Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pretty Girls........

The Windham Hill Hat seems to have a way with the girls.......... and somehow manages to find all the pretty ones.

The new signatures include Lisa Downing and Kathryn Kaye

The WH Hat keeps getting lots of lovely comments at airports (when its on Fiona's head) such as 'what a lovely looking hat', 'are you on safari' and 'oh how cute that hat is' etc etc.  You can only imagine how thrilled Fiona is to look like she is on an Army Safari....... LOL.  Having said that, the HAT is pretty damned attractive and looking rather 'trophy' like now.

Anyone interested on bidding on this beautiful piece of artwork (yes some of these musicians can actually draw) please email orders@littlehartleymusic.com.au - there is also some rare Windham Hill memorabilia and the POP hat to catch your attention should you feel the need to collect something and raise money for cancer support charity www.spa4thepink.org




Kathryn Kaye 
Rumour has it that Jeff Oster and Rocky Fretz are sending something in to pin on the Windham Hill Hat.  Not sure their pics will be as pretty as the ones above.........

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Paul Jensen and Patrick Gorman sign

The Windham Hill Hat is feeling pretty pleased once again.  Widen the doors for this hat to pass through.

With the acquisition of Patrick Gorman and Paul Jensen, the W.H Hat is becoming quite valuable.

I can't say much for some of these poses............we did ask all the artists to please be serious - but this is what we got. :)

 Patrick Gorman Signs the Windha Hill Hat

Fortunately Paul Jensen was a little more sensible, I guess he had the Hat tour guide with him and that means boot camp for rediculous behaviour.

Paul Jensen signs.

Please read about our new artists at:

RARE Memorablilia & Grammy Winning Engineer

Presenting......Corin Nelsen, Grammy winning Engineer who worked on a number of Windham Hill Records AND........with  many of the next generation artists as well .

Corin has worn many Hats in the Windham Hill world and has been around forever ....... the Hat is trying to stack things up and wants to know how old Corin actually is?

Rare Windham HIll memorabilia includes 4 unopened WH DVDs (Winter, Western
Light, Autumn Portrait and Solace)
Also........a Quiet Revolustion, 30 Years of Windham Hill (4 CDs with book)

Signed by:
Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
George Winston
Liz Story
Philip Aaberg
Tuck and Patti
David Cullen
Alex De Grassi
Tracey Silverman
Jim Brickman
Sean Harkness
George Tortorelli
Lisa Lynne
Barbara Higbie
David Arkenstone

Read about the Commemorative Box Set HERE

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A Dark and Shady Hat.....

The POP Hat is at it again........hanging out with the coolest people.  Bob Malone,  (currently John Fogerty's keyboard player) also tours with his own original band. 

“Bob Malone doesn't just accompany himself on piano. He supports his singing with pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.”   — Keyboard Magazine

Bob headlines over 100 shows a year across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia, and has opened for and/or played with Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John, Subdudes, Leon Russell and many others.

Then.......... the WH Hat spotted Marc Shulman at Cafe Vivaldi in New York for our coolest Windham Hill photo.

Marc recorded guitar for a number of Imaginary Road artists, but also worked with Jewel, Suzanne Vega, Celine Dion, Chris Botti, Marc Anthony to name a few .   In actual fact we could have had him sign BOTH hats!  He's a POP legend as well.

Then we found Lawrence Blatt - Guitarist of New Age note....... and one of the biggest names in the current New Age world.

You would swear blind that Lawrence was a POP Rock God as well from the photo taken at Imaginary Road during a recording session!  The Hats were totally in 'cool' mode.

Kenny Aronoff signs POP Hat


Kenny signs the POP Hat for charity! What an awesome guy! Currently John Fogerty's drummer and one of the most influential and in-demand drummers in the world!  He also signed a couple of drum sticks and a drum skin.  The POP hat is becoming more valuable and will raise lots of money for Cancer support charity Spa4thepink.org at the auction at our LA Concert on the 8th September with Guest artist Karen Nash.  

The Two Grand I'm Yours Tour has been a great gig for the Hats - they have been enjoying the journey as much as we have! 

Kenny Aronoff with Trysette
The list of artists Kennys has worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Puddle of Mudd, Avril Lavigne, Joe Cocker, B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, Vince Gill, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, George Jones, Conway Tritty, The Buddy Rich Big Band and many others.

