The summer is wrapping up in Ohio.  The bittersweet pull of the road is tugging on my tires.  I have a brand new album, a brand new old van, and a list of places to go.

I released my new album this week with a heartwarming show in Athens at Casa Nueva.  It sure makes it harder to leave when there are so many lovely people there...

 Playing with Chris Biester. photo credit Shei Sanchez

And then it was off to Yellow Springs, OH for a lovely backyard concert...

photo credit Summer Bair

When "Like a Canyon" arrived, my living room turned into a shipping office as I sent CDs off to all of the Kickstarter supporters who funded it.  As I went down the list I was reminded of all of the people who made this album happen.  I am blessed...

It's available digitally HERE!

 

The album was recorded at Peachfork Studios in Pomeroy, OH and mastered at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA.  It was produced by Bernie Nau and myself.  It features guest musicians from the Mountain Stage Band: Ryan Kennedy, Ammed Solomon, and Steve Hill.  Plus Joe Stevens, Bernie Nau, and John Borchard.  I'm really happy with it, and I think you're going to enjoy it.

Besides finishing the album, I spent much of my summer shopping for a new old van.  My '99 Caravan that I took across country twice last year was starting to become unreliable.  One of the issues was a lack of AC and a driver's side window that wouldn't roll down.  That made for some really sweaty drives.  So after test driving and kicking tires all summer, I finally pulled the trigger.  Here is my 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan...

I'm just starting to settle into it.  My brother is helping me modify my old bed to fit into the new van.  I'll share some more pictures when I'm fully moved in...

I've got lots of packing to do today and then it's off to Chicago for a show.  Then on westward from there.

 Before I left Athens, a photo student from Ohio University named Matt Starkey asked to do a photo story on me for a school project.  He came to a couple of my shows and visited me at Blue Eagle Music. The following pictures are all from Matt... 

 

 

I'll see you all out there!

-Megan

Another summer has come and brought opportunities to co-write with kids at local libraries and camps.  Most of these songs have come from less than 2 hours of being together.  In that time we have a crash course in melody, creative writing, song parts, and teamwork...

 

 

I've been using the word "support" so much lately.  Once I launched the Kickstarter campaign I had to start asking folks for their support.  It's big and scary to set a goal, make it public, and ask for help.  Everyone is watching and there are so many stigmas about asking for help, especially when you're asking for money.  

 

 

 

 

For the past few months I've been writing, working on guitars, and resting up a bit.  I've been recovering from a case of tendinitis in my wrists since November.  I've sought advice from massage therapists, osteopaths, and patient house plants...

Read on for wild softball game in the desert and a giant rock in the road...

 

 

Happy December everyone!  I'm nesting in Ohio for most of the winter.  I've done so much traveling this year that staying in one spot feels like a great new adventure. 

There's a new album in the works, and for now I offer up this single. "That's Enough"...

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After many miles, I am happy to report that I have played some great shows, driven some long hours, seen some beautiful places, and safely landed back in Ohio...

wild horses, oceans, deserts

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Beautiful places, spontaneous events, and lovely people...  

 

 

hippie busses and more!

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What a journey!  Here I am in Fort Collins, Colorado after a cross-country drive, a week at Rocky Mountain Song School, and a string of shows.  The trip has been full of lessons learned...

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This month I wanted to share a few projects from my recent Songwriting Workshops for kids.  These workshops are a haphazard dive into the creative process.  I meet with 8-15 kids, we come to some consensus of what to write about, we do creative writing exercises, and ultimately write a song.  We share ideas, cross out words, move them, work on rhythm, feeling, melody, and record our creation.  All of this happens in 2-3 hours depending on the workshop format.

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Southern Ohio is vibrating with 17-year cicadas.  I couldn't be more delighted.  I've always enjoyed their drone, buzz, and siren-like eeeeerrr.  They are everywhere.  Here's a little story of one...

 

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