The past few months have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to stop by here and work on the blog. Not only have I been working away on freelance projects but I’ve also been busy working on an exciting little personal project of my own with Byron!
Well, the news is officially out! We are expecting a baby this December. We are beyond elated for this incredible news and we cannot wait to meet our new best friend later this year. I still can’t believe that we are going to be parents THIS YEAR! What an amazing feeling – and of course, a bit nerve-wracking too – thinking about all of the work we need to do and prepare for the baby.
I have had such hardcore fatigue during the first trimester it was hard to get myself motivated to get things rollin’ but we managed to start purging some junk that we’ve been carting around for the last four years in our spare bedroom! I can’t wait to start freshening it and making it a beautiful new space that will hopefully be inspiring and interesting for brand-new little person.
We are already planning the adventures we will have with our new family – I feel like somewhere on the West Coast with insanely good sushi will be in order. I am already going through massive withdrawal!
Anyways, I am SO happy to share our big news with you all. It means a lot to still have readers after I haven’t been around much the last few months! Stay tuned for more baby updates coming soon! xoxo
I’ve been inspired to post a video of how I’m coming along on banjo after 3 weeks of practice. I’ve discovered a site called Banjo Hangout , which has turned out to be a great resource for anything banjo. Lots of interesting forums specific to the style you play and skill level. It’s great getting advice from old guys that have been at it for years and make their mission to help anyone who wants to learn. There’s a real warm community of people and some a little brutally honest. Some of those southerners don’t mess around when it comes to pickin’ and grinnin’.
Anyways, here’s a song called “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” which is a banjo standard. It’s not close to the speed Earl Scruggs plays it but hopefully I can get there some day.
My banjo is a Beaver Creek BCBJC18
Body – Mahogany Resonator
Top – Remo Head
Back & Sides – Mahogany
Neck – Nato
Fingerboard – Rosewood
Rim – Aluminum
Arm Rest – Chrome Plated 18 Piece Bracket
Machine Heads – Chrome
I’m to believe this is a beginner’s banjo, great for sitting on the couch and pickin’ away. Fine by me and my wallet 😉 So far I’m totally satisfied with the sound and general feel of the banjo.
For two reasons, I play the three-finger technique of Earl Scruggs. The first being, when I imagine what a banjo sounds like, I hear Scruggs’ style. Secondly, my thoughtful in-laws bought me the gospel of “Earl Scruggs and the 5-string banjo” by Earl Scruggs, Amen!
Recently at our house-warming party, I met a new friend who recently bought a banjo and has a punk-rock background like myself. Which got me thinking: ‘is there something in the greater-conscious telling us to play bluegrass?’. There’s several people I can think of in our local music community that has picked up the banjo in the last couple months. I’m hoping to get together with some of them and play! There’s a group in Alberta called Foothills Bluegrass Society that hosts a few weekly jam sessions. I’ve been meaning to go for about 6 months with my guitar, but work was taking up my early evenings. Now that I have the banjo, I’m really excited to take in some tips from experienced players. I will definitely be posting about it!
On Sunday February 20th, 2011, at Vintage Music 88, I bought my first banjo. It’s an instrument I’ve wanted for a mere few months. I can’t quite remember where I got it in my head that bluegrass music was something I wanted to learn. I imagine in the same way a mountaineer might look upon Mt. Everest, I found bluegrass towering over every musical influence of roots, rock and rebel music I’ve picked, strummed and bashed out on my 6-string for almost 20 years. But bluegrass isn’t like Mt. Everest; world famous and ‘can’t-miss-it.’ It’s more like the Appalachian mountains it comes from. Sprawls across the entire North American continent and still obscured, misunderstood, and mystical. My kind of sprawl. (congratz Arcarde Fire)
I’ve now decided to blog about my ‘banjar’ and my life with it. I’m hoping my banjo creates some great stories, relationships and most importantly, music. Earl Scruggs started picking when he was 4 years old. I’m 30 and just beginning…..I’ve also never blogged. Welcome to the 21st century! There’s no way Scruggs would approve of this. I’ll be back really soon to talk about my banjo and banjo-related discussions.
I know when you visit yuppielove.org you expect a higher degree of writing, ideas and creativity from the amazing Kait Kucy. It’s OK! You just happen to click on her husband’s section! All the good stuff can be found everywhere else!
Comments are always welcome (Thriftstore Cowgirl! That means you!). What’s the point of music without a community, right?! Even if it is the backwoods of the inter-web.
Yes, that is right! My sweet husband, Byron aka Mr Honey is going to be doing some guest-blogging here on Yuppie Love about his new banjo and the experience of learning this new instrument. Be sure to watch his new blog series starting tonight if you are interested in music and specifically bluegrass, folk and roots music as he will be sharing lots of great videos of his favourites as well as him playing guitar and banjo.
No banjo in the Little Jimmy Dickens version but this song inspired the title of the blog series.
Happy Valentines Day & 6 Month Anniversary to my Love!!!! xoxo
I finally made the front page of the paper. And look at that – right next to Justin Bieber – who would have thought?!
I was asked by Swerve months ago to be a part of this lovely little feature on Calgary brides and I was so excited to get to see the happiest day of my life immortalized in magazine print! A dream come true, right?
The layout is absolutely beautiful and I feel so lucky to be sharing these pages with three other super gorgeous Calgary brides, including Danae Thompson who is the Art Director at Swerve. So many pretty weddings! It was a lot of fun getting interviewed by my Swerve editor Meghan Jessiman and sharing our memorable anecdotes about the special day.
You can read the feature online here: The Dream of A Themed Wedding and more about my wedding here: Craft It Yourself, but I highly reccommend picking up a copy of Swere today or this weekend because this whole feature on weddings really is a work of art!
As you know, I have been contributing to Swerve Calgary Dot Com, the Calgary Herald’s magazine online twin. Check out my most recent post, a collaboration with Nicoleirene Dyck, the Queen of Photobooths, a DIY tutorial on how to create your own New Year’s Eve Photobooth in any small space. It was so much fun building the photobooth in our little apartment with Nicoleirene! Also, a big thanks to my husband for being our model. Byron, I hope this means the start of your modelling career. xo
Just wanted to let you all know that we got engaged 2 weeks ago! As you can see from the picture above, we couldn’t be more perfect for eachother! We are getting married this coming August, so stay tuned for more details! We are so excited for everything that the future holds for us, including have a very fun wedding!
xo Kait & Byron