BILLIE JEAN'S SUMMER 2016

So I know this post is a little late in coming, but things have been pretty busy around here since we got home in late August - but don't worry, I'll be sure to fill you in on all of that in a later post sometime soon!

But first things first: MY SUMMER 2016. 

1) My summer started in Madison, Connecticut, at my mom's Project: Music Heals Us concert series. The most memorable thing here (as you can see below), was when I tried to convince her she was taking too much space in the bed and that I needed my beauty sleep before the concert. BUT... for some reason, she didn't listen... 

Beauty sleep is very important for Sharpulls - helps with all those Sharpei wrinkles!! 

Beauty sleep is very important for Sharpulls - helps with all those Sharpei wrinkles!! 

 

2) Then... I learned how to keep my ears dry IN STYLE back in NYC!

How the city pups do it!

How the city pups do it!

 

3) Then I helped out a bit with some Solera scheduling meetings. (Wheew - THAT was exhausting!) 

"No. We can't rehearse that day, cause it's national nap day! And the next isn't available either - you can't rehearse on national rub your puppy's tummy day!!!" (Ugh... It's tough keeping them straight)

"No. We can't rehearse that day, cause it's national nap day! And the next isn't available either - you can't rehearse on national rub your puppy's tummy day!!!" (Ugh... It's tough keeping them straight)

 

4) Played it COOL in the summer heat... 

Fo shizzle, dawg. 

Fo shizzle, dawg. 

 

5) Had a few deep convos about fingernails with my pal Tricia Park at her festival called MusicIC in Iowa City, and then made sure to take a nap or two to keep things relaxed during our Solera Quartet rehearsals...

 

6) Took a few more naps while my Solera pack played something called "Bait-oven" (sounds YUMMY!) for a crowd of nice people. 

"La-la-laaaa-la-leela-loo....mmmfzzzzZZzzzzzla-la-leezzzZZZZZZZzzzzz...snerfwoofumszzzzzz..."

"La-la-laaaa-la-leela-loo....mmmfzzzzZZzzzzzla-la-leezzzZZZZZZZzzzzz...snerfwoofumszzzzzz..."

 

7) I also got to make some new friends (and try some new styles!)...

 

8) After we got back from Iowa City, we had a few more concerts in Virginia, where we all learned how to ride the big scary beast called the "ESCAPE-LATER!!" at the airport. 

Play it cool. Play it coooool. We got this. 

Play it cool. Play it coooool. We got this. 

 

9) AND THEN... I signed my first pawtograph at the Virginia Arts Festival!!!  

 

10) Then I got to make lots of new friends in all shapes an sizes at the Marlboro Music Festival!

 

11) Oh yah! And my mom says I also got to be in two places at once: we stood on the center of the bridge between New Hamsters and Vermin? Or something like that... (see picture on lower left) 

But what I was REALLY excited about was our trip to the movies to see the new Pixar movie "The Secret Life of Pets." SO GREAT to see how other NYC doggies live! (Me at the movies - see picture to the right, below)  

12) And of course, I'll be forever grateful to my friends Koji and James in the Marlboro Music Library, who taught me how to file chamber music by composer - I finally convinced them that filing by CATegories was just no good. Anything with a cat shouldn't be trusted.

And of course, I continued my quest for perfect table peanutbutters - errrr - I mean.... table manners. yeah. Perfect table manners.  
 

 

AND FINALLY(!) we made it home again! Pup oh pup, is it nice to be back in my own bed with my mommy all to myself again...

Wheew. Well... that was my summer in a peanut butter shell. errr... nutshell.

Be sure to visit again soon to catch up with my next Blog Post and find out what Halloween costume I'll be choosing this year!!  

Introducing Billie Jean Carr

Hi.  My name is Billie.

Actually, my full name is Billie Jean Carr.

I’m a Pitbull/Shar-pei mix, which makes me a Shar-pull. Like a Sharpie, but different.

Anyhow, I am a very lucky dog because my mom found me at a rescue shelter. I was really, really sick when she found me and she took me home and nursed me back to health. I love my mom.

This is my mom. Her name is Molly Carr.  Isn’t she pretty?

She plays the viola. It’s the thing she’s holding in that picture.  See? Over there?  It’s like a violin, but better since it’s not so high and squeaky. I mean, the violin is okay but I like viola sounds better. I also don’t mind violin sounds so much when they are mixed in with other sounds, like viola and cello.

My mom plays her viola with lots of different people but she plays it a lot with these folks:

That's me in front. Modeling is TIRING, phew!

That's me in front. Modeling is TIRING, phew!

They’re called the Solera Quartet - Tricia, Andrew, Mom, and Miki. They’re my pack. We travel a lot together and I sit in on rehearsals.  Sometimes, I even coach them a little.

Impress me.

Impress me.

Oh! You should also know that I’m a very important kind of dog because I’m a Certified Emotional Support animal. This means I have the important task of taking care of my mom and my pack, the Soleras.

Actually, a musician’s life seems pretty stressful. They're always practicing - like hours and hours, sometimes alone and sometimes with other folks -  and they have to go out on stage and play music with lots and lots of people watching them. They travel a lot and sometimes they're happy but sometimes they're worried. 

So when I can, I am there for important snuggles, pets, belly rubs, and nap-times. I’m also there to travel and stay in hotels and homes away from home with my mom when she’s on the road.  

I also meet lots of other musicians. Mom says they're famous or something but all I know is I really like Merry Peckham (she has cool glasses and I like the sound of her voice) and Itzhak Perlman is really nice - he puppysat me once. And I'm not really a dog person but Steven Tenenbom's dogs seem alright - I could smell them on him when he came for a visit. 

Anyways, I thought I’d just introduce myself, since you might meet me at a Solera concert sometime. From time to time, I’ll tell you all about the places we go in airplanes, cars, and on long walks; the people we meet; and all of our fun times on the road, in rehearsals, back stage, on stage, and at all the after parties!

So, stay ‘tuned’ and read about all of my adventures here, on Billie’s Blog.