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,
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,
Last fall I began thinking about who I might like to work with for this album. I knew that it was time to record more music and that I had enough potential material. The journey began in October when I met Brad Prosko at Break Out West and had a lovely conversation with him and thought that he would be a great person to work with, open, authentic, talented. Then I began planning 2017. Each month and what could be accomplished from writing potential songs to the CD release party and tour. So far, I’m glad to report I am on track. I have been waiting to decide on the next part of the journey until I have the final mixes.
When I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago about the fact that I wasn’t certain if October was a realistic goal she was surprised. “Don’t you just do it”. Unfortunately, there is a lot to do once the album is recorded. So now the next step is coming close. Will I have time to get the art work done, liner notes, publicity, tour planned, physical copies ordered? (by my proposed date of October 13-my 58th birthday).
Plus my new head shots are happening this week which will then require updating of websites and my online presence in general. I am looking forward to them as the photographer has some cool ideas. This is the point where I know that trust comes in, both to trust myself with the next step and to realize that the universe is at work helping as well.
So here is to the next steps. I want to love my music into the Universe. The songs I’ve written and recorded will find there way to the people who need them. I just need to stay out of the way and do the work. Thanks for listening. So may we remember that in whatever work we feel passionate about, it is one small step at a time and that we do need to do the work that is required.
In all thinks creative,
Two weeks seems like such a short time and here I am chatting to you again. One of the things I have done in the last couple of weeks is read a great book called Big Magic by Liz Gilbert, which is a book about creativity. It feels like it came along at exactly the right time. I needed a reminder of what creativity is all about. Do the work and then magic can happen is one of them. As well, Liz had so many interesting ideas about inspiration. Like the idea that inspiration goes around looking for someone who is ready to receive it. That is such a cool notion.
I can say that I have no real idea where melodies come from except that they are comfortable for me to sing and they often seem to match the lyrics. Creative people are often asked about this process. I am realizing more and more how being available to it is huge, ie: making the space and time and letting myself be a channel for what needs to be said. I finished the vocal tracks for one of my songs a couple of weeks ago and said to Brad Prosko (my music producer) and Robyn ( my wife), “I have no idea what that song is about”. It rather wrote itself. Later that night I realized that I was partly telling someone else’s story (I had written it a year ago) but I didn’t know where the lyrics or tune came from. Some would say they were buried in my unconscious or was I available to receive them from the Universe?
All this to say that I believe that Spirit or Universe or what ever you call your higher power is at work through creativity. No wonder it is so important and we are so drawn to it.
So go out and find your way of expressing your gifts and creativity.
Yours in music and creativity,