Sometimes it’s nice to go to a party that you didn’t throw.  Especially when it is to celebrate true love between a classic beauty and an adventurous beast.  By candelight there was laughter and tears of joy.  As the moon rose, the champagne flowed and the new family mixed with old friends.  We reveled in love and happiness as we bore witness to true love.


Cheers from the Banshees


Stage: Venice, Italy Feburary 2014

Bandmates:  Amber Wierenga, Kelly Talbot (honorary Banshee) and 2 husbands.

Wardrobe: I was dressed warm except I did not bring warm enough shoes.  The city sits on the sea, there is no earth to insulate the ground and when your feet are cold…everything is cold.

venice streets

The way the locals handle the chilly walkways is by wearing fur.  Well, I left my fur at Beyonce’s house (she just hasn’t returned it yet) so, in hopes of cheap wool or fur we stopped in a few thrift shops but nothing is cheap on this island.

Nothing is cheap in Vencie except for ONE thing.  Prosecco…which is stored in casks, and served into whatever you bring in, like your water bottle.  It cost 1.5 euro for a bottle of water in Venice, and it cost 1 euro to fill up that water bottle with prosecco.  My grandma always said “nothing warms the toes, like day drinking.”  I don’t know if she used those exact words, but the sentiment was always there.   We filled up our bottles and my feet did warm up as we strolled around the streets of Venice drunk on architecture, and tiny bubbles.



This weekend, I hope you run into a happy surprise with one of your girlfriends.  When you raise your glass, I hope you can hear, “Cheers” from the Banshees.

Courtney’s Mix Tape


The Banshees love to travel, but we all have different styles of going about it.  When I go someplace new, I like to make a playlist for bus rides, or runs that coincides with my travel destination.  I stock up on movies and books that have the place I’m visiting as the setting, and I coordinate my costumes, eh hem, my ensembles accordingly.


When Courtney told me she was going on holiday in Cambodia, I got all giddy and she looked at me strange.   When she told me she was going to continue traveling and spend one night in Bangkok, I clapped my hands at the thought of the luck of her vacation soundtrack, again she looked at me with her naive eyes (and ears) and said “what?”.  “Ah Cupcake”,  I said,  “you,  your country bumpkin and hip hop playlists need a music lesson.  Don’t worry, I’m gonna make you a mix tape”.

Drum roll please.

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker   by The Ramones

Pump It Up  by Elvis Costello and The Attractions

London Calling by The Clash

Holiday In Cambodia  by The Dead Kennedys

Bloodstains  by Agent Orange

Institutionalized  by Sucidial Tendencies

Kiss Off  by Violent Femmes

This Charming Man  by The Smiths

In Between Days  by The Cure

Here Comes Your Man  by Pixies

Head On  by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Waiting Room  by Fugazi

Lust for Life  by Iggy Pop

Turning Japanese  by The Vapors

Punk Rock Girl  by The Dead Milkmen

My Own Country  by Pennywise

Mirror in the Bathroom  by The English Beat

One Night in Bangkok by Murry Head

China Girl by David Bowie

Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Oi to the World  by No Doubt

And Court, don’t even think about coming home without that kitty.




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