I decided to go about learning from him in a rather strange way. Before I piped his songwriting into a pair of headphones, I listened to as many of his interviews as I could. I got sucked into an epic informational vortex...
I've pulled the trigger on some rather large lifestyle changes. Without divulging too many details (ones not yet ready to be revealed) I can say that Marie Kondo and minimalism have been heavy on my mind.
I mean, yes, there are always great reasons to not do anything, but when it comes to making the birth of this weekly show as big a deal as possible, I'll gladly crank it hard to the right and yell, "Why The HELL Not?!" Part of this leads me to something which I'm floored to announce...
On August 16th, a podcast shall be born! and we shall call it, Bare Naked Bravery!
It all feels bigger than anything I can handle on my own... If you want to join us in making this little podcast it's very best, I'm collecting applications to join the launch team!
This is a hard blog post to write. I've been feeling really rough lately.
At first, I thought it was my incessant "artist struggle" to get bills paid and pour myself out for all to see. I thought maybe it's that gosh-darned low grade depression which follows me around from time to time... (It very well might be.)
But as the gloom presses down upon me further and further, my detective-brain hunts furiously to get to the bottom of it. Perhaps it's just the continued life changes I've endured over the last 5 years? Perhaps too much proverbial shit has hit the fan for me? Perhaps I'm just too worn down to smile like I used to?
Yesterday I took advantage of the perfect lighting and acoustics in a stairwell by *almost* spontaneously giving a little concert via the killer website, Concert Window! These shows are always so crazy. It blows my mind that I can press a couple buttons and send myself to the moon and back down for ANYONE, ANYWHERE to see!
I love this photo so much.
It's the visual embodiment of what it's like to be a part of a recital with the Coda School of Music. Teachers laughing, kids trying to look super cool, big smiles, and so much love.
For those of you that don't know, my friend Lacey Brown and I started a community music school with another friend Ivar Hillesland. Earlier this month, we completed our first year of official nonprofit-ness and also therefore (successfully) submitted our first round of nonprofit taxes. (Heck yes!)
The Coda School of Music exists to support the local community of music educators by providing a space to teach, collaborate, and support each other. We know when the teachers feel cared for, their students will ultimately feel that too. Collectively our teachers and students get to participate in seasonal community recitals, workshops, and other performances. It's just the coolest.
I am honored to work alongside our teachers, volunteers, and donors. It's such a blast seeing how these students get to reap the benefit of having teachers that can afford to give to their students in such holistically healthy ways.
Alternative Blog Post Title: "I Don't Have Time To Write Songs for a Kids Album! ...Or Do I?" I've got a lot going on these days - writing a book and getting ready to release a new album. As part of raising funds to release this album, I've set an album pre-order level for anyone to commission an original or cover song.
I made the decision at 4:30pm to arrive at the train station at 5:30pm. I can hear you saying, "Oh my god. Emily, you are insane." Don't worry, I'm not.
This week last year I was gleefully holed up in the Columbia City Theater with a handful of musician friends recording a certain album, *cough cough* MY album.
Yes, it's been a year. Although time has certainly flown, this day could not have gotten here any slower. Every step of the way has felt like molasses rolling down the sidewalk.
In the lulls between songwriting, album-making, and concert performing, I've been slowly working on writing a book. Let me tell you, it's been a SLOW, slow, slow slog. This morning I woke up *really* discouraged.
(Full Disclaimer: I Was Homeschooled.) The SOTA students make me excited for the future of our world. Which is why I'm stoked to announce... I get to be a "Celebrity" Guest Judge for SOTA's Cover Song Project!
Good News: Emmet Cahill doesn't. So will someone please go to the show to tell me what a pure, beautiful, voice sounds like? I forget.
Emmet Cahill is coming to Seattle on February 12th! all the way from Ireland! I'll get to open up the evening with a few of my own songs before his vocal chords blow your socks completely off with Emmet's Irish classics, Broadway hits, and modern pieces too.
Per a friend's expert suggestion, I watched the director's cut of "Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii" on Friday night. I was snuggled up in bed, watching it on my phone, propped up with a pillow.
About 20 minutes in, there I laid crying. Like a baby.
I asked the first employee I came across, "What makes the perfect Christmas noises and sounds here?"
"Umm... Bells?" he replied.
"Perfect. Show me your bells!"