I am extremely grateful to the Women's March San Diego team (particularly Alisandra and Poppy) for giving me an opportunity to perform at this year's march. Special thanks to Karen Lindenberg and Becca Jay for lending their time and talent to join me. Also to my dear friend Lizzie Wann for always showing up. What a great day to be a woman! See below links for some news coverage of the event!
Great news! I just received word that I was selected to be on the lineup for this year's Tucson Folk Festival. It's been one of my goals to book more folk festivals around the country, so I am very excited! More details to come, but I'm scheduled to perform on April 7th! Read more about the festival here.
Thanks to Jay Allen Sanford at San Diego Reader for including the release of my new single The Hound in his latest record roundup! Read the article here!
I’ve always been a goal-setting go-getter, but my mother’s death has added new perspective to the relentless ambition that kept me from seeing myself as whole/enough and that kept me from living in the moment. My mom worked like a dog her whole life while raising two kids and then made a courageous decision to go back to school. She worked her ass off and earned two degrees in speech therapy, then eventually began her dream job working with kiddos she loved so much. She was the most ambitious person I’ve ever known. Right after all that hard work finally started to pay off, she got diagnosed with brain cancer, had to stop working, and died shortly after. This has taught me an important lesson. It’s lovely and admirable to have dreams, set goals, and work toward more knowledge, more growth, more money, more ability to make a difference. But all that hard work didn’t amount to much in terms of outcome. It amounted to a lot in terms of memorable moments and meaningful relationships though. The process was the powerful part, not the result. As this new year begins, I refuse to spend ALL my energy focusing on what I don’t have, what I want, where I hope to end up, what I’d like to look like or have or do or achieve to finally give myself permission to be happy. Instead, I’m choosing to wake up every day and take grateful inventory of what I already have. To know I am worthy of love no matter what I do or don’t accomplish in my life. To do my best and forget the rest. Grief dug a hole and planted some wisdom seeds that are juuuuuust now starting to take root in my heart and sprout in my actions. It’s weird and scary and unsettling to notice your identity morphing into something else. Sometimes my new thoughts feel like they don’t belong in my old brain, like a new me is taking over, and I’m afraid to leave the old me behind because I’m more familiar with her. But I’m trying to let the change happen as slowly and peacefully as possible, and I’m grateful to my mom for continuing to teach me. Here’s to a happy NOW year. I hope you got a chance to smile or make someone smile today.
To kick off the new year, I invited some of my local lady music friends to come over and talk about their experiences pursuing careers in original music. I had been feeling a little frustrated/exhausted as a solo songwriter and knew some of my other music friends were having similar experiences. I'm friends with so many female musicians on social media, and San Diegans are good at being supportive, but I know we only see a sliver of the full story in online content. I figured it would be great to get together in person to share, support, and basically let ourselves be vulnerable in front of people who understand. The brunch was a great success and we plan on continuing to meet throughout the year. We've also established a shared Google doc & calendar that will hopefully in time be populated with lots of resources. One thing I've noticed in this industry is that people tend to be hoardy with information...my hope is to squash that vibe and pool our collective knowledge in order to make the journey a little less strenuous. If you're a female musician/artist based in San Diego who is actively pursuing a creative career, please contact me to get involved! (Shout out to one of my favorite duos The Harmaleighs for the name inspiration)