hands down the best month for celebrations!  On the list to celebrate are:  Fall, an anniversary, my birthday, my self-appointed New Year’s, Halloween, and Dia de Los Muertos– which carries the joy into November by a week.  October activities include, planting tons of flowers, camping, Fall purging (like spring cleaning), building my Day of the dead alter, and making special jewelry for the holiday.  I love October so much, I could marry it.  And this just might be the dress I’d wear.

It’s made out of paper!- wood block prints and papel picado.  I like it because the dress looks both Indian and Mexican in design.

What is there not to love about this, the tenth month?  The minutia of the change of seasons is fascinating enough; the colors of change in leaves and landscape everywhere you look- from the ground to the trees and sky.  The winds come, the first rains and storms of the season along with cooler and shorter days, and with it all comes that desire to pull in— to conserve energy.

This year, I feel a need to un-scatter, to nest and read more—in short, to slow down and make ready for the encroaching cold and darkness.  To some this may all sound dismal and macabre, but I feel the natural resistance of inertia- just before the inevitable turn of the wheel; the spiral on its way to something new.  Thus, my need to clear some head space, to simplify, to un-clutter my studio and make room for it. Whatever “it” will be.


October holds my ‘New Year’s day’ because I tend to tether down my dreams into goals and plans around my birthday, instead of in January.  So when the birthday comes, more than tripping about age, I check in (sometimes reluctantly) about whether I got anywhere in the dreaming department.  If not, no worries- I have about 75 days before Jan. 1 to do something about it; to either jump start, finish, or fine-tune what I hoped to do.

We’ve been planting lots lately.  Thankfully, Oakland is temperate; bulbs are confused and are coming up again, and we can plant winter gardens now. In preparation for Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead festivities, I plant as many marigolds as possible, inside and out of the house.  Besides brightening up the place- they will decorate my alter again this year.  Why marigolds for the Day of the Dead holiday?

“Flowers, symbolizing the brevity of life, are massed and fashioned into garlands, wreaths and crosses to decorate the altar… The marigold is the most traditional flower of the season. In Aztec times it was called the cempasuchil, the “flower of 400 lives.”  The fragrance of the cempasuchil leads the spirits home… (www.mexconnect.com

Other links to explore:

“Best Debut CD’s of 2010- Tortilla Western Serenade” #6

my new CD “Tortilla Western Serenade” got selected on the Best of chart~ Best of Freeform American Roots Chart for

#6 Debut Album of 2010- Tortilla Western Serenade.


Just found out that my new Americana CD got selected on this chart~ Best of Freeform American Roots Chart for

#6 Debut Album of 2010- Tortilla Western Serenade.

Woo… fun surprise!

With the New Year 2011, I confess, I felt a tinge of bittersweet emotion, even melancholy.  2010 was a big year; I put so much time & energy into reaching one sweet goal, one that yielded so much creative joy, so many unknowns, partnerships, & fruitfulness, that I’m still savoring.  There was this nagging question as the clocks turned a new year… “how can 2011 come close?”

My goal this last year was to create something new- a sound I don’t hear; a collection of songs in a “new genre” I called Tortilla Western (spaghetti western meets Tex-Mex)- with strong female attitude running thru it.  (We need more of all that ;!)   But it was the music (or the Muses?)  that guided me, that decided what the theme would be;  I just noticed a pattern.  After the first 3 songs, it all became a journey to savor places, people, and dramas (literal & figurative) as I traveled stomping grounds of my Southwest upbringing from California, Arizona, to Texas.  Each song was a story; and each story told in a different rhythmic form- haupango, bolero, waltz/ranchera, cumbia.  (inner drummer just can’t stop exploring those rhythms…:)    I learned lots, working with such fine musicians in magical cool places along the way. 

The project finished mid year 2010.  To promote it- solo & w/ the band- we toured Northern California, China, Texas, the Southwest.

This “Best of FAR (free form American Roots) chart is put together by DJs who actually pick their own music- in the US & Europe- so, what an honor to wind up in the mix.  I admit, I have a small problem celebrating successes along the way, kinda like not noticing the roses blooming…  Maybe it’s upbringing, or…constant cultural pressure to keep the horizon in sight.  Or maybe its just the grit of survival.  😉 But i’m celebrating this one, and the journey that got me here. Thankfully my friends remind me too…

It’s all about the journey.          

Savoring the journey, one dream at a time- start to finish. Happily, performing now w/ my bandmates is such a joy; show & tell.

This picture shows my sweetest performing minute of 2010;  playing next to El Maestro Flaco Jimenez.  A dream.  He is the most gracious, kind, selfless, accomplished, musician (legend!) ever. And thank you Hohner & Gilbert for planting seeds, and supporting this dream from the start.

And maybe that’s it…why the new year felt a lil blue; I’m in love with the journey of creating and putting it out there, but this year isn’t starting off with the same intense passion.   No matter.  Either way, I never know how the Muses will play it out.  Looking back, before the cd TWS was off the presses, the Muses had me by the tail again- generously inspiring more, and completely different songs & genre.  It’s like being used as a conduit.  I just have to keep my antennae up, stay open, stay out of the way- and serve.

So to you, Sweet Muses- I toast your presence and the mysterious ways you show your graces,   Here’s to the journey, the cool DJs that take time to find new music, sweet friends/fans, and the unexpected places we could wind up in 2011.   😉