This season is full to the brim and overflowing with goodness and learning...to the point where it could be super easy to get overwhelmed and anxious, but I'm also super excited about each event and happening! They aren't in any particular order. I just wanted to share what's immediately happening and is on the near horizon as well:
Performing at a festival (Braham Pie Day Aug 4th with Jonathan Rundman);
hosting a monthly community-building open mic at The Buzz, a locally owned coffee shop (Aug 5th) This is always a grea time!;
participating in the Youth Frontiers training for their Respect and Responsibility retreats, growing partnership with them as I'm becoming an on-call musician in their excellent work of "building positive school communities";
rehearsing & performing for a Hunger Concert (AUG 20th, Prior Lake, MN) with some great friends;
contributing music with our youthrive:LIVE! partners, to the United Against Violence Summit. This is cool: I'll be a day-long artist-in-residency, listening in to the sessions and creating a new song to sum up the conversation and the intentions we place around ending violence. You're welcome to register and attend this complimentary summit AUG 23rd;
I also get to engage high school students through music as they participate in a 3 day summer World Without Genocide Institute at the William Mitchell College of Law because of our partnership with youthrive:LIVE!
presenting music for a Public Arts St. Paul Community Caberet (AUG 25th) in The Western Sculpture Park;
lining up radio and television spots in preparation for the Storydwelling album release (Sept 13th);
persuing album reviews & blog reflections (Let us know if you want to blog or if you know someone who writes reviews - THANKS!); promoting the album release concert (and seeking to mobalize our community to help promote it so let us know if you want in!);
learning WordPress (which is more complex than I thought it would be), recreating & launching our new website;
regularly (like about twice a week) planning & contributing music to faith community gatherings as a free-lance artist; August artist-in-residency with the Awaken Community;
MUSIC VIDEO (!) taping for Home with You Continues with our terrific photgrapher/videographer friend from A Peace of My Mind;
working with our fabulous designer on posters and postcards (more promotion stuff);
hoping for the opportunity to create Storydwelling journals to accompany the album and make them available by the album release concert on OCT 4th;
wondering how we'll be able to have some great, quality photos & videos captured of the CD release concert since we have no budget for it;
ongoing networking; booking (booking[at]heatherlynmusic[dot]com);
Sample Night LIVE performance SEPT 7th; Tee-it-up for the Troops performance; Fargo, ND performance and more...;
company coming into town, house concert tonight and more, working on a long-overdo email update (which you can sign up for at our homepage) and more...
...doing my very best to not be overwhelmed, to manage my health and wellbeing & not entirely neglect my friendships, take one day, one step at a time, and, most importantly, doing my very best to be centered in the heartbeat of who we are why we do what we do.
These are just some of the things on my mind and there's more...If something caught your attention you are interested in connecting to some of the public shows, do check out our SHOWS page at www.heatherlynmusic.com and if you have some ideas for creative ideas for spreading the word about the new album that you'de be willing to head up, please email us or send a facebook message. THANK YOU!!