For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

When Jen and Rebecca began performing together, one of the first songs they recorded was “Until I Win.” I’ve always liked the song, in part because of the lyrics and the message.

It’s consistently performed well in the download world, and now this little song that could actually did.  Continue reading For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

1971 bio Janis
Tucked inside a 1971 bio of Janis Joplin: a 33 rpm record of the singer’s comments and songs.

Trying to cut down on clutter, I spent a weekend combing through boxes labeled “Keepsake”. Most of us probably have these “walk down Memory Lane” moments when we’re going through old stuff and land on something that stops us cold.

I found a treasure in my treasures. An old book, given to me by my husband, before we married, when we were both in college and living paycheck to paycheck, made all that tedious sorting worthwhile.  Continue reading Among my treasures, a record containing songs by Janis Joplin

Crazy Daysies made lemonade for home team sendoff

Crazy Daysies Jags sendoff one
After the Crazy Daysies’ Friday gig at an outdoor venue got scrubbed due to rain, they did an impromptu live stream on Facebook to send good vibes to our hometown football team The Jaguars ahead of Sunday’s game. (Snip: The Crazy Daysies on Facebook)

It’s no secret we’re a family of football fans. College ball. Pro ball. Arena ball. We like it all. So when the Crazy Daysies’ Friday gig got scrubbed because the venue is an outdoor deal, and the rain just kept coming down, Rebecca and Jennifer took sour lemons and made lemonade for our Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Daysies decided to do a livestream on Facebook and dedicate it to our team. The girls were ready to sing and play, so the livestream seemed a good idea. That’s only half of it, though.

Yes, we are superstitious.  Continue reading Crazy Daysies made lemonade for home team sendoff

Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?

the late Bob Childers
According to Wide Open Country, the late Bob Childers is considered Red Dirt’s “first poet laureate.” Photo Credit: Kmzundel at English Wikipedia

I hadn’t heard about Red Dirt Music until recently. I read an article that mentioned it in connection with a Texas radio station expanding its broadcast capability. Once I found time to take a deeper look, I learned some things.

Above all, I’m trying to figure out exactly what it is.  Continue reading Red Dirt music expands, but what is it exactly?

Frozen in Florida, but saved by an indie

space heater from Paschal Brothers in Jacksonville.
A beautiful sight: space heater from Paschal Brothers in Jacksonville.

You move to Florida, even in the northern part where I live, you pretty much take weather for granted. While it’s true we do have concerns during hurricane season, in our area we have been very lucky. Extreme weather events are rare here.

Until recently, we forgot what frozen felt like.

All that changed with this week’s weather. New Year’s was fun, but cold. When the temp drops into the 20s, you start to remember what real cold feels like.

When your HVAC system experiences sudden death, you really start to feel that real cold.

That’s what landed my husband and me at Wal-Mart late last night, in search of space heaters. “This is probably a fool’s errand,” I told him as we headed out. We did our best, but no one open at night had any heaters. By this morning, I felt sure no one in Jacksonville had any.

Little did I know we’d be saved by an indie business.  Continue reading Frozen in Florida, but saved by an indie

First Swamp Haven fundraiser brings beds, food, and funds for pups

Crazy Daysies fundraiser Swamp Haven
The Crazy Daysies and their fellow ‘swampytonkers’ collected needed items for Swamp Haven, a rescue organization focusing on hard-to-place dogs. (Photo: IAS)

The Crazy Daysies did the first fundraiser for their 2018 charity of choice Swamp Haven on Thursday. Supporters, otherwise known as ‘swampytonkers’,  love animals, and that was evident in the generous donations.  Continue reading First Swamp Haven fundraiser brings beds, food, and funds for pups

As holiday rush begins, Christmas Bird comes to visit

Christmas Wreath
Christmas wreath/Indie Art South

Every year I swear we will manage holidays better, and every year I fail. With Christmas approaching, our calendar is full of gigs, social events, and gatherings.

Most years we kick off Christmas on a quiet note. My husband and I decorate—well, I decorate and he assists with the hard stuff—and then we make coffee and a snack and walk around looking at our Christmas décor. We might watch a Christmas movie.

This year, our quiet moments were interrupted by a feathery visitor.  Continue reading As holiday rush begins, Christmas Bird comes to visit

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

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Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)

If you’re an indie musician, it probably sometimes seems like you’re climbing the steepest mountain on our planet. It’s true you can network with other musicians, but it’s also true you probably have moments when you feel completely alone.

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician gain ground?  Continue reading Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day with rescue Rusty
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with her rescued pup Rusty. (Used with permission)

Each year, my family contributes to different charities. Some are big. Some are small. It’s the small ones that often go unnoticed even in a season of giving like our Christmas celebrations.

Small charities don’t usually get backed by big corporations with lots of employees. Swamp Haven is a perfect example.  Continue reading In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven

Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese's new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)
The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese’s new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)

Many musicians in Florida are acquainted with The Original Hammock Wine and Cheese bar in Palm Coast (FL). This boutique bar features indie musicians on a regular basis, and has done so for quite some time. Why do I call it a ’boutique bar’?  Continue reading Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover