October leaves are falling….falling to the ground.

October’s here, and we’re missing playing live shows! Our U.K. tour is moved to summer 2021 now. But thanks to Arts, Beats & Eats for the virtual live show, Detroit Music Weekend and Congregation Cafe for recent gigs in Detroit. And I’ll be featured on The Nooner Show Podcast October 14th with thanks to Jackie Wallace for the live interview! https://www.facebook.com/TheNoonerShow/

UPDATE: The Audio Book version of “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” is finally coming! It will be on Findaway Voices and Amazon Audible Books (Aquarius Press Detroit). You can also order the hard copy from me directly at paypal.me/carolynstriho1 with a note and it will be mailed out, too. My book is at Detroit and Michigan bookstores, including Book Beat, Horizon Books Traverse City, Nicolas Books Ann Arbor, Dearborn Music, Street Corner Music, Flipside Records and more! You can also order from Amazon or Aquarius Press. https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837

In celebration of my book’s one year anniversary and the Audiobook coming out, I’ve got another great interview being published soon, too! Thanks to writer Lori Stratton for the interview on The Stratton Playlist. The interview will also be in Current Magazine Ann Arbor this winter, coming soon, too! I’ll post the interview here on my Website with more at https://strattonsetlist.com/

New releases! I’m featured on the album “End of the Night” for Record Store Day 2020 U.K. compiled by Rob St. Mary and distributed by Light in the Attic Records Seattle. My song “Rockin’ Right” is included with one of my first bands The Cubes. It also features Don Was’ first band The Traitors and Hiawatha Bailey and The Cult Heroes “Amerikan Story” with much more at https://lightintheattic.net/releases/6628-detroit-punk-archive-presents-the-end-of-the-night-1976-1983
And Orchide Records Detroit released an album with Detroit Energy Asylum which was my band for many years featuring Dave McMurray, Luis Resto, myself and great world-renowned Detroit musicians. For those who liked “Secrets and Space,” “Recreation” features new mixes of several covers with a never-before-heard lead vocal by Patti Smith on “Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (by The Marvelettes written by Smokey Robinson). Produced by Freddie Brooks, it’s a gem  at https://orchiderecords.bigcartel.com/product/dea-recreation ;  https://secrets-space.bandcamp.com/album/secrets-space-original-soundtrack-of-transition

Also, thank you NPR WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi for the Detroit Guitar with Gabriel Currie taping at Music Hall Detroit. The link is coming soon with the video – Scott Dailey and I had a blast running through some music on this fine guitar with arwork by Sabrina Nelson for the WDET 101.9 Fundraiser.https://wdet.org/posts/2020/09/09/90016-win-a-one-of-a-kind-echopark-electric-guitar/

So I’ve been teaching remotely, and my high students are doing creative writing. This is a real treat, as they next will also be doing songwriting. Scott Dailey and I have started more recording and with our song “I Will Rise” coming out this Winter or Spring with several other new songs, it’s perfect timing to move back inward to the winter months, leaving the sun and shine to a ruminating cloud of covering snow. I know, I’m dreaming of better times. It’s been a terrible time with the virus, the administration with the over the top, cruel president in office, and then our Michigan Governor’s life being threatened in a major way. So these are times to remember recording with “I Will Rise” and more soon. 

Thanks again, please stay safe and well ! And Vote Blue!! Love, Carolyn xx

See you in September…

Hi! Happy September! We’re missing many festivals we have played, including Donne in Musica in Rome, Italy, The Isle of Wight, U.K. Rhythmtree Festival, many years at Arts Beats & Eats, The Detroit Jazz Festival, Earthwork Harvest Festival in Lake City, Michigan, Dally in the Alley in Detroit, The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, and the Michigan State Fair and more! But we did a new Facebook livestream fundraiser with the Soaring Eagle Arts Beats & Eats Festival. Arts Beats and Eats is raising money for musicians impacted by covid-19. For every dollar you donate to us at PayPal.me/carolynstriho1 for our virtual show by October 1st, Oakland County, Michigan will match that amount up to $500,000 and donate it to the Arts Beats Eats Musician’s Fund for Michigan musicians who have lost over 50% of their income due to COVID-19. Thank you for caring! https://www.facebook.com/striho/videos/10222355425450182/
More info at https://artsbeatseats.com/virtual-showcase-supporting-local-musicians

