Saturday, April 24, 2010

my first video blog!

video

Click here to learn more.

Can't you tell 'how excited' I am.
Oh forgot to mention that when you pre-order the
album, you will receive
your signed copy one month before it is released!

You know when you hear your speaking voice
recorded ....and you always think 'is that what I
really sound like?'

this is kinda like that. only now I get hear
AND see myself. ha.

xox
s

Sunday, April 18, 2010

flash before my eyes


I know this may sound strange
but I have been having
flashes of my life come to me
for about a week now.

It started after a concert I played
in Logan last weekend. I had the 90
minute drive back to my mom's house
and I was listening to an old
Indigo Girls mixed CD I had
found in a box. Considering
that I grew up loving the music
they made I just smiled
thinking about singing "Mystery"
in the car with
my best friend Sarah
as we crushed on boys and
dreamed of them falling for us.
Then "Ghost" came on and
I found myself smiling thinking
about myself in 8th grade,
trying to learn the chords
so I could play that song myself.
My friend Trevor played
a mean guitar solo and I would
play him the progress
I made over the phone.
so funny.

One memory led to another.
Ballet classes, toe shoes,
learning to make friendship bracelets,
skipping dance classes to go to Butterfly Beach,
sleep overs and braiding hair, singing 'Galileo'
with my cousins- the windows
down on the way to the Guadelupe river,
listening to my dad's records,
spending so much money at some
lame game at the fair when
I was in first grade so I could just win the
Randy Travis Mirror. ha. I just
realized what a delightful
childhood I had growing up in Santa
Barbara. I had the best friends who had
the best families...who all took me
in over and over.

As the week has gone on
I've had memories flash
in my mind of college; of playing
my first big theater shows that
I would work for months to promote,
building A frames, and flyering
every dorm room in site. Remembering
the first time I played with a band.
It is funny, but still, every time
I bring a new song to rehearsal, when Dylan
and Ryan start playing I just feel
my heart swell up so big. To write a song
and then have other players flesh it out
still feels new somehow.

I've had thoughts of when
I first started falling for my husband
James. He made me a mixed tape after
our first date that had Neil Young, Pearl Jam,
and Spearhead. He was an amazing Rock Climber,
and although I had some friends warn
'don't ever go for the rock climbers'
I went for him and never have looked
back. We have been married for seven
sweet years. Lived in 5 states, soon to be 6.
I've thought about how lucky I
am to have a husband believe in
my abilities and tell me
to go for what is in my heart.
He cheerleads me on in music
and I know this gift is one
of the greatest I will ever have.

Of course my thoughts fall often this
week on my sweet daughter.
She is so tender and I love
exploring the world at her side.
To be honest, I was really afraid
when I found out I was pregnant.
That statement may sound ridiculous,
but I was. Now when I get to
hold her hand, watch her chase
the neighborhood cat, and
hold her close while we
sing each night before bed...
I know this is the best stuff on earth.

It is funny, but I thought I might
die the night I started
watching my life on review.
Isn't that what people say "my life
flashed before my eyes."
Obviously still here,
but I am so grateful for the space
this week that has allowed
this to happen.
And honestly, maybe the
gift has been to just see it
all in perspective..
Slow down and really live
in the moment.
And make the choice to be happy now, instead of waiting for _____.

xo
s


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Help me make a NEW RECORD!

Help me make my new record!


Hello Friends! Welcome to the fund raising page for my fourth album! This album will be full of all new songs including “Every Time I Go” written for my daughter June. I am recording this album independently (meaning without the financial backing from a record label) and I need your help. Pre-ordering the album can make this dream happen!


When I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write songs and be a singer. So in honor of childhood dreams becoming a reality I’ve named my pre-order levels after my favorite songs at age seven. (don’t laugh, ok maybe you should.)


Here are the five pre-order levels:


Buy Now

The Lyle Lovett "You Can’t Resist It" Level ......................................................................... $30

- you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart of knowing you contributed to the success of the album!

  • 1 personalized advance copy of the new album

  • 1 signed guitar pick


Buy Now

The Bonnie Raitt “Thing Called Love” Level ........................................................................ $50

- you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart of knowing you contributed to the success of the album!

  • 1 personalized advance copy of the new album

  • 1 signed guitar pick

  • 1 DVD short film on my music and the making of this album!


Buy Now

The Randy Travis “I’m Gonna Love You Forever" Level ................................................. $100

- you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart of knowing you contributed to the success of the album!

  • 3 personalized advance copies of the new album

  • 1 signed guitar pick

  • 1 copy of any of my other albums

  • 1 DVD short film on my music and the making of this album!

