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Hello from Casper, Wyoming. Not much to do here since there is one Uber in town and we are actually 20 minutes outside of Casper. Either way, happy for a day off.

Before this last run in South Dakota, I decided to fly out early to stay at my grandma’s house for a couple of days. It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.

Just to give you an idea of my grandma’s house:

She lives out in the middle of woods in Custer, South Dakota. There are no city streets and you can see every star in the sky at night. It is truly a beautiful experience. Sometimes I think I’m in a scary movie it is so remote.

My grandma died on my birthday three and a half years ago. She was a great person and a talented artist. My grandma went to school for seven years with her masters in art education. She painted very well and she drew like it was real life figures. I cried when I walked into her house and all the paintings were still up. It is what she would have wanted. She didn’t paint for anyone else besides herself.

I know I write mostly about music artists, but I think it’s important to address all the different kinds of artists in the world. My grandma died a true artist and she was one of the best ones who went undiscovered.

Rest in Peace Grandma

 

 

One Love Manchester

Whether you like it or not. We live in a pretty unsafe, untrusting world.

Can we potentially make the future brighter? I would like to say yes, but that change would not only involve a big community but a big world attitude change.

But we have to start somewhere right? I’m very happy Ariana Grande got up on stage and performed. She brought other people along too like Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Coldplay… Big influencers in the music community.

Big influencers in the world community such as world peace or social justice… not entirely sure about that. The fact of the matter is, these entertainers stood up for something that is much bigger than selling tickets.

I hope the world truly starts looking around at each other and realizing that these matters happen every day. Big and small. Dramatic and things that don’t get covered on social media. If we don’t stand together and stop it, it will continue.

So thank you to all the security guards, production crew, the fans and the performers for coming together to create something for those who have lost something. Faith and trust.

 

Over It

Here we go again with the guy issues.

I’m really sick and tired of the excuse of “work” getting in the way. Sure when I work festivals and shows, I get super busy. Life gets busy, we are busy people. But if I really need to make a phone call, I’m sure to actually make a phone call to the person I need to. Whether it’s work or relationship.

I truly believe, if you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever you can to make it work.

Yeah, it didn’t happen with this last one. I’m not saying he’s a bad person, but if you’re not into me, just tell me.

It beats having to play the guessing game so I can move on with my life. So with that, I’m just going to move past it myself and move along. He’s not worth my time, especially when my dad is in the hospital. Dad just got out, but he had meningitis, not going to lie, life was rough these couple of weeks.

But like always, I get through it and get over it.

 

Sorry this wasn’t music related at all, but I really needed to get this off my chest.

 

 

What did Animals Do to You?

If you know anything about my blog, it’s primarily about music and how much I struggle in my career in music.

But this is an important issue to me, so I need to express it as much as I can on my social media outlets.

I need to get the word out there that animal neglect is not the answer. Animal cruelty is not the answer. I don’t care if you eat animals for food, that’s part of human nature. I’m talking about taking care of your best friend; your dog, your cat, your lizard.

You have them in your life for a reason, so take care of them. And if you don’t, find someone who will. There is too much of this bad behavior going on in the world, and it needs to stop.

I  hear over and over again how humans are the top predators. Why are we killing lions and elephants? To make a couple of bucks? To hang their heads on our wall? Are we that pathetic?

I recently went to see my high school friend from Alabama and long story short. I met Carlos and he is a paraplegic dog, not by choice.( See video below)

I’m trying to spread the word. Please stop animal abuse and help my friend and I help Carlos to a healthier life!

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*Sappy, long post* Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes! Since my grandma died on my birthday a couple of years ago, I've asked my friends and family to send my birthday wishes to her and our family. This year, I ask you to send all your good thoughts,prayers and well wishes to this guy. We don't know exactly what happened to him, but we believe a human did this to him. And I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help him. My birthday wish this year is make sure he has a healthy, happy life. If anyone knows anyone who can help paraplegic dogs, who would like to sponsor or has a big heart to adopt Carlos Santana, please let my friend @kathleenczap or myself know. We want to make this right. We are looking for guidance or advice of any kind. Please feel free to share this post. Accidents happen with animals all the time, but this needs to stop. If you think animal abuse or neglect is dwindling you are wrong. Please help me help this little guy! #mybirthdaywish #stopanimalcruelty

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My Birthday:What I’ve Learned

Yesterday was  my birthday. Yes, I am a year older. Yes, I have more wrinkles and more cellulite. The joys of getting older. And I still don’t have a roadie job lined up for next year. But as I went to McKay’s today to look through thousands of discounted books, I realized, I may not be where I want to be right now, but I’m constantly trying to work on making myself better.

I work out, read, continue to reach out to those who know more than me, and most importantly, trying to do whatever I can to be the best person I can be.

And so here is my promise to myself:

To continue to work on getting on the road

To always look on the bright side of things

To make sure the people that are important to me get my attention and the attention they deserve

But most importantly,I want to stay true to myself and always believe in myself

I never thought I would post a Justin Bieber song, but this is brilliant! #loveyourself

What The Hell Am I Doing?

I’m currently sitting at Denver airport… to go to Florida. What the hell, am I gong all the way to Denver to go to Florida?

Seriously? I have to go half way across the country to go all the way down to the other side of the country? That seems a little backwards to me, if you know what I mean.

But here’s why I’m doing it. So I can  see my family, for free. Yes for free. My mom used to work for the airline so we had some extra benefits rollover.

Here’s the thing about anything that comes for free or for cheap. Most of the time, it’s not worth it. I recently got a haircut, for a very cheap price. And it is by far the worst haircut, I’ve ever received in my entire life. How bad? I asked for a trim, and the woman gave me a Pauly D cut.

My point: I think the reason why the music industry is so hard to get into it, because you have to work really hard for your career and passion. Nothing good in life is cheap, free and easy to come by.

So I’ll take the lower paying jobs, and the long hours and the hard work, because I know it will pay off.

 

Patience is a Virtue

As everyone tells me, I’m doing great things for only being down in Nashville for a short amount of time. Right now, I feel like my time is pinched and if I had more time in my 70 hour work week, I think I would have made bigger leaps here.

Weekly, I’m networking about 10 to 20 hours a week and that includes going to networking events/ music events. I try to go to 4 shows a month.. obviously, that’s just a joy for me. I apply for at least 5 jobs a week. I also blog to keep up my writing skills and I continue to do freelance work whenever I can. Did I mention I have a little bit of a social life?

Never the less, I’m trying extremely hard. Like most girls my age try to really hard to be in a relationship, I’m trying really hard to get my career on the go! I guess only time will tell!

My point: Beggars can’t be choosers.

Here’s a great song, I totally forgot about! Normal like you is a great band!

What is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me

As a music “guru”, I’ve talked a lot  about music and love, but I don’t know if I ever really got into why.

I think love is something everyone strives for in some sort of way.Your passion for life, for your dog, for your significant  other. Personally, I think it’s the only way to live life. You have to live for what you love.

I used to make fun of the idea of love, and what love meant. Especially falling in love with someone else. But as I get older, I’m slowly starting to understand that most people live for, falling in love.

I fell for someone so hard that every time I see him, I feel like I need to puke and punch him at the same time. He really hurt me. And obviously it didn’t work out.

And writing my own songs and music, I understand now how much falling in love impacted my life. I lost trust, I lost faith but mostly I almost lost who I was as a person. And because of it, I can understand why so many people write about love.

But looking back now, I’m glad it happened. Because I learned and grew into the person I am today.