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 1 2012

november desktop calendar

Happy November to all of you!

I have been getting back into illustrating in the last few weeks (I’m hoping to do prints of my illustrations for Christmas cards, so I started early).  While I’ve been doing that, I also started drawing out some desktop calendars for myself and thought maybe I should share them with you!

So here is Novembers calendar! Enjoy.

November 2012 Desktop Calendar downloads:  [small] 800 x 600     |     [medium] 1280 x 1024     |     [large] 1600 x 1200      |     [x-large] 1920 x 1440


Aug 8 2012

changing it up.

We’ve been busy over here at the Rodda household.  A lot of things have been going on. Minnie is now 4 months old, Dave’s ’76 Jensen Healey finally has it’s engine in the car (!) Bigsby…well…nothing ever changes with him… but the biggest thing that has happened is that I am now working 100% at home.  Last Tuesday was my last day at my old job.  It hasn’t completely sunk in yet that I’m fully self employed.  I keep trying to cram my work into the days that I normally had off…and then I realize: “Oh yeah.  I have all week for this.”

Dave and I are both very excited for this change, because it means I can put a lot more of my energy into promoting my photography business, something that, let’s face it, I have not done.  At all.  Hopefully this also means I can blog more. :S  Which I’d like very much.

PS: I’ve been taking so many pictures of my pets that they deserve their own site.  I know, I know.  Crazy critter lady strikes again.  Go check out their tumblr blog here: Miss Minnie + Mr. Big

PPS: Dave says I should just become a pet photographer.  Are there actually other people in the world that are as crazy as I am and would pay for pictures of their animal?


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May 3 2012

interweb letdown.

For starters…I’m sharing this pretty picture because the rest of this post may be a little ugly.

For most of my life I’ve had a *bit* of a contrarian attitude towards a lot of things.  I’m not sure where it comes from.  I do feel, however, that it’s highly important to do/wear/listen to/eat things that you like.  Because you like them.  End of story.  Because of that, I approach trends with maybe a more cynical attitude and try to evaluate if I actually like the trend for realzies or if it’s just popular culture swaying my opinion.

This brings me to blogging.

It’s pretty cool, right?

I know.

I’ve had this blog since 2007 (that’s 5 years this summer!) When I started it was kind of a dorky thing to do  and I didn’t really share it with many people because: a) who really cared anyway? I just liked designing the page and writing random thoughts and b) in 2007, when you said “I have a blog!”  people would go, “A what?”

Today pretty much everyone has a blog and to be perfectly honest I’m having a difficult time being one of the throngs.  It’s made me back up and seriously evaluate what I put on my website because I really don’t want to be just another one of those “lifestyle” bloggers.

Because lately I’ve been noticing a trend.  Everyone wants to be the next big blogger.  And what’s huge in the blogging world now?  DIY’s!  Personal Fashion!  Personal Fashion DIY’s!  I totally dug DIY posts when I first started getting into reading blogs.  It was fun to see what other people where making out of virtually nothing.  I also thought that the personal fashion thing was neat; you know, “Hey, I’m not a model, but I can make these clothes look good too.”

But now it seems as though everyone is so eager to be the top blogger (Hm…I wonder if that’s a TV show yet?) that they flood the blogosphere (totally hate that word) with watered down crummy posts just for the sake of saying to their readers “Hey!  I put something on my website!  Read it! Love it!”  But for serious, why do we need DIY’s on how to hot glue feathers to a t-shirt? (or virtually anything for that matter, it seems)  Or how to paint a terracotta pot? (Come on.  Get a pot.  Get some paint.  Done.)  The part that makes me really sad, is when I see the 1057 comments on the post where everyone says “OMG! TOTALLY SWOONING OVER THIS RIGHT NOW!!1!1″ and then post the link to their website, which, let’s be honest, is just a complete knock-off of any one of the top blogs right now.

Fashion blogging has also gotten strangely narcissistic.  Do you really need to share 20 shots of yourself in the same outfit?  Maybe, just maybe, you could cut the number down?  Three, possibly?  Wide shot, detail shot and a movement shot?  Think about what you yourself would want to see if you were on someone else’s website.

Blogging is becoming the new lifestyle magazine.  So I think it’s important as bloggers to realize that magazines take a lot of time working on each article.  They also have a whole team of people making sure that the content is publishable.

But really, it all comes back to doing what you like because you like it.  I feel like so many of the blogs that I (now no longer) follow got caught up in posting as often as possible (even if the post sucked) for the sake of keeping their readership.  Stop posting dumb last minute blasé DIY’s.  Use your creative mind and post cool things again.  And if you can’t think of anything this week, then don’t worry.  I can wait.  (One of my most favourite bloggers hasn’t posted in a month.  I don’t mind.  Because when she does come back, it’ll be awesome.)

So I’ve decided to make a blog oath:

I, Courteney Rodda of “The Titled Blog” solemnly swear that I:

- Will post about things that I:

A) Really like, and not things that are just trendy right now.

B) Feel need to be said.

- Will not post 504 pictures of myself in the same dress in one post.  I will use my discretion when picking images for a post.

- Will not water down this corner of the interweb with careless blogging.  If I don’t have anything good to post, I will not post at all.

- Will never hot-glue feathers on anything and share it with my readers as a DIY.

I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute blogs in this manner, and no other.







Feb 14 2012

a funny little valentine

Happy Valentines Day, everyone! I know that Valentines day can be a tricky subject. But the way I see it…there’s nothing wrong with showering your loved one with affection over and above what you may every day. As far as all the chocolates and flowers and expensive dinner reservations go…well…do with that what you will. But for today, my valentines comes in the form of a song. Enjoy.

Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys – My Funny Valentine from Courteney Rodda on Vimeo.

PS: If you were wondering… This is the (re)start of a project that I have had on the back burner for a while. You may have remembered a few years ago I sang in a short lived jazz group called “The Free Time Four” Unfortunately, the Free Time Four lacked free time, and we disbanded. I’ve always kept the idea in the back of my mind though. Whenever a fellow musician would mention they had an affinity for jazz, I would casually mention my plans for fame and fortune a low key jazz ensemble, and hope they dug the idea. And as a result of my hint dropping, “Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys” has been officially been born.
A big thank-you to Mr. Rob Herrett, who has agreed to be the guitar player extraordinaire for the project. And of course, Mr. Dave Rodda will be accompanying on drums. We’re still looking for the last “Other Guy” to be our bass player…but for now I’m quite pleased with this little ensemble (and I hope you are too.)

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