We were sitting outside the church in Avarua. Everyone was in their Sunday best- the women wore coconut frond rito hats laden with flowers and the kids in the choir, white button-down shirts. We squeezed Sia into a floral frock we’d been carrying around since San Diego. Even Michael zipped the bottom legs onto his convertible pants.
I fell in love with Nora Jane Struthers in the catering room at the Winterwondergrass Music Festival in Beaver Creek, CO. I was sneaking a second plate of mac & cheese with my baby, swathed in a polar bear snowsuit, and Nora Jane swooped in and struck up a conversation.
People ask me if I miss making music now that I'm a mother. I usually respond with, "You mean, spooning with my bass player in a Best Western in Salt Lake City because there weren't enough beds for the band? Nah!
Music plays a much larger role now in our day-to-day because Sia is so much more engaged and physically independent.
Move over, Beethoven. It seems as though the creative arts were alive and well right here in Germany, 45,000 years ago.
Set off a busy street in Crete's capital city Heraklion, Stelios Peterakis greeted us into his sunlit workshop, surrounded by unfinished Bulgari bodies.
Being a musician, I thought I'd spend the first months of motherhood penning lullabies, singing "Hush Little Baby" while our newborn slept peacefully to Mozart. Well, that was a pipe dream:
Hidden away in the hills outside of Crete's capital city, Hiraklion, is a pandora's box for any aficionado of rare musical instruments.
I came across this gorgeous video of a Mongolian herder singing to his herd and had to share it.
Some of you must have bitten the bullet and decided to get a ukulele (bravo!), because a handful of you have been asking which one to choose when starting out.
Hidden away on clandestine stretch of sand in the Sahara, miles from the closest city Timbuktu, is a music festival that is, according to their website, “still in exile.”
Lately I’ve been singing to the little cantaloupe growing in my belly. There are so many benefits of prenatal singing for both you and your baby, I had to share some of the info.
In Robert Pirsig’s classic 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the protagonist straddles the two worlds of technology and art during a road trip across America.
Ever since visions of Elvis Presley and grass-skirted beauties on moonlit beaches graced our two-tone RCAs, we’ve been obsessed with the ukulele and it’s symbol of the idyllic Hawaiian life.
I was supposed to meet Toti Soler in one of his favorite places in the Gracia quarter of Barcelona, a classic Spanish bistro called Bilbao.
Barcelona is a mélange of culture, architectural whimsy and Basque-style tapas bars- the perfect city to get lost in your thoughts amidst the watermelon suco. And music is not exempt.
Who knew a hidden Afro-Brazilian religion would turn out to be the forebear of contemporary samba?
When we arrived in Eritrea on Palm Sunday, I didn't know we'd be crashing a mass baptism with hundreds of women dressed in white.
Tigrinya comes from the Tigray-Tygrinya people, an ethic group inhabiting both Eritrea and the northern highlands of Ethiopia.
Raising funds through song downloads to help finish the Phouluang Tai Pre and Primary School with Pencils of Promise.
I had known a bit about the folk history of the ozans, or the traveling singing poets. These musicians were the first troubadours, the upholders of tradition and the the most outspoken politically.
Olodum was created in 1979 by a percussionist Neguinho do Samba as a creative outlet for young Afro-Brazilians to come together in music, dance and theater.