Trail Mix: Maya De Vitry – Song Premiere

first_imgAcoustic trio The Stray Birds have long been a favorite of mine.I first heard of the band on my one visit to IBMA, in 2013, and the band turned up on Trail Mix that same year for the first time. It was with sadness that I heard of the band’s dissolution some months ago, as their harmonies, songwriting, and instrumental prowess always impressed me.My sadness didn’t last long, however, as I discovered that Maya De Vitry – guitarist and singer of The Stray Birds – was dropping her debut solo record this month.De Vitry holed up in her grandparents’ Pennsylvania cabin and began writing the songs that would eventually become part of her new record, Adaptations, in 2016. There isn’t a more appropriate title for such a release, as – for any musician – shedding a band and embarking on a solo journey is an adaptation of the highest order.Adaptations is a collection of remarkable tunes, recorded with a stellar ensemble of musicians, draw on love, freedom, and introspection and prove remarkably that De Vitry will be just fine on her new solo adventure.This week, the Trail Mix is excited to bring you the world premiere of “Anyone At All,” which I was lucky enough to chat with De Vitry about recently, along with her plans for 2019 and the joy of songwriting in the solitude of her grandparents’ cabin.BRO – The title of the new record is telling. How are you adapting now as you venture out as a solo artist?MDV – Lots of adapting going on internally. I’m learning to protect my own energy as a resource – taking care of my body and mind, and I’m staying off the road for the time being, which has meant working part-time as a barista. And I’m learning to face self-doubt head-on in many ways.BRO – Best part about writing at your grandparents’ cabin?MDV – I really hadn’t been alone very much in my life. It was disorienting and jarring at first. It took me about a day to feel comfortable making whatever noise I wanted, as if someone could still hear me, and then I just ended up talking to myself, or even shouting, and eventually singing whatever I felt like singing. The best part was the overwhelming feeling that I was encountering something new, as if I could actually sense the wind that was lifting and turning a page for me, creatively.BRO – How did you go about surrounding yourself with such great musicians for these recording sessions?MDV – Dan Knobler, who produced and engineered the record, and Anthony da Costa, who played guitar and sang harmonies, were true advocates for my music from the very beginning. Dan really guided the process of who to involve in the studio. I really trust Dan’s instincts. Dan got his friend Jason Burger on board to play drums. I met Jason for the first time when I walked into the studio for our first day of tracking, and I instantly felt at peace in his presence. I’d known Sam Grisman for many years through the acoustic music scene, and Dan was really confident that Sam would have a great approach and feel on the bass for these songs. Dan also called on his friend Russell Durham to arrange strings and woodwinds on a few songs, which led to another layer of musicians beyond the live studio band. Some of the other musicians on the record were already dear friends, like Lindsay Lou and Courtney Hartman, but plenty were strangers at the time.BRO – We are premiering “Anyone At All” on this week’s blog post. What’s the story behind the song?MDV – Especially during life transitions – between places, jobs, relationships – it can feel like we are on display, and I wanted to affirm the freedom to have nothing to show for yourself. For me, it took actually stepping physically out of sight, physically stepping away from people’s well-intentioned interrogations, to begin seeing myself in a loving way.BRO – What has you most excited about 2019?MDV – I’m excited to just keep being alive and growing as an artist, and striving to feel free and rooted at the same time. And I’m always excited to spend time outdoors, too. I love hiking, camping, climbing, and swimming, and, as I sing in “Anyone At All,” just sitting out in the sun and having a coffee in the yard.This month, Trail Mix is lucky to feature two songs by Maya De Vitry. Check out the poignant “Go Tell A Bird,” which is available all month long on the January mix. And, right here, tune your ears into “Anyone At All,” for the very first time!ANYONE AT ALLYou can catch Maya De Vitry live in Nashville, including the release party for the new record at The 5 Spot, a few times between now and early February.After that, you’ll need to be in Montreal for the Folk Alliance International festival to hear songs from Adaptations.For more information on Maya De Vitry, how you can get the new record, or when can see her live, be sure to check out her website.And, before you go about the rest of your day, take a listen to Maya’s “Go Tell A Bird,” along with other great tracks from artists like The Delines, The Burney Sisters, and John McCutcheon on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Small business leaders urge Congress to rethink cybersecurity measures

first_imgby: JD Harrison continue reading » As Congress this week considers legislation meant to better shield corporations and governments from cybercriminals, some experts worry the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses.“It would be a step in the right direction, but not a panacea,” Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said during a hearing held by the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday. He had been asked for his take on one of several bills teed up for a vote this week that would require businesses and governments to share details about data breaches and collaborate on ways to ward off attacks.“Cybersecurity has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community,” McCracken said. He later added that “sharing cybersecurity information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”His underlying point — that the government’s attempts to thwart cyber attacks must be coupled with stronger efforts to teach the business community how to detect and deal with attacks — was expressed by several experts on the panel. In other words, hacking attempts and data breaches are inevitable, they argued, especially against small businesses that criminals know are ill-prepared to defend themselves.center_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Islip Woman Crashes Into Building, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old woman died after she crashed her vehicle into a building in her hometown of East Islip on Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Kerri Becvar was driving a Honda southbound on Carleton Avenue, when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the AmVets building near the corner of Washington Street at 8:42 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.No one was inside the building, which Town of Islip officials responded to evaluate.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img