The Audio Book for my “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” is coming this Fall. In the meantime, you can order the hard copy from me directly or through many Detroit and Michigan music and bookstores, including Book Beat, Horizons Books Traverse City, Nicolas Books Ann Arbor, Dearborn Music, Flipside Records and more! You can also order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Aquarius Press. If you buy it from me at paypal.me/carolynstriho1, I offer a discount, too! Let me know in an email or DM to me and I’ll get it over to you! Also at https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837

I’m featured on the album “End of the Night” for Record Store Day 2020 U.K. compiled by Rob St. Mary and distributed by Light in the Attic Records Seattle. My song “Rockin’ Right” is included with one of my first bands The Cubes. It also features Don Was’ first band The Traitors and Hiawatha Bailey and The Cult Heroes “Amerikan Story” with much more – check it at https://lightintheattic.net/releases/6628-detroit-punk-archive-presents-the-end-of-the-night-1976-1983

Also, Orchide Records Detroit released an album with Detroit Energy Asylum which was my band for many years featuring Dave McMurray, Luis Resto, myself and great world-renowned Detroit musicians. For those who liked “Secrets and Space,” “Recreation” features new mixes of several covers with a never-before-heard lead vocal by Patti Smith on “Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (by The Marvelettes written by Smokey Robinson). Produced by Freddie Brooks, it’s a gem at https://orchiderecords.bigcartel.com/product/dea-recreation
https://secrets-space.bandcamp.com/album/secrets-space-original-soundtrack-of-transition

While I miss playing at festival times, we are working on many new projects, have rescheduled the U.K. tour and some recording with more good surprises.

Thanks again, please stay safe and well, and Vote!
Love, Carolyn xx

Summer’s move to Fall music and books

It’s Thursday, August 27, 2020 as I write this, and while there is much to say, I know you are bombarded with many of the tough times we are in right now in this country and world! Prayers and good health and peace. Good news – my paypal is up and working at Paypal.me/carolynstriho1, and if you would like to buy any merch from me, including my book “Detroit (Maiden Energy),” any of my recent albums or CDs, or t-shirts, please send me a note in here at my website, and I’ll get it mailed off to you in a timely fashion. You can buy my book or our CDs for $12.00 with postage included through September! T-shirts would be $15.00, postage paid! Thank you! 

Also, we are playing a Facebook Live Thursday August 27 2020 with Arts Beats and Eats. Scott Dailey and I will be livestreaming from www.facebook.com/striho OR www.facebook.com/carolynstriho at 7:30 pm EST Detroit time, and here are a few more details as we plan some music and poetry for you!  Please help us to help those musicians hardest hit financially by the COVID-19 shutdowns and cancellations.  For every dollar you donate to the ABE Musician’s Fund or you donate to us during our virtual performance Oakland County will match that amount up to $500,000! Funds go to Michigan musicians that have lost over 50% of their income due to COVID-19.” at: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/the-beats-go-onpaypal.me/carolynstriho1http://artsbeatseats.com/virtual-showcase-supporting-local-musicians 

Detroit Maiden Energy cover

My Audio book is finally coming out in September, too! It will be on Findaway Voices and Audible/Amazon and hopefully also Google Play https://findawayvoices.com/. Details shortly – so you could also order an Audio or Kindle version of “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” street princess poems & lyrics. I’m grateful for all the nice reviews and articles regarding my book, and hope you get a chance to check it out on Aquarius Press. In other news, last month I was honored to announce that some of my music is on new compilations that have gotten great notice. And The Congregation Cafe in Detroit was a great, distanced live show – thank you!

We’ve recorded a new single “I Will Rise” that’s coming out soon, too!

Thank you for your time, and stay well!

Love,

Carolyn xxx

Summer Hope for 2020

It’s summer and I sure miss performing! Postponements are now going into 2021 and remote teaching this spring was sure new for teachers and students. I was proud of my students. Now summer is here with so much anger, outrage, illness and lives in danger. It’s hard to write with gushes of emotion then silence.

