Let’s Give Thanks for First Times

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Giving thanks in a very profound way this Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday after all. This year I am grateful for so much including all the support I have received for my new project THE PASS.

When I do anything for the first time, it’s a big deal. There’s the initial idea, the process of putting it together and the emotions that go with attempting something new.  Then there’s the Euphoria once I do it… I actually did it! Next up, what’s next?

THE PASS had its first run through last night at Gretchen Cryer’s house with Brendan Littlefield at the piano and yours truly singing and reading the 16 vignettes created to tell my story. I was in a very numb state of mind before and after the run through. I was pushing myself so hard to get it done and then realized it had taken me less than a year to put it together. I am so very excited to keep polishing the show and share it!

Here’s a photo of myself with Gretchen Cryer, my teacher and director and pianist Brendan Littlefield just after we did the run through. It was the first time we all met and first time since I finished the script and added the songs in order, and it went thanksgivingly well.

Facing the Spotlight: Tips on Bringing My Best Self to the Game

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My whole life, singing has been as natural to me as breathing. Now that I’m getting ready to perform my one-woman show “The Pass”  I have to prepare for a more rigorous performance schedule. When you’ve been doing something your whole life naturally how do you discipline yourself, especially as you get older, to keep up the stamina? (And I’m not talking about sex!)

Before holding a concert this past Oct. 16 I had rehearsed two months once a week, including 2 back-to-back rehearsals the days before the concert. This meant 10 hours of singing 3 days in a row. I found myself having to prepare both mentally and physically.

Here’s What Helped:

Self-Affirmations

Increased Exercise Routines—took long walks, bumped up the cardio

Practiced Breathing Techniques

Started Using a Vaporizer with Essential Oils on an Increased Basis

Ate Less Milk Products (Milk Not Good for the Vocal Cords) & NO Spicy Foods (which Contract the Vocal Chords).  Started A Vegetarian-Based Diet Two Weeks Prior to the Show And Am Cutting Down on My Carbs and Sugar.

Getting 7 or 8 Hours of Sleep Per Night

Limited My Caffeine, Switched to Tea with Fresh Ginger, Honey & Lemon—Amazing!

Indulged in Warm Baths

I am happy to say it was well worth it.

Wild Stallions Must Be Free

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As America gets ready to celebrate the 4th of July, I am reflecting on my own independence. The rock n roll business can  take your individuality away, if one is not careful. I was always aware of this poignant fact.  I had to reach deep to remain true to myself while looking to forward my success and forge my own personal and musical identity.  As a young artist I was unable to keep my stride in the presence of all the struggle. In 1997 I became an independent artist and began recording my debut album SELF on my own terms and using my own money.  It was not until I decided to become totally independent that I began to understand the power of one’s own determination without conflict and turmoil from outside sources that are suppose to be on your side.

On this 4th of July I salute all independent thinkers. Some of us start there and some of us travel long and winding roads to get there. Now let me get started on my barbecue as this is the ideal time for me to devour one of my favorite holiday treats!

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