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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 travelling and well,...
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 which you might treat a...
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 people call that little...
... Neighbours   Thursday, December 23, 2010   While the birth of her son 15 years ago inspired maura Shaftoe to pursue her love of music, it was the death of her parents that heavily influenced her latest work....
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 Nov. 13 at The...
... hadn't made it in time. Calgary Sun Mike Bell Originally Published June 22, 2001 Chances are you'll catch maura Shaftoe with her head down saying a little prayer before her show tonight at the Holiday Inn. It's understandable,...
... good at, while I manage to manage the things I perform with dazzling mediocrity.   See you...
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 calling to say, I'm...
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 rehearse and perform with...
... love, to become a better musician more willing to put my music where my heart is.  Please keep...
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, wherever you...
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 didn't hit publish,...
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 home to a letter...
... my friends, my music, forwarding healthy lifestyles in the world, and living with intention. Have a great...
... to the carols playing in every store, much to the chagrin of anyone accompanying me.  Merry...
  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 turned the...
... that, because there is nothing to be over.  Here's to you, present and gone, and to us, at Christmastime. Love...
... be trying again, putting one foot in front of the other. All the best for your New Year, whenever you start...
... some musical chances. We are going to make some beautiful noise. Please connect to my mailing list on www.maurashaftoe.ca or send me an email at...
... the lights go down. Take a deep breath Get your feet on the ground and do what you came to...
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 say are important,...
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 write a regular blog. I...
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 else's story. I might get 1...
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 comment about Karma. For...
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 close friend this week, I...
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 hard...
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 might take it in a...
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, everything works and time stops...
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 Trees. We drove for...
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 free. Whether we are creating a...
  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 the offer( mostly...
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 televisions in front...
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, valuable, have actually...
... have a new album coming out soon, I am not going to regret telling everyone about...
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 hiding. The buds are...
... is May 25th at the Ironwood, in Calgary, if you are in the neighboourhood, please buy tickets and come on...
... been a long time coming. It would be great to have you out, you can find tickets below   https://maura-shaftoe.ticketleap.com   Let's make some beautiful...
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 connection of thoughts...
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 is room for...
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 days. It's all a big...
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