Friday, July 29, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I'm a member of the Soundcheck Series here in Salt Lake. They are a fantastic "organization that helps aspiring artists - such as myself - achieve their greatest potential." That, my friends, was taken directly from their website - word for word. They offer these amazing workshops where you can listen and learn from people in the music industry. It's a great place to network and meet new people.
Brooke was different than I expected (she was really tiny!). I thought she would have been affected by all the fame and attention she received from American Idol, but she was down to earth and really truthful about the music industry as a whole. She took time to talk to all of us individually. She must have been there all night - exhausting. I have a new perspective of what the music business really looks like and how much work it actually takes to be successful. I'm pretty sure that I'm not working hard enough, so it's time to kick it into gear. People are always asking me, "how is your music coming, have you written anything new, when are you going to do another album?" I smile and say that I'm working on it or sometime next year or in the fall. At this rate, I will release my next album when monkeys fly out of my butt - that sounds downright painful. Brooke said something really remarkable. Someone asked her what keeps her motivated to move forward. She responded by saying "I don't know". Pretty profound right. But she followed it up by saying that music is just a part of her and that this is just something she HAS to continue doing. I hear ya sista!
I hear songs in my sleep, I create melodies in the shower, I find lyrics in reality TV - who does that. It's just a part of me and the more I try to put it off, the more frustrated I become. I love the songs that I am creating lately. Some are fun and quirky and some come straight from my gut. Some jump onto the page and others are painstakingly emerging over days or weeks. Some I love and some I will probably throw away. But the point is, I'm writing and loving it. Will another album be out in the fall - not likely. In a year - hopefully! I just need to get all my ducks in a row (or as Brooke put it - eggs in a row - huh?!) I'm grateful for great examples in the music industry that motivate me and empathize with me - including the super talented Brooke White.
Monday, March 1, 2010
As I walked through the prison gates, and then through several doors, I felt trapped. They checked our equipment and allowed us entrance to the prison grounds. Secretly I worried they would never let me out!! But once I entered the prison chapel, I felt like I had just walked into any other LDS ward house. The spirit was the same.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Since music is such a big part of my life, I thought I would share. I only have 1 recorded Christmas song in my repertoire, so you may have heard this one already. I wrote this song from Mary's perspective. I can only imagine what joy she must have felt on that sacred night when she held the Christ child in her arms for the first time. As a mother, I have never felt closer to God, then in those precious moments following the birth of my own children, as I held them and kissed them, my joy was full.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
That must have been a good day~
(My mom, with all 7 daughters and 1 daughter in law.
Aren't we a hot bunch!)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
All good things must come to an end. Yes, I know, it's only the middle of August. But the day my children enter the school grounds with backpacks in tow, the fast pace returns and the lazy days of summer are gone for a spell.
As I walk my children to school, they catch up with their friends on the sidewalk and are a bit annoyed that their mother is in tow, along with the handy dandy camera. Such an exciting day. New friends, new teacher, new backpack. No kisses please! They pose for the camera and then they're off on a new adventure - without me...
Shortly the weather will start to cool and the leaves will fall from the trees. With colder weather comes change. Do I like change? I accept it. My children grow. Every day a new adventure.