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There are a lot of singer/songwriters in Nashville. Let me rephrase that,

THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF SINGER/SONGWRITERS IN NASHVILLE.

It takes a lot of work, networking, but sometimes just luck to get to where you want to go as a singer/songwriter. Breaking in is half the battle. The other half is writing a song that “catches”. Whatever that means, I just know, it’s freakishly hard.

The one thing I do admire my friends for is how they spell their life into their songs. I for one, think it’s one of the most vulnerable things you could do. Admitting your doubts, fears, accomplishments, heartbreaks and much more to the world. Most people it takes months to say I love you to their partner.

I actually used to write a lot, when I was younger. Writing songs helped me focus my energy and understanding my feelings a little bit deeper.

I strongly suggest to those who have any sort of strong passion to put it down on paper. you would be amazed at what comes out.

Go the Distance

So I worked on my very first music video. Like legit music video with a very well known country artist. And I’m not going to lie, it was a lot of work, but I really like it and what film entails.

However, as much of an animal I am when it comes to working, I will say I really, really do enjoy working my live events.

I guess the thrill of getting it right on the first time is just an adrenaline rush. When you work with film, you have to get the shot from three to five different angles. Which is fine, but that means you have multiple opportunities to get it right. When you do events live, you either get it right or you don’t.

But I’m very happy I’m getting more film work. Because now I can officially say I have experience on tour, festivals, corporate events, venues, reality TV and music videos. Which for me is a big deal because lets be honest, everyone wants a piece of the pie. I’m lucky to get a slice.

“You Never Needed Me”

I’m not going to lie, I met this guy in this band. And I thought he was really sweet, nice and cute. We actually exchanged numbers but it turns out, in the words of his song, he never needed me.

Am I upset about it? Not really. Am I upset that it didn’t go anywhere? I mean it would have been cool to see a couple of dates out of it, but no I’m not upset.

But I’m very happy to see his band is doing very well and I’m very happy for him as well. I think they all deserve it even if he wasn’t interested in me.

The Middle Ground, is a rock band based out of Nashville. The guys are originally from Milwaukee.

*Side Note* I actually met them at a show in Nashville but they happen to be from Milwaukee.

I’m not sure why, I guess I just really dig their music. I think they are extremely talented and their sound is unique. I think this is a band to watch in the next coming years.

 

Powerful Woman

Since it is Election Day, I will talk about powerful women… No, I’m not talking about Hillary. I’m talking about Stevie Nicks! She is an incredible performer and amazing woman.

Working with an artist, sometimes you can see the transition when they start out super humble and super gracious. Over time, as they grow a fan base and more people tell them how “awesome” they are, they start to lose sight of where they came from.

I will say this about Stevie, AKA Lindsay, she still rocks  on stage. And you can tell when she tells her stories, how much she remembers people and little important details in her life. That she still cares and she doesn’t take her career and life for granted. She’s genuine.

I think that’s what makes her performance so great. Did I mention her lighting was incredible!

I will be the first to say, I’m not a huge fan. I don’t listen to her much, I love classic rock music. But just never was a huge fan. But now I am!

Being Cold Sucks

I seriously hate this time of year. Sure the holidays are coming up, but there’s really nothing going on. Besides football and Halloween parties. Also, it’s starting to get cold, and there’s a reason why I moved away from the cold. The cold just sucks. No me gusta.

As things start to wind down and the holidays are coming up, what do people do in this town. That’s a good question, and here’s the answer for you. Nothing, they do nothing. There’s nothing going on. So most people right now are doing nothing. Luckily for me, I like money and money likes me, so I find things to keep me busy.

Because being busy is really important to me, I can’t just stand around. It drives me nuts! But the problem is, I like to save money too, so I’m being a loner like everyone else in Nashville.

It’s time like these, this is where you make it or break it with your sanity. This is where you figure out who’s in it for the long run and who’s going to be running out of town.

Next Step… Don’t be a B*tch

Here’s the real trick to the industry. Getting in, is the toughest part. I feel being a woman who has blonde hair and blue eyes, it’s extremely tough. Luckily for me, there are so many people who I’ve worked with, that really respect me. Thank. God.

