22
Sep

Wild Enough to Try European Tour - Week 4

September 22, 2014

Feeling a bit tongue tied today. It has been a sunny, warm, lazy afternoon puttering around the place we’re staying (and playing a house concert in) while in Angers, France. And the last week was so mellow, I can’t think of a lot to say. We were in Paris and its outskirts for a number of days and really enjoyed bringing things down a notch from the crazy 16 day run we had. Spent time relaxing and hanging out with friends. We had a few house concerts that were characteristically marvelous, and it was really great to have them be repeat performances. We got to know our hosts even better and it was cool to catch up with folks we talked with at the concerts earlier in the year. It’s one of the amazing blessings of life on the road the way we do it - getting to make friends with people all over the world, and growing our relationships with them bit by bit when we pass through and connect with them. I love it! Yesterday we arrived in Angers, France. We had heard about how beautiful it is here, and it’s true! The countrysides are beautiful, with lots stone walls made from local slate. Pretty little stone houses, little old streets… Yesterday we met with Veronique, the girlfriend of Eric who is our host here, and she took us to a nearby town to check out the Sunday afternoon activities. There were many people about, a kayak race on the river, and a big beautiful sun bursting out just as we began our adventure, which first involved walking around a bit and getting some lunch. We discovered that this day in France, all over the country, certain monuments are opened for one day in order for people to visit otherwise closed-down historical sites. What luck! Veronique, following a suggestion from Eric, drove us to an old convent that was open for the special monument day. As we began the tour, everything was sparkly and bright and pretty, with a huge blue sky overhead. The ruins and remaining buildings were really nice to see. I couldn’t understand much of the French guide’s lecture, so I just enjoyed the views of the river and countryside. But all of a sudden, the sky got very dark very fast, and the wind started whipping around. The lecturer tried to persist with his talk but soon it started raining, and it was torrential! Everyone went inside the chapel to continue the tour and dry out. There were a lot of people there, clustered together, and it seems those in charge were not prepared for such an eventuality. We checked out the rest of the place but were all feeling crowded and tired and really wanted to get out. We first decided to wait out the rain, but after a while realized it wasn’t slowing up. We cheered each other on and decided to make a run for it - a long run to the car, which we had parked a bit further out so as to get some walking in. Oh dear. I have rarely in my life been so soaking wet while wearing clothes! We were all completely drenched and laughing. It was really wonderful.

22
Sep

Wild Enough to Try U.S. Tour - January 2015

In support of our new live album “Wild Enough to Try” we are playing concerts in our favorite places in the USA. With big cities, little towns and everything in between on the roster, we are probably playing a show near YOU. Come on out and share an evening with us!

Friday, January 2, 2015
Norwich, Connecticut
Strange Brew Pub
8:00PM

Saturday, January 3, 2015
New York, New York
Arlene’s Grocery
Time TBD
with Bob D’Haene!

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Alexandria, Virginia
The Light Horse
9:30PM

Friday, January 9, 2015
Davidson, North Carolina
The Birdsnest
8:00PM

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Common Market
Time TBD

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Rob & Becky Paynter House Concert*
Time TBD

Sunday, January 12, 2015
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Town Pump
9:30PM

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Greenville, South Carolina
Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe
Time TBD

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Charleston, South Carolina
The Mill
Time TBD

Friday, January 16, 2015
Summerville, South Carolina
Coastal Coffee Roasters
7:00PM

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wilmington, North Carolina
Juggling Gypsy Cafe
9:30PM

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Gainesville, Florida
Whisky House
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gainesville, Florida
Whisky House
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Thursday, January 22, 2015
St.Petersburg, Florida
O’Hara House Concert*
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Friday, January 23, 2015
St.Petersburg, Florida
Fisher House Concert*
6:00PM
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Saturday, January 24, 2015
St.Petersburg, Florida
Thurman House Concert*
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Monday, January 26, 2015
Ramrod Key, Florida
Boondock’s (Open Mic Special Guests)
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Key West, Florida
Nickless House Concert*
Time TBD
performing with special guest Dan Giacobassi

*House concerts are private events and require an invitation and RSVP. If you would like to attend this house concert, please contact Genna & Jesse.

18
Sep

Wild Enough to Try U.S. Tour - December 2014

In support of our new live album “Wild Enough to Try” we are playing concerts in our favorite places in the USA. With big cities, little towns and everything in between on the roster, we are probably playing a show near YOU. Come on out and share an evening with us!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Grape Room
Time TBD

Friday, December 5, 2014
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Artspace First Friday
Time TBD

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Williamsville, New York
Parings Wine Bar
Time TBD

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saratoga Springs, New York
One Caroline Street Bistro
7:30PM

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Albany, New York
Emack & Bolio’s
Time TBD

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Kent, Ohio
Meltzer House Concert*
Time TBD

Friday, December 12, 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
The Barking Spider
8:00PM

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Zanesville, Ohio
Weasel Boy Brewing
8:00PM

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Dearborn, Michigan
First United Methodist Church of Dearborn
2:00PM

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Boyne City, Michigan
Cafe Sante
6:00PM

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Traverse City, Michigan
Union Street Station
10:00PM

Friday, December 19, 2014
Traverse City, Michigan
Lake Street Cafe at Oryana
2:00PM

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Detroit, Michigan
Coming Home to Music House Concert*
Time TBD

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Big Rapids, Michigan
Fleming House Concert*
Time TBD

Friday, December 26, 2014
Holland, Michigan
Our Brewing Company
Time TBD

Saturday, December 27, 2014
Grand Haven, Michigan
Theater Bar (The Grand)
9:00PM

Sunday, December 28, 2014
East Lansing, Michigan
Foods for Living
Time TBD

*House concerts are private events and require an invitation and RSVP. If you would like to attend this house concert, please contact Genna & Jesse.

