As I began to book shows for my tour this summer in New York, I thought that I was be booking cafes, and possibly bars. It turns out that I have been able to book a couple of legitimate music venues! Those three venues (Pianos, The Shrine World Music Venue, and Silvana) each sent me a contract, and in the contract, they require that I mail them a couple of posters each, for advertisement purposes. This afternoon, I went to the theatre building, and a member of the theatre department was so gracious in helping me create posters for these shows. I will post pictures of them when they are finished!
Have a good evening, everyone!
Howdy-ho, people ! I have a few more live covers for you all to hear! I am putting them up in the near future (that may or may not mean now . . . ) In these covers, I'm not playing guitar, but am back on the ivory keys. As much as I am practicing, Carrmel (my guitar) and I are still riding the struggle bus. There will be guitar covers coming soon though, the more familiar I become with her. You can be sure of it!
Here is a rendition of the song "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. If you like what you hear, tell your friends, and subscribe to my YouTube channel! Thanks!
Hello there, readers and listeners!
Here is my first guitar cover! I know I asked for suggestions, and EarthFire ever so graciously suggested a cover of a song by The Fray, but alas, I have to dissapoint. After fiddling around with a couple of The Fray songs like "You Found Me," "How to Save a Life," and "Look After You," I just was not able to work something out that sounded half-way decent. Instead, I covered an old school song, with my own twist to it. As you watch, bear with me!! These are the first four chords that I've learned, and the lighting on my phone is quite the joke, haha. Enjoy :)
Hey, Listeners! Seeing as my amazing friends just gifted me with a guitar as an early Birthday present, I will put up a cover of your choice! Suggest a song, and I'll cover the song with the most requests. You may have to give me 3 years to learn it, though.
Post suggestions below!!
This afternoon, I heard back from Pianos in New York!! They offered me a spot this summer, and I am stoked!! It also happens to be where one of my FAVORITE artists, Erik Hassle, played last month!! Ahhhh so fun!! Here's a video of one of his songs, that also happens to be one of my favorites:
I heard back from a place in New York this afternoon! They are called "The Local," and they are a hostel that has a café, and hosts live music. How cool is that! A hostel! I'll be able to meet other travelers like myself, and possibly people from different countries! I just e-mailed the booking agent back with some questions, and if everything seems to be alright, then this will make SIX shows in the City this summer! Praise the Lord! What an amazing, and exciting feeling it is to know that you have the opportunity to share your music :)
Also, NYU e-mailed me back and said that they had received my application for the Singer-Songwriters Summer 2015 Workshop. They said that I should hear back (as to whether I made it, or did not) in three to four weeks. :)
The clock reads 11:59 PM. I began, at 6 PM. It was not until I began this post, that I realized that I had been on my laptop, emailing, for the past six hours. Keep in mind, the majority of these emails that I have been emailing, were not freshly written. The majority of these emails sent, were follow-up emails to venues in New York that I have not yet heard back from. But what can I say, it's nice to feel like I am taking the time, and actively booking shows. A good majority of the time spent (aside from emailing graduate teachers, amazing non-profit workers, and fellow musicians), was applying to NYU's Summer Songwriting Workshop! I found out about the Workshop a couple of months ago, and I thought that it was so cool! I thought to myself,
"Hey, why not? What is there to lose? Either you don't get accepted, or you DO, and you get to spend eight days with 20 amazing peers who share pieces of your musicianship."
I was even able to submit my application and audition materials EARLY! Today was the deadline for the Priority Application, and I sent it in this evening! Although I get doubtful and afraid at times, New York is looking up, and each day passes, it becomes less of a dream, and more of a reality.
Hey Listeners! Tonight I will be posting my new song that I have been working on. It is still in the works, and it may be recorded on my low-def phone, but I'm putting it up anyways haha. Enjoy!
P.S. - I checked my website stats, and it reads that there is an average of 40 people who are viewing my website! Honestly, I thought that no one (except for maybe my mom, on a good week) was checking this out, and that was okay with me. This time last year, when I had started this, I thought to myself, "If people follow, they follow. If I end up just doing this for myself, at least it is a way to keep my sanity, and track my personal progress." Long story short, it was such an amazing gift to see the amount of people who have been following. It means so much that you all are taking time out of your day to keep up with my shenanigans (not sure if I spelled that word right).
Again, thank you all
Happy Easter, Everyone! Please check out my Easter post under the "My Two Cents on Changing the World" tab!
Over Spring Break, I had the privilege of seeing Dana Louise and Adams (the bearded gentleman on the vibraphone) at a house concert here in Alamosa. Goodness, Dana's voice is beautiful. As you listen, you'll hear the natural talent in her voice. It's smooth, vibrant, and sultry. Dana and Adams played the house concert, and after, my friend Skyler Choice and I stayed to talk with them. Talking turned into a jam session, and the night was pure gold. There is an amazing feeling that comes with playing one of your original songs, and having other skilled musicians just come in on harmonies, or banjos, or guitars, or whatever they happen to have in their grasp. What a beautiful thing being able to be in the presence of other loving, skilled, and experienced musicians.