Hey You, I Want a CD

At karaIndigoShades (1)oke the other night, a guy approached my friend while I was belting out an Alanis Morrisette song.

“She’s good,” he said. “I’d pay to hear her sing.”

“You can buy her album!” my friend said.

He didn’t. It wasn’t worth it without the Alanis Morissette covers, I guess.

BUT, as you may have guessed, that means more copies of my album are out! I loaded up when I went home for Easter, so hopefully I’m set through at least the end of the year. CDs are $10 so let me know if you’d like one!

If you don’t normally see me in person you can send me a facebook message. If you do see me in person, just say something along the lines of, “Hey you, I want a CD,” and I’ll get one to you. ūüėČ

The somewhat scattered release means that I haven’t yet taken a moment to thank some awesome people. So I really want to say thanks to Hollis and Jay at Audible Images, who did an amazing job and worked with me even while I was living in another state; and artist¬†Jess Starwood who designed the gorgeous album cover you can see above. Beautiful work by all!

A Lyrics Page and Other Exciting Things

we-climbed-slowly.jpgIf you are one of the proud owners of my album Indigo Shades, you may have noticed that the album insert directs you to Daydreams and Chocolate for the lyrics.

You may have also noticed that there were no lyrics on here.

Until now! Now there’s a separate link right next to “Music” that takes you to “Lyrics.” Right now we only have Icarus and Threnody online — because last year I saved the lyrics in a way that makes copying and pasting them really super annoying — but the others are coming!

You may have also, also noticed that I rearranged the links and replaced “Plays” with “DIY.” Yeah, I figure if I haven’t posted a thing after 2 years of intending to post the thing, I’m probably not going to post that thing. So I’m giving up on the plays.

(When I read through them, they were mostly inside jokes. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ever going to get around to revising them so that the jokes make sense to people who aren’t my high school friends. I’m not even sure they’d make sense to my high school friends anymore.)

Lately, though, I have been doing a lot of homemade art projects, so I think a DIY page is warranted. Beautiful art (or at least passably ok things that I gave as Christmas presents) will abound!

 

A New Circle

So! This week¬†I was *finally* able to visit the songwriter’s circle up in Carrboro, NC. It was well worth the trip!

Carrboro is 90 minutes from Fayetteville, and the songwriters usually meet up only 30 minutes after I get off work. This week, though, the stars aligned so that I was able to make it to most of the meeting. (It helps that I made the March work schedule, so I could give the stars a bit of a nudge.)

Everyone was full of ideas and constructive feedback.Being around people who are passionate about making music can be inspiring; when you get a room full of them, their passion is contagious. I’ve seriously missed that kind of environment. It’s a lot harder to come by¬†in Fayetteville than in Pittsburgh.

I was content to sit and listen, since I’d dashed in a good 30 minutes late minus a keyboard. But the host, Michael, noticed me hiding in the back and invited me to play. I didn’t have anything new prepared, so I shared “Moonflower Lullaby” off of my album Indigo Shades.¬†I might have mentioned Indigo Shades once or twice on this blog. ūüėČ

One good tip: I learned that the songwriters circle is run by the NC Songwriter’s Co-op. The Co-op’s function seems¬†similar¬†to that of the¬†Songwriter’s Circle back in Pittsburgh: networking, hosting special performances, helping members find gigs in the area, etc.

The area is a bit far for me, but I think I’m still going to join! They seem like a good group of people, and I hope I make it up to play with them more often.^_^

 

Snowfall (December Moon) Teaser

And here — finally — is a teaser for “Snowfall,” the fifth and final track off my album¬†Indigo Shades!

The album had a soft release after Christmas, with only 20 copies that all got scooped up by February. Awesome!

These days¬†I’m trying to figure out the most efficient way to get to the next 80 copies, which have left the studio and are now sitting in a box in my parents’ house in Pittsburgh. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, now is¬†a good time to get in touch with me about buying a copy! Otherwise you¬†may have to wait¬†until I visit the ‘rents in June.

Til then you have your lovely teasers!

 

 

Moonflower Lullaby Teaser

Welp. Guess I wasn’t as back as I thought I was. Let’s pick up where we left off with Moonflower Lullaby!

Fractals Teaser

Time to share another song from my upcoming album Indigo Shades! Here is “Fractals…”

Threnody Teaser

The teaser for “Threnody” is out!

You can listen to “Threnody” in full, but with less accompaniment, on my music page.

Icarus Teaser

Teaser time!

Here’s a 20 second clip of “Icarus,” the first track on my upcoming album:

I’ll be sharing a new teaser each week until the album comes out.¬†Enjoy!

A Return

I’m back on this blog, hopefully posting more regularly again. The album is almost done. I just got the cover sketches back from Jess Starwood, the artist who designed my beautiful logo, and the album cover looks like it will be just as gorgeous. Look for it around Christmas!

This has been … a rough year. I make no secret of the fact that I struggle with anxiety/depression, and 2016¬†in particular has been a struggle. Sometimes I hit rough patches that inspire creativity, and sometimes I hit rough patches where I just want to curl up in a ball and turn off everything in my brain. This year has been more of the latter.

I hope that particular period of my life is over, but we’ll see. Life, as always, goes by a day at a time. In the meantime, I’m proud to be finally pushing my album through to completion. I’m really in love with how fantastic it sounds (note: I may be just a little biased). So look¬†for more¬†updates on “Indigo Shades” in the coming weeks!

Happy Holidays, friends! It’s nice to be back.

Final Recording Has Happened!

The album is in the process of being mastered, and I am in the process of getting artwork for the physical CD. Eventually it will also be available for purchase online, but I have to work out the details. And honestly I get more excited about having a physical CD to hold (because in my head it’s still 1999 :p).

As an aside, I have no video of the dance competition for you, but I did participate. Y’all should know that I kicked butt and won first place! (First place in the beginner level is still a first place,right? Maybe I will even graduate to Level 2 next year!)

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