15
Sep

Wild Enough to Try European Tour - Week 3

September 15, 2014

We wrapped up the 16 day run with a concert at a small cafe in Dusseldorf, Germany. We packed ourselves and our friend Barbara into our car and drove first to a restaurant, where we celebrated my birthday with some quite-delicious Chinese food and champagne. Then on to the gig which was sweet and mellow, after which we returned to Cologne to our favorite restaurant and wine bar Weinkneipe. There, we got every dessert on the menu and cups of coffee, and talked for a few hours, even missing the stroke of midnight when I turned 38 YEARS OLD!!! (Whoa.) It’s really awesome talking to Barbara, because although we are in different worlds (classical music, and whatever-it-is-we-do) we are all independent artists, finding our way, making our own way, and we understand one another completely. So cool!

Yes, this post is going to be all about my birthday!

On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with Barbara, then said our goodbyes as she was off to meetings and rehearsal, and we were off to Belgium. It wasn’t a difficult farewell though, because in October we will meet her in the Alps for a little vacation!

Jesse and I went back to Weinkneipe for a delicious lunch and then packed the car and headed out for a birthday adventure. I’d asked Jesse to plan something, and he had in mind visiting the Netherlands for the day! So off we went to a very cool, smallish city called Maastricht. Beautiful old buildings, canals, and bicycles everywhere! We roamed around for a while and then it occurred to us that we were in the land of liberal and slightly wild folks and that we might be able to find a hash bar to visit. Sure enough, though Maastricht didn’t have any, we found one nearby called Down Under Cafe in the town of Kerkrade. Amazingly, it was in the countryside, right next to some cows and idyllic green pastures! The cafe itself was an experience like none we’d had in the US, despite how things are in California and Oregon and Washington. People were nice, the setting was lovely, and it was cool to sit around casually and enjoy a conversation about love, life and music. Very romantic, in fact! Then, I decided I’d like to take a walk, so we just started walking down the main street and within a few hundred meters came upon a little hiking trail. We meandered along this trail, thoroughly charmed by the forest, the meadows, the wildlife, and a little pond we happened upon, eventually circling back to the cafe.

Our final stop of the day was at the home of our friends Damien and Florence in Brussels. When we arrived they were out in their back yard preparing to grill some food, just hanging out under a big  tree all strung with lights. It was magical! Their little boys greeted us, then were off to bed while the adults hung out and got reacquainted. I was the first to retire (as usual!) and slept a deep and calm sleep.

Such a simple day, really, but the best one in a long time. Spontaneous, playful, delicious, and with an easy flow to it. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer birthday. Feeling blessed!

08
Sep

Wild Enough to Try European Tour - Week 2

September 8, 2014

We’re back in Cologne, at my dear friend Barbara’s flat. Only she is not here! She is in Venice, performing a concert with her string quartet. So all things Barbara are here but no Barbara. I am much anticipating seeing her again on Wednesday, though. Reunited, and it feels so good!

It’s been an incredible week, with shows every day. Today I’m feeling extra emotional, but not in a bad way. And most days have been easy and joyful.

You want the good, the bad and the ugly, right? Truth be told, I don’t typically give much energy to the things that go “wrong”. I’m a Pollyanna and it works for me! But I learned something great from a negative experience this week, so I want to share. I also want to continue to be completely transparent about our experiences, otherwise I don’t think this blogging has much meaning. So… We had our very first not-good experience with a host this past week on Fehmarn Island in Germany. A guy who was providing lodging for the night was somehow put off by us and was very angry at us. He felt we only saw him as a “hotel” and…well… to tell the truth, I’m not so sure what was going on with him because what little he communicated was communicated through the person who had booked the show for us. The long and short was that he asked us to be out of his house by 10am the next morning, and we of course complied. But what an awful night of feeling unwelcome and attacked in this person’s home!! The first thing I realized was how terrible I felt. I was like, “Whoa! This is what STRESS feels like!” And then, to my delight, I realized how very stress-less our life actually is. This stressed-out feeling was so huge and unfamiliar to me that it nearly took my breath away. That the feeling is now so foreign to me is a small miracle, and I was so grateful for the chance to notice how far I’ve come and how ease-full life is these days!

