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Bringing in the New Year…

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The Green String Farm Band played at Rocker Oysterfeller’s Speakeasy in Valley Ford on New Year’s Eve. It was an amazing occasion complete with a four-course prohibition era dinner, consisting of classic dishes from the 1920’s and 1930’s created with locally produced ingredients. The costumes were amazing and when combined with the atmosphere inside the historic Dairyman’s Bank (1890), it was easy to forget what year we were bringing in with our celebrations.

If you ever are in need of a fun place to go for dinner, and you are up for an adventure, then you should check out Rocker Oysterfeller’s. The food is phenomenal and they are continously trying new theme nights that make the occasion worth the drive. And as an extra bonus, you can find Arann Harris singing it up out there every Thursday night in 2009.

The Album is Ready…

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Remember the album I was talking about a few weeks ago?ah_fllier3

The sound editing is finished, the cd’s have been printed, the cd covers have been screen-printed and cut out by hand, and after their first weekend of gigs with their new cd’s… they have sold 20 so far.

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The whole package is definitely an organic work of visual and audio art. No two cd’s are alike… sounds like a good Christmas present to me. You can get a sneak peek of what it sounds like here:

http://www.myspace.com/greenstringfarmband

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Making an Album…

My fiance Arann Harris is a musician. And the start of our relationship, 5 1/2 years ago, also marks the official starting line for each of our prospective artistic pursuits. I went to work (for free) as an “intern” at a studio in San Francisco and he went to Open Mic Nights. He went to awkward studio parties with me and I went to even more awkward and off-key Open Mic Nights with him.

Now, 5.5 years later, it is amazing to see how much we each have grown… and every once and awhile we have to stop and remind each other of where we started, just to appreciate how far we have come.

Today was one of those important musical milestone days for Arann. Today Arann recorded his first album.

Above is the “studio” on the outside. Below is the studio on the inside where… 5 musicians, 1 sound man and 1 documentary film maker spent 10 rainy hours, playing each song again and again, until everyone felt they got it right.

When the crew finally wearily emerged from the old school house on The Green String Farm, they were happy and very tired. And now we wait, eagerly, to hear what all their hard work will come to, after the sound man works his sound magic…. and maybe, just maybe… Arann Harris will finally have his very first CD…. so stay tuned.

Congratulations, Arann! I am proud of you… of us.

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