Another lovely day in the studio. I know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men, but I'm feeling like we are really on track to see this through to a finished CD by the end of February.
I sat down with my guitar today and called in Freya while recording Freya's Lullaby. I called in Cerridwen whilst recording the vocals for Cerridwen's Cauldron. Even brought in a bit of Oshun as I played and sang Mojo. I most definitely did NOT call on Coyote while performing Coyote's Tattoo ...
I'll be back at it Thursday - playing percussion and adding bits here and there! Really looking forward to sharing some pre-mix music in the next couple of weeks.
Love my life! Have a great week.
Wow! We got so much accomplished in the studio today - working on the new CD "Undertaker's Daughter." No music to share just yet, but in a couple weeks I might have one or two pre-mixes for everyone to hear. This is one of those days when I am over-the-top grateful to be playing music! Love my life! Have an awesome week.
No sleep for me last night, as my mind raced and ran through all the things I wanted to do in the studio today. I tend to do this before any grand adventure ... and had a great afternoon recording some of "Undertaker's Daughter" and "Waking Panther." Things are already beginning to fall in place. Nothing complete yet, but I'll post snippets and some photos as I gather them.
That moment when the creation you have imagined and re-imagined and re-re-imagined finally begins to manifest ... truly do love my life.
Have a great week, and do something that makes you smile!
I am so incredibly grateful for this amazing 2013. Awesome inspiration throughout the year. Wonderful inspiration. New music, and spectacular friends new and old who listened, hosted, and sang along. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I am looking forward to sharing this amazing, bardic journey as we step into 2014! A new CD is in the works ... somehow, it has turned into a bit of a tribute to my Dad. I'll keep you posted as "Undertaker's Daughter" is crafted over the next month.
Brightest Blessings for the New Year!
What a beautiful weekend in Miami, FL! Deeply spiritual, crazy fun, meaningful workshops, sweet connections with friends new and old. And I almost don't have words for how grateful I am for all who attended my afternoon concert and the stealth midnight concert! You gave me so much lovely energy - I just got out of the Divine One's way and let it all flow. The wonderful Justin Robles got some of the unplugged (i.e, Mama Gina up way past her bedtime) frame drum stories (The Brownie Song, Old Snake Woman, and Waking Panther) on video and you can watch and listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOVxuS8YDqQ. Thank you, Justin! And thanks to everyone at Turning the Tide in Miami for providing such a beautiful space for us to connect, reflect and grow this weekend.
I played a couple of new places this weekend: RockMyGypsySoul in Hudson, FL and Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Orlando, FL. Both Friday and Saturday evening concerts were intimate, yet mighty full of emotion and energy. Thank you so much to all the new faces and friends who joined me this weekend. So happy to be on this journey with your support. Road tested a new song that will eventually find space on my little digital recorder - Goddess Walking in This World. Thanks for singing along and sharing the moment!
While I was out playing the last couple weeks, and not looking at my reverbnation page, I crossed the 1,000 fan number. You are 1,003 strong and counting, and I am so very grateful! Thank you for listening, thank you for sharing, and thank you for purchasing the CD. I could not do this without each and every one of you. Have an awesome week! I know I will.
What a lovely time I had at Florida Pagan Gathering in Lake Wales, FL last week. I had the incredible opportunity to share my heart an play music for everyone who attended my concert, and who wandered by my camp and the authors'/musicians' tent! Wow! From initimate, heart-to-heart moments (Waking Panther) to everyone playing along and channeling his/her inner Janis (One Tribe) - I loved every second of every day at the festival.
And I was so blessed to be asked to write a special birthday song for a special birthday girl. With permission, I have uploaded "The Day That My Raven Was Born," and you can listen to it right here on reverbnation. The surprise, midnight birthday concert was a success ... we laughed, we cried, we giggled, we celebrated. I am so happy to have been a part of it.
Blissed out and loving my life! Stay tuned ... it just gets better.
Returned to some of my old haunts in SC this week. Visiting friends on Johns Island, burying my toes in the sand on Folly Beach (then putting my shoes right back on - a sweet chill is in the air), and planning to browse the market downtown this week. I love this part of the country and I love the people. I'll be here another week, and I'm already promising that it won't take me years to return.
I was most honored to play a set for a Samhain party Saturday night. I watched them transform a simple room into the perfect Halloween celebration. Great music, dancing, food, costume contest, and a sweet Samhain ritual near the end of the evening. What a lovely way to celebrate and remember our honored ancestors.
I truly enjoyed playing this party, and thinking on it now - this was my very first concert where I knew absolutely no one in the room. Ah, but, I had friends by the end of the concert. I met folks from all over the Charleston area, and some folks even came from Columbia! My heartfelt gratitude to all for inviting me to play in your space and allowing me to make it my space, as well.
I have some free time tonight, so I'm headed out to an open mic on King Street - hoping for friendly muggles, good food, and sweet music all around!
Have a beautiful week ... I certainly will.
Just a few days into this new chapter in my life ... pursuing all I love and sharing it, and trusting this path I have chosen. Harvest Rhythm is a beautiful weekend festival located at All World Acres in Plant City, FL, a sanctuary for all paths and those who are willing to respect the land and the beautiful folks who participate in that community. Saturday night's audience of friends and family was amazing, awesome, inspiring - I felt so much love and support from everyone who listened and let the music take them between the worlds. So honored to have been able to be part of that journey. Much of the music I write cracks me wide open during the creative process - and sharing the music with others allows me to see the process continue as the light flows through all our broken souls, connecting us and crafting something greater than each individual. Yeah, sounding rather New-Agey. But true, nonetheless.
It seems one of the best moments of the concert was one I didn't witness. I play Waking Panther singing into my frame drum, eyes closed, and deep in meditation. I heard people whispering throughout, but never opened my eyes or left my own space. As it turns out, Loki, one of the property cats and the only cat I have ever met who has eyebrows, put on quite a show during Waking Panther - walking and stopping in all the appropriate parts of the song. One friend said that it was as if he was invoking Panther right there on the stage. Pretty cool energy.
All World Acres is such an inspirational and peaceful place. Off stage, I fleshed out a bit more of a new meditation/celebration frame drum and voice piece that I am working on: Selah. Looking forward to sharing it down the road.
Listen in the spaces between the spaces, find your true center, and have a beautiful week. I'm playing later this October in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. Hope to see you down the road!