Thank You Thank You, Florida...


I realize that it's been nearly a month since my return, but I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from my time home for the holidays. Florida was absolutely magical. It was just the dose of sunshine, loving smiles, Southern hospitality, and family that I've been missing. The photos above are but only a slice of all the joy that was felt. Anytime I'm surrounded by the folks above is a good time for sure. I can't wait to head back to The South soon to see my sisters and the little guy in the video below. 

Papa, I'm praying you heal nice and quickly, now ya hear? I've been listening to your CD and am already planning our next concert together! It's going to be some kind of special!!

So much love. Enjoy!

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Graftician, Me, and Skinny Fat Jacks...

I'm looking forward to this evening. I'll be opening up for a band of friendly and talented folks, Graftician. We'll be down on Main Street at Skinny Fat Jack's. It's $8 at the door and the show starts at 9:00 pm. I hope to see your smiling faces there.

In other musical news, earlier this week I heard one of my favorite Gulf Coast bands on World Cafe. It's so wonderful to hear The Revivalists receiving the attention they deserve.

Happy Friday. Enjoy!


An Interview Live at Dave's...

While in town last week I stopped over in Orange Beach and met up with the friendly fellas of Live at Dave's. It was a wonderful time singing tunes and chatting with Henry and Johnny. I must admit I'm not a seasoned interviewee, but I reckon it's all a learning process for the next time.

I'm so happy to share with you the podcast below which includes songs both old and new. 

Happy Tuesday. Enjoy!

ps: thank you Jeff for setting this up! Love you (!!)


Hello, 2015...

Happy New Year my dear sweet readers! It's hard to believe that we are already 4 days into 2015.

With the holidays surrounded by family, the fiasco that was traveling back to Vancouver, and the transition back into teaching and research mode, I feel I've not had time to properly sort through my thoughts and post them for you. That being said, this week I have a slew of new posts planned which include: new songs and an interview with the fellas from Live at Dave's, a summary of my travels home for the holidays, and a sneak peak of a show I have lined up with the talented Graftician.

For now I'd like to leave you with a little recap of 2014 as well as lay out a few goals and resolutions for the coming year.

Recap of 2014

2014 was a year of new experiences. I was introduced to some lovely new artists (here and here); had a prolific spring writing and recording new tunes (here and here); introduced my parents as well as a few of my favorite people to the Pacific Northwest (here, here, and here); hiked to some places I never thought I'd go (here, here, here, here, and here); saw parts of North America I never thought I'd have the pleasure of seeing (here, here, and here); found myself on adventures I never dreamed I'd be on (here and here); and met folks I know will be lifelong friends (here and here). 2014 was also the Year of the Marathon (here and here). Wow! Recapping this has me looking forward to all that 2015 will hold.

Goals for 2015

  • Pray more; I have a direct line of communication to the creator of the universe; we should chat more often.
  • Keep running and keep smiling; it's all too easy to let excuses dictate my schedule. It's time I take a cue from the good folks at the USPS; neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor lazy days will keep me from smiling and running my cares away. - Austin, I'm coming for you!
  • Spend more time with those I love; there are only so many hours in a day and only so many days in a lifetime. I want to live mine surrounded by and investing in my dear friends and loved ones. 
  • Re-implement Operation Box of Sunshine; regretfully, I've let this fall to the wayside since moving to Canada. It's time I start spreading a little cheer around the globe. One box of cookies at a time.

I realize that some of my ideas for 2015 may not have instant results, but that is ok. Resolutions are a daily choice. Something to be worked on one small step at a time. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015? Let's start the year off with some of Alabama's finest St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

It's a new year. A fresh start. Enjoy!


Merry Christmas...

The presents are open. The loved ones are near. Christmas day has finally arrived! I am happy as a lark. 

I love the traditions of the advent. Five years ago I released my first singing Christmas telegram. I knew precisely the song I was going to sing for you all this year. Without further adieu:

To my friends and family across the nation and across the globe, from the shores of sunny Florida to wherever this Christmas may find you; my singing Christmas telegram for you.

I pray you have a  Merry Christmas filled with the joy of Christ.

Warmly,  -Tanya xoxo

ps: special thanks to Heather and Riccardo for their excellent videography skills!