Alright, when you make it past that point, what’s next. Sure it’s the college text book “You’ve got to have skills”, right …. Well maybe not necessarily. I will never sit here and say I know everything about merch, artist hospitality, production, transportation, you know it, I’m not sure about every aspect. Why, because I’m still learning. I need to. I don’t have all the skills I need. Not yet at least!

Someone once told me, half of the job is the job itself the other half is to be able to hang. I want to throw my input in there and saying “fake it til you make it” really has come a long way for me. Because sometimes having confidence is the key to success.Just don’t be a b*tch about it.

If there’s one thing I got from working Pilgrimage this weekend, I’ve really stepped up my game!

Is Summer the Worst Time of Year for BNA?

So here’s a little tid bit about what’s going on in Nashville… not much at all. Ironically, my home state is killing it with country and rock festivals left and right. Nashville right now is primarily dead. Sure you have local festivals and get togethers, but besides tourism, that’s pretty much it.

Why?

This is the time of year where everyone is out of town working.We are all traveling to different states and venues to put on a show. I should say, if you are in the production world or are a musician, you are like me, who is traveling a lot at the moment.

Not to say it’s a bad thing if you are still in town working. Remember, we have a lot of agencies, management and crew companies in town. So there are people who still work a lot. Also, if you are trying to make it on stage, remember, you have to start somewhere.

In other words, I thought about this really hard. I think Nashville is a great town, except in the winter and summer. Summer everyone is traveling and working and winter sucks because no one is working.

#makeitwork

 

“But I Can’t Go With Me Like This”

When life gets tough, sometimes it is OK to cry. Because let’s face it, we’ve all been through some roughness in our life, you don’t know if you’ll be able to face the real world again.

I wish there were more sad songs on the radio. I mean losing something or missing something so special to you. I think people would be able to relate to more songs because losing something (not in a heartbreak way) is such a strong feeling. Because sometimes, I can’t listen to music when I’m sad, because Pandora plays love songs… Not their fault, it’s just what is on the radio.

I’m in the process of losing my dog to cancer and it’s going to be a really tough process for me. She’s been so good to me as I’ve been traveling, moving and on my own adventures. She’s always there for me when I return. And because of everything I’ve been through since I moved down to Nashville, I’m going to start songwriting and playing piano again.

“And I Do”

There’s a saying, “Fashion repeats itself”. There’s also that other saying “History repeats itself.” And then of course, “Good music never dies”.

I went to Lisa Loeb concert last night. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t realize who she was until I was at the show. Oops…

Side note:

I got these VIP tickets from a fundraiser and I took my mentor/friend to it. I let her choose the show of her choice and  she was super excited and I’m happy. I’m glad I was able to do that for her!

Needless to say, as soon as I figured out that her hits “Stay” and “I do”, I knew exactly who she was. It was reliving my 90’s childhood from elementary school.

No surprise at all,she was very good even after all these years. Her corky, nerdy, library/rocker style is that kind of music that you will still find on the radio.

I’m very happy I went to the show, because it just reminded me that if you were good then, you are probably good now. She didn’t disappoint. I hope you all get the chance to see her!

 

The Best Time of Year: Touring/Festival Season

I’m not going to lie, I get really excited for this time of year!

It’s not only the warmest time of year (Or getting there). It is also the time of year for baseball pants and outdoor concerts!

I really love what I do, and that’s why I fight for it every day. Which is why, I can proudly say, I’m finally going on tour. Well technically I already started but you get what I’m saying.

I’m working merch for an artist here in Nashville, I’ll be headed to Milwaukee and Des Moines this weekend. As excited as I am for this new opportunity, I’m also very nervous. Because most of my work is working with artists, agents, VIPs, not handling clothing.

Needless to say, I’m digging the gig so far. I like the band, the TM/PM, the bus driver, her manager; So far, everyone is down to earth and chill.

…But it’s the beginning of touring season, let’s see how this goes when November rolls around.