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2015 In Review: You Blow My Socks Off!

Every year I sit down and comb through my calendar, receipts, emails, and look at what went well and what didn't go well in the previous year. I use all that insight to get a better idea of what next year might be like and what I want to aim for. I call it my Annual Review. 

[Here's Part 1 and Part 2 of last year's Annual Review.]

I started doing this analytical ritual about 6 years ago. Some seasons, I've even done it on a quarterly basis, which I'm probably going to do in...

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Must-Have Christmas Albums for 2015

So, I've been listening to Christmas music since October... 

and I can't tell you how excited I was to get an early start on all the Holiday bliss this year.

Getting ideas for Midwinter Midnight, Vol. 1's track list meant I was voraciously listening to a myriad of different versions of each song.  I've turned that research list into my final selections for 2015's favorite Christmas music. That Spotify playlist is here and below.

[Spotify users: If you don't follow me yet, why...

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Pink Floyd & The Lists Which Need Revision

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photo by Carlo Mirante 

If the last 29 years have accomplished anything, it's creating the list of Things Which Make Emily Ann Peterson Cry.

Here is a sample from that list...

  • exhaustion
  • hunger
  • pain, emotional or physical (duh)
  • kindness, in any amount
  • loneliness, mine or someone else's
  • the rollercoaster that is grief
  • unrelenting hope
  • unrelenting defeat
  • baby animals

Someday I'll draw up a helpful venn diagram and hand it out on first dates. That should go over well.

But I...

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Midwinter Midnights, Vol. 1 is Here!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!

It's out! It's here! And I couldn't be more proud of this little collection of Christmas gems.

Available Online! 

 

Some really wonderful people deserve my unending thanks...  

This group of people generously stand behind me by pledging a small amount ($1, $3, $5, or $10) for every original song, cover song, or video I release. This small but mighty group...

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When a Facebook Post Becomes a Song...!

One of my songwriting mentors, Jan Krist, saw a post I made on Facebook earlier this week....

My original post...

Honesty - Sometimes it feels like I'm just pouring my heart into tiny glass bottles, sending them out into the Puget Sound with slim chances that it will reach someone who actually finds meaning in receiving it.

But that is not the case with concerts. Actual in-person concerts. Where we *all* wear something other than pajamas. Where we engage our whole being in something...

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The Rollercoaster From Hell: Grief

I've started losing the full ability of my right hand over the last 2 years due to a degenerative, neurological disease called Essential Tremor.

The grief I've experienced from this loss is like Chinese water torture.

Heaven help the person who thinks grieving happens in a linear fashion.

Oh hell no.

Grief is a helluva rollercoaster.

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Proof: My last 2 hours...

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DENIAL

I stayed up way too late this weekend in the studio. I’ll have another cup of coffee. It’ll be fine. No, it...

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How To Drive Craft Store Employees Crazy

 My crafty little collection of Christmas percussion!!! Shiny little friends!

My crafty little collection of Christmas percussion!!! Shiny little friends! 

If you're following me on social media, it should be no surprise that I'm working on recording a Christmas album (to be released on Thanksgiving day!)

So after my 5th night in a row of burning the candle at both ends with self-employment and putting this little snowflake of an album together, I deliriously found myself at a local craft store this morning.

There is nothing like walking into a craft store in...

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I Burned My Journals.

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Over the years...

I’ve adopted the daily practice of expressing myself. 

It simply sustains. 

 

It started as innocently as my 13-year-old self, with a daily “Dear Diary.” 

I tore through blank notebooks and journals like a hungry omnivore at a Korean BBQ restaurant. 

Alongside this teenage daily writing, I also practiced music daily. 

 

When my proficiency began to allow it...

...this expression became the outlet for that which I was not...

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Why I Pinched Myself 20 Times Yesterday...

There's a reason business managers spend a lot of time on the subject of hiring - The people you surround yourself with can either make or break you. 

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Eric "Cool Fingers, Brah" Howk 

These songs are already so much more alive than I could've ever imagined, it's hard for me to imagine how much better things could get with the remainder of this week. 

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Toms at an octave! Aaron at a 10.

I must've pinched myself...

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Public Crying & How to Regain Composure

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So there I was...

...listening to brilliant neurosurgeons speak to a room full of people diagnosed with Essential Tremor. We were having brunch.

I was the youngest person in the room since the disease typically gets diagnosed when you're 40+ years old. I had been diagnosed with a degenerative Essential Tremor in my right hand 2 years previously. I was 27 years old at the time. 

It's a neurological condition which causes a trembling of hands, head, neck, voice, legs, or trunk. It worsens...

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