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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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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Working it in the studio - sleep deprived & inspired

Recording update + staying healthy in the studio

This past weekend marked the start of the recording process for my 5th album.  I’ve returned to Sacred Heart Studio for the 4th time for its gorgeous acoustics,  sacred setting and the chance to work with the revered sound engineer Eric Swanson.  Sacred Heart’s website says: “A number of local, regional, and nationally acclaimed performers such as Low, Charlie Parr, Trampled By Turtles, Retribution Gospel Choir, Dark Dark Dark, Mary Bue, Sara Thomsen, Coyote, Cars and Trucks and the Crash Test Dummies have discovered the Sacred Heart Recording Studio is an ideal setting to capture their unique sound.” – I’m so happy to be on this list!  I plan to have the album mastered by Tom Herbers,  another “Knob God.”
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