My weird, mostly accidental, magical, and wonderfully winding path toward music started with a birthday challenge almost 5 years ago. That simple, self-imposed challenge that included taking voice lessons from Merrily Garrett, has changed my world - my trajectory! It brought beautiful people into my life and sparked a deep passion for songwriting, which, by the way, wasn't even on my list! Time disappears when I write and sing; the act of creating something out of nothing, always fills me with wonder and an overpowering feeling of gratitude. It’s as if I’ve just had a miracle come through me. Those moments connect me to everything, to all that is. I love that place. Music was the best birthday gift I have ever given to myself. Now it's an everyday gift, and it keeps on giving!
So, last year, I decided to treat myself to another birthday challenge! I had a full year that will end at the end of August, to achieve a few things!! I hoped to look back and see a year full of scary, beautiful,
By far, the most difficult component of songwriting, recording, and releasing, for me, is the promotional aspect. I find it excruciating, but also weirdly fascinating. I'm definitely a natural-born promoter and love to shine a light on creatives and their art... except when it's me and mine. There's got to be some interesting psychology buried in there, but I know I'm not the only one who struggles with this aspect of their art, no matter the medium. So, here I am, reluctantly doing the thing and announcing that I dropped a couple of singles recently. It's not that I'm not completely thrilled, I am psyched!! I'm just a bit shy to say so. Also, it feels weird to say, "check it out!! Look what I made! Ain't it swell?" Weird or not,
Who knew, when this journey began, that I'd be at a video shoot for one of my songs? I sure didn't ever expect to be doing that, but it felt right to release this song with the hopes of compelling people to vote and to remind us all what an amazing and unique country we live in.
I recently found an article about music and Alzheimer's. If you're like me, you don't need science to prove its power, and yet that very science and study of the effects of music on the brain is weirdly comforting. The headline reads,