Indie Gift Guide 2015 by Mary Bue

Fa la la la la!

May this festive,  xmas-light-strewn time of year bring you peace rather than stress,  comfort rather than agitation and love rather than seasonal affective disorder! HA!

I am here to help!  I LOVE this time of year because I get to share a sampling of some of the cool,  crafty,  artsy,  handmade,  muse-inspired THINGS that people that I know are making!  As our to-do lists fill up and our pockets empty out,  we probably have a few people on our gift lists that we just don’t know WHAT to get.  I’ve compiled a list of local & indie gifts that I love – most of which you can order online and have shipped to your house or directly to your loved ones,  saving time & hopefully stress.  These are all thoughtfully researched by yours truly.

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Find your voice: throat chakra talk

Small talk,  deep talk,  chit chat,  white lies,  subversion,  “elephants in the room,”  exuberance,  speaking your truth,  singing,  clearing your throat — when it comes to living “authentically” it’s all about your voice.  And well beyond words,  it’s about finding your truth and expressing it.

Tweet: When it comes to living authentically it's all about your voice. Beyond words, it's about finding your truth & expressing it. @marybuemusic

Click to tweet: When it comes to living authentically it’s all about your voice. Beyond words, it’s about finding your truth & expressing it. @marybuemusic

The 5th chakra is called the Visuddha chakra,  located at the throat and basking in the color blue.  In my last four blog posts I’ve been veering towards the self-help,  self-reflection section of the book store rather than music business tips + news.  In my other life I’m a yoga instructor and have been teaching a series on the chakras to child and family therapists at a community health center.   Chakras,  to those of you wondering WTF,  are energy centers/wheels in our emotional/spiritual bodies and according to yogic,  buddhist and new age belief,  hold keys to our attitudes,  imbalances,  and spiritual growth.  You might find it total BS,  but maybe you’re into self reflection and some of the following may ring true.

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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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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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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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