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Greg and Kiki's Online Journal

Here's where you can keep tabs on how the CD project is coming along.  We'll post sound clips, photos, video of rehearsals and studio sessions.  You'll also find Greg and Kiki's musings as they blog about the new journey.

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Kiki's carrot cake

Yeah, she's finally giving it up.

Garden Carrots

Rescued  from the frostbitten garden.
10/24/2008

Just finished making one for Ramona's 80th birthday party tomorrow. Happy Birthday Ramona!!!

KIKI'S CARROT CAKE RECIPE

We use the best ingredients we can find - it really does make a difference.

Frosting:

I always make the frosting first and refrigerate it. It's pretty simple.  Soften
1/2 cup of Earth Balance or a stick of real butter.
Soften an 8 ounce block of Philadelphia Cream Creese (we've tried so many brands and this one is the least gummy tasting. We hear that Earth Balance has come out with a cream cheese. Looking forward to trying it.)

Mix the butter and cream cheese until it's smooth and creamy. Add a teaspoon and a half of pure vanilla extract and about 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add either 2 1/2 to 3 cups of confectioner's sugar (a little bit at a time) or honey to taste. Mix again until it's smooth and creamy. Refrigerate the frosting until you're ready to use it.

Cake:

Grease a 13"x9"x 2"pan (we use Earth Balance) and lightly flour. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and grate 3 cups of carrots. Set them aside in the refrigerator.

In your mixing bowl put 2 cups of all purpose flour (or part all purpose / part whole wheat) , 2 cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg.  At this point I usually take a wire whisk and blend all these dry ingredients together. Then add the grated carrots and stir it all together until the flour mixture and carrots are pretty evenly blended.

In a separate bowl break 4 brown organic eggs and whisk them until they are all one color. Add 1-1/2 cups of canola oil (yes one and a half cups) and 1-1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and blend this all together.

Now take an 8 ounce can of pineapple tidbits in their own juice and add it to the egg/oil mixture.  If you want to add chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, etc.) lightly roast them in a skillet to bring out the flavor and then add them to the mix - about 3/4 cup works pretty well.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Mix for about a minute or two. I have a kitchen-aid stand mixture and use the paddle attachment for this.

Pour it into the greased and floured pan - use a spatula to get all the batter out of the bowl.  Bake in your preheated oven (350) for about 35 minutes.  I always start checking it at 30 minutes -it's done when it passes the toothpick test. Cool the cake completely before frosting it so the frosting doesn't melt.


Fall Color in the front yard
10/18/2008

K: The early morning sun poured its fire into autumn soaked trees in the front yard.


birthday
10/10/2008

K: Our son taking a guitar lesson from his older brother Richard.



Dream Dinner
10/10/2008

K: We prepared his "dream dinner" for his birthday. Artichokes, asparagus, garlic bread and mac and cheese.


Doug Mac Rostie Centerstage Minnesota


10/09/2008

G: This is Doug MacRostie, host and programmer of Centerstage Minnesota on KAXE in Grand Rapids. We had a great time with Doug - he's a beautiful person with a big heart.

Dear John had it's radio premiere today on Doug's show.

K: Doug is very cool and lots of fun!  Check out his show every Thursday night on KAXE in Grand Rapids. 91.7 FM. Also streams on the net.

There are clips from the dancing Light show on Doug's my space page.

Greg at KAXE 10/09/2008

K: Greg live on KAXE.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
10/09/2008

K: I was shooting pictures of clouds out the car window on our way to Grand Rapids.  Singing Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now and snapping away.

Greg at the Common Grounds
10/06/2008

K: It's 6:44 am.Greg's in the kitchen making breakfast. This is a photo of Greg at the final Common Grounds concert.  The lipstick on his face is not mine. Hmmmmmm. :)  We're sending out Dear John to some radio stations today. John Lennon's birthday is October 9th.

Greg just walked in to bring me a green drink and saw his picture.  He thinks he looks like a schoolteacher.  Rice Cakes is playing in the background and it made me think of Ted Pedersen.  He's our friend who is 84 years old and fancies himself a songwriter. :)  Ted wanted us to rewrite the line "rabbits making rice cakes on the moon."  Ted thought it would work better if we changed the line to  "rabbits making rabbits on the moon." 

I'm thinking about recording This Light Becomes You next, and wondering how Greg feels. It's a simple song and feels good to sing. It always seems to raise the vibration in the room when we play it in concert. Kind of meditative...



Kiki at the Common Grounds
9/27/2008

Last day at the Common Grounds. After 120+ concerts at the Common Grounds of Longville, dancing Light's concert series comes to a close.

Jim Burt
you can click here to hear Dear John in progress  http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/802494

Kiki in the vocal booth
9/25/08

K:  In the vocal booth.

kiki at loontick
9/25/08

K:  ditto

lyrics to imagine
9/25/08

K: The experience of writing, recording and playing Dear John has been full of synchronicities. While we were recording DJ in the studio, I went to put my glasses down in Greg's guitar case and noticed the words to Imagine on the top of a mess of song notes that travel with us to concerts. 



