You Can be a FiddleStar

I post things about fiddling. And how we can all be better at it.

<p>This #chicksinger selfie comes with a movie review. @aghoststorymovie at the @belcourttheatre led to a long discussion of patience and attention span and everything we’ve come to believe about our own abilities to sit in discomfort. We’re smiling here but it belies the melancholy and sadness we experienced in this truly unique movie. It’s the kind of melancholy and sadness that we all need to explore and talk about with the people we love. It’s important to sit with these feelings - let them wash over us - and watch them roll away. If you’re not a member of the Belcourt Theater, I highly recommend becoming one. Art still matters. Maybe now more than ever. And go see A Ghost Story. It’s difficult. And I mean that as a compliment. #nashville #matinee #beethovensninth  (at Belcourt Theatre)</p>

This #chicksinger selfie comes with a movie review. @aghoststorymovie at the @belcourttheatre led to a long discussion of patience and attention span and everything we’ve come to believe about our own abilities to sit in discomfort. We’re smiling here but it belies the melancholy and sadness we experienced in this truly unique movie. It’s the kind of melancholy and sadness that we all need to explore and talk about with the people we love. It’s important to sit with these feelings - let them wash over us - and watch them roll away. If you’re not a member of the Belcourt Theater, I highly recommend becoming one. Art still matters. Maybe now more than ever. And go see A Ghost Story. It’s difficult. And I mean that as a compliment. #nashville #matinee #beethovensninth (at Belcourt Theatre)

Posted 25 weeks ago

Good morning and welcome to not-nearly-enough of Pete’s Waltz but as much as I could fit in IG’s 60 second window. The talented and generous @petimar1 of Seattle wrote this gem and I loved it from the first moment I heard it. The melody is beautiful, the double stops are lovely, and the chord progression is enchanting. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wait the whole waltz just to play the little second position half step wingding you see there at the end. Try it. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Also, Eb and Ab never let me down. Good on ya, Pete Martin. (Full version will be up on the FiddleStar YouTube channel in a few minutes.) #waltz #waltzes #fiddle #fiddletunes #fiddlestar #peteswaltz #secondpositionhalfstepwingding (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 25 weeks ago
<p>Reppin @bluegrasspride with @frontcountrysf at @folkfightsback for LGBTQ love tonight. @roscoeplaysmando and @spacebassface didn’t wear their shirts because they were in the laundry but the intent was there. #folkfightsback #bluegrasspride  (at The Basement East)</p>

Reppin @bluegrasspride with @frontcountrysf at @folkfightsback for LGBTQ love tonight. @roscoeplaysmando and @spacebassface didn’t wear their shirts because they were in the laundry but the intent was there. #folkfightsback #bluegrasspride (at The Basement East)

Posted 25 weeks ago
<p>I got #sirwinstoncup a new bed last week and he seems to like it but he refuses to read the manual. #youredoingitwrong #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

I got #sirwinstoncup a new bed last week and he seems to like it but he refuses to read the manual. #youredoingitwrong #bostonterrier #bostonterriercult #flatnosedogsociety (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 26 weeks ago
<p>Meet our new boy. This is Gretsch. He’s a cat. He seems loud and also really nice and super into head scratches. He lives outside with #busterkeaton (or as some people know him, #bkeats). We don’t know where he came from. We just know that he’s here now. Also, Adam named him. #newcat #orangecat #gretsch #porchcatsofinstagram  (at Fiddlestar)</p>

Meet our new boy. This is Gretsch. He’s a cat. He seems loud and also really nice and super into head scratches. He lives outside with #busterkeaton (or as some people know him, #bkeats). We don’t know where he came from. We just know that he’s here now. Also, Adam named him. #newcat #orangecat #gretsch #porchcatsofinstagram (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 26 weeks ago

In the early 80s, when I was coming of age in the “fiddle contest scene”, slow, dirge-like waltzes were all the rage. Many contests had not yet instituted a time limit and fiddlers were seemingly enamored with the idea of a less danceable approach to fiddling in general. At the tender age of 8ish, I was easily swayed by that philosophy and my waltzes veered toward whatever word is more dramatic than “languid”. Then I heard the beautiful Nancy’s Waltz and literally, for the first time, it occurred to me that fast, dance-oriented waltzes sounded really super cool. Virg Evans, a California fiddler who everyone loved, wrote this one (for his wife Nancy, I do believe). It just came to mind this morning - I haven’t played it in 20 years, I’d guess, but here goes. Put on your dancing shoes. #waltz #waltzes #fiddle #nancy #fiddlingisdancemusic (at Fiddlestar)

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>I’d like to wish my mom a very happy birthday. She’s a great dancer, a quick wit, an easy laugher, a rule maker, a people connector, a baseball aficionado, an avid reader, a fast walker, a restaurant lover, a garlic hater, and a seasoned traveler. She’ll never find the perfect pair of black pants. But she won’t ever stop looking. I can’t imagine my life without the adventures we’ve shared. Happy Birthday, Mur! #mursbirthday #bastilleday  (at Hayward, California)</p>

I’d like to wish my mom a very happy birthday. She’s a great dancer, a quick wit, an easy laugher, a rule maker, a people connector, a baseball aficionado, an avid reader, a fast walker, a restaurant lover, a garlic hater, and a seasoned traveler. She’ll never find the perfect pair of black pants. But she won’t ever stop looking. I can’t imagine my life without the adventures we’ve shared. Happy Birthday, Mur! #mursbirthday #bastilleday (at Hayward, California)

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>Last night was a magical, musical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. (I’m not sitting in Bridgestone crying while James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt sing Close Your Eyes. You are.) I’m so grateful to have shared it with my beautiful best friend and my fabulous father-in-law. Not gonna lie though. I could have used, like, two more fiddle solos because Andrea Zonn. #nashville #jamestaylor #bonnieraitt #legends  (at Bridgestone Arena)</p>

Last night was a magical, musical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. (I’m not sitting in Bridgestone crying while James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt sing Close Your Eyes. You are.) I’m so grateful to have shared it with my beautiful best friend and my fabulous father-in-law. Not gonna lie though. I could have used, like, two more fiddle solos because Andrea Zonn. #nashville #jamestaylor #bonnieraitt #legends (at Bridgestone Arena)

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>We make good choices. #sparkles #bacon #learningnewfiddletunes #burgersbecause #fiddle #pamtastic  (at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden)</p>

We make good choices. #sparkles #bacon #learningnewfiddletunes #burgersbecause #fiddle #pamtastic (at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden)

Posted 27 weeks ago
<p>Nothing better than celebrating a good friend with good food and good drag. Bluegrass birthdays in Nashville don’t always look like you thought they might. #gay30 #nashvillenights #brooklynheightsforlife #theprincess  (at Church Street)</p>

Nothing better than celebrating a good friend with good food and good drag. Bluegrass birthdays in Nashville don’t always look like you thought they might. #gay30 #nashvillenights #brooklynheightsforlife #theprincess (at Church Street)

Posted 27 weeks ago

 1/25/13
I am excited to embark on a new chapter of my working life - I recently gave my notice to the Pam Tillis organization and will no longer be touring with her or Lorrie Morgan (on their awesome Grits and Glamour Tour). I must admit, I'm sad to be leaving. It's been an incredible four years and I have learned so much. Thanks to Pam, her amazing husband/manager Matt Spicher, and my bandmates, especially the lovely and talented Mary Sue Englund, with whom I spent more time over the last few years than I did with my husband. And I wouldn't trade a minute of it...