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... of family celebrations and travelling and well, Christmas. That’s what I thought of when I started to choose the songs for my Christmas album. Listening to Christmas CD’s in the car with the air conditioning on and singing...
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...
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 wanted to do the album...
... 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...
... been compared to the grand dames of jazz -- Holiday, Vaughn, Simone -- and possibly that's because she approaches the songs in a manner that emphasizes a strong personal connection with the material. "I relate to music emotionally ......
... waking up in the middle of the night singing in my head.  Recently, I was at an awards show in my dreams and one of my songs was being performed by someone famous(read, someone other than me!) It was a great song, after all it had just won a...
... say, I'm doing an interview listen to me.  She unplugged her headphones and woke her husband to let him know. The song playing was a cover I did of Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of by U2, and sadly this week it is an...
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...
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...
... warm for a while, you've been working hard for a longtime. I'll let you know when I've written my next song, posted my next video or booked my next gig.  You can check in with me then, keep me on my toes, make sure I'm...
  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...
... walking helps, I think it helps find and set a meter for the rhyme, and the pace of the song.  At times, I strive for the rhyme and at others, I turn away. I might embrace a common turn of phrase or reach...
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...
... requisite guilt that comes from ignoring the list. The next morning, on the bike at the gym, I got the start of a new song. I wrote the lyrics down before I forgot and silently hummed a melody line in my head.  I gave a thought to 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...
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...
... did I do? I reached out, got a new producer, Mike Lent, we went on to record three albums together, write some songs, tour together, and are fast friends. When I started my second album, my mother passed away.  She was a long...
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...
... coming to my gigs. People who know someone who knows someone who said it was worth checking out, people who heard the songs on the radio, itunes, spotify, somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I love it when friends and friends of friends...
... a difference. I want to do what I do anyway. There’s the rub. For me, to listen for and build stories, make songs, put on a live performance, I am better if I let go of my expectations and other’s expectations for and of...
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