Two days ago I performed my first festival ever. What a great idea it is to bring people out in the fresh air to enjoy their neighborhood and music together. After this year's long awaited spring and the transformation from white to green this past Saturday in Somerville was awesome!
My set up was this: Behringer Ultratone amp, which worked beautifully for this setting. Nice and clean for keyboard and vocals. My keyboard was connected to the amp through phones output, since they don't have Line output in my keyboard. Still the signal was loud and clear. I used one Mackie MR5 reference monitor as a stage monitor on a stand. It doesn't go very loud but was just enough for a solo performer.
It was nice to see a city worker, who happen to be passing by, staying to listen by my stage. It was also lovely to see children dancing, people on bicycle or walking their dog, listening, smiling, interacting.
Here is some more awesome music. These artists have been around for a while. Enjoy! and if you like it, go ahead and share and have others enjoy it too!
Alabama Shakes (US)
Sela Suh (Belgium)
There are so many great artists out there and it's always fun to stumble across some of them. Let me introduce here some of them.
Victoria Hanna, Israel
Victoria Hanna's music is a product of her fascination and exploration of the Hebrew language. It is believed the sound of every letter holds a mystical power. This is a beautiful setting of Hosha'ana, a rain prayer.
Emily Loizeau, France
Everything comes together so well in this performance, her voice, playing, songs and Loizeau's beautiful spirit.
George Ezra, UK
At only 21, his deep vocals and quirky melodic gestures that makes it fun to listen to.
Tune Yards, USA
Creative looping. Merrill Garbus is an uncompromising artist. Interesting rhythms and strong vocals.
On the way to discover myself I find that my art is changing too, I don't know if for better or worse. Improvisational elements on repeated harmony are creeping in and have this potential to build an amazing energy, a trance like energy. I have already experimented a bit with a similar idea of a build-up many years ago in my piece
R. II. This round, it might be coming to me from the influence of Jeff Buckley, who was inspired by Indian music.
Music can sometimes speak better than words. As Goethe phrased so nicely: "music begins where words end". Therefore, Carrying less text on a energetic or even static music can leave a strong impression. It's incredible how Goethe was able to express it all in one sentence that makes so much sense.
Long time no see ;) Life is always moving forward with its great adventures and great joy from music . Here are a few aural delights for you. Hope you will enjoy!
Until next time, yours, Florie.
Samba, Composer: Max Bulhões. l go "aah" whenever l hear Paulinho Da Viola's voice.
Another good artist, completely in a different direction. Love it Or Leave it by an artist from Israel, Asaf Avidan, with a special voice. Check out his music
Yael Naim, artist who lives in France. Released three albums, two of them which are available- Yael Naïm and She Was a Boy. More new music by Yael is on the way. The song Paris is from her second album titled Yael Naïm, which includes songs in Hebrew, English and French. Paris touches me in a special way, it describes her feelings as a newcomer in Paris. The music carries the meaning so beautifully.
The second song, Too Long, is the second track from the same album. I really like the palindrome idea in the video clip.
A few days after the new year has entered I am back in the land I grew up in. I cherish every moment with my loved ones and feel fortunate to be able to spend this time with them.
The new year that enters will be built on an existing old one. We already have perspectives, history and a resolution to make things even better. I wish everyone the same or even better love, health, happiness, creativity, empathy and compassion. Here is for a great future!
Starting a new project can be a shot in the dark. Building something from scratch is not easy but nurturing a project you strongly believe in is empowering and is my motivation but I am discovering new things about the singer-songwriter profession everyday by reading websites, blogs, consulting with other musicians, watching documentaries about how other musicians have started their career. In times, I find myself wanting to move the wheels forward quicker but I realize things take time, and that good things take longer to cook but at the end there is a yummy stew.
I try to keep up with what I have to do- improving my writing skills, my musicianship, learning from the pros. In the youtube age, the latter has also become much more accessible. You can choose to watch whatever you'd like whenever. While developing all that, ideas for more songs are popping like mushroom (creativity brings more creativity). There are plenty of materials to draw from, as life is always surprising and exciting when you look at the right places. Some of my friends know that after our meeting they might get an email from me with a new song shortly after (yes, that had happened a couple of times).
Now, there are lots of decisions to be made about the next steps; should I start working on EP (half an album) or LP (full length) album? Mmm, on the other hand, I should probably finish writing my dissertation paper, first.. (I know I should).
Inspiration of the Day (With the spirit of my dissertation paper):
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