DETROIT MUSIC AND BOOK DATES POSTPONED, MICHIGAN BOOK DATES POSTPONED U.K. TOUR POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE SUMMER
A new update as we get moving through another Lockdown/shutdown week. The redbird is up and singing, and there could be some buds on the trees. It’s still cold but – this is the least of our worries. I sure hope everybody is doing OK under these extremely worrisome and stressful circumstances. Most of our music events/gigs and poetry events in April, May and June are postponed. Our shows overseas in the U.K. are postponed. School is closed. Thinking back when I was recovering from cancer surgeries almost 7 years ago, I could do barely anything at first but try to just walk a few steps….a sort of quarantine, but I’m remembering so many kind people who helped! This last weekend, friends and fans asked for live music and live poetry online. Scott Dailey and I are thinking of scheduling a facebook music livestream soon. And we’re using this quarantine time to create stuff. I’m working on another book and waiting to go back to teaching while we record new songs, And thank you for the Detroit Music Award Nominations 2020, too! https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/nominees
I also have an inspirational song from the PBS special I was in last fall called “I Will Rise.” Looking forward to debuting it soon, too- I know that it is important to stay inspired, but it’s not easy right now. Sometimes quiet nothing confusion just has to be there. I did have one other nice announcement about my poetry here. It’s a real honor “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” street princess poems & lyrics has been added to The Kenyon Review poetry title list! If you haven’t gotten a copy of my book yet, please note that it was in the top new Releases on Amazon poetry in October 2019 and was a best seller at Horizon Books in Traverse City, Michigan in January 2020!
We heard a National Security Alert and these are scary days and scary times. It reminds me of stories my Dad and Mom told me and Dad’s stories from WWII. Everything’s cancelled and I’m trying to get a grip on my blog, my music, my writing and poetry for another book – much is there for it – and facebook live. We’re also recording a new album, which I’m quite excited about. So we’ll be sending over a new single release even with the lockdown and extreme times we’re in right now.. I can only say how much I admire the courage, resourcefulness and desire to overcome all adversity and anxiety. With having so much stress just waking up to remember we can’t do what we did before, that we kind of have to “hide,” although completely different, is still something to contend with. I’m sorry for everyone suffering. Some of us may have physical limitations or emotional/mental limitations stretching way back when we were little kids. So we may be feeling it more. We likely will have to depeche-vous et attendre maintenant..and for some time (hurry up and wait now, if that is my French memory) x
Today is a bit warmer and the sun is out bright finally! The uncertainty of just what we can do is over the top. Can we breathe the air in a hallway in an apartment? Can we bike ride? But everybody’s going through this. Nobody is in a place to not have to contend with losing a job, and not seeing family and friends. While I miss my students tremendously, my music friends and fans, my family, I’m really grateful they are at home, safe and sound, even though the social beings we are compel us to kind of go a little nuts right now. If you’d like, please download some of my catalogue (partial list) or the book in the meantime, and prayers to the world! https://music.apple.com/us/artist/carolyn-striho/276003130
UPDATE – Will be RESCHEDULED due to Coronavirus – Friday night, April 3rd I’m part of the National Book Event at Detroit’s Scarab Club in early April for National Poetry Month with my book “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” street princess poems & lyrics. I’m honored to be on this national poetry show, hosted by Aquarius Press and The Scarab Club, which features Lupe Mendez from Texas, Brian Gilmore, John Jeffire and so many Detroit poets – and with music by me and Scott Dailey on guitar, and Tracy Kash at 6 pm to 8 pm -! https://scarabclub.org/
There’s some super music shows we’re doing in April and May with bigger details next month and specifics. And the U.K. tour is coming this summer. But first, we’re recording new songs and there will also be new Book/Music Event in Grand Rapids this Spring, too, at Schuler Books for “Detroit (Maiden Energy).” https://www.schulerbooks.com/
Good news also on my book: “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” street princess poems & lyrics was just added to Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor and Brilliant Books in Traverse City! You can also pick it up at Book Beat, Dearborn Music, Mayflower Bookstore, Horizon Books Traverse City and Horizon Books Cadillac, Leelanau books Schuler’s in Grands Rapids, at Pure Detroit and in Toronto, Canada. It’s also on Amazon, Target or Barnes and Noble websites. Thank you! https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837
Short of doing a decade overview – and this decade was quite a changing up decade with three albums released, tours of Italy and the U.K. and many awards and videos with great Detroit shows, too (and a wedding and teaching and Wayne State University degrees, health challenges, very challenging and sad loss of my father, but also much grateful love 🙂 – here’s a little recap of 2019
The first book is here! “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” is available now with “street princess poems & lyrics” with some prose, finally done. The next book features much more prose but first things first! Thank you to Aquarius Press/Aux Media and Heather Buchanan, to the great writers who sent me blurbs for the book and fantastic reviews and family, friends and Scott Dailey and the band for the support! And to WDET-FM NPR Detroit’s Ann Delisi for the great interview which ran for 2 weeks on WDET-FM.
