save the date

Sat Feb 2 (Groundhog Day) is the new date of our benefit concert for Unity of Gaithersburg. Catch us in concert with the full quartet, plus special guest musicians Ogun Holder and Terry Dearmore. Hear your favorite Soulpajamas songs with full band accompaniment, featuring bass by John Robbins and drums by Jeff Halverson. Other guest artists to be announced.

This is the rescheduled benefit concert, with all proceeds going to Unity of Gaithersburg. You may have seen an announcement of the originally scheduled concert in an email or previous post.

Join us for a special evening of original Soulpajamas music, plus other familiar favorites.

We hope to see you at this family friendly event.

Feb 2 at 7:30pm

Unity of Gaithersburg
111 Central Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

3 little news treats

Soulpajamas - Reaching for the Sun CD cover

1. We finally have the new CD in our greasy little hands

OK, this is actually really big news to us. Our new CD, Reaching for the Sun, has been available online (for listening and downloading) for several months now, but it has not been available in good old-fashioned physical form (CD) until this week. You can get one at a gig and if you’re really anxious, just email us and we’ll ship you one immediately. CDs are available for purchase online now at CD Baby and at Bandcamp.

Meanwhile, you can listen to the whole thing for free at our bandcamp site and download any or all.

2. SoCo ’11

Sound Connections, here I come. Without Erin, I will be venturing to Lee’s Summit, MO (or Unity Village, to be precise), where I will hob nob with all my fellow musicians in the Positive Music and New Thought Music worlds. This year I’m going to go for broke by joining the Unity World Choir. I’ll also be sharing the songs from the new CD whenever possible, and listening to lots of great live music by songwriters and musicians from around the world.

3. Top songwriting honors

My co-writer Roger Tomhave and I won a ‘top honor’ in the Indie International Songwriting Contest for our song Calling All the Children Home. Yea!
Listen to it here.

Let there be light

Let There Be Light songbook

Let There Be Light is the name of one of the two CDs soon to be released by Roger Tomhave and friends. The friends include Soulpajamas and members of New Day, among others. The other CD is called Now I Begin.

Both CDs contain original songs by Roger, written solo and with co-writers, including Dan Johnson, Carole Tomhave and others. In addition, there is a songbook, also called Let There Be Light.

This adventure started when Carole asked Roger what he wanted for Christmas. Roger replied “a book of sheet music for all my original songs.” So Carole set out to do this and it soon evolved into more.

Roger and Dan had been writing songs together for about 2 years at the time and Carole generously created lead sheets and piano scores for many. In addition, Roger had written a few songs on his own, some with Carole and other co-writers. When Roger asked Carole what she wanted for Christmas, she replied, a recording of your (Roger’s) music.

So began 7 months of recording. Enormous gratitude for all the players who donated their time and talents. In addition to being a fine singer and songwriter, Roger is also a visual artist and he designed the album art and songbook cover.

The debut will be at Sound Connections New Thought music conference held at Unity Village in September, followed by an album(s) release concert on Oct 3 at Unity of Fairfax.

We’ll keep you posted.

The Soulpajamas Story

We thought we’d introduce ourselves by talking about some of the things we are passionate about.

For today I’ll mention one over-riding passion: the environment. It flavors our day to day life, Erin’s career, our music, our home, our lifestyle choices and our perspective on the world.

Green Press Initiative and the Center for Watershed Protection are two of the environmental organizations that Erin is committed to as a consultant. Erin and I also started a community supported agriculture (CSA) group in Montgomery County, MD.

More passions in the next post. Meanwhile, listen to a free song, newly recorded, a personal story that has a young girl’s interest in nature intersecting with and enhancing her spiritual life. Click The House God Made for Us from My Shared Files on the right.