Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I love Spring!

Spring came early this year; it's just as well. Winter was getting a little ... well, cold... you know. The earth is happier when spring comes early. Tons of projects to finish up this spring... Tom & Kirk Reese have recorded a new CD called The Reese Brothers: Connected. It's a mix of all kinds of stuff, not only jazz, but more. Tunes include "Keep Your Eye on the Prize," Theme from Gunsmoke, Blackberry Winter, and the Death Scene from the Untouchables. Quite a variety! Artwork is nearly finished; it will be out on the radio soon. We'll keep you posted...
Other projects include me doing a concert of Beethoven cello Sonatas with Simon Andrews, pianist. That'll be part of the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, in Lancaster, PA.
Another project is our Music & Art Craft Kits -- 1) a Make-at-Home ocarina kit, called "From Earth to Song." You can find it at www.MyOcarina.com. Make your own wind instrument, decorate it, and learn to play it! A deluxe Music Book is included. 2) MyOcarina Decorating kit -- this one comes with it's own hand-made instrument that you decorate & learn to play!
We started to plant an orchard today ... 2 apple trees, next year (if these guys make it!) will be pears, plums, cherries, and maybe peaches. Yum! We're into edible, organic landscaping. I hope our neighbors don't mind!
The cats are happiest of all... Miles, our new Ragdoll (that's the best picture of him we can get -- all I usually get is the tip of his tail as he runs off!), gets to go outside, something the other two cats had never dreamed of. We live on a busy street, so they can only go out in the back of the house -- it's ok with them! Plenty to smell & roll around in back there!
Tom & I are doing a series of concert this fall featuring the Claude Bolling Suites for Flute (#1) & Cello with Jazz Piano Trio. They are two separate suites; we're doing a whole concert of Bolling's music! Our piano trio is Beth Trez (piano), Keith Mohler (bass) & Dave Young (drums). We are very excited about this project!
I guess my very next project is to get some sleep ... thanks for listening! Sincerely, Laurie Haines Reese, Cellist for The Reese Project, Wyndfall & more!