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This is something I have never shared on this blog…not sure why cause it’s one of my favorite songs!

I turned on my keyboard found this beautiful, echoey sound and wrote this in about 2 hours! Hope you all love it as much as I do…

Snapshot 1 of piano video

Just got back from California, oh what a little sunshine can do!!

It’s 3 different ideas that will hopefully become a song.


A Song Writing experiment with Andy Othling

Snapshot 1 of piano videoAndy Othling is an amazing artist who started following my music and I in turn started following him! Last week he decided to loop a few guitar chords and posted it on his blog for anyone else to try and layer their ideas over-top of his. He’s going to pick a few of his favourite entries and feature them on his blog.

Click the link below to listen to my submission…

https://soundcloud.com/pixzgirl/andy-othling-experiment

I knew at once I was going to try and do this as I’ve always imagined some of his sounds with my piano…  But this certainly challenged me as I’ve never recorded with my mics before nor have I tried to use a software program to layer my part over another.  This took me a week and a half but I did it! So proud of myself, it’s not perfect by any means but maybe this is the push I needed to experiment with some recording tools…

Check out Andy’s music and blog!

http://music.lowercasenoises.com/

http://www.andyothling.com/about-andy-othling/

 

“Love’s Turmoil” is my journey over the past couple of months…I’ve been feeling suffocated by life, by the stresses of being a mom, by the responsibilities of teaching 17 students, by not having enough time for me and for my music!  I cut myself off from everyone, I joined an amazing yoga studio and started soul searching…”What do I really want? When do I feel most balanced and happy?”

And of course the answer is the same as it’s always been, spending more time with my children and writing and performing my songs!  I thought by teaching more it would give me more money so as I could get to the studio and start recording an album and all it did was leave me with no time to accomplish what I truly wanted.  It took awhile, but I finally made a decision to cut out over half of my students, and wow, did I feel free again!  I was able to finish my song and record it and start relaxing and just enjoying life again!

 

“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.”-K.T.Jong

 

 

 

What a long 5 months…
I was ready to give up and send the piano back to the store, but thanks to Bob Moffatt, a Master Piano Technician I am loving my new piano again!
It seems the Steinway Calgary store was in transition between dealers and I was kind of caught in between as well. What happened is the past, and I am so grateful to Steinway and Sons for sending me out Bob Moffatt, who spent two afternoons at my house fixing my piano.
I have been playing and even composing and reworking an old song! By the end of the week I will post a new recording. For now, I have posted a song I composed a year or so ago. A friend of mine, Ben McMullen recorded it and played some beautiful guitar riffs along with me.
I had forgotten about this song, it is hauntingly beautiful!
I hope you all enjoy…

I thought I would share this video today, it’s a trailer to a documentary film about our crazy music industry and what has happened, and what is happening…

This is why I struggle everyday trying to figure out how I can make a living with my music. I have all these songs, I even have some recording equipment, but in order for me to step to that next level and record an album. I need a music producer! Some would disagree, but for me I know what I want my finished songs to sound like. There are layers in my head, and I do not have the technical skills or the equipment to make these come to life without some help. Unfortunately here’s reality…It costs about $1500 to record one song in the studio, and with the music industry allowing people to download that song for free or for a donation, how does that pay for the cost of an album?…

It is not easy being a musician, having a passion and wanting to share it!

This doesn’t stop me from writing music or playing the piano, actually I can’t stop, it is the only time when I feel completely free of everything in this stressful life! I have to play it is my sanity and my sanctuary!!

This is a very emotional piece for me…

I started this back in November, you may remember it as I started a video log for it. Every time I went to the piano to work on this piece I was in a very emotional state, over my music and my life as a mom… I so badly want more time for music but my schedule of being a mom doesn’t always allow it.
I just start playing around and developing a new idea and then off we have to go on these big road trips to the US for my boys motocross racing, and if we’re not racing we’re helping them train or practice.  It’s a crazy life!!  I do  love it and I am so happy they are so very passionate and talented at something at such a young age, but it is definitely hard to balance, it’s like I have two lives!
This is what this song is about, my struggles emotionally with trying to balance my life.