Calling all t(w)een aspiring songwriters! Lacey Brown, Tigerlily Cooley (of Bleachbear) & I are facilitating an awesome songwriting workshop for girls, ages 10-16, on September 13th (10am-12noon) at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.
We'll be discussing and experimenting with the following concepts: creativity, expression, music theory, "the inner critical voice," song prompts, musical form, and more!
The last week(end) at the Grünewald Guild was awesome. My collection of mentors and peers at the Guild were able to give me what I need as I finish up writing the remaining songs for my debut solo album: valuable advice, critiques, edits and encouragement. One conversation in particular struck to the core of my being...
Some of you may already know this, but I was diagnosed with an Essential Tremor in my right hand (my cello bow arm) in December of 2013. The day the neurologist told me, I was moving out of my beloved apartment for financial reasons, so I was too stressed to really let the news sink in...
"There was a moment when I was back at home after the concert, I hit me like a ton of bricks. I could never take back what had just happened that evening. Those songs and what I contributed to the evening was forever engrained in our audiences' memory bank."
I am eternally grateful to whoever is in charge 'out there' for placing me in such a nurturing location, as the Grünewald Guild. I am literally protected by mountains. MOUNTAINS!!! and find myself in the midst of such wonderful folks. They aren't asking me, as an artist, to do or be anyone else other than who I am and want to be.
If I'm being honest, it was the first full-set of sit-down-and-listen-to-this concert that I'd performed absolutely solo. And considering I've been a musician for years and years and years - that is kind of shocking. Like really shocking. At least to me. Why has it taken me so long?!