Read about Kenny @ www.kennyaronoff.com/about/biography
Read more about the hats @ www.windhamhillhat.blogspot.com/2012/07/about-hat.html
email for information: orders@littlehartleymusic.com.au

Friday, July 27, 2012

Will Ackerman - Founder of Windham Hill signs Hat

The Windham Hill Hat finally got the BIG signature. 

After much loitering in the Windham Hill County area the Hat found Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill) hosing his garden.


Will was only too happy to sign the Hat for our cancer support charity Spa4thepink.org to raise a motza at the charity auction during the Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette  (Two Grand I'm Yours) concert in LA.  Read details in the About the HATS blog. 

We just kept taking pics cause Will was so photogenic and hysterically funny at the same time.  You just can't get too many photos of a famous person or too many famous signatures on any one HAT.  We now have nine signatures with plenty yet to come.  Go Hats! 

Aussies & Hats do LIVE TV in New York

I'm slightly embarrased, the Windham Hill Hat was a little unrooly during the LIVE TV show in NY...... The POP Hat (fortunately) maintained its cool.  Our Aussie girls looked FABULOUS and held it together.

                  Bronxnet TV with Rhina Valentin (host), Trysette (left) and Fiona Joy Hawkins (right)

After the show, the Hats featured in a a lengthy photoshoot (mainly because they are so photogenic) with Host Rina Valentin and are hoping to raise even more money for Spa4thepink.org now that they are famous in the Big Apple. The show went live to several states including New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut......... we were all rather chuffed at our 10 minute opportunity to chat about the tour, the charity and of course, the now famous HATS. (in-famous in the Pop Hat's case)

For information about the the Hat auction and Windham Hill memorabilia at the LA concert, go to the ABOUT the HATs blog.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hat visits Sony in NY

The Hat was bold and brave and decided to waltz into Sony Music where the Windham Hill label now resides to scout out Isadar in the hope of yet another signature.  And thank goodness it did.......  Wait till you read about the new Windham Hill memorabillia given to the Hat! 

It was an AMAZING adventure because not only did the Hat find Isadar, who had just released an album recorded with Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road Studios (currently #2 on the ZMR Charts).     But further to that..............suspense, anticipation.  Keep reading down the page.

The Hat was given a 30 Year Annivesary Windham Hill set of CDs complete with 18 Windham HIll signatures from artists like Liz Story, Phil Aaberg, Will Ackerman, Samite and lots more (the Hat needs to ask Will to decipher the signatures as its sure George Winston is there also).

AND.........it doesn't stop there.  The Hat also was given four Windham Hill videos - all these videos would be worth over $100 on ebay and are very rare indeed.

If you want to bid on ALL this plus the Windham Hill Hat and you can't be in LA on the 8th please email the Hat at orders@littlehartleymusic.com.au and place a bid order.  Bidding will start at $500 and goodness knows where it will finish.  Its for charity  - so cough it up if you got it (that came from the Hat)!

8th of September 2012 Scherr Forum Theatre
Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
In conjunction with Spa4thePink
Special guest artist Karen Nash

ISADAR's signature

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Liz Story signs Hat

Liz Story
The Hat is rather chuffed.  Adding Liz Story's signature was a highlight for the Windham Hill Hat who ear-marked Liz as one of the 'biggies' (I think the Hat was star struck).   When Liz played Escape of the Circus Ponies on her Steinway piano in her home studio the Hat nearly lost the plot and forgot why it was there.      

After all these photos, the hat (who is quite    photogenic) got a bit narky about always being a 'prop' and said it wanted some SOLO portrait shots.  So here is the HAT with all the signatures - it calls them Hat Tats (trying to be cool like the POP Hat)........ but its not working!


Friday, July 13, 2012

LIVE TV & POP Hat gets winning signature :)

It was bound to happen.  The POP Hat asked Trysette herself to sign........

Our two Auzzie Hat companions Trysette & Fiona have had a big day doing LIVE TV on the Fox 10 Mmorning Show in Phoenix ........ (actually it was the news) !!!!  working extra hard, while the Windham Hill Hat and the POP Hat had a pool party.  NOT Fair. 

