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Words & Music 2012: Looking back over this past Year….reminisce with me:)

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Helloooooo!  Wow, can you believe 2012 will be over after today?  What a great year it has been! So many exciting things have happened this year!  I wanted to take some time to reflect on the milestones that I’ve hit this past year, review the goals I had for this blog last New Year’s (see how I did), and share with you some exciting news about changes taking place after the New Year.  Join me for this little bit of reflection:).

First of all, let’s review the 4 goals I had made last year for this blog and whether or not I met them:

1. I plan on adding a few video blogs, with live home performances of new and old songs and, on occasion, some discussions about music and other topics.

Did I meet it?  I did add a few live home performances via Youtube and audio interviews via Soundcloud, no video blogs though.  So maybe I’d give myself a B+ on this one.

2. Although I am constantly writing songs, posting two new, original songs every week is sometimes too much. So, I’ll be cutting back a bit and will be replacing the vacancies with music from known and not-so-known musicians/performers that I love.

Did I meet it?  Yes, I did.  I did several posts that featured music from other musicians/performers (known and unknown) as well as collaborations I did with other artists.  So A+  (by the way, I used to be a teacher, so giving out grades comes as a second nature to me….in case you were wondering why:) )

3. I would like to re-design the look of the blog and add a few new widgets.

Did I meet it:  NOOOOO:/.  I didn’t add much of anything in the form of widgets on this blog.  A big fat F for me on this one!  But, I kind of like that I kept it classic to be honest:)

4. Charities are dear to my heart…ones that are really doing something, at least. I’d like to use some blog posts to expose readers to charities and local organizations and how people can get involved with what they’re doing.

Did I meet it:  Yes!  I did a few posts on charities on this blog.  But, more importantly, I organized the Day4Women online conference that featured 22 charities and the work they do.  In addition, I write for the Day4Women blog and feature a new charity every Wednesday.  I encourage you to stop by and check them all out!  So…yes….another A+

Overall, I get something like a C+ average.  Hey, it’s passing:)!  Now, onto my 2012 Highlights list!

  • Last year on New Year’s Eve I had 5 followers.  Today, I have 26:).  Thank you to all of you who have kept checking in and joined!
  • This past year, I wrote, recorded, and shared over 50 original songs…..phew!
  • May 2012 I started my Facebook music page.  Now, I have 79 followers.  It has been great getting to know everyone on there and getting to connect to people from all over the world!
  • In August 2012, I was selected as the Soundcloud Hero for Anaheim, CA
  • A few months ago, I hit the 15, 000 follower mark on Soundcloud and have been able to connect and collaborate with some wonderful, amazingly talented people from across the globe
  • I organized the Day4Women All-female Soundcloud Collaboration Album, and the Day4Women website and conference.  This, by far, has been the most important part of this past year for me.  It is where my heart is right now, in trying to help and inspire women and connect to women from around the world.  I want to help raise awareness about abuse, rape, and injustices women are facing around the world and in my community.  I have had the opportunity to meet and work with such wonderful women (especially those that collaborated with me on the Day4Women album).  I am honored to have met them all and for them to have shared pieces of themselves with me!

It really HAS been a great year!  I cannot say enough how much it has meant to me to have you come by and check in on me, listen to my songs, and encourage me.  Thank you so much to you all.

Finally, to the exciting news and changes!

First of all, I am going to be hosting an open-mic every Wednesday here in Anaheim, CA at the local cafe called Gypsy Den.  I am so thrilled because it will give me a chance to cheer on other artists and continue to share my music.  If you are ever in the area on a Wednesday, I hope you’ll stop by and say hi!  Second, as I have gone over this past year and everything that has happened, I realize that it is time for a change.  I have decided that I will no longer be posting new songs every week.  It has been great practice for me and has kept me challenged and motivated to post a new ORIGINAL song every week, but now I am wanting to switch from quantity to quality.  I would like to put out a complete, full-length album that is done in a REAL studio with REAL equipment….all the bells and whistles I can afford.  I feel like it is time and I have plenty of material to work with.  So, YAY!  I’m very happy about this decision.  It is something that has been a long time coming.  That said, working on a full album and the Day4Women website and events, I am afraid I will not have the time to continue posting weekly posts on this blog.  It will not be my main focus this year coming.  However, that does not mean that I won’t be posting at all.  I will continue to post from time to time and will definitely post updates on the progress of the album as well, but the number of posts will go down quite a bit.

So, that’s it!  That was all I had to share with you today.  Thank you for taking some time to look back over Word & Music’s 2012 highlights and such.  I hope it has been a great year for you all as well and if it hasn’t, we are at the beginning of a NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year’s to you!  May it bring you peace, joy, and good music:)!

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Into the Deep…….

Hellooooooo!  I have been very focused on getting the Day4Women album and event organized, but I am still trying to find time for making music!  So, this week, instead of doing a real…polished…recording, I decided to go Lo-fi and record a rough sketch for a song I’ve been working on.  I’ve had it written for a while, but have been trying to figure out arrangement/music.  I wrote this one day when I was sitting at my favorite beach – Crystal Cove – and I was starring at the waves coming over the shore.  I thought, “wow, I wonder what stories the ocean must have hidden inside of it…so much history in there.”  And, this week’s song is the result of that moment at the beach.  Here is  the rough cut of “Into the Deep”, hope you enjoy it!

Here are the lyrics:

What are the secrets buried in your deep?
stories of men great and small, you, a blanket over all
covering the fools of old
who lived and died searching for gold
they lived and died for gold
so crash over the shore
and pull it into your….deep

Even if we dig the treasures you keep
we are too deaf and much too blind to see
the lessons still won’t stay stuck
to our collective memory
so crash over the shore
pull it into your
crash over the shore
and pull it into your..

Into the deep – wash away
into the deep – wash away
into the deep – wash away
into the deep, into the deep

One day when it is time
I will be yours and you will be mine
and I will take my place in your deep
inside the history that in you sleeps
I’ll be the history that in you sleeps

Day4Women & All-Female Soundcloud Collaboration Album

Helloooooo! I am so sorry it is been over a week since my last post!  I have been extremely busy working on a new and exciting project that I’d like to share with you all today.  For a while now, I have been thinking about ways in which I can could combine my love for music and my love for people.  What I came up with, finally, is an event I am organizing called Day4Women to be held on December 8, 2012.  It is going to be an online campaign geared towards women.  The goal of the campaign is to inspire, inform, and involve women in helping to raise awareness of organizations that are already out there helping women in the following ways:

– Teaching job skills to women in war-torn countries

– Providing services/counseling to women who have been abused

– Providing assistance to women caught up in the sex-trafficking trade

– Providing mentoring and building confidence in women

This event is going to be my priority for the next couple of months, so you may be hearing less from me as far as the music goes. BUT…..

That brings me to the other half of this post, the all-female SoundCloud collaboration album that I am also working on at the moment.  The album is going to be with a group of talented, wonderful women on SoundCloud.  The plan is to use the album as another way of spreading the word about the struggles women face and to encourage women who are in tough situations to be strong.  The people who visit the Day4Women site on the launch date December 8, 2012 will be able to download the album to use for themselves or to give to another person if they so choose.  This album is one of the SoundCloud Heroes collaborative projects that I chose to initiate with the SoundCloud community.

So all that said, there are many things on my plate right now.  Exciting things!  And I cannot wait to share more with you as these projects progress.  Please keep checking in as I will continue to post updates here and on the Day4Women temporary blog site as well as on the Day4Women facebook page.

Take care all! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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