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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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The Journey of the Recorded Music

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,
Wanda G.

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More Stories about Creativity

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,
Wanda G.

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Fabulous Days

I spent two fabulous days in the studio with some superb musicians. These guys put the most amazing tracks down for my songs. It was a time of magic, respect, trust and a whole pile of laughs and fun. This is experience is right up there with the top four experiences in my life so far. I won’t say too much more about the details because I would like you to listen to the finished product when it comes out, hopefully, in the fall. P.S. There is some banjo! I’m so excited!

I have been working on a digital business card that has also fueled my creative juices. I was doing a workshop with my on-line business group, Female Music Academy and I found this idea so inspiring. I have gathered together some pictures, brought forward some old memories and contacted a young film school friend to help me with the video ( which will be my digital business card). I have found the whole process to be very inspiring. I am so excited to see what we come up with. This helps feed the ideas of what I might like to do for a video for my CD. Oh man, do I love ideas! So stayed tuned and I will share the link to the digital business card in my next email.

The one thought about creativity that keeps popping around in my head these days is about how when one’s life becomes more creative that drives everything to be more creative. I have found myself taking pictures as I walk around our park and lake. I have been posting them on facebook and many people love them. Creativity sparks creativity. So I encourage you to add more creativity to your life in whatever form. Don’t be afraid. No one is judging. Just have some fun!

In music 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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Signature Story

As I sit and ponder the next thing to write about as I continue on this musical and creative journey I was challenged with the idea of writing my signature story. I was listening to a podcast, Brassy Broadcast, where a guest suggested that one of the important things to do is come up with your signature story as a way to engage with your listeners. I gave it some thought and realized that the signature story of how I became more engaged and serious about this whole process is quite a simple one.

I was sitting at the lake and on the phone to my musical neice Jesse, asking her questions about equipment for a 100th Anniversary that I was going to play at for our town of Shaunavon. I said to Jesse, I am thinking of contacting a music producer I know, Ross Nykiforuk about working with me. I’m nervous about it though. Well, aunty she replied , you just need to send him an email. Which I did that day and he said sure. That conversation too place four years ago in May of 2013.

That was so significant for me because I was so nervous about having anyone do anything with my songs, felt that I wasn’t good enough and I knew nothing about the music business at all, let alone about recording a CD. So now I am headed into the studio in 23 days(but who’s counting) to record my sophmore album. I am grateful, nervous, and excited all wrapped into one. I really can’t believe my good fortune. So it often begins from a very simple place. From singing songs on the dirt roads around the farm at the age of 12, to now at 57 writing my own songs and putting them out into the world. Thank-you Universe! So go out there and become more engaged in your own creative interests and endevours.

Yours in music and creativity,

Wanda G.

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  1. You really have a lot to be proud of , Wanda. You have come very far, and have a great tale to tell. That first phone call is the hardest. And you did it:)

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Songwriting Retreat

I have just returned from my solo songwriting retreat. Eight days. I have been in a couple of locations, Jackfish Lake and the Cypress Hills. It has been a time of solitude, rejuvenation and songwriting. I can say that the retreat was successful in that I wrote some songs which was my intention. It was also successful in that I had moments of pure joy, whether it was hiking along some snowy trails or listening to the lodgepole pines cry out in the wind or finding a melody that brought me comfort and more joy.

I actually wrote five songs that I like, three of them I love. I realize as I listen with as much distance that is possible, that I fall in love with melodies and a couple of the songs have great melodies. Haunting melodies. I have been reading a lot about uncertainty and finding ways of loosening up by saying I don’t know and maybe. Well, I know that the songs I have written speak to me and that is about as far as I can go. I now have 15 songs to choose 8 from for my upcoming album. There are a few more in the vault but I know that they are not ones that I want for this album. It is shaping into a grouping of songs about hope. I wonder which ones will be chosen. I wonder….

Later perhaps, I will have more of an idea of how one decides which songs are the best. Are they the ones that fit the best together, have the best melodies, the best lyrics??? I’m not sure right now and I am going to try to allow myself some time to be unsure, uncertain. There can be a lightening up, a loosening of the shoulders, a deepening of the breath with letting go of the need to know, to be certain.

Have some fun with creativity and do something for yourself that nourishes you.

In creativity and song,
Wanda G.

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Songs to Write

I am putting my first grant proposal in the mail this morning. I feel like I have joined the land of the musician, asking for money to do music. As I asked colleagues to help me out, I was touched by their willingness to help. They wrote me thoughtful letters of support. And hopefully this grant will help support my upcoming project.

As a part of my upcoming album, I am heading out next week for a 10 day writing retreat. I am looking forward to dedicated time away to write, to improve what I have already written, to finish some incomplete songs and to write totally new ones. I have been planning the outline of this next year for awhile and it is rather amazing as one step leads into another and it looks like this project of mine is a real possiblilty. As well, I will be working on my songs when I return home, until I go into the studio to start recording in May.

When I decided to record my first album I knew absolutely nothing. I had some songs that I had written and had performed a few times. I went to a producer I had met and he helped me with the process. He helped make a beautiful album. This time, three years later, I know a bit more about what I want. Well, all that to say that I can hardly wait to see what this album will be like.

Grab onto what you love, remember that it is one small step after another that leads us to where we want to go.

In creativity and song,

Wanda G.

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  1. Anne-Marie says:

    Love this and so true!

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Hope, A Feeling of Trust

These past two weeks have been full of hope. I performed with a group of female singer-songwriters called Girls Like Us at a local music venue here in Regina, Sk. called the Creative City Center. We were planning to only meet for a retreat of singing and practicing and ended up also having a show. We were full of hope that all would go well and it did.

As I plan my next album and am gathering songs for it, I was asked if a theme had emerged. I took a close look at the songs I have and found that yes a theme of hope had emerged. One definition of hope I discovered was ‘a feeling of trust’. This is my theme for the year, trust. Trust that I am on the right path. Trust that all will be as it is meant to be.

I have found a great producer and have great musicians coming to join me in this next project. Hope and trust. They do go very well together. I am a total type A personality having worked for years as an Intensive Care Nurse. In that job I needed to do my very best and trust the colleagues whom I worked with. Perhaps things that I learned in that work environment are helping me now as well.

In just a little less then three weeks I am heading out for ten days of songwriting for this next album. I am looking forward to the focused time to write and revise the material that I already have. I am hopeful that I will have the songs that I need by the end of April when I will head into the studio again.

May your life be full of hope and trust. May you know that you can be guided to be on the path that is meant for you!

Yours in music and creativity,
Wanda G.

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  1. I love this Wanda! May your creativity shine!

  2. Good for you, Wanda! So happy all is going well. Have a great time writing ­čÖé

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