The Sunday Post: Making Paper Airplanes

Some time ago Doug wrote a song about the writing process. If you’re a songwriter or a playwright you can probably relate to the lyrics telling tales of a growing paper air force. Countless hours spent putting words on paper, only to be launched into the air in frustration.

This unique interpretation (below) of Paper Airplanes is by Doug’s youngest son. The panels highlight some of the different stops along Doug’s musical journey, many of them with details you will only appreciate if you know the whole story. This collage hangs in our home and serves as a reminder of roads traveled, choices made, and new possibilities.

Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes

The video below is of Doug performing this song at an Open Mic night a couple of years ago.

The (Sometimes) Solitary Soloist

For me, most of the time solitude means I have time for quiet moments of reflection. Maybe an opportunity for writing, or reading. But for others, a little quiet time is also the perfect time to make some beautiful sounds.

Musician at work. #guitar #musician #theadaptations

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(This also gives me another opportunity to plug my husband’s duo, The Adaptations. Check out their website, follow them on Facebook or Instagram, and come out to see them this week at The Kenmore Inn in beautiful and historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.)

Consider Yourself Invited

If we were having coffee, I’d probably ask you to come with me next week to check out The Adaptations.

What’s that? You have no clue who or what I’m talking about? I guess that’s to be expected since they’re a brand-new act and are just preparing to play their first formal gig together next week.

If we are friends on Facebook there’s a good chance you have already grown tired of my posts and video shares from their practices at the local open mic night in downtown Fredericksburg. But what’s a proud wife to do if not promote her husband’s new musical project?

The Adaptations acoustic duo Fredericksburg

The Adaptations

You may remember me talking about his musical aspirations and frustrations. After all this time and so many changes in both our lives over the last few years, not-so-tireless efforts to build something meaningful and creative, persistence is finally paying off. We knew that it was just a matter of time before late nights at Open Mic would lead to a connection with other musical souls looking for something more. Just over a month ago Doug and Eve sang together for the first time and realized they could possibly make that “something more” happen.

For me, it’s been fun and exciting to watch this develop. Since I have no musical talent whatsoever, the only way I can contribute is with my camera and my marketing skills. And so my friend here I am sharing their website, Facebook page, and videos, and hoping I’ve not bored you to tears yet. If you’re in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area, I invite you to come and hear them live on April 19 at the Bistro Bethem where they are participating in the 3-Act Showcase, or the following month at the Colonial Tavern Home to the Irish Brigade (May 24) where they will have their first solo show. You can find out more details on the website or on Facebook.

In the meantime, here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at a recent rehearsal  that gives you a small glimpse of what they’re like. Enjoy and be sure to check back here (or on their site) to hear how the shows went (if you can’t make it in person, of course).