by the first week of march, buds and blossoms had already arrived in vancouver, early ambassadors of spring.
spring. a season. the axil tilt of the earth is leaning toward the sun, as daylight hours grow and stretch and increase. i notice it already – it’s not light out when i leave work, but there is a stripe of light blue along the horizon. “The hemisphere begins to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to spring forth, giving the season its name.”
spring. an object used to store mechanical energy.
spring. a natural source of water.
spring. a town in texas.
mostly i am considering the first. seeds planted and the winter thaw revealing new life in unexpected or forgtotten places. i welcome it.
The declaration of spring
Take off your green armour
and bare your pink petticoats
of flesh and bone
The holiday season saw me in a total of 5 airports across north america. travel, during this season, is so chaotic! i considered how spread out we are, how so many of us are so far from the people we grew up with. so far that we all swarm the airports and crowd the skies to see each other. and i was happy that we did. many warm houses of family and friends’ were visited, many delicious meals were enjoyed, wine was drank, laughs were big-bellied, and after all of the best of the season, it’s good to be home again.
january and february have one gig each so far, and stay tuned for march tour dates. i will be joining jess hill on vancouver island for a few, and coco love alcorn in to the prairies for more.
see you soon*
i’ve taken a few months off and am heading on a mini tour with two other fabulous canadian musicans. just in time for christmas! i assure you our albums make excellant gifts for everyone on your list, so come to the shows and we will happily stuff your stockings! :)
where has summer gone? with september ready in the green room (though i suppose, it should be colourd golden orange and yellow, all shades of falling leaves), i can tell of at least one summer story….
i got a videofact grant! and on friday, with the lovely and talented director/auteur william morrison, we shot the first half of what will be my first video. it was fantastic fun, and in a couple months (once william’s adventures bring the rest of the footage), it will be finished and ready to share with you all here. i am most excited about these moving pictures. thank you videofact!
also this summer, there’s a review of the album in “Penguin Eggs”.
through googling another artist, i came across the website for galaxie, “cbc’s continuous music network”, and found that my album is #2 on this month’s top 10 folk albums. actually, an album called “fall out of oz” is, but close enough :) thanks FolkRoots and Roch Parisien!
this month, there is an interview, in two parts, i did with Daria at Boutique Cafe. on her home page, click podcasts, shows #31 and #32, to listen.
i’m also playing at East Side Pride, in grandview park in vancouver, on saturday june 24th, part of this year’s vancouver pride festivities. come come!
tomorrow is solstice… i will be watching the sunset on its longest day this year at spanish banks. i hope you’re out in its light too. happy summer!
15 days and an exact amount of kilometres that i’ve forgotten later, we are home again after the Grrrls With Guitars tour 2006! highlights… playing for a room of family, friends and long lost highschool faces in my hometown… coco on the dance floor singing “since you’ve been gone” acapella in banff. (i love that woman). the generosity of all the people who put us up, fed us and let us bathe (best tub: ami’s in winnipeg) was entirely heartwarming, not to mention all the folk who came out to the shows. if i saw you there, thank you thank you for coming. if i didn’t, see you next time :)
i just got back from a road trip to Whitehorse. 6 days of driving for 3 days in town was a lot, but the views up and down were stunning. it didn’t hit 33 below until we left town, and i am so glad i bought that parka at a yard sale last summer for $5. is it northern people or small town people in general that are so friendly, welcoming and helpful? now it’s back back home (so happy to see my bed again) and back to work. the finishing touches being put on the new website, the above mentioned video ap, hearing back from festivals thus booking summer shows and working on new songs is keeping me busy these days. i did gaze out my window for awhile yesterday and noticed the bare branches that i left over a week ago, are now sporting tiny green leaves, and many a pregnant bud, a couple of which were already pushing out young yellow petals. spring is coming!
welcome to the new site! the beginings of it. there is much more to come, but in the meantime, in celebration of all the latest and greatest, we are happy to unveil the work in progress that is christacouture.com. you can now listen to some tracks from the new album! which, by the way, is called “Fell Out of Oz” and is in canadian stores now. not in canada, or don’t feel like getting up? you can also order it online at www.maxmusic.ca or www.amazon.ca.
the cd release party was incredible fun – thank you to everyone who came – and the album has been doing great since. i am so grateful to you darlings, for the emails, comments and phone calls about the album. it took me so bloody long to get it out there and it’s a truly wonderful warm feeling to have it be so well received. thank you for listening.
have a wander, drop me a line, sing sweetly little birds!
see you soon*