I took some time to ponder the situation. I am always eager to learn from an experience and set things right. I reflected that in over two years of touring, this was the first time we’d rubbed someone the wrong way (to our knowledge). I had been wringing my hands about what I’d done wrong, when I realized, this is not our issue, not our mess. This fella was a stranger to us, and we upset him, and unless he was willing to talk about it (which he wasn’t) there was no way for us to resolve it externally. I needed to do some internal work. So I realized my task was to slow any negative momentum and to not take on his energy. We didn’t ignore his upset - in fact, as per usual, we left a nice thank you note that included an apology for upsetting him. But I had to realize that it’s not my responsibility to make everyone like me, and that I can actually be grateful that things usually go swimmingly with the strangers we meet. You see - I was up against myself and my insecurities. My need to be liked and accepted. And with this realization, I wanted to find that place where I could feel good, settle myself down AND not make him wrong. In the end, without much info to go on, I simply made up a story that made me feel good about things, deciding that he was someone who was a bit insecure himself and sensitive to feeling used, someone with a tender heart who lashed out. Yes - it’s an entirely made-up story (as Jesse was quick to point out) but in the end it didn’t matter because there was no knowing what was really going on, and for me the most important thing was to find some peace about it all. I didn’t want to carry any upset around with me. I wanted to feel GOOD.

We moved forward to perform a week’s worth of incredible concerts with uplifted feelings, beautiful music, and great money. I’m still righting myself, using some tried and true ways of bringing myself back to my center gently. They are working.

This is LIFE. This is the juicy stuff!

01
Sep

Wild Enough to Try European Tour - Week 1

September 1, 2014

This morning we woke in the beautiful woods of Aumühle, Germany, where last night we had a most inspiring and magical house concert with a huge and admiring audience. It is so lush and peaceful here, we wish we could stay! But many more wonderful concerts call us forward, and we are sure we will be back here someday. Our hosts, several families who live communally between two houses on this pastoral property, are amazing people, and we connected deeply with them.

I decided at the end of our last European tour that I wouldn’t be blogging daily on the next one, and here I am with a once-per-week plan that I think will work better for me and still allow people a sense of our experience. With Jesse’s new iPhone, we are easily able to post photos and Facebook posts, so those are some extra treats that were not as handily accomplished last time we were here.

This first week has been really great. I am amazed at how relaxed we are as compared with the last tour. Everything feels easy and flowing. Despite some nervousness about buying a car in Germany, we were able to do that within hours of stepping off the plane (in Berlin), and the car was titled and plate-d and tagged within two days. We are loving our little Peugeot that we named Rayon. She’s a little diesel and she’ll be our best friend over the next three months.

Having found that process to be so easy, we spent our remaining days in Berlin relaxing and taking our time adjusting to the time change. What a difference from last tour when we hit the ground running! Yes, that can be exciting, but I really loved having the freedom to adjust naturally and to have no pressure about getting settled. I LOVE Berlin!!! We spent most of our time in Kreuzberg, a really dynamic and somewhat gritty part of town full of cool people and delicious food and more or less anything you might want. Our only real departure from there (aside from the car business) brought us to Charlottenburg, where we had a nice walk and bought a yoga mat so I can fulfill my commitment to myself to do yoga daily with more comfort and ease.

We are now on day 3 of a tour leg that finds us playing 17 shows in 16 days. Wow! We will be rewarded at the end of this stretch with several days off in Paris. As much as I look forward to certain aspects of this tour, I can also happily say that I am firmly in the present and enjoying it thoroughly. I feel GOOD! I feel incredibly balanced as well. While on one hand we are spending a certain amount of energy living very “clean” right now, which is feeling wonderful for our bodies but sometimes challenging logistically and psychologically, any grumbling that this induces is offset by the sheer enjoyment and fun and easiness and relaxedness and flowingness that we are experiencing. We both feel with great delight and confidence that we are absolutely in alignment with what makes us happy, doing what we love and what we are good at, and doing it in a place where we are thoroughly appreciated. I couldn’t ask for more!

30
Aug

The first days of our Wild Enough to Try tour involved smooth travel and buying a new-to-us car, whom we’ve named Rayon.

26
Aug
The “Wild Enough to Try” European tour has begun!

The “Wild Enough to Try” European tour has begun!

24
Jul
Genna’s sister Cesira and her husband Jon modeling the beautiful new “Wild Enough to Try” t-shirts!

Genna’s sister Cesira and her husband Jon modeling the beautiful new “Wild Enough to Try” t-shirts!

24
Jul
Our new live album, “Wild Enough to Try” is almost there!

Our new live album, “Wild Enough to Try” is almost there!

Duo alchemy at its finest


Genna and Jesse are duo alchemy at its finest. Sweet and savory, raspy and smooth, together they create a unique vocal sound, and then they complement that blend with Jesse’s prowess at the piano and guitar. Whether they sing their own songs, or the well-chosen songs of their peers, audiences are along for the ride in an intimate and inclusive show.

Genna & Jesse are currently touring internationally to promote their newest release, “Give and Take.” Their ongoing tour, which includes club venues, house concerts, restaurants, cafes, and festivals, is being done with as small a carbon footprint as possible.






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