Elsa Nilsson / Blog

Seattle here I come!

I just bought my tickets to Seattle for the August trip. The reality of going is making some things come to light that I haven't thought about in a while. The main thing I am thinking about is how much I've changed since leaving Seattle. I have so many things to be grateful for that have happened in the last three years. If you'll indulge me, I'd love to share some with you.

First off, living in New York has allowed me to play with so many of my heroes that I used to just dream about. I've been able to pick up snippets of information from each of them, and needless to say I will be working on them for years to come. It feels so incredible to be told I am on the right path by people I admire. This week I've been working on an exercise I got from Chris Potter. It is an extended process and takes me over an hour to get through. I pace in circles when I practice something difficult, a habit I am trying to break, but it's not conscious so I don't notice I'm doing it until I get dizzy. This has been a dizzy week!

Naturally, a big part of living in New York is getting tougher skin. I used to be scared to go to jam sessions by myself in Seattle. I'd do it anyways, but it wasn't easy. Now I'm doing it in New York. Just the confidence I have gained here and the willingness to take risks, both musically and in every day life, makes me so grateful that I was able to move here when I did.

And then there is the new record that is about to be released. I am my own toughest critic and normally I take pride in things right when I finish them, but then two or three months later I start to question and analyze to the point where I no longer enjoy the work I did. This new record was recorded in December, and I am still immensely proud of it. All the things I have learned since moving here show in this record, and the step forward from the previous one is just incredible. I can't wait to get to share it with you.

These are the three big things I can think of right now. I'm sure more will come. please check back!

Birthday songs

So this thing of birthday songs has gotten out of hand. I jokingly offered one to a friend, and it has caught on. Now I am very backed up with songs to write for people I love. Sorry, your birthday song might be a month late. Time to get to work though, songs don't write themselves except for when they do. :)