Looking at what the future will bring / what started as an idea for an ongoing recording project has now since evolved into an umbrella concept of sorts...
A quick post to update you on what's happening in April
After Brunch Pajama Party 2016
Sunday, April 17th, from 5:30pm to Midnight, join me in an annual event at the Paper Box in Brooklyn called the After Brunch Pajama Party! Besides the eclectic line-up of music (myself included), there is a bar for your drinking needs, cupcakes to satisfy that sweet tooth, board games to be played, and pajamas to be worn. Tix are $15 online, $20 at the door, with a portion of the sales going to a few incredible charities :)
After having been a part of the After Brunch Pajama Party in 2014, I'm excited to join in the fun once again!
SUNDAY APRIL 17th
5:30PM, $15 (online)/$20 (door)
17 Meadow St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres: COLORS
April 29th & 30th, 8pm, Brooklyn Gypsies' presents it's 6th consecutive rendition of Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres; The theme, this year, is COLORS and the event will be happening at The Bushick Starr!
I am very excited to perform an completely brand new original piece combining spoken word, movement, and song! If you saw my show Growing Into My Beard at Jack in January, then I think you will definitely dig it! See you there :)
"Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres is a poetic theatrical performance in which rappers and poets break down borders to collaboratively create an ode to Brooklyn’s gritty streets. In a city that is home to more artists in the US than any other, Ghetto Hors D'oeuvres sparks dialogues on complex issues of immigration, economics and survival through the richness of art, poetry and music. Enjoy free Hors d’oeuvres and bear witness as an eclectic group of Brooklyn artists..." - www.brooklyngypsies.org
Music on iTunes, BandCamp, and more!
As of April 1st, you can now purchase my songs "Hold Your Worries High" & "Superfood Smoothie" on both iTunes & BandCamp, with a song called "Golden" that is coming out on Friday April 8th as well! Check them out today :)
FIY, BandCamp is a bit more Indie Artist friendly: I, the artist, get a bigger cut of your purchase than I do through iTunes or anywhere else, and you, the fan, actually have the option of paying more for the song, leaving me a comment/message saying 'I LOVE THIS SONG! I can't wait for your next one to come out!' AND you get a higher quality file, as well as a richer understanding of the context of the recording and the people/story behind it! Of course you can go with iTunes, especially if it's easier for you, NO WORRIES! Just wanted to give you a heads up xoxo
SO, that's about it for now! Please feel free to leave a comment, or ask any hard-hitting questions that you wish to! You can also subscribe to this blog as well, so don't be shy!
All the LOVE,
Last night, I got a text from my wonderful writer friend Brandon (@brandonmonokian) asking if I would be okay with him using one of my songs in a short film he and his friends had made (scroll to bottom for link)... I asked which one, and he said, "Hold Your Worries High."
Then, and there, I decided that I was going to make the song available to anyone who loved it from watching the film, so I proceeded to get on my computer and create some album art... This for me is a process --I get really intense, and re-work it over and over and over again, but I did come out on top, and without further ado...
I GIVE YOU, "Hold Your Worries High," now up on BandCamp, and should be on iTunes within the next couple weeks! *side note* BandCamp is slightly better for Indie Artists like me, especially because you the patron have the option of paying more for a song/album if you want, which establishes a really close relationship with buyers/creators! *end side note*
Lastly I wanted to share with you that this song is actually very special to me; Fraser Langton (clarinet, co-arrangement) plays with me on this recording, as well as my own sister Reyna adding her voice right at the very end... It was a magical midnight at The Crucible Recording Studio just outside Boulder, Colorado, and we weren't actually planning on recording --we were just there lightly partying at Andy McEwen's (owner at Crucible). At one point, in the evening, we got inspired to go into the studio and make some memories... #goodtimes #hightimes