What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?

Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival on Saturday. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)
Jen Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) making up the Crazy Daysies duo opened the festival. (Photo: Jen Day Thompson)

Every so often I do an update here about what the girls and their fellow musicians are up to. It looks like 2019 will be another busy year, but we’re hoping for a little more space in between gigs than we had in 2018. Rebecca learned that four gigs in the span of a week makes for one tired musician.

If you work as a musician, you know how it is. You’ll have gigs on the book for a certain week, and a too-great-to-decline offer comes up. So you put it on the calendar. That happened quite a few times in 2018.

There’s also the busy work of running a small business. Rebecca does a good job and I help as I can, but the paperwork alone can be tedious. Music looks glamorous from the outside, but when you’re on the inside of it and doing it fulltime, it takes a lot of energy.

Last year there were lots of personal events going on, and that made scheduling tricky. There’s good news and bad news on that front.  Continue reading “What’s up in 2019 for the Crazy Daysies?”

Daysies’ livestream featured new songs, cancer fundraiser, and film producer

The Crazy Daysies had Friday night off, and ended up doing music anyway. It’d been awhile since they had time to do a livestream, so we invited some friends and family over and ended up having a ball. We heard a couple new covers and the original they’ll soon release. We also had some special guests.  Continue reading “Daysies’ livestream featured new songs, cancer fundraiser, and film producer”

Daysies Live from the Big Orange to benefit cancer charity

Jen Day Thompson with husband David Thompson
Jen Day Thompson (left), violist and vocalist for The Crazy Daysies, shown here with husband David Thompson, associate with Coker Law in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy Jen Day Thompson)

What does a band do when there’s a rare Friday night off? Find a way to make music, of course. This Friday, August 17, at 7:30 PM, the Crazy Daysies will go live on Facebook to help raise money  for the American Cancer Society. David Thompson, husband of Jennifer, is heading up the fundraiser for his firm. David is an associate at Coker Law. This event on Facebook may yield some surprises. Continue reading “Daysies Live from the Big Orange to benefit cancer charity”

It’s personal: Rebecca explores faith and roots with “Living Room Blues”

I write about all types of artists, but this article is personal.

Rebecca Day, vocalist and guitarist for The Crazy Daysies, will soon release a song that took her on a journey into faith and roots. The song is a personal reflection on what her faith means, and it was partly inspired by frustration. Have you ever sat in church and become frustrated with politics in the pulpit? I have, and so have others. “Living Room Blues and Faith” was in part inspired by that experience. Continue reading “It’s personal: Rebecca explores faith and roots with “Living Room Blues””

The Crazy Daysies meet Mr. Peanut

The Crazy Daysies with Mr. Peanut.
The Crazy Daysies loved meeting Mr. Peanut. Shown in front of the Peanutmobile: (L to R) Rebecca Day, Mr. Peanut, Jennifer Day Thompson, and baby Kayla. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Sometimes, girls just gotta’ have fun, as the song goes. So when the Crazy Daysies learned Mr. Peanut (and his ride) would be at the Winn-Dixie in Mandarin on Thursday, they headed over. Baby Kayla didn’t quite know what to think, but she ended up getting ice cream afterwards, so all was well. Kayla did say hello to him, but as for Mr. Peanut, mum’s the word. 🙂

Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival

Palatka 2017 Blue Crab Festival
Palatka’s annual Blue Crab Festival featured lots of crafts, food, and bands.

Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival over Memorial Day weekend drew lots of people to the small town known for festivals, views of the mighty St. John’s River, and hospitality. That last was obvious as soon as we arrived to hear the Crazy Daysies and other bands scheduled for Saturday.  Continue reading “Band Mom: Hat tip to organizers and volunteers at Blue Crab Festival”

Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival

cowboy on horse with cell phone
Loved seeing the cowboy checking his phone while riding his horse. (Photo: IAS)

One of the most unique festivals I’ve been to is this past weekend’s Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup. The city of Ocala goes all out to support the festival, and it’s one of the most heavily attended I’ve been to.

What sets this festival apart? (Story continues after photos) Continue reading “Ocala Rotary’s Cracker Cattle Drive put the fest in festival”