Blog 2013-12-08 // Verily Merrily

Happy Festivas!

Every year I come into this season in a state of whining denial. Then at the first sight of twinkling lights my heart melts, the annual counting of the days until Julia returns begins (now only 6!), and I launch the lighting up of the house. (Watching Julia emerge from the airport escalator is one of my favourite moments in life.) We're planning on logging a lot of couch/movie/popcorn time and going for as many bike rides as the weather will allow. I've said this before, but let me say it again - I particularly like how our culture gives it a rest between Christmas & New Years. It's a blessed relief.

I'll also be celebrating that I've managed to keep the dog alive. When Julia went off to University I figured I'd have to keep him alive till she finished. Then she went back for 2 more years. Oy vey. Now that he's almost 18 it's miraculous he's still here - and seemingly pretty happy (and highly entertaining in his senility). I'm hoping when I'm 126 someone will say the same about me.

Now... I sense you could use some gift counselling - that you're stuck, as usual, trying to figure out the idea offerings for your loved ones. I'm here for you. Borealis Records is earnestly gearing up to officially release the new album "Everywhere I Go" in March, but I will have some pre-release copies in January. I sincerely regret missing the opportunity to have it available in time for Christmas, so I've created a gift card if you'd like to give the gift of anticipation and delayed gratification to someone dear to you. I can sign the card directly to them (with the message of your choice) and mail it to you or them - whatever you'd prefer. Just write me and give me the information and I'll send it out right away. You can send a cheque for $20 at your leisure (or use paypal). Use the addresses at the bottom of this e-mail for either. When I have the CDs in January I'll send out a signed copy pronto. Of course, you should give yourSELF this present too!

And if you've already ordered the album and have been wondering...where the hell is it?? Now you know. Some things are simply worth the wait. (So modest.)

Now, for another gift idea...
The High Bar Gang
Lost & Undone
A Gospel Bluegrass Companion

You can have a sneak listen, order hard copies, or download at True North Records

The album is getting fantastic reviews from the US to Germany to the UK.

That's probably enough out of me for now. Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you have a peaceful, love filled christmas and manage to keep the 'stuff' to a minimum. Really... we just don't need any more stuff. (Music doesn't count!) Give the gift of your time with the people you love and maybe some of that money to people who are doing the work in the community you don't have time to do.

I sincerely hope to see you out there in the coming year. I'm just starting to book shows now. Oh hey... I have an idea for a present you can give ME. You could write your favourite festival and tell them you'd love to see the Shari Ulrich trio there this summer! That would be a great gift!

Happy trails to you my friend,