A Little Tam

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back in June I was very lucky to have two decadent weeks in New York City. Apart from re-acquainting myself with all my favourite places (essentially, the Highline and Ample Hills Ice Creamery) and catching up with dear friends I visited Rockwood Music Hall, just off East Houston Street, to see a great new Aussie talent (and friend) perform songs from her upcoming DEBUT album (as well as some classics - including a hauntingly beautiful version of The Angels 'Am I ever going to see your face again')

And, after a lovely afternoon listening to beautiful music in a cute little music hall, I thought it only fair that I share Tam (the talent) with you. So I've asked Tam to answer a few question for me and I was going to provide a little sampler - a cover of the Waifs 'Bridal Train' - only my favourite song ever, but it all got too difficult so instead I'll direct you to Tam's website.

A little interview with Tam
So my friend, how would you describe your music?

That's always a tough question, but I play acoustic folky, poppy, kind of songs on my guitar, kind of a little bit Susan Vega, or Ingrid Michaelson, or Johnny Cash even. I like to tell stories.
What inspires your music?

I guess for most songwriters, it's life and how you reflect on that. I've been traveling for a long time now, from Australia to London, Sweden and then onto New York (have travelled in the US while I've been living here too). It can be so similar sometimes and so utterly different to back home, and I guess I'm constantly in a state of reflection and checking in with myself. How I relate to people, how things work in this city, the cultural differences... Everything plays a part in some way or another. I listen and follow a lot of artists too, they all have unique points of view which can inspire a song or an idea to flesh out.
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone moving to New York?

Embrace the differences of the city, the people you meet, and put in the hard yards.

Following the show, Tam released a mini taster album called 'A Little Live' recorded that very day. You can buy this album for $1 or email me (alittlebigappleATgmail.com) and I'll send you a link for a freebie (that's not copyright infringement, Tam said I could). 
Where can you see Tam?
Tam has some upcoming shows as part of her Apartment sessions tour including one back at Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday August 24th at 4pm.

For more info and to follow Tam see....
And her website again

So many options.

Goodnight New York

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon after 29 hours, 6 movies and little more than a pinch of sleep Mr M and I finally set foot on our fourth continent in less than two days – Australia.
After almost two years to the day in New York we were home. To stay. Well, at least for now.
And on leaving, I realised that I finally felt as though I really knew New York City. I understood the quirks of the R train, instinctively walked in the right direction after emerging from a subway station and could swipe my metro card without breaking stride (most of the time).  I could navigate (most) neighbourhoods without a map, had memorised the opening hours of Century 21 (go early!),  was accustomed to NY cawfee and, thanks to Mr M, knew the many street vendors to avoid.
Over the final week I traversed much of the City on foot, trying to imprint the place into my mind one last time.  I savoured my last Ample Hills and Blue Marble Ice creams (so I like ice cream..) had pizza at Eataly, walked the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, dodged the crowds at Macy's, shopped at MOMA, dined at Balthazar (Mr M's favourite NYC restaurant) and took one last walk evening walk on the Highline. Ahh, the Highline.
Our last month in the US, a month in which I failed to blog (apologies to my loyal readers) was much like New York City, rushed, chaotic and quite emotional with a good dose of drama. And I finally got to really know our neighbours in our Brooklyn apartment – just in time to leave. Miss M – Thanks for making me feel as though I wasn’t the most hysterical person in the building.
To my New York friends, thanks for the laughs, the cawfees, the walks, the weekends away, the shopping and the support, and the amazing facial at Erno Lazslo!
To West Elm, see you online.
And despite my absence from New York, I believe I have a few more blog posts in me. So stay tuned.

Afternoon Tea at the Crosby Bar

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel SoHo New York
The Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel SoHo New York
Yesterday afternoon, a chilly, not at all spring-like day, Srta L and I bustled our way along Spring St to Crosby St and into the Crosby Bar to meet up with Miss H. We plopped down onto the striped couch across from Miss H, who promptly –and very quietly– informed us of Courtney Cox’s presence just behind us, which I confirmed with a casual glance.
The Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel SoHo New York
Now I am a big fan of this little bar/cafe, not because it is good for celebrity spotting, but because on a Tuesday afternoon it is quite empty, spacious and calm. And it was here in this elusive New York serenity that we spent the best part of the afternoon chatting over tea, iced tea and chocolate covered strawberries (which I can't guarantee are normally available), as well as a freebie super-cute mini apple sorbet cone. 
Of note, due to my concern about appearing paparazzi-like with my clunky DSLR and strange desire to allow other's their privacy, most of the photos shown were taken after Courtney's (aka Miss C's :) departure.
The Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel SoHo New York
The Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel SoHo New York