The Root Chakra: how it relates to you & your music

In my other life, I am a yoga instructor.  It balances out the late nights,  the wild times,  the unpredictability of the music business. Plus, it helps to keep me sane.

In my class on Tuesday night (I teach a handful of community therapists at their workplace),  a dear student asked if I would be interested in incorporating chakra teachings into my classes.  I jumped at it and wove it into my class design for the night.  I love requests and I love challenges – and this one seemed very pertinent.  In the next series of blog posts, I’m gonna delve into some simple things you can do at home with your  breath, body and music and how they relate to our chakra system.

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MONEY! And one full year of being an entrepreneur …

“I want candy. I want money.  I want my mommy.  I want my daddy.” – Mary Bue

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I want candy. I want money. I want my mommy. I want my daddy. – Mary Bue

Full disclosure:  I am a bit of a self-help junkie.  What does this have to do with MONEY??? I’ve been geeking out over a crew of super inspiring self-help-ish entrepreneurs and in the past week many signs from those thought-leaders have been pointing to getting intimate with my MONEY.  I’m reading Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup – the subtitle is “Untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want.”  In tandem,  another huge inspiration of mine is Marie Forleo and in her latest TV show she interviewed Eat, Pray, Love sensation Elizabeth Gilbert,  and there were some serious nuggets of wisdom surrounding money.  More on these ladies a bit later.
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Music for music’s sake

“What we are really saying is that music, once considered an important science,  is now merely a form of entertainment,  classified by elite snobs as “cultured” or “uncultured.”  If it could be packaged in little plastic containers and eaten with a spoon,  they would do it.  In fact,  they are probably working on it right now.”  – EUGENE CHADBOURNE

I’m reading a fantastic book speaking to many many qualms about the music biz – called I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar by Eugene Chadbourne.  This book is hilariously busting through a lot of my despair and cynicism about trying to “make it” in the music business.  He said music used to be part of the quadrivium:  arithmeticgeometrymusic, and astronomy – “preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy,” – a curriculum outlined by Plato’s The Republic.  Music was a valuable tool of measurement,  specifically to look at “the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord” according to wikipedia.  😉

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The order of songs

In a late-summer-storm-weather-coming-in, tourist-obstacled, Lake Superior moment I ran into my friend Gaelynn Lea who was busking on Duluth’s lakewalk.  I was out for a stroll with one of my besties,  Sara Alexander (fab music teacher & musician based in Virginia, MN) and we started gabbing it up w/ Gaelynn.

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat),  Sean Roderick (seated),  Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaeylnn busking on the Lakewalk on Sunday of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival 2015 (in the pink hat), Sean Roderick (seated), Aleasha Hladilek (red tanktop) & HUMANOID

Gaelynn, violin teacher,  insurance rep and recording artist told us about her new project: an instrumental, violin looping album that she just got done recording at one of my favorite spots –  Sacred Heart Studio – with engineer Jake Larson. [I was just in there doing some work last week when a truck lost its breaks and crashed through the wall … but that’s another story entirely].

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Staying healthy on the road – hippie tour tips

Photo by Jon Hain Photography

Health and wellness are something I’m super passionate about,  although I have my contradictions. Some nights reach well into the early morning hours,  beyond 4 am,  even looking at the dawn.  Sleep deprivation clutches on in a life where I try to pack SO much into each day,  always wishing there were more hours.   But on the road,  it’s a different story – sometimes with TOO much downtime,  or packed so full you can’t see in front of your face.  I have a few quick tips to staying healthy on the road that I’ve picked up along the way – I hope they are helpful to you,  even if you aren’t a touring musician!  I love this topic so will keep returning to it!

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Summer News: Chance to collaborate with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, August upper midwest tour and more!

HELLOOOOO darlings!  

This is more of an update than a blog,  but there is so much going on.  A contest to collaborate and perform with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra,  tours both solo and with the band in the upper midwest and the regular giddiness of Bue.  

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How many bands are you in?! Let’s talk about side projects

Photo by Scott “Starfire” Lunt

My teenage self always thought musicians that had side projects were the coooooooolest. I still do, because I still feel like a teenager.

In this blog I’m going to talk a little bit about some famous and/or regionally known local bands and their side projects (as well as my own!) and how these projects give participating musicians voice to the other, perhaps more wild, sides of their personalities.

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Interview w/ luthier Curren Effinger – building instruments, determination + a “guitar toss”

I had the pleasure of interviewing driven young luthier and musician Curren Effinger about his passion for building instruments,  his single-pointed focus and smashing his first guitar into bits.  Curren has just graduated from the Guitar Repair and Building program at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Redwing, MN and can be found at his website www.curreneffinger.com

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