Remember Me ~ Amy Larter

2013-09-03 09.36.29Ok so I don’t  chat about music on here often because since I did that whole growing up thing I’ve been admittedly more about books and less about music. That is, not to say, that I don’t love music.

Somehow I managed to come from a really musical family – which is weird as hell because The Larter Ancestors were not musical. Yet we Larter cousins have managed to thwart science and be musical and arty anyway.

Needless to say – I was crazy excited to receive this little gem after my brother’s last visit to Cape Town. And guess why I got it? Because I contributed to her campaign on FundFind which is another bit of awesomeness created by my other cousin, Amy’s brother, Steve.

Amy’s CD launch is going to be held in Cape Town soon. But guess what? You can’t go because the tickets are all sold out. You can try finding her on Facebook and begging if you want – otherwise you’ll just have to wait for another show. But when she has one…you should go. Really. Because she is kind of magical.

Love you Aims and I am such a super proud big fat cousin!!

FUGARD POSTER copy-2Amy Larter Debut Album Launch


Amy Larter’s eagerly anticipated debut album launch will take place on the 21st of September in the Fugard’s intimate Bioscope Theatre.


Amy will be backed by a four-piece band and five fine artists who have created works inspired by her music, in effect, marrying two different art forms, music and visual art.


Amy’s infectious pop melodies combined with hints of Jazz harmony create her unique Jazz-pop brand.


Her warm vocal tones, together with her charismatic charm helped shape her easy listening style.


Her strong songwriting and arranging skills are wonderfully showcased in her debut album

“Remember Me”, which is a musical narrative of poignant moments in her journey as an artist.

Remember Me ~ The Amy Larter Band

You know if I sort of vaguely think about The Larter Family without properly thinking about it I get a sense of “misfit”. You know….a bunch of dorky people who do genuinely love each other but are also a bit odd. And then one of us goes and does something like this and I think “Fuck odd! We’re bloody awesome!”

This is my cousin Amy… Swoon away!!

The Black Cat Bones *CD & Comp Giveaway*

For quite a while now I’ve been wanting to add a bit of an SA music section to this blog because I think it’s kind of important to support the musicians in this country and because I think we have a lot of musicians around here who actually deserve our support!

Yesterday I got a call from Gareth Wilson of The Southern Gypsey Queen. Now granted these guys are my friends (in real life – as in I went to school with them so even though Paul Wilson is now a super hot celebrity figure I still get to tease him like he’s a goofy little kid) so perhaps you won’t believe me when I tell you that they are one of my favourite South African bands, but they are. Anyway – Gareth called to let me know that The Black Cat Bones were going to be playing here in Port Elizabeth this weekend. Now I have never seen these guys before, and since I find most EC radio stations mildly annoying and sadly lacking in any music content that I might be keen on listening to, I have to admit that I had no idea who they were – though granted they might not be getting any play on our waves anyway. A Google search also didn’t help too much. Very mysterious these boys! Nothing personal online. Nowhere does it tell you where they are from or what they as people are about.

Their facebook page has this to say:

“Modern day storytellers, representing life through music in its most honest form. Their collective influences fused together in an audio diary made up of traditional, as well as modern blues, rock, folk, and country-inspired music. Paying tribute to the founders of these classic genres while maintaining a modernized presence. “

Kind of awesome sounding actually. Thankfully I trust Gareth’s judgement, and after finding one of their CDs in my brother’s car I can honestly say that they are definitely an act to see.

Anyway: Here’s the punchline!!

I’ve got one CD and two comps to give away for their show this weekend. It’s at The Music Kitchen on Saturday night. If you’ve never been there you are in for a treat – GREAT food and CHEAP booze for everyone!

And to win? All you need to do is leave a comment telling me why you would like to go. If choosing a winner is easy I will choose him/her myself. If not I will rafflecopter it.

Good luck! And see you at the gig on Saturday!!

Your Love Is… ~ The Descendants Band

I read a quote by Alan Cohen yesterday and it has been on my mind ever since.

“You are destined to become the peer of those you most respect because the greatness you perceive in them is your own. “

These guys certainly fall under the “People I Admire” category. Their CDs dominate my CD player and never fail to provided a much needed heart lift in times of trouble.

Thank you Melissa, Ingrid, Terrance and Gareth for being part of my daily life. I send you all much love and respect.