Ordered a new Fender Strat!

Well, I did it, even though I can’t really afford it!  I ordered this Fender beauty:  http://intl.fender.com/en-CA/guitars/stratocaster/american-standard-strat-hss-shawbucker-rosewood-fingerboard-sienna-sunburst/  It’s a rocking machine with the more powerful Custom Shop single coil pickups and the Shawbucker humbucking pickup in the bridge.  Now, I believe my musical palette will be complete!

Fender AmerStand HSS Shawbucker Sienna Ash Strat

Never thought I’d be doing this!

I decided to explore the world of guitar pedals!  I never thought I’d become this much of a guitar geek, but so far I have two pedals that are pretty cool, man! ;)  Here’s the BOSS Rotary Ensemble Twin Pedal:  https://youtu.be/iqquOdHWo-4  Pretty groovy, eh?

And, I just picked up the Behringer Hell Babe wah wah pedal:  https://youtu.be/B-A82a6d2uM  This guy is a bit kooky, but he gives pretty good reviews.  Hey, you don’t have to spend a lot for a decent wah wah pedal!

…and now I have Behringer’s Ultra Chorus and Vintage Delay pedals…also pretty cool for the price!

Springing into action!

After a long and cold winter, the weather is finally getting better as is my desire to perform. I had a very successful gig at a baby shower in April, and it made me realize I need more such gigs. I am also continuing to work on my CD and may take some more acting classes in the Fall. I would like to improve the sound my recordings with more advanced equipment in my own home studio…a studio that will also have room for photography and drawing/painting. My dreams will come to fruition…eventually. :)

A poem about stepping into your power…

It’s funny that this idea is already a year old!  I want to make a song out of this…enjoy:

Little Girl
by Karen Elstone
October 3, 2013

Little girl in this ugly world
Why are you so afraid?
It’s not so bad
Just stay true to yourself
and stay away from the lies
It’s time to step into the light
it’s your turn to shine

You are better than you think
Don’t let them define who you are
The past has gone–it’s time to move on
You are on the brink
of something amazing…

Live by your own rules
Don’t follow those fools
Or let them get you down
They’re just clowns in that big old rat race
Pay them no mind…
as you chase
your dreams…

It’s not as scary as it seems
Step out of your comfort zone
You don’t have to do it alone
There are others like you
Who need to be true…
to themselves

It’s not selfish to go against the grain
and gain some self respect

Reflect your light onto others
who need your guidance
so they, too, can escape
their own darkness…

World Pride Opening, Toronto – Melissa Rocks!

I attended the opening of World Pride in Toronto on Friday, June 20, 2014. It was an extensive opening, covering the history of the struggles the LGBT community has gone through. It mad me sad to think that homosexuality is punishable by death in some countries. It’s a shame that people are not all treated equally around the world, in spite of their sexual orientation. What topped off the evening in an amazing way, was Melissa Etheridge’s performance. I’m attaching photos for your enjoyment! Happy World Pride everyone, no matter who you are. I am proud to say I am a lesbian.

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