Valentines is upon is! This holiday essentially means not a whole lot to me- I believe if you love someone you should love them the whole year and not just a day- but I get the romantic gesture. I do love love
The big event in my Valentines weekend is that I have 4 shows with a comedy troupe and I actually get to partake in some improv myself! I haven’t done it in quite some time and feel a bit rusty with only 5 rehearsals under my belt but it’s going to be a ton of fun! I’ve always loved improv, it’s so organic and amusing. Watching good improv makes it seem so effortless but in reality it’s quite challenging-to be instantly clever and funny (although I think I have a knack lol).
I used to do musical theatre and some one act plays back in high school and actually debated pursuing drama instead of music when I was headed to college. Ultimately, music was my one true love and passion but drama takes a close second. I wish I had a bit more time, I would totally join the ‘B-Side’ improv team if I could but alas music is a full time job for me.
Ah love, I do have a poster in my room that says ‘music is my first love’ and so true it is. Even in a relationship, music may actually come slightly higher. It’s my constant companion and I can’t imagine my life without music everyday. Hearing new music is like an unquenchable thirst, I can never get enough and I never tire of hearing the same song over and over…and over again! Then there’s the songs that stay with you always, the songs that just hit you on the first listen and you can’t shake that intense love for the music. For me, many of those songs come from the Beach Boys massive inventory- so many gems that never cease to amaze me.
I do love love from a relationship to. I love the new feeling of being in love, I love comfortable love, I love passionate love and I love enduring and unconditional love. I’m lucky to have many people in my life who give me these types of love. What I’ve learned, and a lot over this past year, is self love. I’ve learned to spend time alone and enjoy it again and I’ve learned that there’s a lot about myself to love and to remind myself of that.
To sum it all up- love is great so many forms! There are so many things in my life right now that I’m lucky enough to have and be doing and I have to say- I do love my life (in a completely humble way).
To all of you out there, enjoy Valentines by yourself or with someone, have a great long family day weekend and do something nice for someone-or yourself!
A song about love that I happen to really love!
Hello friends. It’s 2014 and already February, just ridiculously hard to believe. Time keeps moving by so quickly and I’m so busy I can hardly remember to think.
Already in 2014 I’ve had some really great and not so great moments. I’ve had a great long Christmas holiday with my family then the opportunity go to Mexico for my birthday. There was a lot of fun to be had, even went to the Mayan Ruins which was so amazing. Coming from Canada, any chance to get more warmth and sunshine is a blessing. We’ve had a particularly snowy winter (even for us) and it’s been tough for me since I despise the cold. I really hope to live at least one yr of my life without winter (hopefully next year!).
I’ve already had a lot of fun with the people around me, I have such an amazing group of friends it’s not even funny. There’s a lot of music in my life which is great too, I’ve actually taken up learning to play the ukelele because guitar is just too hard for my little delicate fingers (ha!) and it’s been fun. I also bought a melodica to start playing at shows and it’s quite the entertaining instrument!
Personally I’m learning time to myself isn’t as bad as I sometimes make it out to be. I’ve been spending time doing things for me- walking the dogs, making MY music, joining exercise classes, swimming, eating healthy, spending time with friends and family and trying stay positive about something everyday. I do feel this year will bring lots of adventures and good memories. I’m struggling slightly with some issues of the heart which everyone does at different times in their lives. I just hope to find peace and respect and not have any ‘drama’ in my life as much as possible. *sigh*
I’m currently in the planning stages of a larger Canadian tour for this summer and I’m very excited about it. We’re also playing some really fun shows around my local scene and getting ready to record some new tunes. We’re jamming with a band for some of our shows as well which is a lot of fun! So there’s lots of excitement involved around that project.
Anyway just thought I’d send an update about my new year so far. I hope yours is going just as smooth.
Christmas 2013 already! Hard to believe, time really does start moving faster as you get older.
