It’s been well over a year since I’ve posted on this site…which was for many years exclusively a music blog, and then gradually started to cover a more broad range of topics. Then there was a time where I didn’t really know what I should do with it, so I did nothing! I guess that happens to lots of things in life.

I’m definitely ready to resuscitate the site, but still not sure of exactly what it will be. I’ve realized that doesn’t matter! And what will be will be…

First I suppose I’ll attempt to fill in the blanks.

wumb_logoSince I last wrote at the end of 2015, I have been working at WUMB 91.9FM in Boston, and recently moved to Afternoon Drive. You can now hear me from 2 to 6pm each weekday —


| Boston, Worcester, Falmouth
91.7FM | Newburyport, Stow, Marshfield
88.7FM | Milford, NH
1170AM | Orleans

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Beyond the new radio gig, I’ve had the fortune to return to the stage (with a little push from a friend). Musical theatre is something I’ve always LOVED but haven’t done much with since high school, mostly because I’ve been pursuing my career in radio. Fall of 2016 I was a Silly Girl in Hingham Civic Music Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast, then I danced in Massasoit’s Miracle On 34th Street the Musical for the holiday season…and the new year brought a BIG audition for my dream role of Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA! back at Hingham Civic. I’m happy to report I landed the role, and this weekend will be the final two performances – all the info here.

Being back to singing/dancing/acting has been AMAZING. And I don’t want to stop! I’m not sure what my next theatrical endeavor will be…or when. But I’ll be sure to post about it here…along with plenty of MUSIC, ART and more.


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My Favorite Albums Of 2015

1) Alabama Shakes – Sound And Color

2) My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

3) Decemberists – What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World

4) Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks

5) Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

6) Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

7) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

8) Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues

9) Laura Marling – Short Movie

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10) JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll

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FALL // transition

There’s been quite a lot of transition in my life these days, and I know many of you feel the same…it’s that time of year after all. This is what I’ve been listening to lately…


The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now

This has been my most recent ear worm. I cannot stop listening to these 10 tracks. The melodies are perfect for driving, and the vibe feels so much like the chill that’s been creeping in as December begins and winter approaches.


Willy MasonCarry On

This album is incredibly strong top to bottom and couldn’t fit the fall vibe more. Seeing as he’s an island native, listening to this one while on Martha’s Vineyard is especially effective.


My Morning JacketThe Waterfall

I’m partially listening to this album because it sounds lovely this time of year but in all honestly I simply haven’t stopped listening to it because it’s one of the year’s best releases!

I know with certainly that at least the lead single will be at the top of my favorite tracks of 2015.



If you missed the latest release from Feist (2011), I highly suggest you dive in now. So fitting for the fall, especially the cold sunny days.

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NEW: David Wax Museum


I’m loving this new, noisy, chaotic single from Mexo-Americana band the David Wax Museum. This Boston-based group is A LOT of fun live, so catch them if you can…they’re touring as much as ever, including dates in Boston and Northampton this fall.

David Wax Museum


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NEW: Ben Folds

“Phone In A Pool”

Well I haven’t posted here in quite some time…summer can certainly be a whirlwind and I’m just now starting to have some down time to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

I’ve been LOVING this new Ben Folds single. I don’t like too much pop music but I like almost everything I hear from Ben Folds, and lately the idea of throwing my phone in a pool is super enticing too!

Ben Folds

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Newport Folk Festival 2015

Whoa. I’m finally feeling recovered from helping put on the MV SOUND festival and here I go off to the Newport Folk Festival with mvyradio! We are SO excited for the next three days of music…especially since the lineup is filled with so many mvy artists! The past few days, people have been asking me who’s on the lineup, and when I run down the names, I sometimes get blank stares. Soooo…in case you haven’t heard them…here are songs from 10 of my favorite acts at Newport Folk this year:

Shakey Graves “Dearly Departed”

Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener”

The Barr Brothers “Even the Darkness Has Arms”

First Aid Kit “Stay Gold”

Lord Huron “She Lit A Fire”

Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

Joe Pug “Hymn #101”

Laura Marling “Sophia”

Tallest Man On Earth “Little River”

Bahamas “Lost In The Light”

Newport Folk Festival

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I’m very happy to be a part of the MV SOUND festival team once again this year! It’s the 2nd Annual Martha’s Vineyard SOUND festival at Waban Park in Oak Bluffs and it’s going to be FUN! The weather is looking wonderful for outdoor music, food and fun all weekend long!

SATURDAY & SUNDAY July 11th & 12th!

parking at the Oak Bluffs School (50 Tradewinds Road, OB)

10am each morning — Yoga In The Park! led by teachers at ONE hot yoga and FREE for ticket holders

Bring an empty water bottle! Island Source will be providing FREE water!
Picnics are allowed…but there will also be local food vendors!
Beer available for those 21+

Kids under 12 years old are FREE // day & weekend passes available now at

**Tickets are also available on island at The Green Room in Vineyard Haven, The Yard in Chilmark, ONE hot yoga in Vineyard Haven, and Island Grown Initiative at the old Thimble Farm. You can also get tickets at the gate!

Here’s the schedule for the MUSIC:


Hope to see you this weekend at #MVSOUND2015!

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MV SOUND on Instagram

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July 4th Weekend on MV

There’s LOTS going on this weekend on the island…beyond the parades and fireworks, there are some neat things happening that you may not have heard about:


is a collaborative art project started by Sally Taylor. 150 artists are involved and the result is a stunning exhibit of all sorts of connected creations…music, dance, paintings, poems, perfumes… you must see it to believe it.

7 of the CONSENSES “chains” are on display now at MIDNIGHT FARM ON MAIN STREET, VINEYARD HAVEN, OPEN DAILY FROM 11am to 8pm


STARS & STRIPES FESTIVAL is an annual night of music to benefit the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. This year, Walk The Moon is on the lineup… they’ve got the HIT of the summer, a song you’re bound to have heard — “Shut Up And Dance”

STARS & STRIPES FESTIVAL TONIGHT (JULY 3RD) at Flatbread by the Martha’s Vineyard Airport 7pm


DRIFTWOOD is a new jewelry store on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs (right by the Lazy Frog!). This store is a wonderful collection of island designers and tomorrow they’ll have a special trunk show featuring one of my favorite MV jewellers – HAWKHOUSE! Meet creator Jessica Kramer and learn more about her gorgeous raw mineral electroformed jewelry. HAWKHOUSE TRUNK SHOW AT DRIFTWOOD, OB, JULY 4TH, 4pm – 8pm


We’ve got a lot of great local bands on MV, but the Hammerheads might be my favorite…and they don’t play very often! Catch them Saturday night at OCEAN PARK in Oak Bluffs! The music is SURF ROCK and SO much fun to dance to… JULY 4TH, 6pm – 8pm AT THE OCEAN PARK BAND STAND, OAK BLUFFS

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California Wedding Weekend

This past weekend, I went to California once again, this time Santa Cruz. It was an honor to be a bridesmaid for one of my closest college friends! It was a gorgeous wedding and we made it to the boardwalk too… below are a few artsy shots I took. I’m back on Martha’s Vineyard now, with summer in FULL SWING! Stay tuned for a few ideas of what to do on MV during this busy 4th of July weekend…
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RISE Vineyard Performing Arts

I’ve been doing some social media and graphic design work on the side, and RISE dance studio in Vineyard Haven is my newest client. It became pretty clear on day 1 – it’s TOUGH to get solid photos of dancers in action! I have captured a few moments I’m proud of…


And of course it’s a bit easier to get CUTE photos of the little kiddos :)))


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