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  1. the best laid plans

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    At times in my life, things have not gone according to plan.  Or it felt that way. Sometimes you have a plan, or you are calling it a plan, but, really, it is a loose… read more

  2. My Gig Days Request

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I've wanted to put this out there for a while.  More for myself than anyone else really. So I can get clear on my expectations and what works for me on gigging… read more

  3. Finding your way or caring less so you can care more

    By Maura on Sep 04, 2017

          September 4th, 2017   Finding your way or caring less so you can care more   Eventually, you need to find your way, the way you are in the… read more

  4. The things that can chip away

    By Maura on Aug 13, 2017

    The things that can chip away… August 13, 2017  There’s a thing that can happen. With subtlety or obvious effect. It’s a thing we do to ourselves mostly,… read more

  5. Inspiration

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I am often asked where the inspiration comes for my lyrics. It could be from anywhere, a newspaper article, a remembered encounter, a timeless regret, or someone… read more

  6. Committed

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I am re-starting, re-focusing, re-energizing, spending more time in and on my music and getting that music and any message I may have out into the world. I committed to… read more

  7. Patience

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    Not everything I write down in my pre-blog notebook hits the page of my blog.  Sometimes I can't find the right words. This took a few pauses and re-writes.  There… read more

  8. Make Space for Creating

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I've got a list. Some of it is still in my head. Some of it is written down. I keep thinking if I accomplish everything on it, I'll be ok, successful,… read more

  9. Signs

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I'm waiting for a sign. Then I'll know what to do or know it's the right decision. It's a sign, I knew I shouldn't have tried this.  It's not… read more

  10. My Friend

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

      January 7, 2014 It's January.  There is more snow on the ground than I've seen in years.  The holidays are over, the days are getting longer.  We've… read more

  11. The Width of our Lives

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    Embarking on this weekly blog journey has been enlightening: a mini-discovery of what I spend my time thinking about and if any of those thoughts bear sharing. Texting a… read more

  12. New Year, Fresh Start

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    It feels like a blessing.  Every year I get to hit the reset button on New Year's Eve.  Get to have a fresh start, make different choices, make better choices.  Take… read more

  13. What counts

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I had a great night. Invited to do a house concert in a lovely, welcoming home. Two talented musicians accompanied me. Before the gig started we were discussing bar… read more

  14. Sailing

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 19, 2017 I sent out a facebook request for blog ideas, thanks to everyone who pm'd me.  You'll probably recognize your idea in the coming while. I… read more

  15. The best of the season..

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

      The circle of life, of the seasons, of the saddest and happiest of seasons, it's Christmastime.  The winter solstice is almost here.  The days of long, dark… read more

  16. Hard Work?

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 12, 2017 I have always considered myself a "hard worker"  I have achieved some success at whatever I turned my hand to, until I didn't.  Sometimes I worked… read more

  17. Milestones and fresh starts

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    It is Sunday morning, the birds are singing, the trees are budding, the sun is shining after several rainy days.  I have just had the pleasure of attending my son's high… read more

  18. My first interview

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 14, 2012 This article was the first time I'd ever been interviewed, I was opening the Jazz Festival by default, the Cuban band that was supposed to be opening… read more

  19. #makemeamemory

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    May 16, 2017 Yes, it's almost here It's been a long time coming. It would be great to have you out, you can find tickets… read more

  20. The business of Playing Live

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    May 1, 2016 There's a thing that happens sometimes when you play live, you consider your sets, the songs, the order, the keys they are in, the musical journey, you… read more

  21. on scarves and other things

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    Mar 25, 2013 Today a friend commented on the scarf I was wearing, and asked where it was from.  I said I had bought it for my mum on our last trip together. I came… read more

  22. with Gratitude

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    April 24, 2012 I recently had the great pleasure of performing at a house concert with two talented young musicians, Justin Hazel and Jeff Gammon.  It was great to… read more

  23. On staying focussed or otherwise known as not majoring in the minors

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

      I find myself on this wintry spring day trying to regain my focus and by focus, I mean focus on music.  I am a working musician, and by that I mean, I work at… read more

  24. Getting by

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I didn't buy any groceries last week. I do that sometimes, intentionally.  Not last week though, I ran out of time, decided tea with a friend was more important (it… read more