We noticed that the POP Hat was drinking a LOT more than the wholesome W.H. Hat but we can't confirm the percentage of vodka in the cocktail.   They got down and cosy after too much sun and too many hours without sunscreen - and too much alcohol (we suspect). 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Introducing the POP Hat

I would like to introduce our POP Hat extraordinaire - a Hat with lots of attitude, some really cool friends and just the right amount of drive to get as many famous celebrity signatures to raise money for the  Spa4ThePink auction as possible!.  (details below)

The two Hats have become quite good mates already and are plotting and scheming some crazy adventures. - like driving from LA to Phoenix TODAY - its 109 degrees!.  The Hats have extra water and lots of sunscreen for the trip and will not listen to sensibility and fly like everybody else.

Trysette has had to be quite specific with the POP Hat that name dropping isn't cool and to stop bragging about the first signatures .........  Here is a video of our new celebs.

                                                                The POP Hat VIDEO

Larry Antonino (Ronnie Laws, Jeff Beck, Bruce Conte (Tower Of Power), Air Supply, The Crusaders, Gavin Christopher, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Bobby Caldwell, Angela Bofill, Gary Wright, Shelby Lynne, Michael Franks, Philip Bailey (Earth Wind & Fire), Rob Mullins, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Holiday, Carl Anderson, David Pack (Ambrosia), Ricky Martin, Chaka Khan, Mos Def, and Macy Gray)

Denny Seiwell (Founding member and drummer for Paul McCartney's band, WINGS, and also played on records by Art Garfunkel, James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Deniece Williams, Janis Joplin's posthumus Farewell Song album, Billy Joel's "Cold Spring Harbor" and McCartney's "Ram", "Wildlife" and "Red Rose Speedway" albums).

The auction will be held at the Fiona Joy Hawkins & Trysette Two Grand I'm Yours Concert at the Scherr Theatre at Thousand Oaks on the 8th September and you can also bid to win the Windham Hill Hat as well -                                                              
                                                               Concert tickets HERE

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hat goes to WRONG HILL

Yesterday was a big day out for the Hat......... I tried to tell the Hat we were at ORANGE HILL and not Windham Hill, but it wouldn't listen.

There was a lovely piano there, even though it was orange (which was a little weird) and the Hat was asked by Management to stop playing as the patrons were busy listening to piped top 40 on the CD speaker system. :)  Fortunately the Hat was obliging and didn't embarass anyone.


Tomorrow we are all off on a road trip to try and find some more Windham Hill signatures. Rumour has it that POP Hat is schmoozing with some pretty big POP/Rock and Roll celebs in a Studio City recording studio tomorrow where Trysette is putting down a few new tracks for an album she's working on. 

The POP Hat will make a grand entrance to the blog tomorrow we hope, but don't get too involved cause I hear the Hat is a bit of a party animal and mixes with a whole different circle of friends than our wholesome Windham Hill Hat who just WANTS TO FIND WINDHAM HILL. 

Be patient hat, we will get there..............

Saturday, July 7, 2012


The Hat just wanted to check that you all know the Windham Hill style and sound........??

Oh, good, so you can all guess that the new generation of artists on The Gathering is going to be amazing right?  LISTEN and BUY this album.

The Two Grand I'm Yours Team that are hosting the Hats adventures wanted you to know also that we now have a tour album by Trysette and Fiona Joy Hawkins......... its a really nice CD and a great mix of piano styles.  You can LISTEN and BUY here.

 BTW  (we are so over that hat - its an obnoxious attention seeking signature opportunist)

We think we are funny, but the Hat doesn't.  Here's us (again in case you missed it) - just click on the pic above for the video of Fiona saying lovely things about Trysette (lets just leave it at that!). 

In case you are wondering, the Hat is just your typical all round good natured..... Hat ! :)  Raising money for www.Spa4thePink.org - a cancer support charity.

Denise Young!!!

So...... we have a problem.  This may be a US Army Safari Hat, but its definitely got an Aussie sense of humour..........  I'm so over taking photos of the Hat posing on the prettiest girls it can find.  MMMM. 

The next signature is by Pianist and Will Ackerman Produced composer Denise Young You can bid on the Windham Hill Hat at the Auction  DETAILS HERE. to help raise money for www.Spa4ThePink.org


The second Signature.....

Okidokie, our very own tour person Fiona Joy Hawkins (with several albums produced by Will Ackerman) is the second signature.  Due to the need to draw something she has put a cow on the underside of the brim.  Good one - perfect, lots of cows love Windham Hill!  (we will try and get a pic of that)  .........

