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... an instigator. An optimist and a pragmatist. Self centred and magnanimous. Opinionated and forgiving. A parent, singer, manager, fitness enthusiast, music promoter ; with parent being the most rewarding and constant of all the things I...
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...
... 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 Matchbox.   Published: November 04, 2010 9:12 AM Fueling...
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 the festival hadn't...
  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,...
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...
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 school graduation...
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...
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...
... set myself free. I am not that person, that stick to one thing and stick to what I know person.  I am a lyricist, a singer, a writer, I practice yoga, I love martial arts, I've danced Bollywood, I make crafts, and bake, I love...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
      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...
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