Nov 26 2012

thank-you. thank-you very much.

We had SUCH a great time on Saturday at the show at House of James.  Thank-you everyone who came out!  I was stoked that we packed the house out again!  The owner has asked us back, so it looks like we will be there at the House of James again in January.  I’m thinking we’re going to have to find a bigger venue though if we keep this up! :)

PS: Thanks to Marilyn who took this picture!  I was too distracted to remember my camera.  It’s nice to have a picture of the whole group!


Nov 23 2012


Someone asked my a couple days ago how my Christmas planning was coming along.  I was shocked.  And then I realized that Christmas is is but a month away.  Some people have bought all their gifts and decorated the house.  Good gravy.

I have been so unaware of the imminence of Christmas.  I looked at my calendar this week and realized that normally by Dec. 1 Dave and I have gotten a tree and I have already decorated quite a bit.  Usually by this point I have pestered Dave about a Christmas tree and am so excited to get it that it’s all I talk about.  Not so this year.  Strange.  I’ve barely thought about it.  I haven’t even bought any presents.  Maybe it has something to do with the rain.  The non-stop, never ceasing downpour of rain.   Maybe it’s just because it seems like a few weeks ago fall just arrived.  Or maybe I’m just growing into a scrooge the older I get.

Honestly, the more I experience the insanity of Christmas, and stress out, and watch others go nuts with it…the more I’d like to just have a quiet time with family playing boardgames (yes, I said it.  I am willing to play board games.) Forget the frivolity.  Just a few relaxing days off celebrating.  That’s it.  I don’t want to be thinking about it for 2 months prior.  Seriously.  I think the more planning we put into Christmas, the more of a letdown it is when it’s all said and done.  Each year after Christmas I feel almost offended by it.  I take my tree and decor down as soon as I come home from my parents place.  Perhaps that’s a symptom of Christmas overload.  Does anyone else feel that way?

To add to my humbug mood, here are some rainy grey pictures from today that are sure to bring you even more down.  You’re welcome.


Nov 19 2012

courteney rodda and the other guys – show

Hello people of the internets! Just dropping in quickly to tell you that I have a show this weekend at the House of James in Abbotsford. Tickets are $7, and the show starts at 7:30.
If you want to RSVP, here’s a link to the Facebook event:
Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys @ House of James
Hope to see you all there!


Nov 15 2012

shameless promotion of humble beginnings.

I’m not even going to try to be sly about this.

I wrote a Christmas song.  My jazz band recorded it.  We put it on iTunes.  And you are going to buy it.


It’s our first single available on iTunes.  I’m so beyond stoked.  Somehow it feels like I’ve achieved something pretty big because I have this in the iTunes store.  Not that they screen anything…but whatever.

It’s interesting to me that the style that I tend to write in has a bluegrass feel to it.  Despite my best efforts to write strictly jazz, my families bluegrass influence holds strong.  In any case, I think I actually like that the style doesn’t really fit one category.  Makes it more interesting.

Here is the Music Player. You need to installl flash player to show this cool thing!

Want to buy it on iTunes?  I’ve got just the link for you!

Humble Beginnings - Single - Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys

Humble Beginnings

Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys

Christmas Single


Nov 14 2012


If there was an olympic medal for basking in the sun, Bigsby would win it.  Hands down.