Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RIP Aki Shima

Tonight I arrived home from Los Angeles, and was surrounded by my beautiful family and given the news that I knew was coming but didn't want to hear: my beloved 15 year old "daddy dog", Aki Shima, died while I was out of town this weekend.  According to my mother, who was home at the time, he walked to the side of the house and laid down, seemingly to take a nap and never woke.

Aki was my angel-dog.  My heart.  My baby-dog.  I adopted him when he was 7 weeks old, and cared for, trained and loved him everyday since.  When I was in deep depression, he was my source of hope.  He'd monitor my actions, and when he sensed sadness mounting, he'd run to me, place his paws in my lap and lick the tears away until I smiled.  Whenever he saw my luggage, he'd lay his head on the ground and look up at me with his big brown eyes. Whenever I returned home from being out, he screamed loudly and passionately, as if to say "mommy is home"!!

He stopped playing with toys at around 12 years old, and his body started showing wear and tear over the last 15 months.  I could tell that his days were coming (slowly) to an end.  I walked him for the last time this past Friday morning.  He had a little bit of a limp, but otherwise, seemed ok.  I'm glad that I gave him a big hug before I left.

I arrived home tonight to a beautiful memorial created by my mother and nephew. I will upload the photos of the memorial in a few days.

While I was in LA, I happened to be flipping through my photos and came across a photo of the two of us together.  I felt a twinge of melancholy.  Some sort of emotional awareness?  Coincidence?  Who cares?  I'm just glad that I had a moment to reflect on the love that I shared with my canine friend, my furry defender and supporter. I will always love you, dear Aki Shima.  Rest in Peace, my precious puppy...

Collage created by Leo Fountila

Saturday, November 05, 2011

And now that it's November...

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows...."

-  Elizabeth Coatsworth, "November"

Unless you're in California, where we've been enjoying some beautiful sunshine!  It's not supposed to last much longer, but, oh while it lasts, I do love my warm California sun...

Hello friends!

It's been several weeks since I've updated you on my adventures.  I've once more made it south of the equator, this time to South America, and I can't wait to return!  Brazil is fantastic!  I've nearly completed documenting my amazing trip to Rio de Janeiro, and have some beautiful photos for you.  But, for now, some local business:

I have a few upcoming shows and, since it's nearly that time of year, I need to remind you of my Christmas CD, Victoria Theodore Christmas!

You can download the CD at any of these online purveyors:

CD BabyiTunesVictoria Theodore StoreEmusic

Or, you can purchase a physical CD at my Christmas performance at Yoshi's San Francisco on December 13 (my first time at Yoshi's not being a supporting musician)!  I don't have many actual CDs left, so don't miss out!  I'm performing at Yoshi's on the second night of a series:

Tuesday December 13

Monday December 12

$12 adv / $16 door 

I'll be inviting a few special guests to join me onstage for my performance.  All of the shows are sure to get you into the holiday spirit!  Come to both nights and demonstrate your support for local music!  What a lovely way to start the holidays!

I'm also performing at Marcello's this coming Saturday night.  Thanks to my fantastic summer of world travel (Greece, CuraƧao,!), I haven't performed at Marcello's in a while.  Make plans to enjoy dinner and a show at Marcello's!  The theme will be (of course) Thanksgiving and Gratitude - maybe I'll even write a tune on the subject.  Remember, there's a drum set there and a PA, so bring your instruments, sing, play or just enjoy the show!  I hope to see you there!

Sat, November 19
8:30pm - 11:30pm
Open mic! Come sing! Bring your instrument! Play a song or two with me!
515 San Ramon Valley Boulevard Danville, CA 94526 | 925.838.8144 | map

Coming journey to Brazil...Minha viagem ao Brasil!

Until then, I wish you all a very happy, gratitude filled Thanksgiving!  I'm grateful for your support, encouragement, kindness and love.  Keep sending it my way!