BASS – SYNTH – VISUALS
ITALY – SWITZERLAND – GERMANY – AUSTRIA – UK
Thanks to Martial Gille on Facebook, it was brought to my attention that the French people voted me #3 Artist of the Year 2010 in ROCK N’ FOLK magazine – just below ROBERT FUCKING PLANT ZEPLIN! what an absolute honor. despite my lack of muscle in the management, label and business divisions on this last OOOM chapter, the listeners, both music journalists and music fans, have been more supportive and receptive of my work and music than ever before!!! this is a sign of being on the right path. YOU are the ones who know, the ones who bring the music home, into your personal lives and homes, who allow me to be part of the soundtrack of your lives. THANK YOU very very very much for this.
it has been a very hard couple of years of reinventing and searching for the answers to these haunting questions:
“how do i continue to make music with my life”
“how do i learn to run a business that is built on emotional honesty and artistic integrity, NOT on business”
“how do i survive these changing times”
“how does a woman grow into maturity in both her personal and creative life”
“how do they fit together? how do the wrestle with one another?”
“how does a woman in the arts age gracefully and remain relevant to the public”
“where are my role models”
“how can we join together to lend wisdom and support one another”
i don’t expect you know the answers, i know i will find them out as i go, and will document them in many forms. my blog, my music, my visual work, my relationships, my projects and in the way i live my life. may we learn from one another.
thanks for stopping by virtual home today,
merci au FRANCAIS & ROCK N’ FOLK for your support x o x o x
OOOM MEMORIES STILL TRICKLING IN…..
OH ISTANBUL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, WE WILL BE BACK X
too many beautiful moments of OOOM Tour 2010 to embody on this here blog, but thanks to amazing people we met along the way, and our own inner team, we managed to capture a lot of it to share with you at home… and the ones who have not yet seen OOOM in flesh and blood. the beauty of the snow and cold sun in january 2011, is building up inspiration for the next chapter of sounds, but for now, we still have ooom songs to listen to loud and clear…. a few shows left in her for 2011 too!
take a look at what the lovely polish friends we made put together…
thank you weronika & przemek & poland!!
dear ooom tour blog followers!
remember OOOM TOUR BLOG #10 ~ KOLN ?!?!
the amazing church show, the little chairs acoustic performance et all…
well the TV crew which shot and recorded the show impeccably for ROCKPALAST, germany’s leading live rock tv show, televised the show last week, and you can watch it on their website! team OOOM, the pastor THOMAS and the whole TV crew did a fantastic job that night. one of the highlights of the whole tour (that i am still reeling with magic energy in my blood!). watch it … feel it … reach for it!
MAdM LIVE IN KOLN!
living in the past and loving it!
ISTANBUL: THE NEW ANCIENT CITY AT THE END OF THE OOOM DREAM TOUR….
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
BAZAAR, FELINES, ANCIENT MOSQUES & MOSAICS, WILD STREET & NIGHT LIFE, UNDERGROUND CISTERN BASILICA, FEASTS, PASSION, POMEGRANATE JUICE & MORE THAN YOU COULD EVER DREAM OF IN AN URBAN SPIRITUAL HEADQUARTERS ….
we could almost stop here…. but impossible. the man matt & his camera feasted on the unbelievable and unstoppable scenes that unfold around every corner.
THE ISTANBUL FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE & ARTS were the most gracious hosts a team of people could ever hope for. an impressive institution in the heart of the TUNEL district, this foundation hosts local and international arts of all kind, and we were lucky enough to be part of the program. we were assigned two perfect dream like hosts to guide our enthusiastic wide eyed OOOM team around day and night activities… introducing, honoring and thanking our hosts: ZEKI AND AIDA
we asked questions and favors for over 48 hours of heaven… like any tourists we wanted to see the most famous of the mosques Sophia & Blue Mosques, the mysterious Cisterns with upside down Madussa head and the Palace Museum …. here’s a slice of what we saw
after the ancient mysteries were visited, the day unravelled into the streets towards the grand bazaar. as if to push my heart into its final longing and withdraw of my felines waiting for me at home 48 hours way…. there were the FELINES OF ISTANBUL (thanks for the book!!!), not the mention the dogs, which will live on a canine lovers blog somewhere one day (will?) ….
and the “children” and endless hallways and stuff of the grand bazaar bazaar…
he barely had time to jump in the air for the ritual of jump split, but he did. the rest of the time was devouring the streets, et voila…
MATT’S FEAST ON ISTANBUL STREETS: smell the Raki and split dive in…
THEN THERE WAS THE SHOW…. the music as our magic carpet ride to turkey…. and our SPECIAL VIKING GUEST! BLACKJAZZ ANYONE? JORGEN MUNKEBY, MASTER SAXER, FRIEND & VISIONARY took up our invitation to join us for the weekend. SHINING played istanbul a couple of years ago at club babylon, and left the city, as we have, with a special feeling for it. we always have room for jorgen on stage with us, so this weekend was a perfect final show of 2010 and encore for all.
