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Creativity Continues

This creative road is an interesting one. I spent some time at our cabin off and on over the last few weeks and found that business concerns really disappeared and art and songs wanted to reign supreme. I had no real desire to write any new songs but a couple wanted to be born so I now have a song about one of my first boyfriends and one about an ex-girlfriend. Then I did a few water colors for myself that expressed some of what I was feeling about the songs on the CD. Creativity is so often surprising and it does often take space and slowing down for it to come to the forefront.

I was at a close family friends funeral which was inspriational and I realized again how important it is to be present for people and to show up. I received so much from this time of remembering and tribute. I was reminded today as well how important it can be to show up for ourselves. My intention for these next couple of weeks is to show up for my sons and for myself as I travel to Cambridge, England for my youngest son’s marriage.

There are lots of small details scrabbling around in my brain about preparing for the CD release. However, most importantly the CD is called Shifting Sands and will be released here in Regina at Creative City Center October 13 which is my 58th birthday. Quite a present. I hope to take a short tour to some Saskatchewan and Alberta towns and cities in the weeks that follow. See you soon!

So allow yourself some space and time this summer to explore your own passions and creativity. Have a great one!

Yours in creativity and music,

Wanda G.

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Songs Masters and Beyond

Song Masters and Beyond.

I received the masters of my songs for my upcoming CD by email two days ago. It scared me a bit. What was I supposed to do with them? I figured I better download them. It was a whole different process then three years ago when I received the masters from the music producer and he kept a copy on a hard drive that cost me a couple hundred dollars.This time I think it is more up to me to decide the order of the songs on the CD, make sure they have all they need before they become ready to be pressed… as into a CD…

So I have an appointment with my music producer to get some help with these next steps. I remember the other steps, art work for the cover, art work for the CD itself, liner notes, photos with good enough resolution. (Photo shoot in August, fourth time it has been rescheduled). Then with all of those pieces in line a CD/Record is born. Then to get it into my fans hands. More planning for that once these other practical parts are taken care of.

I am listening to the songs as I write this blog. If my fans enjoy these songs half as much as I do then I will be very happy. The CD will be called Shifting Sands. The title track is pretty groovy, I have to say… I look forward to hearing what you think!

Eight songs to talk about the past three years, well its not quite so linear. Eight songs hmmm, eight songs. Eight songs to make you weep, eight songs to fill you with hope and passion. Eight songs to help you sleep. Life has been full of shifting sands for me and many others. I hope you find these songs touch you in a meaningful and deep way.

So again, I encourage you to follow the creative path that brings you the most joy!

Yours in music, mystery and creativity,

Wanda G.

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Heading to the Studio

I have experienced many feelings in these last couple of weeks about heading to the studio. It is just over a week before I will be meeting with three studio musicians and my producer Brad Prosko to start recording my songs. Brad and I didn’t have too much trouble choosing the eight songs. I had sent him fifteen for consideration. I am not quite sure how they all hang together yet except the overall theme seems to be one of hope. Robyn’s (my wife) favorite so far is Shifting Sands, one I just wrote when I was away on retreat. It could be the name of the album as well, but that is still up for discussion.

My job in these next few days is to really listen and consider how I want these songs to sound and to write down what my vision is for my album. (I picked that idea up from Brassy Broadcast, a music podcast I listen to.) I wonder about the impact of music and then I see it in the faces of the audience as my voice and lyrics land on their ears and I hear an audible sigh when I have finished. I am grateful that my music has added something to someone’s day.

So back to the studio. I have some very accomplished musicians coming to play on my album which both thrills and intimidates me at the same time. It really is a project of trust to give my songs to other people to add their creativity to and then see how the whole thing roles out. So think of me this next month as I record my songs to prepare to share them with those who would like to listen.

Yours in creativity and music,

Wanda G.

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  1. Shawn says:

    For sure thinking about you and wishing you success and FUN!

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Love Hurts

WOW, Lyrics really do stick! As I wrote down this title the melody was already in my head. So Valentines Day is right around the corner. I had a break-up around this date many years ago and I know that it is both a much loved and much hated day. It depends so much on where you are at in your life.

I have written many songs about love being over and only a couple about love. I realized this as I looked for songs to enter in a couple of Valentines Day playlists. My break up songs or love can be sucky songs have mostly been written in these past couple of years. My first CD Awakening was full of philosophical songs. Although Indecision, track 4, is about a break up that is soon to happen.

