…Been in the studio the last couple of weeks finishing up songs with @casoncooley. It has felt great working with him so far! I’m feeling good about these songs. In the meantime, Here’s a throwback photo to when we went to Pula, Croatia.👌🏼 | full post here


[Former] Roommate Rand found this in his family’s treasure trove of musical memorabilia. I can’t get over it. It’s from a 1946 article published in The Etude. The gist: “According to Mr. Schuster, girls can play the cello and still look glamorous." 

Thanks, Schus. ‘Preciate it.

The copy:

"LOTS OF GIRLS would like to play the cello but the thought of how they would look doing it often makes them go no further than the original wish.

Joseph Schuster, Russian cello virtuoso, thinks that’s all a big mistake, however. According to Mr. Schuster, girls can play the cello and still look glamorous. It is just a question of a few little pointers and in the accompanying picture Mr. Schuster is shown giving them to a group of young budding lady virtuosos.

Today, there are women cellists in all the symphony orchestras, both in radio and concert halls all over the country. They handle their big bulky instruments with utmost adroitness and manage to look as efficient, suave, and lovely as any lady play the harp. It is a far cry from the old days when a lady virtuoso who came for appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was hooted off the stage. In those days, lady cellists played side-saddle. The virtuoso in question was an iconoclast. She wanted to play the cello like a man. 'I’ll be criticized the same as any male virtuoso.’ she argued, 'I might as well play like one.’ The results were disastrous at that time.

In musical circles there is still this famous joke going the rounds. It has to do with a lady who comes into a store looking for a gown with the widest possible skirt. Every time she tries one on, she sits down, pretends that she is taking something bulky between her knees, and then says, 'No, I’m sorry, I don’t think this will do. Haven’t you got anything wider?’ Finally, the manager of the store is exasperated and says: 'I’m sorry madame, but we sell only to ladies.’ 'Well, I’m a lady cellist,’ replied the startled customer, walking out in a huff.”

The media’s too blind to see this taylor. Because being good is so underrated, that they have to make her look bad in order for people to buy it.

So what can we expect from people who only hear about taylor as the crazy ex-girlfriend who always writes songs about them? Nothing good, I guess.

Because in their point of view, her writing about her experiences is bad. Her affirming her contributions to the songwriting process is bad. Her going out on a date isn’t new to them anymore. Right?

They will always hate her for everything she does. But we’ll never ever get tired of defending her from the haters. Right guys?


Tarima de Tixtla | Gala 60 Años Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

One of my fav performances!! 

Here’s an animated gif of me (by Tomi Palsa for playing the autoharp at the Lost in Music festival on October 21st. It was part of a music industry convention called Music and Media, held every year in Tampere.

If you understand Finnish, you can read the full review of the festival, from which this animation was plucked, on Nuorgam here. They say some really nice things about lots of fancy foreigners saying they thought our show was great. (Well, shucks, guys… Thanks!) I might add that the Finnish media likes to speculate on whether or not this or that Finnish artist is going to “make it” internationally, and they do that here, too. I wish they wouldn’t, as when it comes down to it, it’s only in our own hands as far as we strive to make good music and get it to an audience. We can only do our best, and aside from all the hard work, the final word on who “makes it” or not (whatever that even means) is usually up to chance.

Speaking of which, as the review mentions, Martin Mills, the founder of the Beggars Group, was at our show, which I was very excited about, since he runs most of my favorite record labels of all time (though he insists he doesn’t sign anybody himself). At the convention, he came across as a kind man, a wise man, very down-to-earth, and not a smidgen patronizing. I overheard some industry tough-guys at Music and Media talking about artists over breakfast as if they were show dogs. Not Mr. Mills. He was something else. Hats off!