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Happy holidays and happy snow days! I hope the east coast appreciated the slightly-late White Christmas I wished for and delivered this past weekend. 😉

Oh and yes, so—guess what? I opened an Etsy shop in December and neglected to mention it here until after Christmas. Oh bother. If you’re a Facebook friend or follower, you already knew. But here’s the skinny:

Items sold in my store may not only make your eyes and ears happy, but they also benefit some one or some dog in need. Right now I’m selling “Sing Me to Sleepsigned prints and CD bundles for The Valerie Fund, “Owl Dream” prints for Tri-State Bird Rescue, and water bottles and pet portraits for my beagle, Maggie. Over the past few years, Maggie developed secondary glaucoma in her right eye which has damaged her cornea and causes her constant pain and discomfort, varying in intensity from day to day. The only way to stop this fluctuating inflammation permanently is to remove the eye. There are two options here—to stitch the lid closed, or to insert a false eye. As difficult as it is for me to imagine Maggie in a never-ending wink, the first is my chosen path, as it’s less expensive but 100% effective. Unfortunately, this is an unexpected expense that will over-deplete my recession-red resources.

Maggie in 2008, prior to her most recent eye problems

Maggie now—very much lacking her typical joie de vivre

If you love dogs, love beagles, love me or love Maggie, please consider purchasing a bottle or portrait to help Maggie receive the care and relief she needs. My girl has not been herself since this year-long optical journey began.

Maggie will be posting her ocular progress on her newly revived blog (coming very soon). If you were a reader of “Me, Maggie” back in the day (circa 2004 – 2006), you can dust off her bookmark. She’s definitely ready to give out more puppy licks.

Happy New Year. Let’s make it a good one.

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American Laundromat Records has announced that Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies has received the following music awards:

I’m both giddy and honored to receive recognition from these highly-respected parenting publications. Thank you!

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“Stage invasions aren’t supposed to be this cute. As sprightly folk-popsters The Leisure Society launch into their second number, a two-year-old wobbles up to the front of the stage, making it to the edge before he’s whisked off by his mother to a murmur of aahs.”

James Medd of Word interviewed SMTS co-producer and art director Kate Garchinsky and attended the show on May 15 with his two sons. Read his account of the festivities, and learn more about the Kindie movement in children’s music.

PDF: SingMeToSleep_Word0710

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Sing Me To Sleep

“Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies” has been my little pet project since earlier this year. Along with Joe Spadaro of American Laundromat Records, I am co-producing this compilation of non-traditional lullabies performed by some of my favorite indie artists. Here’s the list:

The Antlers • Peter BroderickThe CoctailsViolet Clarke (Grand Duchy) • Dean & Britta • Tanya DonellyLaura Gibson • Neil Halstead • Greg LaswellThe Leisure SocietyCasey Mecija (Ohbijou)Memory Tapes •  O+SPapercutsJulie PeelThe Real Tuesday Weld • The Rest • Say Hi • Sigur Ros • Snowbird • Stars • TelekinesisTrespassers WilliamJenny Owen Youngs

The best part? All proceeds from sales of the album will benefit The Valerie Fund, a US non-profit that supports the care and treatment of children with cancer and rare blood disorders. All of these talented, generous musicians are donating their time and recordings to the project. Please join me in supporting them in return. Go see them play. Go buy one of their gorgeous albums.

In addition to choosing the artists, songs and the charity for this project, I have the honor of creating all the artwork for the album and its promotional items. All packaging, all related art—including any mag or web ad you see for “Sing Me To Sleep”—is a piece of my handiwork. If you act quickly you can purchase one of our Limited Edition Pre-Order Packages while they’re still available. The bonus goodies are well worth the modest price. So are the kids who benefit from your donation.

After hearing just a few tracks, I simply Can. Not. Wait. to have the finished product in hand. It’s gonna be something pretty special. Many, many thanks to Joe and to all who are involved in this stellar compilation of indie for kids.

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Sing Me To Sleep CD

Sing Me To Sleep concept sketch

Have kids or insomnia (or both)? Love indie music? American Laundromat Records is now taking pre-orders for Sing Me to Sleep – Indie Lullabies, a compilation of gorgeously soothing, non-traditional lullabies performed by indie artists. As co-producer I have had the joy of handpicking and inviting many of my favorite musicians to participate in this charity project. As art director I will create the artwork for all the neat promotional items that come with the pre-order, as well as the album cover itself. The limited edition first-pressing pre-order package includes:

– Limited Edition First Pressing Double CD with alternative artwork and bonus tracks
– Bonus 7” Blue Vinyl featuring 4 tracks not available on either CD
– Free Coupon Code to Download the Bonus 7” Vinyl in Digital Format
– Two Promo Pins featuring Original Cover Art from CD and 7” Vinyl
– “Sing Me To Sleep” 4-Color Wall Poster (11” x 17”)
– Chance to win a personalized, signed copy of “Sing Me To Sleep” by one of the album artists

…all for just $25! Yes, really. Pre-order yours now—I promise it will be something special.

Lullaby artists include: Dean & Britta, Tanya Donelly, Stars, Jenny Owen Youngs & Greg Laswell, Neil Halstead, The Leisure Society, The Real Tuesday Weld, The Rest, Say Hi, Julie Peel, Sigur Ros, Snowbird, Telekinesis, Memory Tapes, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), The Antlers, Trespassers William, Papercuts, Peter Broderick, Laura Gibson and many more. The album is scheduled to release May 2010. 100% of proceeds will benefit children with cancer and rare blood disorders through The Valerie Fund. Follow my updates about the project on Twitter @indieforkids.