500 Miles, Featuring Suzanne and her Octave Mandolin!

If you know me personally, chances are you already know a million wonderful things about Suzanne Wedeking. Suz is a friend that goes way back.

We took from the same amazing violin teacher (LOVE YOU, PATTI!) while growing up in the Des Moines area, so we likely exchanged plenty of giggles and Suzuki duets in our younger days, but it was really when we went off to university that we became close.

Suzanne was there when I had my first broken heart, when the stress of school and life started to break my head, and she was right by my side the first time I ever busked. So, it’s only appropriate that she was the one who’s helped me get my singing voice out from the box it’s been hiding in since my first grade pageants. Great courage takes great friends!

Suzanne’s killer singing voice comes from years of belting out everything from operatic arias to Lauryn Hill verses, to Quaker hymns. If you’re lucky enough to be in the same place as she is, you can probably find her making friends, booking shows, and collaborating with all kinds of folks.

An accomplished violinist, Suz fell in love with the octave mandolin last year and has totally taken off with it at a full sprint. She’s got an eclectic assemblage of tunes and is writing some heart-melting originals, so I’ve been so thankful every time we’ve gotten a chance to get together to play.

While in France these few weeks, we’ve been kayaking, eating cheese, and exploring the wine culture to its full extent with our friend Jenna (stay tuned for a Jenna-inspired song!). We’ve also been able to put together a good number of tunes that we’re excited to share. I’ll be including a little more info on how Suz and I have put some of this music together and on how cool the octave mandolin is! If you have any questions on this music or for Suzanne, share them in the conversation below, and we’ll get at ’em!

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My clock always says I'm late, a worm is always in my ear, and my mom's always prayed for my contentedness: that's how I know I need to make music now! Please ingest, enjoy, and enlighten me with your thoughts.