I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really had time to think about Christmas or get in the spirit. Christmas is probably my favorite holiday too so I’m gonna need to sit down with some eggnog and Christmas lights and music or something to get into it Actually this year I’ll be spending Christmas in the mountains (of Alberta) which I’m very excited about. Should be the perfect setting to get that warm fuzzy feeling of the holidays, all the snow covered mountains and lights and cabins. I’m hoping to get to a hot springs which I have never done in the winter. I’d go skiing/snowboarding if I had any sense of balance, which sadly I don’t.
As the years go by I care less and less about presents and more about spending time with my family. I luckily get the 2 weeks off because my students have it off, so I have some time to actually go home for a couple days and live like when I was a teenager (ha!), just eat and relax, talk, watch some shows, play some games, all that jazz. I then get some time with my friends for New Years and get some work done for 2014. Then bang, beginning of January is my birthday, another year gone. So lots happening this time of year. I’m hoping to hunker down and do a little writing/recording since I seem to have less and less time for it these days. I would also like to go tobogganing at some point, that’s probably the only winter activity I enjoy. I was seriously not meant for Canadian winters. The one thing I’d like as a ‘gift’ for myself is to go on a vacation I would also like to move outta this country for a while for next winter so we’ll see what happens, I feel great change and excitement in the air!
Well I’m going to leave you with this video from my 2012 Christmas album. ‘Little Drummer boy’, I hope it helps you get into the spirit of Christmas!
So if you’re here you may already know I am a musician, I love writing/recording music and I love the Beach Boys! It’s been a while since I started changing my website and I’m finally ready to update and intend to stay current.
Let me tell you a bit about my life in the last year and about what I hope to see in my future. I’ve had a great time as a musician. I play in another band, which is a comedy/music duo and we’ve been gaining more momentum. I went on my first tour with this band and had the time of my life! We went through the province of B.C and saw the most gorgeous scenery- mountains, pure blue lakes, the ocean and lush greenery. Along the way we met some amazing people and lucked out by staying in some lovely accommodations. We got some great connections and made many folks laugh/feel uncomfortable- needless to say one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had! We’ve played in bars, comedy clubs, theatres and festivals over the past couple years and have so many memories. We sit back many a moment and ponder on how we can get paid to have fun and be so ridiculous, truly my idea of living the (current) dream.
In terms of other aspects of my life I’ve had a lot going on. I’m in my second year of teaching voice lessons, which has been such an experience. I’ve taught people of all ages and all skill levels. It’s sometimes trying but it has proven to be one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve had. I’m so grateful that I am able to have music be my entire income right now and that I can share music with so many people. I’ve had a lot of personal change and growth as well. It seems as I get a little older I’m learning more and more about myself and about relationships. I’m learning what I need and what I want out of life. It’s easy to lose ones focus from time to time-I’ve always been a person who goes ‘all in’ with almost everything in my life. Sometimes you stray off your path a bit to explore but hopefully you find your way back with more strength and wisdom than before. I’m taking time everyday to learn what it is I want out of this life and I’m happy I seem to be discovering more and more about how to stay on my path.
Earlier I said current dream, why I say this is because I have dreams more grand then what I’m currently doing. I wouldn’t trade my experiences thus far but I can visualize so much more in the future. The band I play with has so much potential and I know great things are in our reach. At some point I hope I would be able to focus more on my own music, to the point that I can at least already have some people interested in what I’m doing enough to look into my own (non-comical) music. I have a passion to write, especially pop music and for some reason, slow, pretty melodies. I also love the recording process- hearing layers and layers of melodies and harmonies stack up into something huge and full and real. I would love to be in a bigger recording studio someday working with people who can teach me more about this process. Until then I will continue to work from my humble home studio
I believe that there is so much in my life yet to unfold. I’ve had a couple great chapters already, filled with both good and bad but mostly of great experiences. I know there are more chapters yet to be and I know that it’s only going to be greater from here on out. In closing I’m a lucky girl- I have music, wonderful people around me, amazingly fun and rewarding jobs, two ADORABLE dogs (just sayin’) and a bright, strange and exciting future. Side note- I’m super into learning about planets/galaxies/space right now, weird right?
Brand new video-Baby Blue- Beach Boys- it’s beautiful.
Hi everyone, I’m in the middle of putting together a new website. Check back soon and I should have things in order.