who knows me knows
that music's the Pole Star for my life. Right now it points at Three
Weird Sisters, an odd constellation of acoustic eclectic folk (Gwen
Knighton and Teresa Powell) with whom I'm delighted to perform .
So how'd I get here? Mom says I came
out of the womb humming and I never stopped.
It's been a strange and enjoyable trip:
- 2004 - It's all gravy!
- In February I won a Sam, the British filk music award, in the category
of Best Serious Song for Tea: An
Explanation of Adoration, a song I finished writing on stage at
the British filk con. Totally floored me, guys...
- My musical life got put on hold in order to work on Mythic
Journeys, but it was so worth it. The Sisters and Years and a
Day played for Alan Lee, Brian Froud, and William Todd-Jones.
(Alan Lee really enjoyed our version of Boys Want Sex in the Morning.)
And I got to have lunch with my hero, Janis Ian. My feet still
aren't touching the ground.
- The summer issue of PanGaia
magazine selected Rite the First Time as the #2 pick of the Top
13 Pagan Recordings. Three Weird Sisters was the ONLY band to be
selected and be recommended in the counter-article "Pagan Music:
Beyond the Bardic Circle" which also appears in the same
issue. Woo HOO!
- #2 Rite the First Time by the
Three Weird Sisters Bedlam House Ltd., 2001.
This eclectic CD features lovely women's harmonies. Standout tracks
include "Dumb Dumb Dorothy," a whimsical reevaluation of
Oz; "The Song of Fey Cross," a ballad about a harper
bewitched by the songs of the fey; and "Six Days," the
tale of a Pagan trapped in a school where prayer is mandatory.
- Songs Written This Year include:
- My musical life just gets better and better!
- Put the finishing touches on the second CD for
Weird Sisters, Hair of the Frog.
- Employed by Mythic Imagination Company as the
Event Coordinator for the Mythic
Journeys conference. Three Weird Sisters will be performing at the
- Attended WorldCon in Toronto and got the
opportunity to work with Heather
Dale. Also got to participate on a panel called "Chapter
& Verse" that combined songwriters with the authors whose work
inspired them. Me sitting and singing on a panel with Connie
Willis (author of Doomsday Book) and Tanya
Huff (author of the Keeper Series).
- Bill and I were Guests of Honor at DuckCon
(Chicago, Illinois), Marcon
(Columbus, Ohio) and Conclave
- Wrote several new songs, including I
Knew a Guy Once, What My
Granny Taught Me, In Service, My
Handyman, Pole Star and Ordinary Lives.
- 2002 -
Again, no complaints.
- 2001 -
- Recorded and released TWS debut CD Rite
the First Time with the Greg Robert at The Rabbit.
- Inducted along with Bill into the Filk
Hall of Fame.
- Nominated for a Pegasus Award - Best
Writer/Composer, won for Best Filk Song for Strangers
No More. Wow! Speechless for the first time in
- 2000 - YaaD eventually
morphs into Three
- 1999 -
We start a little filk
convention in Atlanta called GAFilk.
- 1998 -
Singing with Year and a Day.
- 1994 - Recorded Owling at the
Moon for Dodeka. Many
many many filks.
- 1990 - Nominated for a Pegasus Award - Best
- 1989 -
My husband and son gave me my
first bodhran. I hooked up with a group of sessiun musicians at McDuff's
Irish Pub in Decatur, GA every Wednesday night for nearly two years.
- Nominated for a Pegasus Award - Best Techie Song for
In The Blood.
- 1988 -
Recorded Strangers No More
and Shake the Dust off for DAG at the Thor
Studio. Many many
- 1986 - Met Bill Sutton at in the
CompuServe sf and fantasy forum and again at Bay
Filk. Life will never be the same.
- 1985 -
Musical theater in San Pedro,
- 1984 - Attended my first sf
convention (the LA World Con). Wandered the halls of a hotel
late at night and accidentally stumbled upon the filk concert. (I got the last seat.
Fate intervened, I'm certain.) Wrote my first filk song, Dear Writer
for LASFS convention.
- 1979 - 1982 -
- Musical theater in Fairborn
and Yellow Springs, Ohio.
children's choir and fought head-to-head with clergy who insisted we
sing from one book and one book only... in spite of four books of great kid's music written by a
member of that religion. Can you tell that I still get steamed?
- 1972 - 1976 -
Musical theatre in college.
- 1972 -
Rented a guitar the summer of
my sophomore year of college, took adult ed lessons, gave up and bought
a Mel Bay chord book learning the handful of chords I play today.
- 1965 - 1971 - Jr. High and High School band.
My favorite class next to writing.
- 1962 -
- Mom used Navy base choir practice as
an excellent babysitter. I eventually joined the children's choir.
- My Dad insisted that all his
kids play an instrument. He didn't care what we played, but we WOULD
be in band. I wanted a harp, but darn, they were fresh out, so I started on a
fiddle. I punished my family with my excellent renditions in classic
Jack Benny style. Just
as I was getting the hang of it, Mom told me to turn it in and try something
else -- they gave me a clarinet. What I'd give now to have stuck with
- While all the rest of the kids played tennis racket guitar to
mimic cuties John, George, and Paul,
I played air drums with Ringo. (ooooh foreshadowing...)
- 1961 -
- Wonderful nights singing gospel and old
standards at Bunny and Pappy's house on Friday Island. Pappy played
mandolin, and his pal Bud played pedal steel, while Bud's boys filled in on
guitars. Nothing fancy, but good solid harmonies.
- My brother and sister and I
found our Dad's small reel-to-reel recorder (disguised to look like a book,
no less) and taped ourselves singing with The Supremes. Stop
In the Name of Love! Yes,
we were going to be a hot soul trio. Right...
- 1960 -
I wore out the grooves of a
flea market boxed sets of Beethoven's
9th Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet
- 1954 -
My parents took me as a
Aunt Pinky and Uncle Fuzzy's restaurant in Boulder, Colorado (long before it
became the trendy chic spot it is today.) They'd give me a nickel
to put in the juke box so I could sing and dance on the counter. Even
at that tender age I was playing to the audience...
- 1953- My Dad
sang me to sleep to the Everley
Brothers All I Want to do is Dream. Len Sinclair is one of the
world's all time best whistlers, too.