The HAT is determined to raise over $500 ......... Trysette is so over the idea of carting it around the country already - so GET BEHIND IT and book a ticket to the Concert/Auction in LA

8th of September 2012, Scherr Forum Theatre Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.
In conjunction with Spa4thePink Special guest artist Karen Nash Tickets

Hat invites celebs......

The Windham Hill Hat has chosen a celebrity to conduct the auction at the Two Grand I'm Yours Concert with Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette in LA on the 8th September.  The lucky nominee is DAVID BIBER (Two Guys Grilling) - Yay - (rumour has it he's Heff's chief BBQ guy).

To be honest,  I'm not sure if the W.H. Hat is male or female?  So the whole 'playmate' thing may hold absolutely no excitement whatsever - or the Windham Hill Hat may even be asexual - what an interesting thought - and then we would all be totally confused.  I do know however that the Hat has extremely high moral standards and is planning to raise money for Spa4ThePink (cancer support charity) - a very HIGH Hat indeed!

8th of September 2012Scherr Forum Theatre
Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
In conjunction with Spa4thePink
Special guest artist Karen Nash

Hang on a tick, another rumour has just come in - apparently there will some BIG celebs attending the above event........and Fiona says she is not in love with Tom Cruise as she just got married, just in love with his acting style (yeah right).  Trysette says Fiona has lost the plot.

The pics will get better as we go......

Groupie Hat gets signature

The Windham Hill Hat is feeling pretty chuffed.  After a seek and find mission around LA the Hat stumbled on a Will Ackerman produced muso from the new generation of Windham HIll artists on The Gathering   (If you liked the Windham Hill Samplers then this album is a MUST HAVE).

This is an historical event......the first signature: Kori Linae Carothers.  Rumour has it the Hat (a die hard groupie who Trysette still thinks is a stalker) got a bit fresh with Kori, but he's settled down now and on another seek and find mission - I believe he found two other amazing artists from the Ackerman stable in LA...........

About the HAT.......

The Windham Hill Hat and the POP Hat plan to journey across the USA to seek out various Windham Hill musicians and new generation artists from The Gathering (a compilation of 22 musicians handpicked by Will Ackerman - Founder of Windham HIll).  The POP hat also has some famous friends but is much darker and shadier character!

The WH  HAT is a HUGE Windham Hill groupie  and in an effort to be true to its New Age spirituality and goodness of heart, wants to be auctioned off at a Two Grand I'm Yours Concert at the Scherr Theatre at Thousand Oaks on the 8th September to raise money for www.Spa4ThePink.org (a cancer support charity).   There is also some VERY rare WH memorabilia included with the Hat (read about on the Hat goes to Sony Music blog).  The POP Hat is just happy to go along for the ride incase it can get into some trouble along the way or run into some serious fun.

 The Hats on LIVE TV in NY
Watch the vid here

They are both truly  CHARITABLE Hats. (Trysette thinks the WH Hat is a stalker),

To be honest, I am a little concerned that the WH  hat  (who came up with the idea) doesn't realise how big the USA is or how crazy the Two Grand I'm Yours Aussie girls are, and I just hope both hats can stay out of trouble and achieve this grand goal in time! The auction is only weeks away..........
                                   Feeling at home in Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios

NEWS NEWS NEWS. New addition to the auction:
RARE Windham Hill Memorabilia includes 4 unopened WH DVDs (Winter, Western Light, Autumn Portrait and Solace)
The hit list for signatures and photos is extensive and includes many of the artists that were on various recordings released by Windham Hill and the 22 new artists - I don't think the Hat will achieve a clean sweep - so we are aiming for 20 signatures.  Surely that will be possible?
The Hat is fairly determined (I have tried to reason) and won't listen to sensibility, lets just hope the Hat stays on the straight and narrow and doesn't get entangled with Fiona or Trysette and their crazy antics Watch HERE

The Hats will post pics of each famous musician they find.......... and hope to see you at the Auction to be held at a Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette Two Grand I'm Yours Concert:

8th of September 2012 Scherr Forum Theatre
Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
In conjunction with Spa4thePink
Special guest artist Karen Nash

The  Hat believes itself to be extremely photogenic so will be posting pictures with each of the musicians.  I'm a bit embarassed about some of the photos I have seen so far.......I believe they will be coming up in future editions of this blog.  The POP Hat is just  too cool to care.

For other Two Grand I'm Yours concert dates go to  http://www.trysette.com/two-grand-im-yours.html or  www.fionajoyhawkins.com.au