Hanging out with Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking”

Amanda Palmer is a force to be reckoned with.  I first learned of her wily charms from her duo The Dresden Dolls and from afar have followed her marriage to the rad author Neil Gaiman,  her solo career on the ukelele,  her SMASHING Kickstarter success of over 1.2 million dollars and her celebrated TED talk reflecting on her life as a musician,  artist and live statue called “The 8 foot Bride.”

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Kickstarter Campaign For My 6th Album “Holy Bones” Has Launched!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that “Holy Bones,” my sixth studio album,  is almost finished!

 

It has taken wild dreams of cleaving grand pianos in half with table saws,  pushing my keyboard in its wheeled case down the hill into the lake,  guitar lessons and a rotating cast of talented and vibrant band members … but FINALLY,  by the end of this year,  my 9 song electric guitar-based album “Holy Bones” will be recorded!  Cannot wait to share it with you,  my friends! 

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Creativity, Vulnerability & Risk

“There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity … and what is art if it’s not love?” – Brené Brown

In the midst of putting a new album into the world,  I am faced with some trepidation.  I’ve heard Tori Amos in an interview describe her songs as babies … on that thought,  when you send your children out to live their lives outside of you,  mothering instinct must kick in – fear for their safety,  how will they get along in the world,  who will love them?  I can only imagine … comparing songs to babies might be a long shot,   but to create something bearing soul, sweat, love, tears and fling it into the universe is quite a courageous act.

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Advice for Recording Studio Virgins

I was recently asked by a musical peer for some advice regarding recording in the studio for the first time.  It can be daunting to go into a recording studio,  even after going in a few times.  The pressure!  Expectations! Not everyone is going the studio route these days since it’s fairly easy to record right at home on your computer,  or even your smartphone.  I miss the days of recording on cassette players myself,  but tapes ARE making a come back 😉  I prefer to go into a studio for most of my recordings because I like to leave it to the techie pros to work their magic,  and be less inhibited in my performance without worry that it wasn’t captured.  Here are some of my answers to my friend’s questions and I hope that they help you if you’re considering embarking into a studio!  Do you, dear reader, have any recording advice for first-timers that I’m missing?  Please comment below and enlighten us!

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Multitasking, efficiency and Twitter tools

I want to share this image of my messy office / yoga room / closet-with-fainting-couch to emphasize that my mind sometimes feels like this room … this room sometimes reflects my mind!  I am just about to leave for a nine day mini tour tomorrow (check out the shows here) and it is obvious that I have a LOT of organizing to do.

As you saw in previous posts,  I’m a sucker for lists.  Boy,  do I have them going today!  I also love tools that can help me be more efficient in my work,  more mindful in my day and heartful in my dealings.

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Wedding Singer

I kinda like singing in weddings.   It’s always an honor to be asked.  Usually there is champagne.  People are dressed really nice.  If the song is during the ceremony,  the guest and the couple tend to listen (more than at a bar gig, that’s for sure – ha)!  I’ve been singing at weddings since I was in my late teens / early twenties.   Unfortunately, the marriage success rate isn’t 100% so I can’t say that I’m a lucky charm,  but MOST of the couples have remained together!  I think I’ve sang in about 25 weddings thus far.
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Fighting Fish and The Arrowhead Story

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The Arrowhead Story is a collective of earth lovers based in Duluth, MN who are choosing music as a medium for change.  Their Facebook page describes it further: “Last year, a group of musicians came together in Duluth to record a compilation album titled ‘Industry. Peace. Environment.’ to raise awareness about sulfide mining and the permanent changes that upcoming decisions will have on the landscape they love. This year, the movement gains ground by drawing together even more artists and activists to collaborate on an unprecedented series of events that will serve as a forum for a chorus of voices on this issue being raised and heard.”

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