Special announcement: we're going to NBC! Listen now :)
"WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH LAMPSHADES? I MEAN, IF IT'S A LAMP, WHY DO YOU WANT A SHADE?" – JERRY SEINFELD
Let's go to NBC, Lionheart!
Listen to 'Let It Go' on SoundCloud and hit like, follow us, and share the track if you dig it! Doing this helps us tremendously and we love you so much for it. I mean, I already DO LOVE YOU SO MUCH, but that'd be icing on the cake. Thank you! xx
'Let It Go' is also on the Producer Dojo Cypher 9 (mixtape) alongside dance tracks by fab producers. All of the songs on this mixtape are being presented to the dancers at World Of Dance. Thank you to Elkin Pautt, ill.Gates, Vaedynn Er, Sean Naughton, and the team at Producer Dojo! ✨ MY FIRST MIXTAPE AND LABEL RELEASE! Thx for being here on the journey with me, Lionheart.
On a more personal note, I finished the walls and countertop of my bathroom that I wallpapered this past weekend and said I'd keep you posted, so here it is... the large-scale, liveable, tropical garden bathroom art project:
Lionheart, last weekend I went live on Facebook and Instagram as I sketched out and recorded some background vocals for Shoulda Never Letcha. It was so fun to welcome you to the session with me. You asked some questions about the inspiration behind the lyrics, technical audio elements for recording setups, gave feedback for the track... it was cool to share that with you.
I'm now going to go live on Mondays at 8pm EST since I feel it's a better time for us to hang out (rather than a Friday evening). Come hang in the studio with me! Join me on Facebook and Instagram. If you click 'follow,' you'll be notified when I'm live. I'd love to bounce ideas back and forth with you.
I'm also thinking of going live on Twitch... should I do it?! Let me know if you're on there and if you have any suggestions.
My new weekly video is up on YouTube - it's the studio session for some of the background vocal writing and recording process for Shoulda Never Letcha. Check it!
On another personal note, I've been thinking about long-term success, celebration, and happiness.
Sometimes I catch myself in my old way of thinking that no matter how hard I worked, it was never enough. There was never enough money and time to LIVE and express myself. I worked like dog for meager returns because I doubted my self-worth. Along the way, I accumulated ideas that I'd have to watch others live out their dreams as I sat on the sidelines.
NO MORE. I'm doing a LOT of things differently and thinking and taking action from my future self.
I'm studying business, finances, personal development, and, of course, music.
I'm so thrilled that the Transmute Accelerator started this week! It's a two-month program for diving into live electronic performances and taking everything to the next level. It's a small group of game-changers and it's super exciting. Keep a lookout for my new ninja self onstage come summertime, Lionheart.
A few ideas from A Course In Miracles that I'm meditating on are below. Now, Lionheart, I'm not a religious person, but rather a spiritual person. You can take the ideas expressed here and insert your own language. I think the primary thought behind it all can still resonate with anyone, regardless of your prescribed beliefs:
"Reason will tell you that there is no middle ground between the joy of [happiness and connection with the universe - they used the word Heaven] and the misery of [disconnection, despair - they used the word Hell]. Until you choose happiness and connection with the universe, you ARE in misery.
Whose function it is to save you is [the universe's / God's]. How (s)he will do it is beyond your understanding, but WHEN must be your choice. You are no more a slave to time than the world you made."
If I remember who I am beyond this single body, I remember from my spiritual retreat that I am alive throughout eternity and have the strength of the universe with me to move mountains.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have two spaces available in my studio, Set Your Life To Music, this February for singing and songwriting lessons.
My students are having breakthroughs in bringing their songs to life. They tell me that they feel like a kid again - just at one with creating. It's pure joy. What is living without coloring your world with the music and beauty you create, Lionheart?
Lessons are available in-person in New York City and online. If you're interested, respond to this email and let's get in touch!
Stay true to yourself, Lionheart.
I could never and would never do it withoutcha.
P.S. We're going to NBC, baby! My song with Elkin Pautt (together, we're Elkin and Alarke) is offered to dancers in NBC's hit dance show World Of Dance. They might choose to dance to it in front of millions of viewers on tv! Check it out on Soundcloud here.
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, Alouette 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.
Her music is an exciting, vibey, future-forward melt of pop, electronic, dance, and world music.