Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lights Low, Adeles 21 playing, and a MacBook Pro.

As I sit in my studio, lights low, candle lit, and Adele's 21 playing I can't help but be in a contemplative, inspired mood.  Over these past couple weeks I have been challenging myself to write a song or part of a song every single day. At first this was very difficult for me...what do I write about? When I force myself to sit down and write when I'm uninspired, I hit a writers block, and nothing flows. After a couple days of "nothing" coming out I started to let my guard down. I captured the mindset that no one will hear this if I don't want them to...so what the risk? As soon as I broke those walls down, it was amazing how much flowed out of me.. Emotions of every color: sorrow, sassiness, anger, laughter, tears, soulful..lyrics and melodies that were REAL, that were the true sound inside of me. So many times I write songs as a "job" to make a deadline and sometimes lose the therapeutic beauty of writing..and why I love it! It has been exhilarating to let go and write what is inside of me.

Some of my best songs have just flowed out of me in less than an hour. Thats when I'm really inspired and the song is aligned with who I am. Which is something I am feeling empowered in lately...being honest and up front about who I am. I have faith that as the real me continues to shine through that my fans will connect with me on a deeper level. I don't want to just sell records and not be tangible. Some of my favorite parts of what I do is having people and fans trust me enough to confide and build a relationship with me. I LOVE being connected in that way. Through letting myself be accessible to my fans I have been rocked. There are truly some incredible people out there, they make me laugh, they inspire me, and I hope that through my journey, beliefs, and music that I can give a small sliver of that back to them, back to you reading this.

Not wanting to be all "sappy" but hey, I'm an artist, I feel deep. ;)

God Bless,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Live the Life You Love!

This past year has been such a year of growth. As it came to an end I had time to evaluate where I wanted to go from here. I have always wanted to continue to move forward and do incredible things in my life. Ive never been content living an "average" life. Over this month I have had some time really think about whether I was moving forward and living the life that I love. For the most part my answer was yes, BUT there are still some new experiences to be had!

I was born and raised in the Seattle area and have always loved it here. I am very close with my family, and I am of the small population that actually loves the rain! HA. This place has always been secure and comfortable for me. In the industry that I work in, being comfortable and "safe" is another way of saying your stalled. I have been flying back and forth to LA, and running most everything from my computer (Technology these days makes it a lot easier) BUT there is still so many opportunities that I have had to pass up or missed out on because of my location. Sometimes I feel that I am the only one in my profession here. Its very seldom that I find a person that truly understands what I do, and the intensity of the industry and being an independent artist. I have a lot of brief conversations about what I do, but there is always a disconnect. Since last year I have made contacts and connected with various artists that do what I do, or completely get it! Having a support system is something I haven't had until this point.

The experience of being in a studio with a bunch of people who are professionally and creatively programmed similarly to me is empowering. To have someone understand my "lingo" and my feelings is where I feel at home. Having that collaboration and connection is so important in this industry. I realized the only way for me to have those connections, along with the opportunities and significant growth, is to move to a place where the music industry exists, and not only as something you see on TV and on the radio, but as a LIFE and a REALITY.

I took a trip down to LA a couple weeks ago and made the decision that that is where I'm headed. Im ready to stretch myself and be "uncomfortable" in a new place, with a new mindset, opportunities and everything that comes with that. I looked at over 20 places to live and found the one that I knew right way was home. I met some incredible people in the industry and had a meeting with my producer about what the plans are when I get there. The plan is to pack my bags and move there indefinitely this Spring!  I am pumped and ready to have a powerful 2012 and this is going to be an important part in that story! :)

Much Love,