Too Many Careers? (Diversifying Your Talents and Energy)

I’ve always been creative. I can’t remember a time in my life when I’ve been satisfied just doing a task. I was the kid who liked to mow the lawn in circular patterns (much to the dismay of my parents) and fold and stack the towels in different ways as to make patterns. I have certainly come to love order in my life more and more as I’ve gotten older, but one fact remains, everything I do has a creative edge to it.

Growing up my Mum was incredibly creative. We had little money but she was always fixing, fabricating, painting, and we KNEW that she could do/fix anything. She had many careers over the course of my time at home from circuit board solderer, landscaper, horse trainer, maid, seamstress, vet tech and the list goes on and on. Now she and my father buy houses and redo them. (they’ve also set up an animal shelter/hospital) They can take a house with walls that are bulging out from water damage and transform it into a show-piece in a matter of a month. The living spaces they create are astounding.

I suppose I never thought having just one career was an option. I was interested in so many things and I was poor. Necessity will lead one in all kinds of directions. I needed to be able to do whatever interesting job that came my way and that’s just what I did. I started as a waitress, and then worked in a food packing plant, a old fashioned meat market, a grocery store, a catering business, a hot deli, preparing food for cancer drug studies, line cook, head of a restaurant, private chef, food consultant (all the while gigging weekly with music, writing songs and studying nutrition at university) Then I hit a bit of an impasse. I’d always had trouble with maths in school even though I was in honours English, and I found that as the maths and chem at university got harder, I just couldn’t hack it. By this time I had tired of the long exhausting hours of food service and was working at a jewellery store. My boss talked to me about studying gemmology (the study of diamonds and gemstones) and so I started studying at the Gemological Institute of America. I then also decided that it’d be a good idea to study to become a jeweller, so became an apprentice. It never occurred to me that it was a weird thing to do having just failed to complete my bachelor’s degree in nutrition, I just went with it. I was interested, it was a job, and it was creative.

Now years later, I’m still a professional musician, still a jeweller, and still a chef. I do none of these jobs full-time but I’m able to do one or the other based on where my life is at the moment. For example, for the last three years I’ve been raising a little dude, and as he gets older I’m taking on more and more work. I’m working on a children’s album and an accompanying children’s book, my jewellery designs as well as fine vintage items, various food production/consultant projects and a clean-eating allergy friendly cookbook. I’m so thankful at this point that I do all that I do and none of the time I spent in my lifetime learning these things seems wasted. I may have seemed like a bit of a career philanderer in the past, but now it all makes sense. Now I ask you, how many careers is too many?

The lovely painting at the top of this blog posting is from flickr and created by Paulo Colachino. It is licensed    under creative commons. Please click the painting to see more of Paulo’s work! 

All Guitars Sold! Thanks for Looking!

 

I’ve decided that it’s about time to have a bit of a clear out….like clothing, if I haven’t worn it/played it in two years or more it has to go!  Fact of the matter is, in my case you can have too many guitars, and not enough room for them!  So here’s what I have on offer for now!

Hi everyone! I’m having a bit of a clear out of old music equipment I never use…first on the list are my Epiphone Les Paul Special, this is an older one made before Gibson moved operations to China, made in 2000…vintage sunburst. Great guitar, great sound and in fantastic condition. Pick up a bargain for Christmas! £175

Contact me if you’re interested!

(the lovely Takamine has been sold and is off to his new lovely home soon!)

 

They’re Here! Actual Physical Copies!

 

So though I’ve been involved in much new music in the last few years, I haven’t really made physical copies of anything. In my head I had decided that I would like to go totally to downloads, no realising all the people who were not interested in that scenario. (smile) Rather than leave you all out…I’ve decided to put out Limited Editions of both my new covers record, Beautifully Undone (Songs I Wish I’d Written) and also the Live So Far album with Steve Lawson (and some cool special guests!) I didn’t realise how excited I’d be to hold this music in my hand…so I guess I’ll have to agree that giving up CDs is perhaps not the right thing to do just yet. What’s so special about these “Special Editions”? Well, they are designed by Steve and I and also the Live So Far disc looks like a mini record. They’re also all numbered and after they’re gone, they’re gone! We’ll probably press more of these in future, but never with the same design so your numbered disc is unique.

If by some giant oversight you’ve yet to hear either album, here they both are. Click through to buy the CDs or the digital version!

Free Track and Radio Interview!

Hi there lovelies! Let me start by saying that I am determined to post more on this here lovely little blog…and that to celebrate I think you should have a free track from my new record….






…and I just did a nice interview on KRUU radio with the lovely Lyrical Venus (@LyricalVenus) and you can hear the archived version here! We have a great time talking for 30 mins and then there’s 30 mins of fabulous female artists! Also Greenbelt is getting nearer and I’m very excited to be playing on Sunday afternoon! I hope everyone who is coming can make it over to the performance cafe! x More soon!

New Album! Beautifully Undone (Songs I Wish I’d Written)


So I’ve finally made some time to get all the liner notes written up and the little extras for my new covers album! I’m so proud of this record…it’s exactly what you’d hear if I was playing in your living room, but with some little extras thrown in with lots of stacked vocal harmonies and a fantastic bas/voice duo with Steve Lawson. I’m so pleased to get to put my own spin on these tunes and to reinvent such fantastic songs…songs that are all near and dear to my heart. My only regret is that I didn’t get to have any guest musicians on the record (with the exception of Steve on one track) but I’m planning on doing a second covers album in the future though…chock full of my favourite musicians! I might even post a list of songs and let everyone vote on the ones that I cover. Still thinking about that one. Anyway, hit play, and you can hear Volume 1, and download it if you wish!

For some of you, you may not know quite a few of the songs on this record. I decided that this time around I was going to do songs that mean something to me personally….and I hope that if you don’t know the song it will prompt you to go and investigate the original. There are links to youtube videos of all the songs in the liner notes on bandcamp. In a way this might make it seem more like an album of new material from me. Either way, I get to record and perform the songs I love, and hopefully you will grow to love them as much as I do! I’ve had to set a minimum on this album just to cover the cost of licensing all the songs. Whilst Limelight has made licensing so much easier…it’s still pricey so the minimum is just to help cover these costs. The initial release will be digital, but I am printing up some copies for Greenbelt…so if you’re a die-hard shiny coaster fan…there will be a 200 physical copy release in August.

For the curious, here’s who did the songs originally:

Beautifully Undone: Lindy
Junk: Paul McCartney
It’s a Shame About Ray: The Lemonheads
Moon River: Henri Mancini
Consider Me Gone: Sting
Toledo: The Blue Nile
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) : Dead or Alive
Beautiful: Rob Szabo
God Loves Everyone: Ron Sexsmith

There’s lots of extra info about each song on bandcamp along with links back to the original artists so go and have a look! As always, thanks for listening! xoxoxo Lo.