Ahoy! I'm getting the year off to a very busy start, and I have MORE new music to share with you!


Did you happen to catch the super blue blood moon last week? A spectacular lunar event that hasn't happened since 1866 -- a super moon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse! It was phenomenal! I am making a point of celebrating the glory of nature with each full moon this year, and what a way to start things off!
Once again, I am very grateful to my patrons who funded the creation of this song, and since they are my co-producers, they got the early release last week.
I wrote this song way back in 2012 as part of a commission by Lincoln Center for an evening of my music played by the uber talented yMusic, and one of my favorite drummers and dudes, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof.
I only ever played it that one time, so I was very excited to get to record this song with some fantastic LA musicians, thanks to the support of my patrons.

Sarah Wass - Flute/Piccolo
Brian Walsh - Clarinet
Allen Fogle - French Horn
Paris Hurley - Violin
Marta Sofia Honer - Viola
Aniela Marie Perry - Cello
Greg Saunier - Drums
Jherek Bischoff - Bass
Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff.
Greg recorded his drums in Baltimore, MD.
Album artwork by Mayumi Heider.

Special thanks to patron first mates: Jürgen Ahlmer, Karl Bischoff and Leslie Phinney, Nathalie Boisard-Beudin, Lisa Forrette, Claire Lickman, Mark Alan Mendes, Ryn Miake-Lye, Isabel Vogt, Virginia Willcox and Crystal Wilson.

You can check out the song HERE.


Last month, we witnessed the untimely passing of the extraordinary Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries. Dolores had such a singular voice. I have always been a Cranberries fan, and the band is great, but it was her voice that was total magic. It was certainly a polarizing voice, but those are always my favorite voices. To me, it shows that the artist is taking risks and is not conforming to the norm. We need more of that in the world, so to lose her so young is a great loss to the universe. As with the other songs Amanda Palmer and I have made in memoriam, to get a chance to look at these songs with a string quartet in mind has been such an interesting, fun, challenging and sometimes emotional experience. I have an even deeper appreciation for The Cranberries now having taken a magnifying glass to the fabric of their music. 
We covered "Zombie" and "No Need To Argue." Zoe Boekbinder guests on backup vocals in "No Need To Argue."

Amanda Palmer - Vocals
Zoe Boekbinder - Backing Vocals on "No Need To Argue"
Paris Hurley - Violin
Marta Sofia Honer - Viola
Aniela Marie Perry - Cello
Jherek Bischoff - Upright Bass
Strings Arranged, Produced, and Recorded by Jherek Bischoff
Mixed and Mastered by Jherek Bischoff
Vocals Recorded by Mike Napalitano at Ani DiFranco’s in New Orleans, Louisiana
Artwork by Sarah Beetson

All proceeds from downloads go to Chernobyl Children International, a charity close to Dolores' heart, which helps the millions and future generations who are and will continue to be affected by the horrific aftermath of the 1986 disaster.
You can check out the songs HERE and you can read Amanda's thoughts about the project HERE.

I have another new song coming this month! All of the new music will be released to patrons first, since they are the ones funding the projects. If you want first listen to the new music, I hope you will consider becoming a patron. You can join from just $1, and the direct support makes all of this new music possible. I am incredibly grateful for every single one of my patrons! You can check out my Patreon here.

Thank you for reading, and thank you, Dolores, for your creativity and your wonderful voice.  
Oh, and if "Dreams" isn't on your road trip playlist, you are not doing road trips right!