There’s good news in that I’m about to record an entire new album which surprises me. But it’s been a very strange year and I’ve written new songs that are in demo form now. I’m excited to be able to record even without an entire band. The restrictions with covid 19 are so necessary and yet people still want to “break out of them” and go against wearing a mask or caring about each other. With the virus of racism and police brutality against Black people, too, these have been sad times. 

Carolyn at home going out on the street! May 2020

And in recording the new album, I thought it’s time to finally get “I Will Rise” done, which I had started to write after The Women’s March in early 2017 (and 2018). We knew from the start that getting that so-called president out of office would be best. I felt like I had an idea which came to fruition last year with The Pink Fund and PBS’ Those on the Front Lines of Cancer. Molly McDonald from the Pink Fund encouraged me to continue finishing “I Will Rise,’ and filmmaker Keith Famie also used the demo song for his PBS special in Detroit both in 2019.

Carolyn at Max Fisher Music Hall in Detroit with Scott Dailey and Amp Fiddler on Don Was’ Concert of Colors

 So I premiered the song live with my husband/guitarist Scott Dailey at The Pink Fund’s Dancing with the Survivors in October just before my new book “Detroit (Maiden Energy) street princess poems and lyrics” came out. It was a great time, and inspired me to record a final version now of “I Will Rise.” I’m also updating my website to include some poems in my blogs and also, photos of my retrospective of posters and Bands I’ve had. Also, I’m doing a new Zoom or Facebook Live event of music and poetry. I’ve been writing, singing and recording for years, working with some of the best musicians in the world for years, and am proud of my recordings and shows and bands.

Photo from The Pink Fund 2019 Dancing with the Survivors – Scott Dailey and Carolyn Striho –
(credit: Stacey Sherman)

In other record release news, Orchide Records Detroit released an album with Detroit Energy Asylum which was my band for many years. Featuring Dave McMurray, Luis Resto, myself and many well-known and wonderful Detroit musicians, Patti Smith also makes several appearances. “Recreation” is available on Orchide Records Detroit and for those who liked “Secrets and Space,” “Recreation” features new mixes of several numbers and a never-before-heard lead vocal on Smokey Robinson’s song (sung by The Marvelettes) “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” by Patti Smith. Patti and I duet on The Four Tops’ “Reach Out.” Produced by Freddie Brooks, it’s a gem!  https://orchiderecords.bigcartel.com/product/dea-recreation 

Also, there is hope for a retrospective of Rough Cut and Detroit Energy Asylum tunes with posters and photos in the next year, too.  https://secrets-space.bandcamp.com/album/secrets-space-original-soundtrack-of-transition

Luis Resto, Carolyn Striho, Dave McMurray – by Gary Graff/Oakland Press, photo Bill Schwab and Freddie Brooks 2000

And another record release! I’m featured on Detroit Punks Archive entitled “End of the Night” compiled by Rob St. Mary and distributed by Light in the Attic Records (Seattle) with Record Store Day 2020 U.K. My song “Rockin’ Right” is included with one of my first bands The Cubes. The album includes Don Was’ first band The Traitors and also Hiawatha Bailey and The Cult Heroes “Amerikan Story” with much more! Check it here at https://lightintheattic.net/releases/6628-detroit-punk-archive-presents-the-end-of-the-night-1976-1983  

Detroit Punk End of the Night double album Record Store Day U.K. 2020
Photo: Bookie’s Club Sue Rynski

Carolyn Striho’s “Detroit Maiden Energy” with Kate Parker’s “Strong is the New Pretty”, Horizon Books 2019 Traverse City, MI

And it looks like we have several new livestream shows in late July at Detroit’s Music Hall, Otus Supply in Ferndale, Michigan, and even a new book/Audio livestream show! So that is cheery news in these times. The Audio Book for my book “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” is also coming this summer. My book is at many Michigan bookstores and soon to be in Milwaukee, Chicago and in England. You can buy it on Amazon, too, Aquarius Press, or directly from me https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837  

