Monday, March 10, 2014

Guitar tracks are Complete! #GettingErDone

It's time! I can barely contain myself. We're getting this album done! Last week, I recorded rhythm tracks and pretty finger picking tracks to 7 songs.

I often worry too much during recording sessions. I suffer from "Recording Light Pressure"... I named it myself. It's the state of panic that occurs when the record button is pressed. I know it's absurd considering I perform in public, but recording really is a completely different vibe. I get anxious when that button is pressed and only when I'm trying to record guitar or keys. I feel relaxed when I'm laying down vocal tracks. I did fine though. Instead of downright panic, my entire body would tense until the stop button was pressed. But, you can't HEAR my body tensing up so we're good. Aside from that, the process wasn't painful at all. I kind of enjoyed it.

In a little over a week, when schedules slow down, Darbs will come in and lay down some drum tracks. I know it seems backwards but all the guitar tracks were recorded to a metronome, so it's good!

It has been such a long road to get to this point and I am so thrilled to see progress. I am so fortunate to have good people helping me with the process.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Inspiring Times

It would be a lie if I told you that I was a fan of the cold. As beautiful as it may be, I am a sun baby. I do love it when the weather warms, even if it is only Mother Nature's way of teasing us. It is so inspiring to go for a walk in the sunshine and see the bright green that is new growth hiding away. It reminds me that spring really isn't that far away. Along with the new growth, comes the promise of creativity. Songs and stories emerge like daffodils pushing their way through the soil.

The last few nice days have inspired new songs, stories, characters and dreams for the future. I can't wait to share them all with you. For now, I will hide myself away by the wood stove. Practicing in my little nook, waiting for this upcoming winter storm to pass; while I dream of warm weather and the splendor it brings.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Seasons are Changing

A couple weeks ago the Quiet Parade and Ria Mae came and played a show and myself and Cory LeBlanc from Rain Over Saint Ambrose were each asked to play a few acoustic songs to kick off the night. Unfortunately since it was my husbands first night lobster fishing for the season, I wasn't able to stay and enjoy the other bands. I got to share the stage with Ria Mae a couple summer's ago at the Harmony Bazaar Festival in Lockeport and she is absolutely fantastic. The Quiet Parade is always a treat as well! Thanks goes out to Lynn Hemeon for capturing my performance of Sweetheart.

Over the next few weeks I will be getting into the Christmas spirit while the hubby is away on the water providing for our family. Upcoming Christmas Events and a house concert are on my Calendar and in the New Year, I will be ready to pick things up again. I also have an album to finish up and I am very excited for the finished result.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nice To Have Some Accompaniment

Over the last little while Mat Bridgeo and Travis Darby (both from Lead Mule) have been joining me onstage occasionally. It's a nice change from being up there by myself and it is a lot of fun to have other musicians join you onstage. I haven't performed with a band since the Astral District went on hiatus and you really do itch to play with others after a while. I still play the majority of shows by myself, it is nice to have the option available to play with some accompaniment every now and again.

Here is a video from a show we played last week at Haley's lounge. We opened up for the Odd Bit and for Natalie Lynn. It was a fun show.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

'In the Ghetto' by Elvis Presley

It has been ages since I've posted anything on You Tube and not for lack of content. It has been a busy summer and to be honest, I hadn't really thought much of it. I might have had a couple passing thoughts about posting something but they were washed away in the busy flow of things.

I have managed to write a few new songs, amid the travel, performances, gardening and general summer activity. I've also had to learn a lot of covers for various reasons like weddings and very lengthy set lists.I thought it might be fun to upload some covers over the next few weeks.

I present to you my rendition of Elvis Presley's song "In the Ghetto" based upon Natalie Merchants interpretation. Enjoy!


Monday, May 27, 2013


So, I've been working on this new song for the last couple weeks and I'm mostly just tweaking with lyrics right now. When out of nowhere comes this song, I received it nearly completely whole and the lyrics came about as naturally as they can. In under an hour this new song had life and I felt like Doctor Frankenstein. It's called Sweetheart, I hope you enjoy it.