Trail Mix – Hayley Sabella

first_imgI have never been so interested in a press release before.So interested, in fact, that I didn’t even open it. I didn’t read it. I knew I could read it online, so I just looked at it and then propped it on my desk, near my computer, for future enjoyment. See, this particular press release was sealed, with wax, like some medieval parchment, or a message sent clandestinely from the worlds of Tolkien or Martin.I had never gotten anything like that before and I sort of geeked out.Admittedly, it was a cool touch from Hayley Sabella, a singer/songwriter from the Boston area. I am in love with her new record, Forgive The Birds, which drops later this month. Her voice is magical and the tunes on the new record, her second release, are spiced with both quiet introspection and sing-along hooks.Hayley and I recently chatted about a number of things, including growing up a bit nerdy, the new record, and a rather unfortunate introduction to skiing.BRO – I loved the wax seal on your press release. Too nerdy to say I felt like I had gotten a message via raven from King’s Landing?HS – I am so happy to hear that feedback! I wanted to make it special somehow, and I’m glad it stood out. Even though I haven’t watched Game of Thrones, I grew up assuming every parent read Lord of The Rings to their kids, so I am not one to point a finger when it comes to that brand of nerdiness.BRO – What’s the last song that gave you goosebumps?HS – I think it was when I was listening to The Tallest Man on Earth’s latest EP, the one he did with yMusic. I have a weakness for orchestra-meets-folk music. Adding a string quartet and an oboe to fingerpicking is an instant chills-factory for me.BRO – We are featuring “Turn Around” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?HS – “Turn Around” is coming from a place of angst that most of us New Englanders can relate to this time of year – begging the weather gods to turn from winter to spring.BRO – I caught some pictures on your Instagram feed. You in a walking boot. Some broken bone x-rays. You feeling better?HS – I am feeling better, thankfully. Still rocking the boot and crutches until the end of April. But I am getting stronger and more flexible every day.BRO – Recent ski mishap aside, if our readers are looking for some slope time up your way, where should they head?HS – I am sad to say that this was my first time skiing! I was really getting the hang of it and feeling like I could eventually live the life of a ski bum. Until I saw bone coming through skin. The idea of whirling down an icy hill makes me a bit nauseous at the moment. But my roommates are huge skiers and they love Sugarbush in Vermont. Come to find out, they have great doctors on staff, which is a bonus!Hayley’s tour schedule is a bit quiet now as she is recuperating from that busted leg. Fans in Plymouth, Massachusetts, can catch her on April 29th at The Spire Center. Until then, here’s hoping Hayley is on the mend and up and at it soon.For more information on Hayley Sabella, the new record, and her tour schedule, be sure to take a look at her website. And while you are surfing around, take a listen to “Turn Around,” along with new tracks from Lindsay Lou, Western Centuries, and Charley Crockett on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

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Sir Ian Botham’s grandson James Botham called up by Wales | Rugby Union News

first_img 0:21 Wales head coach Wayne Pivac says improvement will take time after they crashed to their sixth successive defeat against Ireland – Advertisement – – Advertisement – James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia
James Botham could make his Wales debut against Georgia

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Steve McClaren confident he can turn things round at Newcastle

first_img McClaren was drafted into St James’ Park during the summer after owner Mike Ashley had signalled his intention to invest significantly in the squad and target cup success. But eight games into McClaren’s tenure, the 54-year-old has tasted victory only once – against League Two side Northampton – and has shown little sign of being able to mould a team from the players he inherited and the expensive additions made to the squad during the last transfer window. Steve McClaren is confident he can deliver the changes needed at Newcastle, despite a dreadful start to his reign on Tyneside. The Magpies head into Saturday night’s home clash with Chelsea sitting one place off the foot of the Barclays Premier League with just two points from their first six fixtures, and with managing director Lee Charnley having felt the need to back McClaren and apologise for that start in an email to fans. However, the head coach said: “The club wanted it – that’s why we came in. Everyone was clamouring for change at Newcastle United, from the top right the way through. “They have certainly got that from the top in terms of re-iterating about (the approach to) the cups, spending money… I think everything they said about changing Newcastle is happening. What is not happening is results on the field. Change is tough and hard. “Why? Five wins in 32 games, staying up by the skin of their teeth – that’s why everyone is clamouring for change.” Earlier, Charnley had urged patience in a message which McClaren insisted was not a vote of confidence. The managing director said: “Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for.” McClaren pointed to his five-year spell at Middlesbrough as evidence that his methods work, even if there were some rocky moments along the way. He said: “The first year was…painful. Second year, third, fourth and fifth, we had damn good players. But as I said to the players in there (the Newcastle dressing room), you will be there. “I think February-time, 4-0 against Aston Villa, people came on and starting throwing season tickets at me, and we went on two months later to the semi-final of the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup final. That’s kind of the experience that you’ve got to go through.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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