Our new music video: Forgive Me

We made a new music video: Forgive Me.

Forgive Me is the lead single from our new album, Love Songs, which will be available on itunes, October 25th

We filmed on some of my favorite running trails, down in Eldorado Springs, Colorado. These hillsides have been a sacred space for me this past year, and I’m so happy to share their beauty in our latest creative work.

Bonus Love Song Tracks!

In two weeks, on October 25th, we’ll be releasing our new album LOVE SONGS.

In the next week or so we hope to release our new music video.

In the meantime, here is an invitation to grab some extra free Love Songs bonus type tracks. Four years ago I wrote and recorded four songs for my husband Kris. It was a turning point in our relationship and I needed to get some songs out. These songs are some of my favorite that I’ve ever written, and they’re available for free download by simply following this link. If you didn’t get them in 2010, you can grab them now.

The collection is called, MY BEST FRIEND & ME and here’s the video for the main track.

 

New Music Video in the Making …

Our new album Love Songs is almost ready. This past weekend we started filming a new music video, produced by our own very talented Evan Thornberry. We hope to have the video ready in time to promote the album’s release on October 25th … so sometime in the next couple weeks we’ll be posting it to the world wide web.

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This year instead of clown wigs and large dress-barn dresses, we decided to use the incredible scenery of our beautiful Colorado. We drove out to some of our favorite local hiking trails to film.

We picked our favorite, and probably most emotional song from the new album to set the video to. We really hope you enjoy it when its done.

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The cd manufacturers emailed today to say they have finished production and our new cds are on their way! Watch out for our new music video coming in the next few weeks to your facebook and twitter feeds.

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New Album

We’ve been working on a new album for the past year, and it’s almost ready.

The collection is called Love Songs, and it’s the first chapter in a four part series, entitled The Human Experience. 

Esther Solo Love Songs Project

When we first discussed making a new album we decided to let everyone pick a song they wanted to record.

When the nominated tracks were chosen they were all songs about love, so the title and the theme were set.

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Our planned release date is October 25th, 2014 when Esther will be in Scotland performing two record release dates.

Then on November 20th, we’ll be in the little town where we met: Woodland Park, Colorado, playing an album release concert to our W.P. friends.

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We’re really pleased with the way these tracks are emerging; they’re prettier, more imaginative and more moving than we envisioned they could be, which just makes us thankful for one another’s creative energy in the midst of our very busy lives.

Scotland Cd Release Concert Dates:

October 25th 7pm. St Michael’s Hall, Dumbarton. With special guests: The Protones. Fiver at the door.

November 1st 7:30pm Nice and Sleazy’s Glasgow. With special guest Mark Russell. Fiver at the door.

Scotland in October

In our latest happy news Kris and Esther will be traveling to Scotland for Esther’s 40th birthday celebrations in October. Esther will do two main gigs: an album release in Glasgow and a birthday concert/ceilidh/party in Dumbarton. Times and venues TBA. Canny wait! Roll on Scotland celebrations!

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In the meantime, our summer calendar is packed with gigs (see calendar page)  and here’s a wee song from yester-year about the first time Esther took Kris to her happy homeland.

Thanks Woodland Park …

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We just had a lovely time this past weekend playing in the beautiful mountain town of Woodland Park at the Dales House Concert. Thanks incredible hosts and generous audience!

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Broken Piano

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Broken Piano

I am an empty inbox
A return to sender
Status: failed delivery
An unanswered submission
A yawning aching waiting
A pile of dirty dishes
Well, if you’re bored … you could always clean your room

An empty crib
Quiet, no longer waiting
A restless yawning
A metallic tasting
The laundry folding
On broken piano
Quiet un-played keys

And outside,
The thaw is starting
Little rivers running all over my street
The birds a-singing
Their song a-breaking
My restless heart
And trembling knees

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I wrote this poem today. I didn’t really mean to, I was just sitting at my laptop, working on some art work and I flipped to facebook to mess around, and blurgh … out it fell … right out my brain and into my fingers and onto my keyboard. I haven’t written a poem (to memory) in my life! (though surely I must have in school!)

I think I like this one. It says just how I feel today.

Happy New 2014

Happy New Year people. Welcome to 2014. I hope you had a good holiday season. Here’s us at our New Years soiree.

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In 2013 we played to lots of lovely folks all over Colorado, released our first single, video and live album: ‘Back to Life’. I toured Scotland and played some beautiful festivals and venues. Music not only paid for itself, but my income from singing songs tripled. I had the privilege of playing at some beautiful weddings, and taking my daughter to Scotland on a mother-daughter gigging tour.

Music opened so many doors to meet so many incredible people … including the folks from Jamestown who lost their homes in the flash-foods this year. They were so welcoming to us when we visited and played their marvelous little venue: The Jamestown Merc. (we’ll be back there January 18th)

We were reviewed in the The Huffington Post, played on BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio UK, KFRC, KGNU, and many more stations, we got 4 out of 5 stars from Colorado’s Marquee Mag for our live album, shared the stage with our talented neighbors: A Boy and His Kite, to packed house in Colorado Springs. I had a large and rowdy crowd at my album release at Sleazy’s in Glasgow, sang to folks in a rehab and a retirement home. We also started recording latest offering: Love Songs … in short, loads of goals were met and great things happened. But, I find myself still so very dissatisfied. All the goals I hoped for were more than met, but I am ravenous to do more. To play better music, to make astounding, breath-taking recordings, to travel as much as possible, to hear music, to meet broken and mended people, to love deeper, forgive fully, appreciate my family more, to let go of ego, to grow into all the true self God has for me!! Phew … that was quite a rant. There’s much to do. The calendar for 2014 is filling up .. so here we go.

This year we hope to …

Finish and release our collection of Love Songs

Tour in Scotland in the summer

Play lots of good music all over Colorado

Here’s our calendar so you can see where we’ll be playing the upcoming months.

In closing, here’s a poem by C.S Lewis that’s been slaying me of late. Its a realization of how little we’ve grown, but also an offering of thanks for grace and love that are enough for us.

As the Ruin Falls

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love –a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.

Clive Staples Lewis

Sparks sings Swift

Me and Kris been married 17 years . Its been an inside joke for us since the summer we met that all serious songs are funny when sung with a Scottish accent (its true, try it). This joke has carried over to our kids who think Scottish accents are just inherently funny anyway, and like to mock me daily especially when I’m angry, sad, or excited, which is when my natural accent gets thickest.

One of my only gifts in life is that I can learn songs really quickly. This is not an unusual trick for a musician. Most of the musicians I know, if you sing ‘em a new song, will be able to jump in around the 2nd chorus! However, it is a good trick with your kids to grab the guitar, or sit at the piano, and whip out one of the songs they frequently listen to in their bedrooms … “How do you know that?” they gasp. “Because I’m freakin awesome” I reply, but really its because it only has four chords!

Another factor in making this video this morning was that I really needed to cheer myself up! One of my favorite retributions for being incessantly mocked as “cute” for my Scottishness by my family, is to sing in a Scottish accent while dancing a “mom-dance” in the kitchen. Leyla’s usual reaction to this is  … “Mum, no, just NO!”

So, here for your listening pleasure is the Taylor Swift song: ‘Trouble’, performed by yours truly in my natural accent …