One of the bigger highlights was returning to Detroit’s Concert of Colors with Don Was in July at The Michigan Theatre in Jackson, Michigan and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Film Theatre for shows filled to capacity.
I was featured in a PBS special “Those on the Front Lines of Cancer” and my song “I Will Rise” was also in the film. Scott Dailey and I performed the song at “Dancing with The Survivors” for The Pink Fund in Southfield, Michigan, a beautiful night!
We performed up at Earthwork Harvest Gathering up in Lake City, Michigan, with Erin Zindle joining on violin and started doing new recording for a 2020 release
The Downtown Detroit Tree Lighting was amazing in November with approximately 50,000 people attending in the freezing just before Thanksgiving with WXYZ-TV Detroit (ABC) and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Thank you!
November also included the first Book Events at the stellar bookstore Book Beat in Oak Park, Michigan, world-renowned for its particular attention to writers, artists and literary fulfillment. We were also at the River’s Edge Gallery for a Book Event reading in Wyandotte.
The packed house with The Orbitsuns at The Cadieux Café in November on my birthday, a May date at Trinity House Theatre with Mary McGuire and Chris McCall and other shows including Focus Hope in Detroit – culminating in a big 4 night stand with EBird and Friends in Ann Arbor in December! Thank you Erin w/ four tremendous sold-out shows at The Ark.
I’m also honored to have one of my poems in RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music and reading at the Book Event at Third Man Records Detroit. I just another great Book/Music Event In Traverse City, Michigan with Horizon Books and a fun interview with DJ Racin’ Jason on WKLT’s Morning Show – thanks to fabulous DJ and friend Terri Ray as well.
Also, there’s a great new album titled “Recreation” produced by Freddie Brooks and Orchide Records – it’s a great, rare 10 inch red vinyl, and it features our celebrated band Detroit Energy Asylum and Patti Smith. Here’s a link https://orchiderecords.bigcartel.com/products
With some nice radio airplay this year – thanks to WDET-NPR Detroit, WKLT-FM Traverse City, WHFR-FM Dearborn, 107.1 WQKL-FM Ann Arbor, Michigan, WAKT-LP 106.1 FM Toledo, Rock-Radio-UK Spins in Porstmouth England U.K., WYCE-FM 88.1 Grand Rapids, Ferndale Radio 100.7 FM, WLNZ 89.7FM in Lansing, thanks!
Happy December 1st. There is so much beautiful music and energy coming up in The City of Detroit, and Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, and all through Michigan, Canada and the world. Time to think about the strength and hope of the cold winter resilience as a theme with creating this winter. Just an update or two on what I just did and am doing 🙂 A couple of Friday nights ago, November 22nd in Detroit, I performed at Detroit’s Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park. Attended by nearly 50,000 people and broadcast on WXYZ Detroit Channel 7, we were thrilled to be on the main stage! We performed with Mayer Hawthorne and Beth Griffith Manley, and there were beautiful choirs and skaters, families and friends…with many thanks to my amazing musicians, Scott Dailey, Dave Dion and Dominica Lamarra, and the fantastic Downtown Detroit Partnership! https://www.facebook.com/events/488208235243032/
The holidays are coming and please don’t forget to check my new book “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” as a holiday gift. You can find it locally at Book Beat, Mayflower Bookstore and Dearborn Music – soon to be added to stores in Ann Arbor and Traverse City, and Toronto, Canada – or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Aquarius/Auxmedia’s website. Thanks again to the Metro Times for the November feature! I’ll be heading up to northern Michigan for Book Events/Signings/Readings and also over to Canada in the New Year. https://www.amazon.com/Detroit-Maiden-Energy-Carolyn-Striho/dp/1733089837
We’re on a new Michigan CD Benefit album with many Michigan bands This compilation features Carolyn Striho’s “East of Eden” written by Striho and Scott Dailey. We’re grateful for the Michigan music community coming together for Ralston Bowles, and we’re happy to be included on this special “Michigan Music” compilation album, featuring over 30 songs from artists across Michigan. BUY ALBUM: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/michganmusic DETAILS & INFO: https://localspins.com/the-unprecedented-michigan-music-co…/
I’m grateful for writing today on December 1st and gratitude is a theme…Thank you again to Jim McFarlin/Detroit Metro Times for the nice 2 page feature on my new book earlier this month. Also so many gracious thanks to everyone who came out to the shows and book events, and bought my book from me or online – or at a store! Also, thanks to NPR Detroit’s WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi for the great interview and airplay. Thanks to WHFR-FM Henry Ford College and Scott Boatright. And thanks to Gary Graff, Ann Delisi, ML Liebler, Brian Jabas Smith, Brian Gilmore, John Jeffire, Heather Buchanan and kind words about the book from many… I’m amazed, and it’s deeply super stuff to have so many care about my music, and writing. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa – more shortly xo
Great holiday gifts news: The “Detroit Maiden Energy” Book Openings were great at River’s Edge Gallery and Book Beat here in town. The Cadieux Café show in Detroit with our band and The Orbitsuns was a full house and packed. We’ll be back in the Spring 2020! You can order “Detroit (Maiden Energy)” from me in my website. Or you can order it from Book Beat in Oak Park, Michigan, 2 miles from Detroit. “Detroit “Maiden Energy” is also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble’s website and at my publisher Auxmedia’s website. Detroit “Maiden Energy” is soon to be in more Detroit, Ann Arbor and northern Michigan book and music stores, too.
