Song For Saturday [Folka Dots, I Don't Mind]

Remember last weekend when I had a bunch of photo shoots and birthday parties and I didn’t know if I’d get to it all? Well. I did. I got to all of it. And it was such a great Saturday–a Saturday that ended with a house concert at cJane‘s, whose birthday happens to be exactly one week after mine. The Folka Dots played and I loved it. I really did. Live music + atmosphere = does it for me every time. (As did the platter of Brie slathered in something akin to honey and walnuts. I basically set up camp by the cheese and crackers, if you  must know.)

They even sang Happy Birthday to us March babies (Mindy‘s birthday is smack dab in the middle of mine and Courtney’s. And don’t ask me who the girl on the far right is.) Mindy said, later in the evening, after the show had ended, and we settled in to visit, “I can spot a Pisces from anywhere.” And I would have to agree. Quite a dreamy breed, we are.

But before the night ended, the Dots sang this delicious tune, which Christopher luckily caught on camera, and which makes me want to run away with a farmer and buy a little cabin on the plains, and be his for always. Dreamy indeed.

(Listen to more Here)

*All photos courtesy of Justin Hackworth

Song for Saturday [Mindy Gledhill, Winter Moon] + HOUSE CONCERT!!!

We might have gone overboard on the pies. We might’ve.

There was my pecan and sugar cream. Plus two pumpkins. Plus a lemon sour cream. And a chocolate cream.

Quite honestly, there was more pie per capita than Thanksgiving turkey. But by golly, come Friday morning, I was sure glad to be greeted by a gratuitous slice of leftover pecan for breakfast. Fav.o.rite.

After morning pie (akin to morning to prayer), we traipsed up the mountainside, like we do every year, looking for the perfect tree. Oddly (gratefully) it wasn’t very cold with only a light, snowy mist in the air.

We weaved in and out of the firs and evergreens, up this way and then back that way, when quite fortuitously, and rather quickly (compared to years past), we found her. The perfect mix of whimsy, fullness, and Charlie Brown.

And just like that, Christmas had begun. Hip! Hip!

In honor of the newly opened yuletide season, I wanted to share the music video debut of “Winter Moon” by my friend, indie-singer/songwriter Mindy Gledhill. She just released a Christmas album, of the same title, and I’m in love love love with the whole darn thing. The collection, to me, is reminiscent of simple Christmases, dreamy and playful, with hints of delightful quirkiness. Her rendition of “Christmas Waltz” (Track 2) is hands down, my new favorite Christmas song. I had it on repeat for, oh, 2 hours or so last night. So I am quite confident when I say that I think this should be your 2011 Christmas CD purchase.

Find the album here (hard copy, on sale for $11.24 today) and here (iTunes, $9.99).

And if getting to share the music video wasn’t exciting enough! I have a copy of Winter Moon to giveaway to one of my readers! Just leave a comment below telling me your Christmas wish and I’ll randomly draw the winner next Friday night. ***This GIVEAWAY has ended: The winner is Brenda Taylor! Congrats Brenda!

Oh, but there’s more! I’m hosting a private house concert featuring Mindy and her stellar band (who are flying in all the way from LA for the show!) on Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. You’re coming right?! The artist donation fee is $10 until December 12, or $15 at the door.

I’m over-the-Winter-Moon excited about this concert and am already scheming-dreaming the decorations and refreshments! Oh, how I hope you can come. If you have any questions, send me an email.

Now without further adieu, may I present Mindy Gledhill (+ a few surprise guests) singing the title track of her new album “Winter Moon” …