Vote for your favorite promo photo!

That’s right, I’ve finally gotten around to narrowing down the huge selection of photos that Cathleen Shattuck took for me to just seven choices and I’d like you—yes, you!—to help me choose the first one I put into my press kit.

It was a hard job getting them down to this few. Cathleen took a lot of photos! I even dragooned my sweetie into winnowing out my first pass selections. Now it’s your turn.

Check out the seven finalists and vote for your favorites after the break. Continue reading Vote for your favorite promo photo!

Goodbye, CAPTCHA!

I’ve found a plug-in to fight off comment spam without commenters—like you!—having to type in the annoying and oddball text from CAPTCHA codes. So I installed it right away, and un-installed the CAPTCHA one.

You’re welcome!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic hits 10K!

Somewhere in the last 12 hours or so the video of me doing Teddy Bear’s Picnic on my little Ohana Sopranino ukulele crossed 10,000 views!

Yeah, it took nearly three years to get there, but so what?

I’m still trying to figure out how to get this into my regular live shows. I don’t carry a ukulele in D tuning any more and I’m hesitant about re-learning the thing with fresh fingerings. (Old, calcified brain and all that.)

Anyways… if you’re not amongst the 10,000 views, you can check it out right here.

Or, if the embedded video doesn’t work, watch it on YouTube.


Sneak Peek Of The New Photos

I’ve just put up a sneak preview of a few photos from last Saturday’s shoot by Cathleen Shattuck. I’m currently trying to narrow the field down to ten or a dozen “finalists” and will be posting them for y’all to vote on soon (hopefully within about a week).

I’m very excited about all this, as I’m really wanting to do more solo gigs this year, with special emphasis on house concerts and burlesque shows. (You should be getting a hint at my priorities here.) Since I haven’t had a press kit that was just for me—instead of for a band I was with—for a long time, every step closer is a minor, but thrilling, achievement. If it wasn’t for Ms Cathleen’s generosity, I would never have afforded such excellent photos. (I blow kissies at you, dahlink! Thank you!)

I also want to involve my friends and fans—hey! that probably includes you since you are, after all, reading this!—a lot more in my odd little journey. I hope you’ll take the time to comment on these posts and, of course, vote for your favorite photos.

Credits: As mentioned above, photos by Cathleen Shattuck. Groovy elephant head walking stick courtesy of Acep Hale. Bow Ties by Claudia Kelly. All fezzes (except the faux leopard skin one) by Fez-O-Rama. Leopard skin fez was my very first one and was a gift from my sweetie (from Archie McPhee’s parent company), and she made me the matching leopard skin tie. (Yeah, baby! It’s silk!) Ukulele by Mainland Ukuleles.

Photo shoot

This morning I went for my first solo photo shoot in a long time. There are tons of pics out there where I’m with one band or another, but since I have declared 2011 to be the “Year of the Solo Hobbit Stuff,” this was exciting!

It was just me, a couple of my ukuleles, several fezzes, a borrowed walking stick, an elephant goad, and a small skull. I know that sounds odd but, dear reader, unless this is the very first time you’ve run across me, you’re probably unsurprised.

The lovely Ms Cathleen Shattuck took around 300 (yikes!) shots this morning, ably assisted by her sweetie, the dashing Mr. Acep Hale. She’s going to be going through them over the next couple days, culling them down and running the rest through some computer magic.

Then comes the toughest part for me. Choosing a dozen or so candidates for my initial press kit. I’m thinking I’ll leave the final choice up to you, friends and fans. I’ll be putting them up here for a vote.

Stay tuned!

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