the weekend was as magical as we dreamt it would be…
to share it with friends and musical peers was PURE HEAVEN HEAVEN HEAVEN
… i can barely stop… this tour, this weekend, this team, this life are pure bliss heaven on earth. thank you to all who took part of this chapter with me. i am in love with life and refreshed after a long leave of hibernation and recreation. i am alive in the outside world and back from the underworld. ancient cultures helped me get here, swelling deep inside. isis the feline and the goddess helped poke me awake along the way. i have visited beautiful places this past year, that have meant more than any trips i’ve ever taken before. this year was the year of drinking the fruits of my deepest labor. feels so much better when it goes directly from my bloody fire heart to yours. thank you for receiving. i will be back again and again and hopefully EGYPT (and south america!) for a first time… if i play my desire deck cards right.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
PARIS! VOILA OH LA LA X SCHEDULED TO BE THE “LAST” SHOW OF THE OOOM TOUR 2010, but a last minute invitation to ISTANBUL turned out to be the final weekend celebration (stay tuned for next and LAST blog tomorrow). PARIS, as always, classy, polite and romantic. MERCI. tony had never been to paris, so as i stayed tucked away in the TRABENDO busy with interviews and packing, MATT and he set out to see the usual impressive sights …
… the extra large beautiful beast and unimpressed parisian with big ass bumper sticker were the icing on the cake. meanwhile, back at the red box, tech checks were made, and it was the last day with full OOOM team. Ashley did her last projection show and merch mania duties, while ross did some tricks and last light show with his magic fingers… the team begins to unravel, tour coming to an end, charging phones, backing up hard drives, ridding ourselves of special traveling absinth bar, squishing dan’s head and HOME is getting closer for all…..
LOVELY CROWD, SOME TRAVELED FROM UK AND FAR, THANK YOU!
our team had big group photo and hug x ross gave our fearless and bossy german busdriver KALI a wet kiss Auf Wiedersehen! x TIME TO PACK FOR TURKEY…… X
IT’S COMING TO THE END OF THE OOOM LINE. 3 shows left, but endless fire and heart to give, sooo we have to make the most of every last drop of sharing. often, me and the team need o stay back at the venue to soundcheck, tech check, do interviews, shower, laundry etc… MATT like a good docu photographer should… and brings us back a piece of the city….
absolute beauty, and one of those rare cities i’ve seen none of except the music room and the people, that’s my top choice as it were, but the rest of this place seems exceptional. thanks you for coming out to the atlier mes amis!!! we played a show…
MOTHER OF THE TREES embracing Bizantine era mosaic basilicas! small italian town with a lot of heart, pasta and wine in the historic region of ravenna italia…. end of our italian perfect weekend. thank you all for coming out to receive the music and give love x
hot hot show full of much energy, then came meeting the real flesh and blood madonnas face to face. italian women are a passionate dream x gratzie
no italian weekend is complete without a 2am home cooked meal by a rock music inspired chef! CHEF DAVIDE did just that.. brought us home to mama, the sister, the brother and dog to feed us! thank you italian hearts! too good to us, so we will be back sooner than you’d think. in the meantime happy winter solstice, christmas and new year!
DAY 2 OF 3 DAY ITALIAN WEEKEND X HEAVEN!
this time it involves the anniversary of NEW AGE rock club we are playing (meaning big party after show!) and a beautiful castle in the near by small city center of RONCADE. castle winery, with a 250+ old tree that was love at first sight for me… i guess i really miss isis and witchlet when i squeak at every passing dog, and hug a tree…. almost home, but first, fall in love with ITALIA AGAIN! gelato, red wine, espresso, people etc…
meanwhile, back at our castle on wheels, we are counting the end days of the OOOM TOUR…. sad to see it come to an end. it was been perfect, thanks to all of you who’ve come to listen and feel the sounds. matt has done his best to shoot as much as possible and jump as high as he can, but was at a loss for words back at the bus when i received an amazing hand sketched portrait from a magic pink lady…. incredible and thank you!!! it will be framed and hung in my home x
a great show was played, lively people met and a hand carved silver MAdM monogram pick received! gratzie! then came the outrageous after show dance party… when matt’s got his bowtie on and ashley wears a dress, you know we are up for a big night!
new age club, we danced our asses off at your birthday party… you must’ve dropped some magic potion into our drinks… when i am dancing to limp biscuit, nickelback AND celebrity skin… you know something has gotten into me. OH!!!! i know what it is! it’s the joy of the OOOM TOUR~ that’s what did it! IT’S MY LIFE, IT’S NOW OR NEVER, I AIN’T GONNA LIVE FOREVER…. SO DANCE DANCE DANCE!