It’s been a minute. More than a minute, it’s been 6 years (6 years?!? Ye gads!) since my last update. It would be the understatement of the century to say a lot has happened in that time.
World events not withstanding, the biggest thing to happen in my life is the birth of my second daughter, Evelyn. At ages 4 and 7, Evelyn and Kira are firm friends, devoted sisters, and co-princesses of their jointly inhabited imaginary kingdom. I suffer from daily cuteness overload. As one might imagine, parenthood has remained my most important, rewarding, and all-consuming endeavor. (Did I mention exhausting? How do such tiny people demand so much energy?!)
That’s not to say that I haven’t had my hand in other projects as well. In 2018 I signed a publishing deal with BMI-Hammering the Hits publishing company, and in 2019 I released a Christmas album with glorious human and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/Hammering the Hits founder Robin Ruddy under the name Kettle of Fish.
In 2017 I began and completed the daunting task of finishing my Bachelors’ in violin performance at Middle Tennessee State University, and as of this writing am approaching the final stretch of my Master’s at the same institution. Returning to a student mindset has been immensely pleasurable, and despite the heap of work on top of the teaching/performing/recording I already do in conjunction with a busy family life (and general lack of sleep), I have found myself thriving. I had the good fortune to attend and present a paper at a conference presented by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Royal Musical Association, in Milton Keynes, England, this past January. To my delight, I discovered that musicologists are just as friendly and nerdy as folk musicians. It was heavenly.
In the last few weeks I decided to make my existing music easier to enjoy for those who care to enjoy it. And so, I have begun to upload my catalog to Bandcamp. At the moment the selection is limited to my solo releases, Facets (2012) and Fiddle Soup (2007); more content will be forthcoming, however. (Awkward teenage Sarah singing with her mom and sisters? You bet. Previously unreleased tracks? Yep. This is going to be fun.)
Thanks for stopping by to catch up! While I can’t promise that I’ll be more punctual with my updates, I do promise that I’ll keep having adventures and making music with weird and wonderful people.
Until the next adventure,