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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...
... last November when we were finishing up a tour. I wanted to do the album with Michael Lent, just Bass and Voice or a reasonable facsimile thereof. So we talked about it, we were going to try to record two albums, one of new material we were...
... Express Calgary’s Maura Shaftoe to wow ‘em at The Matchbox SILKY SOUNDS – Calgary-based singer/songwriter Maura Shaftoe performs Nov. 13 at The Matchbox.   Published: November 04, 2010 9:12 AM Fueling momentum...
... 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, really, considering that the local vocalist and her band -- David...
  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 something(s) other than...
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...
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 change behaviours, change...
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,...
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 salvation perhaps?) and let...
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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...
... the trees are budding, the sun is shining after several rainy days.  I have just had the pleasure of attending my son's high school graduation and watching the excitement and hopefulness and the expectation that life is unfolding...
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 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...
  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 nights and joyous...
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 stock. Did I...
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 album. I'm...
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 rehearse, and then you are...
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...
... I demolished a lovely Buddha in the process. I think at the time, I made a comment about Karma. For whatever reason: that it had been a gift from my son, that just because something is broken doesn't mean you toss it away, that is is...
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...
... starts, the solos are effortless, the timing is perfect, everything works and time stops or accelerates or evaporates, I don't even know how to describe it. Apparently, it is a thing - not limited to music- it is called flow. It's...
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...
... gym, trying to keep much needed cardio in my health and fitness routine.  There's music blaring, and the 5 televisions in front of the cardio area are each playing different shows, cooking, golf and Pitch Perfect ( with...
... 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 achieved something. Yes, there are definitely things on the...
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 have not...
... turns to sleet, freezes, turns to snow.  It's been overcast, seems like the sun has been hiding. The buds are on the trees, though, and the hardiest of weeds are peeking out of cracks in my sidewalk. Spring will come.  It...
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 going to be successful,...
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...
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...
... words. This took a few pauses and re-writes.  There is room for improvement. In the interest of trying to stay on schedule for posting my blog, I'm putting it out there. Give yourself the time to improve. Practice,...
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...
... you need to find your way, the way you are in the world, the way you present, the way you build and perform your art. None of that is true. You don’t NEED to find your way.  You don’t need to do anything really, or very...
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