That’s My Story

Carol M. Ramsey

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading, following and liking GrowingUpAustin for the past four years. I love Austin and I love your kids, even though we maybe haven’t meet. I hope the site has been helpful and maybe you’ll stop by now and then for the evergreen info about hiking, music and art in Austin with kids.

I’ve had two loves for a while, blogging and telling true, personal stories to a live audience. Blogging and I are separating ways (mostly) so I can focus on storytelling. Storytelling is writing, like blogging, but with the blogger and the readers in the same room, laughing together in real time and maybe sharing a hug after the show.

If you like my writing, I’d love if you would keep in touch. I’m working on a book proposal, so all the subscriptions and likes I can get would be very helpful and I’d love to tell you about the first chapter or two…

  • Subscribe by email or RSS to my new website/blog, CarolMRamsey.com – This is my new home base for my writing and storytelling.
  • Subscribe to my Twitter feed, CarolMRamsey – I know, I’m the most lame twitterer (?) ever, but I might figure it out soon enough.
  • Like Austin Storytelling – I manage this Facebook Page with information, calendar and community for story tellers and listeners in Austin.
  • Email me if you are interested in Stories Out Loud! – I developed this class to teach people how to tell their first true, personal story to a live audience.
  • Come see me in person at my next show, Listen to Your Mother, May 8 and 10. I have a serious storytelling-crush on Listen to Your Mother and this year’s cast has crazy talent and heart, while also being especially beautiful. Bring your Moms, Dads, siblings, extended family, kids (18+ ones), co-workers and friends. Y’all will all LOVE this show.

Thank y’all so much! I love you!


Carol M. Ramsey


Austin City Limits Music Festival Wrap-up

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco plays on the Samsung Galaxy stage.

It was late afternoon. Blue Eyes and I headed to the Samsung Galaxy stage early. We met interesting people from Tennessee. We drank a few cold beers. It wasn’t Wilco’s best show ever, same songs as last time around, set too short, they were probably better at Stubb’s, but it didn’t matter. Wilco is always great for me, the sun was setting, I was dancing slow with my man and all was good.

Sometimes ACL is about the headliners, your ten thousand closest friends, waiting in cab lines, eating too many Mighty Cones and loving what you find at the Art Market. And sometimes it is about the moments. The simple moments that you will remember. Good bye ACL 2013. See you next year.

Austin City Limits 2013


ACL Musicians Can Help You Get More Sleep

Play Date

Play Date plays on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage.

Today is the last day in the series of posts with answers to everyday parenting questions, answered by ACL musicians. First, we talked about lullabies for babies, then practice vs, inspiration in teenagers, then what to do if you don’t like your kids music. Now, for answers to the most requested question of all, related to lullabies but different, how do you get the little kids to go to sleep? It’s so important because when kids get more sleep, you get more sleep.

  • Survey answer #1: Routine. Whatever it is that you do, do it the same each night. It’s a harder discipline for the grown-ups than the kids sometimes, but it’s worth it.
  • Survey answer #2: Run ’em real good. Tire them out. Wrestling, tickling, tag in the house, whatever it takes.
  • Survey answer #3: Dancing, playing music and singing followed by reading, cuddling, talking, making up silly stories, making up silly songs and sharing happy thoughts. I must say, I totally want to go to bed at these two houses: Brian Vander Ark’s from The Verve Pipe and Kristen Geller from the Andy Z and the Andyland Band. I might show up one night. Really.

Some folks suggested specific songs, shows or stories to play real quiet, maybe in a loop, as they fall to sleep.

  • Ian Bevis from Bear Mountain recommended Stairway to Heaven, which does have a dreamy vibe, but I don’t know what I would say if they asked me what it means. Does anyone know what it means?
  • Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets recommends PBS Sprout’s “Goodnight” show.
  • Andy Zamenes fr0m Andy Z and the Andyland Band recommends Andy Z and the Andyland Band musical stories. Which is totally fair, since kids are his specialty.
  • Greg Attonito and Shanti Wintergate from Play Date both recommended the Play Date song written for bedtime, “AYO.” I recommend it to. I might even sing it to myself tonight as I try to sleep.
  • Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens has also written his own lullaby. He wrote this as a gift to parents everywhere looking for restful sleep. God Bless him. It’s a free download here. It’s beautiful.

Many thanks to all the musicians who took part in the interviews: Rev. Sterling Lands II from The Warrior Gospel Band, Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens, Shanti Wintergate, Greg Attonito and Rick Silvestri from Play Date, Andy Zamenes and Kristen Geller fr0m Andy Z and the Andyland Band , Brian Vander Ark from The Verve Pipe , Johnathan Terrell from Not In the Face , Seth Goldstein from The Ohmies, Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets, Kevin Russell from Shiny Ribs, Arlene Bell from Disciples for Christ, Kevin Marks from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Rick Carney, Music Director for School of RockElizabeth McQueen from Asleep at the Wheel, Ian Bevis from Bear Mountain and Scott Mills from CALEB.

Thank y’all for taking a listen to all that was ACL this year. Stay tuned for a last post with just a few more thoughts.