Greg and Jim Burt at Loontick

9/25/08

This is a photo of Jim Burt and Greg at Jim's studio, Loontick Records.



words to Dear John Lennon
9/25/08

K:
  This is a shot from inside the vocal booth. Those are the words to Dear John. I haven't quite learned the song yet.

jim burt
9/25/08

K:
  Jim at Loontick.

on our way to record Dear John
On our way to Jim Burt's
studio to record Dear John
9/23/2008

K:  It's been quite a day.  I feel exhilarated and happy as wheels turn, gears mesh and the stars come into alignment. So many wonderful things happened today I'm still catching my breath. It feels like I'm in the middle of a star shower with northern Lights ablaze.  I am so grateful to be firmly on my path, doing what gives me the most joy.

I'm learning that it's okay to be happy, even when the world seems so topsy-turvy crazy.  It's not always easy, and I'm giving it my best shot.

Greg and I are finishing up Dear John and taking it into the studio on Thursday (thank you Jim!). We have a deadline of October 1 for this song - more about that soon.

Our little sunflower meter got its first splashes of color today with more to come tomorrow.


Greg at Hiram
9/23/2008
G:  The sun sets over the lake out our window, painting the tattered clouds that trail a passing storm in
yellows and oranges. The air is thick and rich with the smells of fall.  I feel so filled with the abundance of the harvest on so many levels.

There is a deepening in this season of the year that I have always loved and as we turn our focus toward new songs, new recordings, and new shows that deepening is permeating and enhancing everything.

I'm feeling so good and Kiki and I are having so much fun living the unfolding of a new CD.


double rainbow
9/19/2008
9/19/08

K: 


Our son called us outside this morning after spotting a double rainbow. It's hard to see the second rainbow in this photo.


9/16/08 7:32 am

K:
Greg and I finished our grant applications yesterday - they had to be postmarked by the 15th.  If you are a musician/artist reading this blog and you haven't checked out grants yet, look around online for artist grants in your city, country, region or state.  There are a few out there, and they do help.  The applications can be really simple or a huge project.  Just make sure you do exactly what they ask of you.  If they say make 15 copies, make 15 copies. If they say turn three somersaults and fly through air...well you get the picture.

We have two more concerts at the Common Grounds of Longville where we've played and hosted a concert series for the past five years.  Hard to believe it's coming to a close. We have the most wonderful audience and are deeply grateful for the bonds of friendship that have formed over the years.

The leaves are starting to change up here in northern Minnesota, hope they are peaking when we play our concert at Itasca - the drive to the Mississippi Headwaters is ablaze this time of year.

Yesterday while we were at Barking Moon Specialties in Walker we met Keith Bear and his partner, Dawn.  Keith is a native american flute player from the Dakotas.  We're hoping to get together today and play some music - would be wonderful to get my head out of all this computer stuff and back into music.

Greg in Kitchen
9/13/08 6:14 am

K:
Yesterday we sifted through songs and came up with a plan for paring them down to a manageable number. 
Several friends have suggested we do a double CD.  We'll have to crunch the $ numbers and see what that looks like.

We practiced, Dear John, for awhile and are really liking it today.  Greg is playing a cool muted part that fits the song.  Dear John is a definite maybe for the new CD.

Got up at three am and the computer  lured me in.  Finished some of these new pages for the website and hooked us up with Reverb Nation.  They seem to have their act together and offer a bundle of services.

Am wanting to acknowlege Jill for her great idea.

The sky is getting lighter, we have a concert at the Common Grounds today, so I think I'll jump back in bed for a moment ot two.

ZZZZzzzzzzzzz



9/13/08 6:47 am

K: 
Well, the back to bed thing didn't work out the way I planned as I found another bug or two to iron out in the website.

Fortunate for me as there is the most intense pink/orange sunrise happening outside my window this morning.

Breathtaking and worth postponing sleep for.

Kiki



9/13/08 8:00 am

G:  
The maples are beginning their transformation from summers vibrant green to the electric oranges and reds of autumn. So sudden come these turnings, I'm at first reluctant to embrace the change. Now the indescribable beauty of the season wins me over. As we travel back through our audio song notes, gathering the sometimes forgotten songs and bits of songs that have occurred to us in the last couple of years. I'am surprised, humbled and excited by the process. It is the time of the harvest and there is so much to be thankful for. Creating a new CD brings so much to light, I am swept up in the beauty and the blessings of being able to expressing life through song while bathing in the creative magic of my musical partner, best friend, and wife Kiki. As we follow the lead of the muse into new musical territory and drive the woodland roads through the turning kaleidoscope of autumn colors, we thank you for sharing this moment with us. Keep in touch. Greg




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