Relationships are challenging and intimate ones are even more so. I have learned a lot of life lessons through break ups, from leaving a 13 year marriage to be with a woman, which eventually ended in a break up that I didn’t want, to several bad relationships, to now living in an intimate relationships that supports me and my creativity. There were many times that I stayed longer in poor relationships then I should have because I did not want to be alone. This is such a challenge. So I encourage you to trust that wherever you are, either single, married or dating that you will have things to learn and that if you are in a particularly challenging place that life does get better. So love can hurt and it can heal and it does bring hope. I hope that the love that is in your life will help you to reach deep and let the creativity that resides in you come forward and enrich your life.

May we, as Valentines Day approaches, remember that love is an important part of life, however it shows up, whether from a friend, family member or significant other.

Yours in all things creative,

Wanda G.

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Songwriting Group

Last night was our monthly songwriting group which I co-coordinate. We had a guest last night, a local songwriter named Belle Plain. She spoke openly and honestly about her songwriting process, about the challenge of finding the right words, the crafting of the song and the time the whole process takes for her. She was also clear about how important each word is and about the fact that she must know the intention of the song before she can begin writing. We have had several other songwriters as guests over these last couple of years and I find it so interesting to hear about their process, what songwriting means to them and why they continue to pursue their craft.

All this to say that last night’s meeting reminded me about respecting my own process, taking the time that I need. Realizing that what I have to say may be very different then someone else but no less important. That I need to remember my own reasons for writing and sharing my songs. My songs come from both a very intimate place and a more superficial one, well I guess not very often a superficial one. It was also reassuring last night to hear another musician I respect talk about the meaning and reason for each song she shared with us. I know how important my own songs are to me and most have a story that is important to me that is associated with them.

I am hoping to be in the studio this spring and so the songwriting continues. I want to have the best songs possible for this new album.

May your hearts be full of joy!

Yours in music and all things creative,
Wanda G.

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  1. Shawn says:

    Wanda, thank you for sharing. This is very relatable for other kinds of writing, too. I’m thinking about my journey with writing about astrological trends in a blog format. I want the work to have value for the reader, and meet my creative needs.

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Christmas 2016

As I sit here and reflect upon this upcoming holiday, I realize that I am often behind those around me when it comes to Christmas. I like to wait until it is nearly upon us to put up my tree, think about the season. This year as I thought about advent, someone said to me that she prepared before hand so that the season could be as it was meant to be, a time of reflection and silence. This year on Christmas Eve I will be singing about that silence.

“Silence” is a song that I wrote when I was working on my songs for my CD Awakening with my producer. I was feeling a bit intimidated at the time and uncertain about my ability to write. The song was written in a short time and many of the lyrics relate to things I had been learning over the years. I have performed it a few times in the past few years. It is a good fit for a church environment or house concerts. I especially enjoy performing it because it is performed accapella. Here are the lyrics and I hope you enjoy them.

SILENCE

Silence, rest in silence: Silence, rest in silence

I hear you call my name, I’ll not remain the same
I’ll listen closely to the words you share, between the noise I hear.
You offer all that’s clear, Into the present day

Silence, rest in silence: Silence, rest in silence

I sit and wait for you, To fill my heart its true,
I sit and wait for the light to shine through,
Through the crack that’s in my heart, It will not break apart
When its filled, when its filled with your light.

Silence, rest in silence: Silence, rest in silence

I will rest in this present moment, Rest in the here and now,
As it offers, as it offers all I need.

Silence, rest in silence: Silence, rest in silence

May we rest in the love you share, when life’s too much to bear,
May we know that you will nurture and sustain, that there’s no one to blame
And you will be there when we fall And to you we will surely call.

Silence, rest in silence: Silence, rest in silence

May you have a peaceful and joyful Christmas season.

