December 11, 2013
What's better than a dog-loving man who can play the guitar and build you a fire? How about if that man was also singing you Christmas carols as he watched you sip a cocktail and shop for cashmere sweaters and sparkly dresses. Dennis Crommett is basically everything an Ode girl could ask for. When we first approached him to perform for our Holiday "Fa La La" party, we were worried he might be too hip for holiday music. Not only did he accept the "challenge," but he embraced it with a kind of chutzpah that confirmed that Dennis Crommett is definitively an awesome guy...an awesome guy who can sing a mean "Santa Baby."
How did you get started?
I've been singing my entire life, and playing guitar for the majority of it. Singing is the most natural and enjoyable thing I do (despite the results at times!)
What do you love about your job?
Making an emotional connection with people through music, whether it's around a campfire, on stage, or through a recording. Campfire preferred.
Where do you find inspiration?
Nature, love, you know, all of it. When I feel it, it's like I'm being washed in lightning. "Inspiration is always a surprising visitor," my man John O'Donohue wrote.
What are your plans for the future?
Love, music, outdoors, eating everything, sleeping when necessary.
If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
I have a fulfilling job and love making music, but outside that, I could see being really happy manning a fire tower in Maine with my girlfriend and a German Shepherd. Let's call him "Duke."
What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
"I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding." - John O'Donohue
If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Sturdy cotton button-down shirt, 2 pockets, long sleeves, army green. I am a park ranger at heart.
What is your dream project?
Recording an album of great songs like "Shenandoah" with people I love (but OK, produced by T. Bone Burnett), and then performing them. Maybe around campfires? Or Red Rocks.
What's the first line in a book about your life?
"It takes work."
What is your favorite word, and why?
"Yes." Because I don't say it enough.
What's your go-to "happy" song?
"The Obvious Child" by Paul Simon
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
"Don't believe your own propaganda." My friend Stephen's grandfather said it. Just means, don't get wrapped up in what you think the world is/who you are. Stay open and stay fluid.
When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my girlfriend. Someone said something about a planet of people with no limbs. We died laughing.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
The last few years, I've gone to the beach in Maine on Christmas morning. That and eating all the pie.
What is your favorite holiday song?
There's this weird song "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" that was recorded by the Ray Conniff Singers that just sounds amazing; like a record I'd like to make.
Have you been naughty or nice?
Oh, nice. I want presents, you know?
Join us Friday, December 13th from 6-8pm for a live performance of holiday songs from Dennis and special guests throughout the evening.
December 2, 2013
Our newest addition to Ode, and in perfect time for the holidays. A PEACE TREATY is the lovechild of Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim, and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew.
Made with beauty and heart, A PEACE TREATY is ethically-produced, employs artisans with above fair trade wages, and invests in creating income generation opportunities for out-of-work artisans, disabled, widowed and marginalized women. What's better than a company run by women, made by women, and created to adorn women.
December 1, 2013
MM Couture Peplum Skirt. Isda top. Quinn Cashmere scarf. Deepa Gurnani hand-beaded belt.
Who knew you could belt a peplum skit? We tried it and it worked...quite wonderfully! Deepa Gurnani's hand-beaded belt is the perfect accessory for any waist-enhancement. Throw on a cozy scarf to "casual" up the outfit.