I'm thrilled to share that I won Best Singer Songwriter at last night's San Diego Music Awards! I'm so thankful to everyone who took the time to vote for me and so honored to receive recognition in this category! I had a great time at the House of Blues hanging with all my San Diego music friends and watching some awesome performances. Can't wait til next year! Read more about the event below:
Sound Diego Article
San Diego Union Tribune
Hi friends! I'm hoping you'll join me on Thursday March 22 for a show at Java Joe's in Old Town San Diego. The very talented Salvatore Manalo, on tour from Portland, will be joining as my guest. I've been playing a lot of corporate/cover gigs lately, so it will be great to return to some original music!
Thanks to the folks at DoSD for a vote of confidence in their recent 2018 SDMA Predictions! They think I may win for Best Singer Songwriter - who's to say, but I hope they're correct! Click here to read the full article, see their predictions for each category, and find out more about the awards on Monday, March 19th.
Head over to SD Voyager to check out your girl in a feature called #SDCreatives: The Local Artists Who Inspire Us. My latest song Some Man, Some God, Some War is featured alongside other cool art by local artists in SD Voyager's Thought Provoker series!
I just found out I was selected as a San Diego Music Award nominee in the Best Singer Songwriter category! The award is vote-based, which means I need your help, friends. You can vote once per day (I know you have a life and all, but any multiple votes you send my way are much appreciated!) PLUS you can do me a solid by sharing the link with your peeps on social media. Excited to be recognized by my colleagues in the San Diego music community! Check out www.sandiegomusicawards.com for more information on the awards ceremony and concert.
Hello friends. I just finished up a song inspired by my latest songwriting book club read, The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. It was a good read - really intense but fascinating (fictional but historical) account of the Armenian genocide. I loved how the author traced the story of struggle and survival through multiple generations, ethnicities, etc. of women. In these songwriting challenges, I always try to find the characters or themes that resonate with me, and apply my own experience, but I felt like kind of an imposter trying to relate on a personal level to the unimaginable suffering these characters witnessed and endured. My problems become all but imaginary when viewed through the horrifying lens of attempted ethnic cleansing. So instead of narrowing my focus, I widened the scope and thought about how the book relates to the position many women have found themselves in since the dawn of time. We play so many roles for "some man, some god, some war" - some of which are forced on us, some of which we embrace, many of which demean us or destroy us in one way or another. Whether we are perceived as sexual objects of desire, spiritual objects of religion, or social objects of war, we've been consistently rendered useless, unworthy of governing our own bodies, choosing our own beliefs, or creating our own culture. I'm encouraged at how far we've come, but slightly exasperated at how far we've yet to go. Here's hoping the momentum will continue to build. I truly believe women are the key to making a more powerful impact and a more peaceful world. If you agree, please give this song a share!
1. She is dried out like the desert
She is famished, all but vanished by design
And her hide out is her cactus heart
Her own hand grenade, a barricade of spines
The sands of time repeating
She’s seen suffering before
Her future takes a beating
for some man, some god, some war
2. She is minding her own business
Steadfastly building castles of sand
She is blinded by a raging son
Who demolishes and calls it all his land
These poor holy rolling soldiers’ plight
They can’t live without their virgins and whores
To lift their strengths and spirits to fight for
Some man, some god, some war
3. We are sucking out the venom
Of poisonous scorpions and snakes
We are bucking this ecosystem
Til our mother’s deserts are our daughter’s lakes
Oh, wondrous, thunderous women
Together too loud to ignore
No more curtsies at the mercy
of some man, some god, some war
I'm excited to share that my friends at Global Texan Chronicles selected Lights Out as it's pick for #1 Album of the Year! Read the full story here! What a great way to end the year!
This song came from an exasperated moment where I looked back on the past year or so and felt frustrated by....well, everything. My mom died in February, and I still somehow managed to put together a charting album release and tour in July. Since then though, I think the trauma of it all has just wrapped it's thorny vines around my ankles and I can't seem to machete my way out. I used to have a plan of attack for my musical aspirations. I used to have an unmatched work ethic. I used to hit the ground running and make things happen for myself. I was the send-100-emails-or-it's-not-a-good-day girl. I used to have energy. I used to have a mom.
And now, it kind of just feels like my batteries won't charge. I'm just as far away from my goals as I've ever been, only now I don't even seem to have the stamina to watch them slip away. I'm like that girl who sprains her ankle at a track meet. Instead of heroically hobbling to the finish line, I kind of want to just sit there and cry for a second.
Here's hoping I get up and hobble soon, but in the meantime, here's a song for wound-lickers.
1. I don’t want to pay a publicist to like me
I don’t want to ask a journalist to write nice things about me
I don’t want to beg my friends to come to my next show
I don’t want to paste my stupid face on stupid clothes
I just want to write a song that saves the world Or pays my rent
When chasing your dreams turns to chasing your tail, you start asking yourself where the hell all the time went
2. I don’t want to shake a hand and fake my admiration
I don’t want to stoke or fan the flames of my frustration
I don’t want to envy when my friends enjoy successes
Or give bits of me for free just to see who it impresses
3. I don’t want to be negative I’ll quit my bellyaching
I don’t want to second guess my purpose or decision making
I don’t want the past or future to chase me up a tree
If I stay here in this moment, maybe my dreams might chase me
Next up - a quick end-of-the-year trip to Texas. These will be my last shows of the year - hope to see all my Texas buds! Check out the calendar for all the details and RSVP info.
Thanks to Jonathan Frahm over at For Folk's Sake for this awesome album review! Read the full article here!