French Open bans Hamou over attempts to kiss reporter on live TV

first_imgTennis player Maxime Hamou’s accreditation has been revoked by the organisers of the French Open after he tried to kiss a female reporter repeatedly during a live TV interview.The French player, 21, kissed journalist Maly Thomas while holding her around her neck and shoulders, despite her efforts to duck away.The French Tennis Federation (FTT) condemned the “reprehensible behaviour” and ordered an investigation.Hamou has not commented on his actions.The incident happened after he was knocked out of the first round of the competition on Monday. Several anchors and commentators on the Eurosport programme Avantage Leconte laughed and clapped as it unfolded. The episode drew ire on social media, including from French politician Cécile Duflot.”He kisses her by force, she tries to get away, he holds her by the neck and everyone… laughs #tired,” the Green MP wrote on Twitter (in French).Quoted by the Huffington Post France, Ms Thomas described the player’s actions as “frankly unpleasant”.”If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him.”The BBC has asked Eurosport for comment. It is the latest case to provoke allegations of harassment of female sports reporters. In January 2016, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle drew a barrage of criticism after he asked a TV reporter for a date in a live interview.He was later fined $7,200 (£4,900) by his club for “inappropriate conduct”. It is not the first time Hamou, who has a career high singles ranking of 211, has caused controversy at this year’s French Open.He walked out of an interview on Friday after a journalist posed a clumsy question. On Monday he also angrily berated an umpire on court, asking: “Why are you here?”last_img read more

Chris Paul returns as Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers did a good job to win one of two games of their Western Conference semifinals series at Houston without Chris Paul, who missed those games with a strained left hamstring.Paul was back in the fold for Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center, though on restricted minutes.The way this crazy postseason has gone, with the Clippers winning three times on the road — including Monday’s Game 1 without Paul — and losing twice at home to San Antonio in the first round, that didn’t assure a Clippers victory.There was more craziness in this one, in the form of a crazy-good performance by Austin Rivers. He scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Fifteen of those points came in the final 4:07 of the third quarter that took the Clippers from a six-point lead to a 23-point advantage heading into the fourth as the Clippers walloped the Rockets 124-99. The Clippers took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on Sunday at Staples Center.Rivers scored those 15 third-quarter points on terrific drives to the basket, and even dropped in a 24-foot 3-pointer. The Clippers finished that quarter on an 18-0 run. That onslaught was extended to 23-0 and a 104-76 lead at the outset of the fourth, the last three points of the run coming on a 28-foot 3-pointer by Rivers.The crowd chanted, “Austin Rivers, Austin Rivers.” He was given an ovation when he was replaced by Paul not quite two minutes into the quarter.The Clippers led by as many as 32 points.Speaking of Paul, he played 23 minutes and scored 12 points while dishing out seven assists. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 12 points. James Harden led Houston with 23 points, Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 13.Terry showed his frustration when, with eight minutes to play and his team down by 29 points, he pushed an unsuspecting Griffin in the back. Terry was ejected.Paul missed his first two shots of the game and ended up shooting 3 of 9 in the first half, but he did have six assists during those initial 24 minutes of action.Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke prior to tipoff about how he was going to restrict Paul’s minutes by what he was seeing on the floor.“A lot of it will be visually, but we will restrict his minutes for sure,” said Rivers, who previously said he didn’t want to take any chances with Paul’s hamstring injury because he had one during his playing days. “He had a good workout yesterday. We really pushed him in some of the things that he had to do in pick-and-roll and stuff like that.“He looked good, but it is not the game. No matter what you do, it is never the game. So early on I will still watch.”Rivers said he wasn’t as cool with playing Paul as the training staff was.“This is one of those injuries that scare the hell out of me,” he said. “I think our trainers are more comfortable with it, but it is a hamstring. The good thing is he felt pretty good (Thursday) without adrenaline and he wanted to play. Today, obviously with adrenaline, he will be even better.”The Clippers led by just two points at 24-22 and then went on a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter with a 33-24 lead.Struggling Spencer Hawes, the forgotten man, got some playing time in the first quarter after Griffin took his second foul with 5:35 left in the period and had to take a seat. Hawes took one shot in the quarter and sank an 18-footer. He also had a couple of rebounds and two assists.Hawes was brought back in the second quarter to do some Hack-a-Dwight work on Howard.Los Angeles led by as many as 12 points several times in the second quarter, the first time at 46-34 when Redick made three consecutive free throws.With the Clippers leading 50-43, Houston’s Terrence Jones was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he raked Matt Barnes across the face as he was going up for a shot. Barnes made both free throws, the Clippers retained possession and Griffin was eventually credited with a 19-foot basket when Howard was called for goaltending. The Clippers at that point led 54-43.But the Rockets had to feel good going into the halftime break when Harden made a 15-footer at the buzzer to get his team within 64-57.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more