The Fins are in the running for a Grammy!

Livin' in Fin-LandIn one of the great “slipping through the cracks” moments in music history, our new CD “Livin’ in Fin-Land” has officially entered the Grammy nominating process!  We have been successfully submitted and screened and we are now being voted on by the voting members of the Recording Academy for nomination in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

It all started last fall when we recorded a demo CD to help get us gigs.  Initially we were only going to do small snippets of songs, but we decided to record the full versions just for fun.  Our recording engineer, Grammy-winner Phil York, felt that the finished product was good enough to submit for a Grammy.  We were flattered but we assumed it would go no further.  But today Dennis got a letter from Phil saying were through to the next round in two different categories! 

Again, we don’t expect to advance any further, but what an honor!  This next round narrows the field from hundreds down a final five nominees, so odds are very slim we’ll move on.  But just knowing that folks felt we were qualified to be heard by the entire voting membership of the Academy is really amazing!  Will keep you posted….

Japan, Part 1: Planes, trains and hotel rooms

We took the 14-hour plane ride (non-stop) from D/FW to Narita.  On the plane we met another set of parents heading to Yokosuka – they were from central Louisiana and we ran into them several times during the trip.  Unfortunately my son was not as easy to find.  His ship pulled into port the same day we arrived and he did not have a working cell phone.  On arrival we hoped to meet him at the airport but could not find him so we decided to take the train.  Narita Airport is several miles east of Tokyo and our destination (Yokosuka) is a ways south of Tokyo, so we had a long train ride in store.  We chose the slower local train rather than the Narita Express since it was cheaper and did not require a change of trains at Yokohama, which we were scared to death of at that point.  Most signs in Japan are in both English and Japanese, but the train maps are an exception.  The train was not too crowded since we got on before rush hour and this train went more around Tokyo than through it. Continue reading “Japan, Part 1: Planes, trains and hotel rooms”