Inspirational musician and learning online…

I have been wanting to expand my instrumental skills lately, and learning the drums has been of interest. I am planning to learn more this year, so I can incorporate them into my own recordings. I would have to say this drummer has been very inspirational. Anika Nilles is great!  https://youtu.be/h_YeVcrBLXQ

YouTube can be a great resource for learning and inspiration. There are many instructional videos there as well. This online school (Drumeo) is a good one, and Anika was a guest instructor for this video: https://youtu.be/h_YeVcrBLXQ

Even if you’re on a budget, you can still find good resources online! 🙂

Performing

It’s been a month since I had a great gig at the Toronto Bloor Yorkville Marriott Hotel. I performed in the lobby for Earth Hour on March 25th. But I’m aiming for more gigs like that. I felt in my element, and it was nice performing for a good cause.  Stay tuned for more posts regarding my upcoming shows and new songs:  https://www.facebook.com/sopranosister/  or https://www.reverbnation.com/karenelstone/songs

I finished that course that may help me find a back-up part-time job, but the performer dream will not die! 🙂

It’s been some time…

I have been quite busy over the last while with moving and now taking a course that I hope will help me find a back-up job.  But, the dream of music is not dying.  I am working on new material as well as keeping the cover songs in shape for performing!  I sometimes perform on streetjelly.com and I plan to get out to busk when the weather permits, and to sing at open mic nights…:)

Poem – “Flashes”

Flashes of light

Flashes of insight

fogging up my brain

I’m losing sight

of what’s right

will I ever be the same?

Something has to give

These flashes mark the passage of time

…the rhythm and rhyme

a turning point…

Flashes can give power

Flashes can give strength

to live a dream never realized

in younger days…

Time flies…

This seems to be a repeating theme in my life…do you ever feel that time is just whizzing by, and you haven’t accomplished much? I know now that I am a bit “older,” I am feeling this even more. The time is now to concentrate on what is MOST important to YOU. I need to perform, so I need to just get out and speak to people at places I would feel best performing at…

Poem – A double life…

Take these illusions and twist them into reality…

Cut the cord of comfort and cease the calamity.

For illusions are not real…

They will suck you in…

to the vortex – you will feel

You can never win.

So stop fantasizing and just do it.

Stop analyzing…

It doesn’t hurt to just try it.