Wanda

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  1. Wanda, I am so happy to know that you’ve recorded a CD, and so grateful that you are sharing your songs with everyone. You are an inspiration! Wishing you all the best for the coming year, and hoping you’ll continue writing and producing your work. šŸ™‚ Debra

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Break Out West 2016 and other Ponderings

It has been a busy fall. I had a great birthday month of October. I was able to attend a full week of Break Out West here in Regina, SK. I met many new people, reconnected with others and got some great advice from some industry people. I was also able to go to some great Showcases of some of my favorite Saskatchewan musicians. I took in shows that included Jeffrey Straker, Megan Nash, Blake Berglund and Poor Nameless Boy to name a few. Following this stellar adventure I headed out to Montreal to hang with my eldest boy for a few days.
I have also been inspired this fall to join an online female music group headed by Bree Noble called Female Music Academy which has helped me to refocus my goals for my music career. As well, I have met some great female musicians.
In October, I spent a day planning out 2017. It is full of great happenings. I have hopes of recording my second CD in June and releasing it with my memoir. The planned release date is October 2017.
Plans continue with the group of Saskatoon singer songwriters called Girls Like Us, we plan to perform in Saskatoon in April 2017. I am learning so much from these women and enjoy their company a great deal.
As we head into the Christmas season I hope you are surrounded by music and people you love.

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Connections Fall 2016

As I reflect on the summer I don’t think I have ever enjoyed one so much as this past one. It was a season that was full of inspiration, from the hills I got to hike, to the songwriting retreat I took part in and the silent retreat I attended in Moose Jaw. I did some nursing work in there as well, but I’m told that my facebook feed looked like I was spending a lot of time reflecting, resting and rejuvenating, which I was.

I have been writing new songs for a CD which I hope to record some time in the New Year. As well, I have finished a memoir which I also hope to publish in the New Year and present it with my CD. Writing new material is a fun and frustrating process. Sometimes songs seem to come easily but I find that now I want to write more, the process seems slower. Melodies with unfinished lyrics present themselves and won’t go away until I figure out what the song is about and then today two songs found each other and became one. Creativity certainly can’t be put into a box. This summer at the Canadian Songwriting Challenge here in Regina, I was thrilled to spend three days with other great songwriters and co-wrote two pretty cool songs. One of which I hope to put on my new CD. As well, we were able to record a demo of our songs at the Regina CBC Studio One with Jason Plumb. It was a great time.

This past weekend I spent 24 hours with 5 other women songwriters. It was great to share songs, both old and new. We all met last January at a songwriting retreat and I am thrilled to be able to continue these connections. We plan to meet again in January and then present a show together in the spring.

This fall I am participating in the Playing for Change day at the Artful Dodger here in Regina on September 24th. Then I have a show, “An Evening with Wanda” at the Living Sky Retreat Center in Lumsden, Sask., on November 10th. I hope to have a couple of house concerts this fall as well. As well, my CD Awakening can be found as a free download at www.noisetrade.com/wandagronhovd.

I hope everyone’s fall is starting well. I am happy to feel the crisp air and harvest the garden. May everyone be happy and well.

Wanda

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  1. Shawn says:

    Wanda! I love reading about your authentic life.

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Songwriting Retreat

In January I was able to attend a great songwriting retreat hosted by SaskMusic at a retreat center two hours north of Regina. We were fortunate to have Jason Blume a world renowned songwriter teaching us about the craft of songwriting. I enjoyed the learning and camaraderie so much. As a nursing colleague said, I was having a chance to be with my tribe.
I was given positive feedback on the song I shared at the retreat and for that I was grateful! With the new skills I acquired I was able to go home and rewrite an old song that now makes much more sense. It all changed except the concept which was cool. I am slowly able to take a step back from my songs and not be so attached to how they are. Revision, as with other writing, is an important part of the process.
As the winter marches on I have four shows planned this month which I am very excited about and which include both old and new songs. I hope you have a chance to get to one of these show.
On my way to Calgary last week I was given some contacts and ideas of more places I could perform which I am very grateful for.
Be well. Wanda

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Summer 2015

It has been a quiet summer. I spent some time reflecting on the past year and what I have accomplished so far. A year ago this month was my CD launch. It was such a highlight for me. I stood in front of such a supportive group of friends and found it difficult to accept all the applause that were coming my way.

Fans/audience. I have thought a lot about this in the past few months as well. Trying to determine who my fans are and what makes them fans. How do I find my fans?Ā  I think my fans are people who want to have their hearts opened.

I started working with a songwriting coach this summer. I have appreciated an outsider’s perspective. I have also realized there is a lot I can learn about songwriting. I love the fact that she says I must listen to what the song has to say and not hack it apart. I have been working on some songs that have been in my head for a long time. They can be a challenge to change.

I have a couple of shows booked for this fall and am planning to continue focusing on songwriting. IĀ  hope to recordĀ  another CD in late 2016. I hope everyone has had a great summer.

Wanda

 

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