|Sleepy Hollow Cemetery bridge. Are those hoofbeats I hear in the distance?|
Samantha's Recent Happenings
- Second draft of my fairytale book project is complete. I'm fairly happy with the new refined version of the stories. Soon it will be time to present them to a potential editor and publisher! When I began this project back in January, I had no idea just how daunting writing a first book would be. It's been a huge learning curve for me-- finding my voice in fiction, developing characters, organizing ideas and images into compelling narratives, and, most basic of all, simply finding the time and energy to sit down and write in the midst of a busy performance and teaching schedule. Speaking of which, NaNoWriMo is coming up next month. Are any of you participating in it this year, or have done so in the past? If so, what is your strategy for tackling new stories? I'd be very interested to hear about your experiences in the comments section of this post.
- September saw the release of Boston-based composer/pianist Marika Takeuchi's second album, Impressions. Marika's beautiful, healing music draws inspiration from the Romantic and Impressionist eras of classical music, as well as new age and film score genres. I was honored to have been a part of the recording of Impressions (I play viola in the string section). I look forward to performing selections from the album in an upcoming benefit recital with Marika next month! (see further down under "Concert Calendar")
- This fall's Middle-earth Network Hobbit Day celebration was bigger and better than ever. Participants from all across the globe contributed segments to the day-long livestream event, including music, drama, academic talks, art demonstrations, cooking segments, fan discussions, and more. Author Heath Dill (whose hobbit-themed cookbook project, Medium Rare and Back Again, was successfully funded via Kickstarter last year) hosted a segment at the Green Dragon tavern in Boston, where bouzouki-player Lindsay Straw and I performed a set of live Irish music. Sadly, I don't have video to share of it after all, but the setting was the perfect atmosphere for the occasion, and fun was had by all. How did you celebrate Hobbit Day?
- Special thanks to Tom Quick of CKWR in Kitchener, ON for playing some of my Celtic Chamber Music album on the September 22nd episode of his Celtic Connections radio program. Do you have a favorite Celtic, world, or classical music radio show in your area? If so, please mention it in the comments! My album has been played on several radio stations, internet streams, and podcasts throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, but it's always helpful to find out more about what's out there and which stations are looking for new music.
The Impressions Duo: Music to Celebrate the Season of Gratitude
Concert hosted by the First Congregational Church & Society of Rindge, 6 Payson Hill Rd., Rindge, NH
With Marika Takeuchi (composer/pianist) & Samantha Gillogly (violin)
Admission: 1 canned good per person, to benefit the Rindge Congregational Church food bank
|Providing music for the young May Queen(s) and Knight at the 2013 QVCAH May Day Festival [Photo via QVCAH's Facebook]|
|Soaking up the sun (as best as a pasty individual like myself can) at the Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival in June|
|Serenading some dancing sprites at the Martha's Vineyard Midsummer Faerie Festival, also in June|
|Modeling a gorgeous henna design by the amazingly talented Henna by Heather at the MV Midsummer Faerie Festival|
|The schooner Alabama, approaching Vineyard Haven|
|State Beach, Oak Bluffs|
|Serenading a surprise wedding proposal for a client and his girlfriend on Block Island, RI in August|
|The Bluffs on Block Island. It was a beautiful day!|
|Lake George in upstate NY. Site of another surprise proposal performance. Seems to be a trend!|
|Pasture outside Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA (wedding ceremony performance venue in September)|
|Just before playing a rehearsal dinner/family reunion event in Tarrytown, NY, I stopped by the real village of Sleepy Hollow. This is the Old Dutch Church cited in Washington Irving's classic tale.|
|Irving's gravesite, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
|I got to play in Central Park earlier this month! This seasonally-appropriate kitty perched on a park bridge was gracious enough to pose for a photo op.|
I have to admit, I find the popular internet cooking program Cooking With Dog to be utterly adorable. And I am totally mystified as to how Francis the Dog stays so calm and well-behaved next to all that delicious food.
- Halloween Pumpkin Pudding by Cooking With Dog. I made it almost exactly as the recipe calls for, but used regular old canned pumpkin instead of kabocha squash. I also didn't have any maple syrup on hand for the topping, but I imagine it would taste great. What makes this recipe interesting is it never calls for pumpkin pie spice, so it's a very different flavor from what most North American taste-buds would deem a "fall flavor." It's creamy with a mild, natural-tasting sweetness that's not overpowering. Sort of a cross between custard and the smell of carving a jack-o'-lantern.
Do you have a favorite pumpkin-oriented recipe? Please share in the comments!