the new year

In 2011: I played 52 shows, not counting twenty or so open mic nights that I attended/played. Battleshy Youths’ bandcamp account had over 2200 streaming plays, we had a couple hundred physical CD sales at shows, around fifty online sales, and our Youtube account received close to 2000 total views as well. I’m really happy with that and so grateful that people and friends and fans come out to shows and buy our music and support us and like us on facebook and tweet at us and are, in general, pretty awesome ^_^ I wouldn’t want things any other way. Thank you for an amazing year; I hope the next is even better.

My car’s engine decided to explode the other day, so I am currently carless, but this New Years’ Eve/Day weekend was wonderful anyway. We played Friday night as The Honey Badgers at the first ever Mayan Pub house show. Lots of fun. Ricecracker Riley joined us on Irish Accordion for our song, “Over My Head.” It was a very unique and wonderful experience.

New Years’ Eve was marked by an awesome afternoon acoustic show/Shane Palko CD release. Harmony the Harpist played and I ran sound and The Honey Badgers did a set as well as Soriya and Ian and then of course Shane played stuff from the new CD, “Songs From Pretoria,” and also some newer songs (it’s weird that by the time a CD is out, you already have new material written).

The Honey Badgers with guest Ricecracker Riley on Irish Accordion, 12/30/11

Ricecracker Riley with the Honey Badgers:

Harmony Mooney playing “Lamentation” on her harp, Minnie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2S5J3Gtjc0

2011 had some lows but also a lot of high points. I was live on the radio a half dozen times, in the state newspaper and the UD newspaper multiple times, and most importantly I met lots of incredible people in bands and at venues and through mutual friends…things are great. The community we’re building here is such a great experience/experiment. I am joyful.

One of my favorite pictures from 2011 ^_^

My new years’ resolution (lame) is mainly to get back on top of the things in my life – to keep up with deadlines and meetings and being on time and being prepared and knowing what is happening. I’ve been in an overwhelmed, sleep-deprived, downward spiral for the past few years, and things are starting to look up. Thanks for reading friends; you make all of the things that I do so worth it.


3 thoughts on “the new year”

  1. I am laaaaaate coming to this comment party, but I wanted to say that you are doing a really good job at life. You do SO MUCH–and you’re kind, too. That’s a lot, Michael; a whole heck of a lot. Thanks for all the organizing of shows and CD’s and sound equipment and sharing your talent and making jokes and laughing and caring about people. All of this stuff matters so much.

    You’re great.

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