  • A sweet love note of thanks to you in the album credits


Buy Now

The Debbie Gibson "Only In My Dreams" Level ............................................................... $250

- you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart of knowing you contributed to the success of the album!

  • 5 personalized advance copies of the new album

  • 1 signed guitar pick

  • 2 copies of any of my other albums

  • 2 free show tickets

  • 1 DVD short film on my music and the making of this album!

  • A sweet love note of thanks to you in the album credits


Buy Now

The "William Tell Overture" Level ........................................................................................ $1,000

- my Dad would put this record on and all the kids in my family would run as fast as we could around the house pretending we were horse racing. If you choose this level, I will run around the house cheering your name aloud to this record

- you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart of knowing you contributed to the success of the album!

  • 10 personalized advance copies of the new album

  • 1 signed guitar pick

  • 4 copies of any of my other albums

  • 4 free show tickets

  • 1 DVD short film on my music and the making of this album!

  • A listing as an "Executive Producer" in the credit

  • A private house concert for your friends and family, I will fly anywhere in the US for you! Invite as many folks as you want.

  • for this option please also email sarah@sarahsample.com so that I can gush my thanks to you and we can arrange a date for our totally awesome house concert.


Buy Now

The "You Know Best" Level ........................................................................................ ??????

You decide the amount of your sponsorship contribution. This is pure sponsorship and any amount is appreciated. No amount is too small! You will receive a personal note from Sarah Sample expressing her eternal gratitude.



Remember to include this info with your order:

  • NAME

  • STREET ADDRESS

  • EMAIL ADDRESS

  • PHONE NUMBER

  • WHICH PACKAGE/LEVEL

  • WHICH OTHER CDS YOU WOULD LIKE (if they are included in your package)

  • TO WHOM EACH CD SHOULD BE SIGNED


If you don’t want to use the Paypal option you can mail a Check/Money Order:


Please make them out to "Sarah Sample" and send with the above info to:


Sarah Sample

P.O. Box 27292

Seattle, WA 98165-1792


Thanks dear ones. I am having the faith that somehow this will all come together and I will make an album you will be proud to hold in your hand and think "I had something to do with this!"


xoxo

s


Monday, April 5, 2010

Plugged In

I've had a few realizations over the last weekend,
including that I need to work on being patient.
Easter day was beautiful and filled with the people I love most
and yet I found my mind wandering in various directions.
I felt unresolved
and I felt like crawling under my heating blanket
and disappearing for a week.
I did crawl under my heating blanket,
but I awoke this morning disappointed to find out it was monday.

I have a nice little phone that notifies me when
I am being called, texted, emailed.
We live in a social networking world where
you can find out when people
are going to the dentist, what indian food
restaurant they like, and when they have cancer.
Yet I find the more I am 'plugged in' the more restless I feel.

I need to introduce a little space
into my heart and life.
Let things soak around in my brain a bit longer
before I let my mouth and legs take off.

Where is the balance?
I feel like the job I do as a songwriter requires
me to be available and working often from my computer/phone.
What advice do you have for staying connected
to the world and yet keeping space for your
heart to breathe a little? Would love to hear what you think.

have a great monday night even if it involves a heating blanket.
xo
s

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Salt Lake...


Making my final round of flights into slc where juniper will still
FLY FOR FREE!

We have made over 20 flights in the last year together. And more if you go back the year before that.

Junie is a travel pro by now. Have our favorite airport pit stops. Bring the portable dvd player for a movie to keep junie still longer than 3 minutes.

One of these days I need to get a picture of me at the airport. a walking circus of stroller/diaper bag/guitar/sometimes uke/backpack etc. I have to curbside check my humungo suitcase just to have enough hands!

So cheers to 2 years of June flying for Free!

If you are in salt lake this coming week, would love you to come to a little show of mine:

Thursday, April 08, 2010
Ricochet House Concert
Salt Lake City, UT
7:00 PM
Ruthie's House in Sandy, UT
$15.00pp suggested donation
BYOB & Pot luck
Gate opens 6:30pm
No opener
Show starts at 7pm
Two 45 min. sets with a break in the middle
RSVP requested:
ruthienaccarato@msn.com or leave message 801-255-2760
Address will be sent once RSVP is received.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Private House Concert
Salt Lake City, UT
6:30 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Bridger Folk Concerts; Crumb Brothers Bakery Show
Logan, UT
7:30 PM
I love logan. Played this show last year and it sold out, please get your tickets early! Call 435-757-3468 for tickets! $13

xo
s