Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hello! (insert echo here)

photo by Casey Curry

Holy sh*t!  What year is it?  My last Girl In A Tree post was 3 years ago?  Well that's a little embarrassing.....dang.

Ok, well, here's a summary of what has happened from then until now:

- I now have a 3 year old and a 9 month old who I am pretty much with constantly.

- Somewhere in there I toured a few times, mostly in Asia.

- I released a children's album

- I made another blog (with very few posts) geared towards mama life.

- I wrote a new song for a friend's movie, Tree Housethat I will be releasing April 5th.

- I released a recording I made with more friends (Wendy Wang + Inga Roberts) on Spotify.

- I sang the end credit song for a Ewan McGregor film, American Pastoral, that I now sing to my kids every night to help them fall asleep.

- I've been living in Vancouver since January because my husband is working on a new show that shoots up here.

I'm sure I'm missing a few things...but this is what my sleep deprived brain could remember in the moment.  I've really struggled finding my balance between being a mom as well as an artist.  To be completely honest, I was ready to give up songwriting altogether after River (my 1st child) was born. I was ready to enroll in college and educate myself in a field where I could help children one-on-one.  Then about 2 years later I became pregnant with Bowie (my 2nd child) and suddenly my passion to write songs and perform came rushing back (thank you Bowie!).  But now I have 2 little dudes to chase around and keep alive....sleep schedules are less than perfect.... if I get them both asleep at the same time I usually pass out with them from exhaustion, or I binge watch Queer Eye and bawl my eyes out and remind myself to go get that massage I've been promising myself for over a year.  On the rare occasion that I actually do pick up my guitar to possibly write something I never really know how much time I will have.  It could be anywhere from 1 hour to 5 minutes....which makes it a little hard to relax and sink into a song idea.  Now, when Bowie decides he's not going to fall asleep for a while, I'll pull my guitar out and fiddle around while I watch him eat a piece of paper he ripped out of a book, just up until the point where it starts to disintegrate in his mouth.  But usually he likes to rest both of his baby palms on my strings; so when I strum all the notes are muted and I'm basically just strumming a toneless percussion instrument.  That being said, I'm actually coming up with a new list of songs that perhaps one day in the next decade I can share with you.

I've missed being in touch.  So I'm going to do my very best to make the effort and give you all some tasty morsels from time to time.

By the way, are blogs even a thing anymore?  I can't imagine people having the time or the patience to read all of this.  If you've made it this far in the you I say "Hi again!  You're awesome and I envy your time and your patience.  I want to be more like you."