Begin Again

All the confusion couches the coast

rocks, rain, ruin return again

inside, harder, happens to me,

but happens to be the one quick avenue of alive in the pain

Birds floating, singing loud,
sun shining, seems so rude to leave Detroit’s beginning so fast

hurtling hurdles of hard crunch as shoes hit pavement near the river again

again and again
the city won’t end
just begging to begin again

scatters our blood and only pretends
to not care,

when it’s very soul depends on our love

through the hate we consider,

watching the dove spread its wings over water

and splash as it flies away from the smokestack,

away sunrise…
away from rocks, rain, ruin, return again

again and again
the city won’t end
just begging to begin again 

Detroit Energy Asylum w/Patti Smith (Carolyn Striho, Kenny Scott, Pam Marcil, Dave McMurray, Lenny Kaye pictured) Industry, Pontiac, MI 1995

Thanks for the support. Love, and stay safe! xx Carolyn

Carolyn Striho, Sinead O’Connor and Tori Amos, 2005 Royal Festival Hall, London England 2005
Scott Dailey and Carolyn Striho, Hope and Anchor Islington, London, U.K. 2018

Carolyn Striho with bassist Emily Rogers, Otus Supply Ferndale/Detroit Michigan 2019

Hopeful, wishing start to May hearts

Well…a tentative Happy May! It’s hard to hear about our community, state and world music, writing and art events being cancelled. Everyone’s safety and health is so important, and we’ll all be back soon…

First, thank you for so many, many views the first night of our Facebook Music Livestream on Saturday April 4th ! It was in the room, so to speak, so I’m glad you liked it as it was quite live! Here is the Facebook link. The Video was just uploaded to You Tube by The Isle of Wight, U.K., too, where we performed 2 years ago and will again! “I Will Rise” is a forthcoming music Release coming up this year when we get into the studio soon.

This Saturday, May 9, 2020, we’ll be a part of Lighthouse in Pontiac, Michigan’s Livestream Fundraiser for Lighthouse Live with so many fantastic Detroit artists! Scott Dailey and I will feature a favorite “Sing it to Me” and also talk a bit about the Lighthouse Organization, which provides food and shelter, especially right now during the pandemic  https://lighthousemi.org/live/ Join in on Facebook or on You Tube! So many fantastic artists, including Alice Cooper, The Accidentals, Suzi Quatro and Thornetta Davis – and we’re raising money for Lighthouse! Watch right here at https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/lighthouse-online-telethon-to-have-50-musical-talents-from-detroit-may-9-raising-money-for-covid-19-food-shelter-fund?fbclid=IwAR0FzK4c4FnrMpfVwAUhC92_qhmz5CyuBVFrXdmnbNidkiFhhDtJQt685aE

https://handup.org/campaigns/coronavirus

April 30th, I was honored to be talking about my music and art in an online appearance on PBS Detroit’s WTVS and the City of Detroit’s Covid 19 Artist Relief Fund by Rochelle Riley & Mitch Albom with such artists as Jeff Daniels, Big Sean, Steffanie Christi’an and many Detroit artists. You can watch my segment at the .mov link or view the entire 90 minutes here at Channel 21 Comcast TV/Detroit WTVS. http://detroit-vod.cablecast.tv/CablecastPublicSite/watch/4?channel=3

With music events/gigs and poetry events in April, May, June and July cancelled or postponed, our U.K. tour 2020 has been moved to 2021. The south Florida Book Tour is hopeful but likely moved to Spring 2021. I’m writing new music and we’ll be recording more, too. The band will come into the studio when we’re allowed to get all together again!

Thank you for the Detroit Music Award Nominations 2020 for Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter and Singer, and for Scott Dailey for Outstanding Rock/Pop Instrumentalist too! https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/2020-nominees

I’ll be releasing the Audio Book on Amazon and other outlets, so look for it this early Summer. It’s good news with some more good news on “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” soon. I miss everybody, my family, students, musicians and friends. And there’s so much emotion behind this post, even if it seems like a “regular” update/blog. We’re all so grateful for grocery and pharmacy delivery and the bright days ahead, with special big thanks to the hospital workers. In the meantime, as we’re artists and everything is cancelled, please download music, books and support Detroit, Michigan and world artists. Here’s a bit of my recent music catalogue (partial list) or the book in the meantime, and prayers to the world!Love, Carolyn https://music.apple.com/us/artist/carolyn-striho/276003130

links for the book and for music: https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=carolyn+striho&i=digital-music&ref=nb_sb_noss

Some of Scott Dailey’s music is at https://music.apple.com/us/artist/scott-dailey/734970797