Can you create what's in your mind?
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." - OSCAR WILDE
What a fun show at the Warper Party. There were modular synths (heaven), fun dance beats, a cool crowd, and a true community vibe.
I'm so glad I didn't wait until the summer to start performing my new set live. People were singing along to my new songs and dancing. Hell yeah!
People also bought some double-finger rings (inspired as Django Reinhardt practice rings) & journals that I sell on my Bandcamp merch page.
I feel light, excited, grounded, and lifted at the same time.
I'm currently in the studio working on writing my new song Little Secret. I went live yesterday and shared some of the songwriting process for it. Watch the video on YouTube here.
To follow along with the daily flow and to check out the Brooklyn underground and popular music and arts scenes, check out my Instagram stories.
Lionheart, is it one of your lifelong dreams to be a singer and a songwriter? Deep down, are you meant to record an album of you singing your original music and then perform it?
I want to invite you to Set Your Life To Music.
In 3 stages, you can make it happen! Here's what's possible:
Stage 1: Set Your Life To Music Experience
3 months of 1:1 weekly lessons.
Write 3 songs.
Have a songwriter's toolbox to create something and take it from start to finish.
Stage 2: Recording and Performance Prep Uplevel
3 months of 1:1 weekly lessons plus 3 mini intensives.
Write your 4th song for your dynamic EP and live set.
Rehearse and fine-tune your songs for recording and performing.
Mindset and accountability. Spiritual connection.
Become your artist within.
Create your dream and build momentum within a fun, relaxed, and experienced professional support system.
Stage 3: VIP Album Recording
Live out your dream and record your original music.
Get in the studio and in the booth.
Feel the world melt away as you sing, arrange, produce, and create in the studio.
Have physical and/or digital music - CDs, vinyls, USBs, and your music on streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and more.
Create your album art.
Have professional counsel on what to do to get your music out to the world and in what order so that you don't have to guess, feel lost, and/or waste time and money.
Life-changing. Worth it. You're vibrant. You're fulfilling your calling. Life without regrets. Your world will never be the same. You're glowing. You're alive.
Perform for friends and family. Live out your dreams as a touring artist as you perform your music at open mics and shows during your travels.
To see what's possible, just take a look:
My student Lee and her kids Ava and Rowan are performing their original music and covers in New Orleans during their family vacation this week.
Ava and Rowan have incredible memories and experience to build upon, and Lee shows what it is to love - to love oneself and one's family.
Here's what Lee has to say about her VIP Album Recording experience:
"I wrote songs as a hobby when I was in my late teens and early 20s. I came back to it much later on with Mary's help. Originally when we started with Mary, she was our music teacher. I really couldn't understate her versatility: piano, guitar, writing, performance, singing... the list goes on in terms of what she's able to bring to the table with her mentorship and instruction.
It's been an incredible experience. Every day we're learning something new, it's very, very relaxed, there's a tremendous amount of support, it's a very positive environment... Just listening to the songs come to life has just been absolutely inspirational.
The plan when we're finished with this recording is to continue to work together collaboratively. Mary's been such an excellent mentor to continue songwriting, singing, guitar playing, as well as piano instruction."
- Lee Anderson
To get an idea of what's possible when working together:
>>> TAKE A LOOK AT LEE'S ALBUM RECORDING HERE
In the studio for another project with Odalys:
SET YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC OPEN STUDIOS + MASTERCLASS SERIES
I've been going live Monday - Thursday at noon EST on Instagram and Facebook and sharing quick tips around the songwriting process.
Fridays at 6pm EST - the masterclass on Zoom! Live Q&A plus your questions answered, plus guidance for your next steps.
>>> JOIN FRIDAY'S MASTERCLASS AT 6PM EST USING THIS LINK: http://bit.ly/SetYourLifeToMusicMasterclass
If you aren't able to be there live, you can catch the replays on YouTube. The videos are on the Set Your Life To Music playlist.
If you are able to join live, I have a special opportunity for those joining live. You won't want to miss it.
>>> CHECK OUT ALL OF THE SET YOUR LIFE TO MUSIC OPEN STUDIO VIDEOS AND MASTERCLASSES ON YOUTUBE HERE
Today, I gave a guided visualization meditation. WATCH THE MEDITATION HERE.
I had a meeting with my mentor yesterday about expansion.
Question what you know to be true. Collapse the timeline. Ask better questions in order to receive better answers.
Just because you haven't done it before doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Consider: where was the chair you're sitting in before it was made?
Some mantras I've been introduced to by Deepak Chopra on his meditations:
Today, I behold all of the abundance that surrounds me.
The core of my being is the ultimate reality.
Today, I focus on what I want to attract into my life.
From this moment forward, I invite unlimited abundance into my life.
Everything I desire is within me.
Existence. Consciousness. Bliss.
I could never and would never do it without u. Love ya.
XO ALARKE AKA MARY ALOUETTE
P.S. This April, I'm hosting Open Studios and a Masterclass Series for Set Your Life To Music.
Monday-Thursday at noon EST / 9am PST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET
on Facebook and Instagram live
Fridays at 6pm EST / 3pm PST / 11pm GMT / midnight CET
30-minute masterclass and Q+A
On Zoom <- download it here - AND - CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MASTERCLASS
I'm taking your questions LIVE during the masterclass and have a special bonus for you if you stay until the very end.
P.P.S. If you're interested in singing and songwriting lessons, go to setyourlifetomusic.com/lessons.
Alarke (AKA Mary Alouette) stands out with her compelling twist of experiences as an international opera singer turned Gypsy jazz singer turned award-winning electronic pop singer and songwriter.
Throughout her 25-year professional career, Alarke has mesmerized audiences from the Kennedy Center, the Rainbow Room, and Carnegie Hall to Fabrica Del Arte in Havana, Cuba, Romani caravans in Samois sur Seine, France, and castles in the Italian Alps. She's written songs that have gone to NBC's World Of Dance and won the Grand Prize in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, performed at the Apollo's National Tour, won artist residencies at Strathmore and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and written songs with residents at the Ritsona Refugee Camp in Greece.
Her music is an exciting, vibey, future-forward melt of pop, electronic, dance, and world music.
Photos by Kwesi Peters and Lily A Seidel