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Why We Should Spread Creativity Like We're Buttering Bread For The Last Time

When growing up a teenager in Texas, there was this precociously outspoken little 5-year-old neighbor-girl that would invite herself over for early/first dinners at our house.

I loved that kid.

And she loved butter.

She would spread butter on bread like it was humanity's last chance to butter bread.

It was beautiful. Generous. & oh so messy. 

And she seemed totally oblivious to the looks of horror from the adults in the room...

Ira Glass said it best...

"Nobody tells...

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I Made a World! Announcing Cello Yoga's "Ebb & Flow"

I'm so excited! 

On December 20th, only 2 days from now, my ambient cello music project called Cello Yoga releases it's first studio album...

Ebb & Flow is a 90-minute exploration of water's movement, 8 tracks of delicious cello-ness matching the rise and fall of a yoga class.

For the past couple years, I've been playing cello and composing live in yoga classes. It's been such an enriching experience for me. I learn something about music,...

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Fuck Yes.

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Yesterday, I read this article by Mark Manson.

He's encouraging readers to live by The Law of "Fuck Yes or No." (I highly suggest that you read it.)

"The Law of “Fuck Yes or No” states that when you want to get involved with someone new, in whatever capacity, they must inspire you to say “Fuck Yes” in order for you to proceed with them.

The Law of “Fuck Yes or No” also states that when you want to get involved with someone new, in whatever...

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I need your help: Who do YOU know along my way?

My Goal for 2015: house shows all across the US. 

House concerts (aka Living Room Shows) are the single best way I can think of to create the kind of experience I wish for my audiences. Intimacy, connection, authenticity, and community.

& I'm partnering with Fanswell.com to make it all happen!

They've got a great thing going and have made it really easy for YOU and potential hosts to throw a concert with really fabulous musicians, like myself. ;)

I already know a lot of people...

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My Island Of Gratitude

I released my debut EP last week. Yay!

I managed to catch a brutal head cold this weekend. I could feel it coming on the second I walked off the stage from my performance with Stephanie Anne Johnson's new band, Northern Pacific. (It's courteous to wait til all other members of the band have left the venue, but I could tell I wasn't gonna be able to make that happen. I had to leave.)

My body knows what's up.

& I'm grateful it knows when to get sick. (Read: "force me to...

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Horton’s Hope: An Explanation & Video

Warning: If you have an artist-friend, your normal conversations might eventually turn into a piece of art.

One evening a friend and I were sipping on some fantastic drinks at one of my favorite bars in Tacoma. (Hilltop Kitchen for the win!) 

Listen, I don’t play favorites with my cello students, but if their mom gives me homemade mac & cheese and takes me out to happy hour occasionally, you won't hear me complain. ;)

On a weekly basis over the two previous years, this...

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The Silence Kills Me.

On Being a Solo Artist With Internal Feedback Loops...

Have you ever wanted to just shake someone to get answer out of them?

In the recording process, there's a moment when the song finishes...

It feels like the moment right after you jump off a cliff - no gravity, pit-in-stomach, an "Am-I-gonna-die?" feeling.  

It lasts half a second. 

I find my breath again. 

and then look up. 

I'm usually asking about the tangible product. "Was that total crap? or a...

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Holding the Future with Shaking Hands

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Some of you may already know this, but I was diagnosed with an Essential Tremor in my right hand (my cello bow arm) in December of 2013. The day the neurologist told me, I was moving out of my beloved apartment for financial reasons, so I was too stressed to really let the news sink in... 

Over the last several months, I've tested out the different medication options and watched the tremor get progressively worse (it is a degenerative disease.) While I was at my...

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I fell in love with music this week.

There are so many elements of my time away that have been exactly what I needed. This weekend's Songwriter's Retreat at the Grünewald Guild was one of them.

I scavenged my last $100, birthday money from family, to pay for my portion of the Workshop fee. (Artists in Residence get to take workshops for half-price.) I questioned whether I should join the workshop because I was already writing songs, but I am SO glad I got to join in.

I may not have learned the 'secret' to...

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My TEDxTalk is up!

I'm still really honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at this year's TEDxTacoma. :-)  Take a look below!

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