So, d’ya remember that Latvian Sheep Herder?

Y’know, sometimes, when I get so wrapped up in other stuff…I forget that I’m damn funny.

No, seriously. Maybe not to anyone ELSE, mind you, but I routinely crack myself up…and that’s REALLY what’s important, right? Like it says in the box below my posts – I’m RARELY serious. I believe the creative use of snark is an art, and sarcasm in its purest form should be just a hair to the left of totally believable. And it’s about that which I speak to you today. (Well, and other stuff.)

If you follow my many mis-adventures on the web, you’ll know that I am currently knee deep in a project for another blog, The Music Mamas. Specifically: we’re helping our buddy Chris Blake to get the word out about his new EP, Girl. Now, you remember Chris…I’ve posted about him before. In that post, I gave you a few points of information about him, and let you guess which ones were true, remember?  Here it is again:

So, immediately after I accosted him on Twitter respectfully requested that he be our very first “Artist Spotlight Shuffler” , I started the research. Here’s what I came up with – some of it may or may not be true. You decide:

He grew up in the frigid mountains of Northern Latvia. The son of sheep herders (that’s not a typo. Latvians don’t consider themselves ‘shepherds’. They spell it out.), he once slew a fearsome, sheep gobbling dragon with a tainted jam sandwich while sitting by his Grandmother’s lake. That’s where he gets his Americanized surname: B’Lake. (He dropped the apostrophe.)

He considers the most wonderful thing about being a Father to be the ability to settle and argument with “because”.

He’s a master of Social Networking. He’s gracious, polite and unassuming, yet he’s not going to wait for a Record Label staff to promote him. He’s making it happen himself.

His favorite board game as a kid was Stratego. He even loved the commercial: “Strateeeeggooo!”

Now. Seriously, people. You would not believe HOW MANY PEOPLE have told me that they thought Chris was really Latvian.

Really? I mean – a Latvian who slew a dragon with a tainted jam sandwich? REALLY?? My only conclusion here has to be that you guys don’t ACTUALLY read entire paragraphs – either that, or Chris’ winning personality on Twitter is so endearing and engaging that you could absolutely believe such a heroic feat of him.

*Insert big eye roll here. That was sarcasm.*

Although, it might not hurt to circulate that rumor, now that I think about it. You know what level of cache and mystique an exotic lineage can create…

Here's Chris pondering the B'Lake Sheep Empire in his family's Mountain Chalet. Yeah, that's it!

But, regardless – what I DO know is that I like his music, by all accounts he’s a heck of a good guy and he, too, has a great sense of humor. (Although he’s a bit more modest about his than I am of mine…) In an age where so many artists still remain behind the curtain of big promotion and record company spin, Chris is out here every day…being Chris. Chris the Dad, Chris the musician, Chris the regular guy. That’s refreshing, and something I can totally support.

And so, we are! The Music Mamas are helping him get the word out about his new EP & newly launched site, and are celebrating with a Twitter Party this Friday night. Chris will be there along with most of the Music Mamas, we’ll laugh and goof and not take anything too seriously…and we’ll be giving away some NICE prizes!

(Can you say “music, speaker system, Skull Candy gear, rockin’ t-shirts… iPod Touch!?!” I knew that you could. ;))

So, swing by to RSVP, then come hang with us from 9:00 to 10:30 EST on Friday night.  Hashtag = #musicmamas. 

(No jam sandwiches will be served…tainted or otherwise.)

10 Responses to So, d’ya remember that Latvian Sheep Herder?
  1. c lo
    August 26, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    I need a new iPod but when the heck are they gonna 1) make the touch with a reasonable amount of storage and 2)put freakin’ genius on ipods, damnit! 😛

    And, yes, Chris seems like a cool dude.
    c lo´s last blog post ..Its not just the internet anymore

  2. Shawna Coronado
    August 26, 2010 | 6:10 pm

    Chris and I are old-time Twitter friends and I love him as much as I could love any Latvian sheep herder. I like his music and vote that we all buy the music and have a giant margarita party. Latvian margarita’s, of course.

    • Ri, the MSM
      August 26, 2010 | 6:21 pm

      Shawna, you’re a girl after my own heart! Trust me when I say that I will be drinking during the Twitter Party Friday…probably Scotch rather than a margarita, but you can be sure it will be Latvian Scotch! 😉

    • Melisa with one s
      August 26, 2010 | 10:37 pm

      SHAWNA!! WOOT!
      Come to our party, neighbor! :)

      Ri: Shawna lives ten min from me! 😉
      Melisa with one s´s last blog post ..Ein Prosit- Ein Prosit- Der Gemütlichkeit

  3. Oddly awesome rock
    August 26, 2010 | 10:06 pm

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: I've got a new post up on that Latvian Sheep Herder…I mean, @chrisblake : #musicmamas #ipodtouch …

  4. Kevin Hollowell
    August 26, 2010 | 10:09 pm

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: I've got a new post up on that Latvian Sheep Herder…I mean, @chrisblake : #musicmamas #ipodtouch …

  5. Melisa
    August 27, 2010 | 12:13 am

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: I've got a new post up on that Latvian Sheep Herder…I mean, @chrisblake : #musicmamas #ipodtouch …

  6. Elly Lou
    August 27, 2010 | 10:50 am

    You forgot “Chris the Dragon Slayer!”

  7. Lara DiPaola
    August 28, 2010 | 1:34 am
  8. The Music Mamas
    August 28, 2010 | 2:05 am


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