  25. God Bless You Merry Gentlemen

    By Maura on Jul 05, 2017

    December 18th, 2013 Christmas, I love this time of year, I happily sing along to the carols playing in every store, much to the chagrin of anyone accompanying… read more

  26. Thursday = Salvation Day

    By Clare on Jul 06, 2017

    February 28, 2013 Happy Thursday! Here is another video compilation for you to enjoy: Salvation Day. Please feel free to share (give someone else's day a little… read more

  27. Finding Flow

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    March 5, 2017 There is a thing that happens when I'm performing sometimes, the set starts, the singing starts, the solos are effortless, the timing is perfect,… read more

  28. Concert with Maura Shaftoe

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    June 24th, 2012 Great event last night, thanks to everyone for their help and support! Definitely some moments of brilliance, here's to letting your light shine,… read more

  29. Making Changes

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    So this is the thing, I've been coming to the realization lately that real change, real longlasting, life altering change is difficult. It seems no matter the effort to… read more

  30. Rebuilding

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    January 29th, 2017 Earlier in the year, as I swung at a pesky mosquito while vacuuming, I demolished a lovely Buddha in the process. I think at the time, I made a… read more

  31. January-my yearly fresh start

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    Every January, I STOP, stop watching television, checking social media, going to movies. I take the time to rethink, refresh, reset. I have the time to do the things I… read more

  32. Great things are happening

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    March 5, 2016 I haven't been on here in a while, that doesn't mean I haven't been busy making music though!  We just recorded a demo with 3 tracks for my next… read more

  33. on getting out of my own way again

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 1, 2013 The title of this blog is: On getting out of my own way again. . The again is because I actually wrote this in June of last year, and got in my own way and… read more

  34. The Little Things

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    April 16, 2012 Sunday morning my cell phone rang, my sister from Ontario called to say it was the first time she had heard me singing on the radio in real time, without me… read more

  35. Red Deer Express Interview

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 14th, 2012 Red Deer Express Calgary’s Maura Shaftoe to wow ‘em at The Matchbox SILKY SOUNDS – Calgary-based singer/songwriter Maura Shaftoe performs… read more

  36. Wrapping up Christmas

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    The break is almost officially over, some students are not yet back at school, my Christmas decorations come down to be boxed away for another year after January 6, some… read more

  37. Damn Early Risers

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

      A person I admire tremendously invited me to join a group of people getting up at 4:15 am for 21 weekdays. When she invites me to do anything, I have found accepting… read more

  38. Setting your art free

    By Maura on Jul 01, 2017

    I've been noticing a phrase that I'm using in my blogs and conversations when I talk about art.  I talk about releasing art in the world and setting it… read more

  39. Singer's Life Lessons Fuel Her Music

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    February 11, 2012 Singer's Life Lessons Fuel Her Music Annalise Klingbeil   For Neighbours   Thursday, December 23, 2010   While the birth of… read more

  40. On being

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    November 21, 2011 I have a myriad of interests to which I apply myself at times wholeheartedly with determination and focus and at times with the casual indifference with… read more

  41. How we named the New Christmas Album

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    December 9, 2011 How we arrived at the title for the Christmas Album    We started talking about this Album last November when we were finishing up a tour. I… read more

  42. Tidings of Comfort and Joy

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    November 21, 2011 Night is falling; the frost is a cold blanket. The snow will soon soften the outlines of the world. We’ll begin to think of family celebrations and… read more

  43. Fear of Missing Out

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    April 9, 2017 I'm multi-tasking.  I'm at the gym, trying to keep much needed cardio in my health and fitness routine.  There's music blaring, and the 5… read more

  44. Regrets

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    April 23, 2017 Regrets. . Regret. . . Regretting. I've been thinking about regret. I have a line in one of my songs, "regrets and all they cost" Things I have and… read more

  45. Spring Cleaning

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    April 30, 2017 Spring keeps teasing us this year. The refreshing rain turns to sleet, freezes, turns to snow.  It's been overcast, seems like the sun has been… read more

  46. Music to live by

    By Maura on Jul 06, 2017

    March 17, 2017 A few years ago, my son and I took a road trip He had updated my Ipod with songs from Bob Marley and Johnny Cash to Years and Years, Frank Turner, Neon… read more

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