Monday, April 28, 2008

The Reminder (mirror entry)

My heart is full.

Some of you know I’ve been a little down on the musician part of myself.  The part that feels like I have to promote and beg people to come to my gigs.  The part that feels like I have to play gigs, as opposed to wanting to.  It’s that whole indie music business stuff. (you can read an entry about it on my MySpace blog. I rarely blog there but when I do, it's usually about music.)

I used to love writing and playing my music. I’ve always loved singing and performing. Somehow that has shifted over the last couple of years.

Usually things fall into place when I get on stage and I begin to remember why I love it so much.   Like last week’s gig at The Cat Club. I was anxious as hell until I got on stage.  I reminded myself of the reasons I started making my own music - to share. Not to perform.   So last week wasn’t my best performance but it was a comfortable one.

Today I’m reminded once again.

I received an email from a fan. Truly. A fan.  A beautiful being who is so moved by my CD that she blogged poetry inspired by one of my songs.  It blew me away. To think that someone (other than a friend or family member) is on a spiritual journey with my lyrics by her side.  I dunno.  It’s just heart-warming.

That’s the reminder. I love connecting with people. Through words, music, video, face-to-face, however. It’s just about the connection.  And even more, it’s about connecting to spirit.  My music was created from my journey.  It means what it means to me.  And I love that it takes - or accompanies - others on their journeys.  And it means whatever it means to the listener.

That’s why I sing. To share. It’s not just my story anymore. It’s ours.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gig Update

I forgot to post this here.  I had a gig last week. Here's a bit of an update - plus a little more.  I'll write more about it later - for those who have trouble watching video.  Peace all.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Questions Questions Questions

Hey all who read me exclusively in here. :)  How are you?

I've been doing some research and I have some questions.  I've asked similar ones before but I want to see if anything's changed much in your world.

I've been using micro-blogging site to keep people posted on where I'm at and what's going on throughout the day.  I like it.  Mostly I like that I can follow others and if I want, I can do it from my cell phone.  I typically don't though.  I only have seven followers.  But still.

So the first set of questions -- Are you using twitter?  If so, what do you think of it?  Are you using a different micro-blogging site?  Spill!

Next up - Social Networking.  Are you on Facebook or MySpace?  How about others?  What's your favorite and why?

Finally, my Windows Movie Maker has just about given up on me.  Video is jumpy, slow and just takes for-freaken-ever to work with (import and export).  I'm looking into compatible consumer-level editing software like Adobe Premiere Elements.  Any thoughts?

Thanks all.

Oh, headed to San Diego in the morning for a YouTube gathering.  Hopefully I'll get some good footage (at least some good stories).  Kinda bummed about the editing software.  Makes for major frustration.  sigh.

I'll keep you posted.  But in the meantime, answer my questions - here or in email.  I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences.

Thanks much.  Peace all.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Waiting for my Shaycarl T-shirt

Remember last month when I posted THE SHAYCARL SONG in hopes of winning the first Shaycarl T-shirt?  And remember I was one of three winners? (yay)

Well, here I am waiting for the arrival of my new Shaycarl T-shirt!

Friday, April 11, 2008

here for comfort

It doesn't matter that I've updated my website's journal, I still come here for more comfort.  I'm feeling sick, still.  It's only been a few days but along with it comes depression. Not the long-term chronic kind.  The "oh woe is me" kind. The kind that I should snap out of but then remember I have no energy - which makes it more difficult to get up and do necessary work in order to earn much-needed cash to pay bills. 

It's a vicious cycle.

It's late. I should be sleeping.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Too Long

It's been too long since I've posted here. So sorry.

Things have been busy for me - which is good.  I started working freelance for a few different people.  I'm just finding my groove with that.  I'm still playing catch up as far as bills are concerned.  But there's a light...I can see it. :)

I've been struck with the sicky that's been going around.  I feel blessed because I haven't been knocked out completely.  It's been two days of that "underwater" feeling and sore throat, etc.  But because one other member of this household has had it severely for almost three weeks (isn't that crazy!) we now know what medicines to take and how much rest is needed.  So I kinda got a jump on it.  I stayed in bed ALL DAY yesterday. 

I've been on the couch all day today but because I do freelance work, I was able to get a few hours in from here.  Yay.

I have to go into an office tomorrow for a few I really need to be at least a little better.

I got an early b-day present (very early) that I've been using to record non-stop video. Yay.  It's the same camera as my first digicam but this one is upgraded.  7.1 mp photos and over an hour of video capabilities on one memory card.  Let the fun begin.

I'll be going to San Diego to a YouTube gathering on the 19th and then I have a gig at The Cat Club in W.Hollywood on Sunset Blvd on the 22nd.  I have to get well!

That's it for now. Just wanted to keep you posted.  How are you? What's up? What's going on?

Be in touch!  I'll be reading!  xo