Ordered a new Fender! ;)

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/  Now, I believe my musical palette will be complete!  At least I’ll get 0% financing for the first six months…once it arrives!

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!

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 plan to take some more acting classes in the Fall. I now have a drum kit, so that I can improve my recordings and work towards getting a full-blown 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…

Not sure what I was thinking…

Well, I was let go from that temp position prematurely. I only lasted a month! I’m not sure how I thought I could fit everything in. My music making was suffering, and I had to give up the teaching. What made things worse is the control freak admin person I was working with. But, I’m free again and will not be going back to 9 to 5 ever. Boy did I learn that you cannot put an artist in a cubicle and expect her/him to survive. I was dying a slow death there, and it was quite obvious. I wouldn’t have lasted much longer. Now, it’s time to get serious about my music and back to working on that CD! :)

Appreciating what I have…

I was enjoying my freedom, making music and creating nature photography, but I wasn’t feeling secure enough to survive on my artistic endeavours. You could say I was a starving artist, but I did have a roof over my head and enough to live on. Then, out of the blue, I got an office temp job. I was worried about adjusting to 9 to 5 again, but after two weeks now I realize that it’s been a great help to have a steady pay cheque for now…times like these are challenging for everyone. The working world has changed, and there doesn’t seem to be much security any more. But, even though I am working 9 to 5, I am still an artist and show up every day to do my art…that’s what matters. The upside of it, is that there is a special connection at work who has inspired me to work on my new song called “Warm My Heart.” I don’t know what will become of this relationship, but it’s nice that I can gain inspiration from an area I thought to be rather dull. I am appreciating my new situation and living in the moment…heck, the pay cheque even helped me buy a new 12-string guitar! :)