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Love some more!

 
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“Love Some More” a sentiment for #valentinesday and every day. I wrote this little ditty for the KCDC “Your Own Reaction” project in 2013, and the band helped me rock it out (link in bio). It’s still really fun to play: “This is a new song / we forgot to say What it all comes down to at the end of the day Love and love and love some more / Open your heart / knock on that door This is a new song bright as the spring / What everyone is crowing about Why the other birds sing Love and love and love some more Don’t be afraid of what’s in store / Yeah love and love and love some more A garden a beach a friend’s open hand / A joke a laugh a rock’n roll band / Take it all in / breathe it all out And love and love and love some more / Open your heart / knock on that door Love and love and love some more / Don’t be afraid of what’s in store Yeah love and love and love some more / Love and love and love some more ©2013 Deborah Crooks https://baystationband.bandcamp.com/track/love-some-more . . . #love #lovesong #lovesomemore #kccdc #baystation #music #song #songwriter #happyvalentinesday #americana #rocknroll #record #rockband

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Desert Bound

 

I'm getting ready to head to Joshua Tree for some birthday week R&R and fun gigs with/as Bay Station Duo. We come home just in time to play with Bay Station at The Fireside!

February 16, 2019 Furstworld, 8528 Desert Shadows Rd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252  with Der Trio

February 21, 2019 Landers Brew, 1388 Golden Slipper Ln., Landers, CA 92285

Februay 23, 2019 The Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501 full band with The Neal Roston Band (Rock) and White Limozeeen (Vintage Country) $5 9pm

 

 

Love the Bay 2019: Episode 1 has launched!

 

One of my big projects this year is collaborating with Kwame on a monthly, ‘Love the Bay’ music and sailing video series. Our first guest-artist episode features conversation and performance with Penny Opry as we sail around the Oakland Estuary. Check it out! And consider becoming a patron of the project HERE.

 

February News: The Next Record

 

I've had my head down this past month, working on my two main projects of the year.  This week, I began recording my next record, getting into Tiny Telephone Studio with a great band and engineer to lay down basic tracks on 11 new songs. While I wrote the majority of the material over the past three years, I feel like the work is the culmination of the past 20 years. A concept album if you will, its muchly informed by my family history in the Western US and my own deep connection to place. With a working title of The Department of the West, these are songs of forgiveness, atonement and love. I'm pretty excited and grateful to be working on this project (which will likely be ready for other ears later this year), and the band I pulled together to bring it to life - Danny Allen, Mike Stevens and Kevin T White - are a joy to work with.
When I haven't been working on the new record, I've been co-creating and developing Bay Station's Love the Bay Music & Sailing video series with Kwame Copeland. This has been a hoot of another order! You can see our first 'full moon' video below; our first full episode, filmed aboard Espresso on the Oakland estuary features our friends Penny Opry, will be released this weekend. Stay tuned! 
Between all this production there hasn't been a lot leftover for gigs, so I'm glad to have several dates on the calendar this month and in March, close to home and at a home away from homes. Check the calendar and let's make a date at one of these shows. I'd love to see you.
xo, Deborah

 

"Trickster Moon" under the Super Blood Wolf Moon

 

Sunday, we got out on the water during the Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse - it was magic! Kwame and I made a video using the Bay Station tune “Trickster Moon” plus some of our footage from the voyage. Enjoy!

 

A New Year, Starring Hope

 

Art is the highest form of hope.” — Gerhard Richter

While I’m rarely satisfied with the amount of time in a day, and many aspects of 2018 were sobering personally and globally, I’m happy to have kept at creative work during the past year.
“Be Your Own Bird” fledged in February to mark my birthday; April saw the release of Bay Station's third full-length record Other Desert Cities; Kwame and I evolved our Love the Bay music and sailing project into two multi-day, sailing-boat-concert tours around the San Francisco Bay (and are expanding the concept in 2019*); and I released a fresh remix of one of my perennial tunes “Adding Water to the Ashes.”
I also was privileged to play music on mountains, porches, in backyards, rehab centers, yacht clubs, in living rooms, alongside old hangers as well as on traditional stages; finally got to Alaska (and fell in love with its beauty…and moose), wrote a bunch of new songs and chipped away at some long-term writing projects.
It took me many years to free up my voice and I’m so grateful to get to keep playing with words and music. And to meet and collaborate with so many kindred spirits along the way!
Thank YOU for reading, listening, and coming to shows. I'm excited for what's next.
Wishing you and yours peace, love and freedom of expression in the new year! Deborah

 

"Adding Water to the Ashes Remix" in the MTM Top folk/roots/blues/country picks

 

 

New Video from Bay Station's Love the Bay 2 Day 4

 

 

Adding Water to the Ashes - Remix (10th Anniversary Edition)

 

 

Adding Water to the Ashes

To commemorate its 10-year recording anniversary, the title track of my first full-length record is made-over with drum loops, synth bass and keyboards.

 

I wrote the title track to my first full-length record Adding Water to the Ashes in the early aughts and the song has since become one of my set-list perennials. While I was mulling how to commemorate its 10-year recording anniversary, I thought of my appreciation for remixes of favorite songs (ala DNA's version of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner"). So to bring "Adding Water to the Ashes" more fully into the present, I asked Mike Stevens of Lost Monkey Studio to remix the song. I'm super pleased with this newly realized version. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

 

Giving thanks, moving forward

 

I will always be telling this story... and

A funny thing happened the day before Thanksgiving. I'd gone to the local natural market in the rain for the Brussels sprouts and broccoli I needed for a friendsgiving the next day and ran into a TV crew. They asked me a couple of questions about eating salad and what I was grateful for, then moved on to the next shopper, and I got back to my own business.
I don't watch much TV so nearly forgot about it until a friend texted me a clip the next morning. Soon after, another pal sent me a screen capture, and throughout the weekend several more people let me know they'd seen me talking on TV.
I had to laugh about being widely viewed discussing vegetables and gratitude rather than everything else I've been doing. Then I realized it made perfect sense.
When the news team approached me, I wasn't yet aware of the broader angle they were working— about how E.coli contaminated lettuce was sickening folks across the country — so I didn't think to tell them that (in addition to liking some green on my plate and being grateful for a roof over my head, friends and family) I had nearly died from the same poisoning at a very young age, a near-death experience that taught me early about the sustaining power of the imagination (and the good reasoning behind the CDC's precautions). Finding bright spots and appreciation for life amid it all is, literally and figuratively, the story of my life (as well as many of my songs). Knowing this has given me the fuel to keep going, despite the news, despite unexpected detours and whatever other curve balls get thrown despite the best laid plans of mice and (wo)men. Persist we must!
Speaking of telling stories, I'm spending much of this month readying a batch of songs to start recording next month! Woohoo! It's been more than two years since I released Beauty Everywhere and new songs are now reaching critical mass.** So, other than a Bread and Roses gig and an-end-of-month Bay Station show, I'm thus far mostly playing out of the public eye in December.
Thanks as always for your interest and ears!
Love and appreciation, Deborah

 
**New Recording in 2019

I'm excited to start recording ten new songs I've written over the past couple years. Interested in becoming a backer?  Drop me a line to find out how you can support my recording efforts.  In the meantime, buying, streaming and sharing my recordings on BandCamp, iTunesAmazon,  Spotify etc. is super helpful!!