“It was just advice I needed to hear to catapult into 2016.”
Hi! I’m very excited to start of 2016 with some momentum. Who knew a Christmas present would be just the kick start I needed. This year the gifts I received from my husband were very personal and heartfelt. He gave me artsy gifts, speaking to my artistic soul, the best of which was a book by Jewel, her latest release titled Never Broken.
Jewel’s writings are incredibly vulnerable and I think what I appreciated the most is that in an age of gloss and glamour, Ms. Kilcher wasn’t aftraid to show the dirt and grit of her past or the truth of her behind the scenes life, which was often filled with heartache and loneliness, despite images of her conquering the world. At age 40, she was quite honest with herself and her past, self-reflective about not just her music, but about her shortcomings, failures and areas of growth as a human being. I felt that I was reading about a life that was on a quest for healing and that this woman found it in nature and in the presence of the Creator.
Well, something happened to me when I read this book, perhaps it was one of her conclusive statements commenting on the brevity of life as an artist. As an artist, we are here to make art, and as simple as it sounds, it was just advice I needed to hear to catapult into 2016.
I’ve long toyed with the idea of performing in a new city and I’m ready to make a move. This morning I met with my producer Erica von Kleist to discuss the possibility of adding a few tours to 2016 and, as I expected, she was game. Of course having goals sometimes means that you need to work or think backwards in order to get from point A to point B. “Pretty Bird” is a great EP, though it is not representative of the jazz shows that Erica and I put on together. This means we need a new demo sampler, which means we’re heading into the recording studio soon! I love it! I love starting with a goal and thinking backwards about how to make an idea a reality.
So with this demo we will be able to show venue owners a glimpse of what we do, what our sound is like and they can gauge the appropriate time and setting for us to perform.
We also discussed putting on a free show for Erica’s non-profit organization Groovetrail at a local home for the elderly in Kalispell. I also love these kinds of shows, sharing music with people who need it the most and who are least expecting to have their day brightened up with some amazing music.
Of course, we are also well on our way into our Latin EP recording project. If you’d like to hear more about it, please join my email-mailing list on the CONNECT page. Note, this is different than my postcard mailing list, which is dedicated to sending you love letters. If you’d like a postcard, please fill in your entire mailing address on the CONNECT page in addition to your email address.