Annette Wasilik

Roses & Rye...who?

 

"Rye and roses," he said. I said, "But that'll sound like 'Ryan Rosen' or something."

Immediately he said, "Roses and rye." "Damn, that's pretty good!" says I.

Rye & Roses are Kevin Dudley, Lynn Hollyfield, Nicole Belanus and me. We're songwriters, we work hard, we are going to sing out stuff for you. Soon. very soon.

Riverdale Rail Concert Series

 

This is so friggin' amazing for all of us!! Imagine, we're cultivating the rare listening venue for the community, people are paying a fair ticket price and gifted songwriters from all over the area and the region (as far away as Newfoundland) are coming to play at this wonderful bookstore in Riverdale Md. Who'd a thunk?? 

Some thoughts on the close of 2015...

 

Some thoughts at the close of 2015...

"As I look over this year, I am a little stunned at the progress I've made and the blessings I've had. There is nothing quite as thrilling as doing the work and seeing the fruits of the labor: first, getting my website up and running; second, the release of my debut CD, Songs from the Talking House, and its sold-out, standing room only release concert with a dynamite band of DC musicians; playing a local and national festival or two; cultivating a popular gig with award-winning songwriter Kevin Dudley and showcasing special guests monthly; getting some live stuff on the ol' Youtube; playing several special events; lots of gigs here and there (at least lots for me!) and now partnering with Janine Wilson on a monthly Songwriter's Circle at Airshow Recording in Takoma Park! When I look at just some of that, I'm kind of amazed! Thank you to every one of you who has been in my corner egging me on. I couldn't have done it without you!"  Annette

Looking back over this year...

 

As I look over this year, I am a little stunned at the progress I've made and the blessings I've had. There is nothing quite as thrilling as doing the work and seeing the fruits of the labor: first, getting my website up and running; second, the release of my debut CD, Songs from the Talking House, and its sold-out, standing room only release concert with a dynamite band of DC musicians; playing a local and national festival or two; cultivating a popular gig with award-winning songwriter Kevin Dudley and showcasing special guests monthly; getting some live stuff on the ol' Youtube; playing several special events; lots of gigs here and there (at least lots for me!) and now partnering with Janine Wilson on a monthly Songwriter's Circle at Airshow Recording in Takoma Park! When I look at just some of that, I'm kind of amazed! Thank you to every one of you who has been in my corner egging me on. I couldn't have done it without you! 

A big thanks to my band, Kevin Dudley, John Previti, Rand Gardner with special appearances by Bobby Birdsong and Andrea Hoag. You're the most talented and good-hearted folks I know!

 

BON APPETIT

 

From the outside, the life of a musician, or artist of any kind, can look easy and even glamorous. But for every set played on stage there has been hours and years of preparation. In my world, preparation and incubation. I think of my music as a slow cooking stew that's now ready to be offered up to a larger share of the family. But it can be daunting. There's a zillion good singer songwriters out there trying to get heard. If I focus on that, I'm screwed and the stew's all burnt. So what if there's a zillion songwriters out there? Everybody's got to eat! Dig in and bon appetit!

Holy cow! I think I'm getting the hang of some of this!

 

Hi folks and welcome! It's weird writing to who knows who, but I guess it's no different than writing a song at my kitchen table at 2:00 am.

By FAR the hardest part of getting out and about again has been dealing with all the technology it's entailed.

I've been a massage therapist for the last decade and I have managed to stay pretty low tech through the years

so getting my CD recorded and getting this website up is just a huge thrill for me.

It's emboldening to accomplish something that not long ago felt so overwhelming. I may be re-inventing the wheel here while everyone around me is buzzing past in Maseratis, but look out now, I'm getting rolling and putting the top down! Whoo hoo!

 

 

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