On Friday night, November 22nd in Detroit, The Carolyn Striho Group will be performing in downtown Detroit at Detroit’s Tree Lighting at Campus Martius Park. Attended by over 50,000 people and broadcast on ABC Detroit Channel 7, we’re thrilled to be onstage at 7 pm November 22nd – stay tuned! https://www.facebook.com/events/488208235243032/
Also, thanks to Jim McFarlin and the Metro Times for the nice article on the book, and check the December issue of Metro Parent for a new feature, too. With thanks to NPR Detroit’s WDET-FM’s Ann Delisi for the great interview and airplay. And to WHFR-FM Henry Ford College.
My book is here! It’s very close to be in Final Form, with a current prototype and will be ready shortly. It’s the first of several books, and it features some of my poetry and lyrics through the years. The working title is named after one of my poems, “Detroit Maiden Energy (“street princess”). And I’m happily surprised and grateful to be receiving such nice early reviews. My publisher, Aquarius Press/Aux Media, and I are excited and I’ll be doing several book signings/readings this Fall into November at River’s Edge Gallery and Book Beat with other dates soon. Details on links to buy the book on my website, Aquarius Press and on Amazon to be announced shortly. It’s been a long time coming, and while we couldn’t fit all of my lyrics and poetry in one book, we’re also doing a digital exhibition of some awesome posters and photos from my many years or lifetime of music…
Also! Coming right up, it’s an honor to be included in PBS’ riveting new film “ Those on the Front Lines of Cancer.” The premiere of the movie is at the Emagine Theatre Royal Oak, Wednesday evening, October 2nd at 6:30 pm. It will also be on PBS WTVS-TV in October. Thanks again for including a bit of my story, Visionalist Entertainment. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/those-on-the-front-lines-of-cancer-tickets-71799108065 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/those-on-the-front-lines-of-cancer-tickets-71799108065
Here are just several of the Book Events, with more dates to be announced in both Ann Arbor, Detroit and in northern Michigan later:
Sunday, October 27th at 12 Noon on WDET-FM 101.9 ‘s NPR in Detroit Ann Delisi will air an interview with Carolyn about her new book – stay tuned to Ann Delisi’s Essential Music! Ann is so gracious and a beautiful Detroit talent – listen in at https://wdet.org/https://wdet.org/
Week of October 28th—WDET-FM 101.9 ‘s NPR in Detroit Ann Delisi will air an interview with Carolyn about her new book – happy to be on this week with Ann, thank you again, and stay tuned to Culture Shift this week!https://wdet.org/https://wdet.org/
Friday, November 1, 2019—A cool, big night at River’s Edge Gallery! Come join the opening kick off of Carolyn’s new book, with a book signing, reading, wine, hors d’oeuvres, posters, photos and surprises with a digital exhibition, all at River’s Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192. From 7-10 PM with free admission https://artattheedge.com/ http:// https://artattheedge.com/
Sunday, November 3, 2019—Another great event, with a Book Opening, Reading, live music and the really cool poster/photos and surprise digital exhibition party at Book Beat, Oak Park , 3-5 PM! Cary Loren has a great store, and if you haven’t been to Book Beat, now is the time – of course, free admission – come check it out https://www.thebookbeat.com/backroom/ https://www.thebookbeat.com/backroom/
Saturday Night, November 9, 2019—Music, great bands, the book and a blast of “Birthday and the Book” with Carolyn Striho Group and The Orbitsuns at The Cadieux Café! From 8:30 pm to midnight – http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/calendar/ http://www.cadieuxcafe.com/calendar/
There are more music dates coming up and we’re back to recording soon. But you know, it’s been a heck of a year, well, a few years, well, a decade, and we’re glad to still be making music, writing, creating and just listening to so many wonderful bands out there. There’s great new and old music, books, art, and always, hope. After being a guest of Patti Smith and her band in Royal Oak, Michigan this month, it’s a reminder to stay alert and informed and register to vote. To our young people, People Have The Power!
Thank you for listening and reading, Love, xoxo Carolyn