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Personal Sound Healing Recordings

  • Is there a project you are working on and need some assistance to keep it in motion?

  • Do you have trouble getting to sleep?

  • Are you working on letting go of the past?

  • Are you designing a new life for yourself?

  • Are there emotions you would like to move through?

  • Would you like to start or deepen a meditation practice?

Sound is an excellent way to facilitate any of these things. While not adding more words to your experience, you can focus your intentions and let the frequencies assist and heal you.

When I do in-person sound healings I always ask if there is something specific you would like to work on.  Once I take that in, I am informed intuitively as to how I conduct the sound healing session.

Listen to a sample of a session

I can do the same thing remotely or to make a specialized recording for you. Just let me know what you are working on, I will do a meditation to tune into you and create your recording. The focus will be on chakras and frequencies that support your particular request. I generally use Tibetan singing bowls, frame drum, rain stick, shakers, bells, guitar, and voice. I will then send you the MP3 which you can listen to, on any of your devices, at any time to support your inner work. The recording will be approximately 30-45 minutes.

If you would like a personalized sound healing, please contact me.

Full Circle

It’s funny, I never set out to be a performer.

I grew up in a musical family but I was a pretty shy kid. I was more comfortable with my animals than people. I was happiest creating, not so much presenting.

Fast forward to my first apartment and a guy who liked me, who happened also to be a drummer. Somehow it is always the drummers who get me.  Anyway, it was a hot summer day and my door was open to let in some air. I was lost in playing my guitar and singing. I never knew how long he had been standing at the door before he finally let me know he was there. I was mortified!! No one had ever heard me play or sing my stuff, and I was good with that.

Somehow this guy gave me enough nurturing and encouragement to step outside the safety of my apartment and give a band a go. We worked hard, held auditions, and eventually we moved in together, mostly so we could have an attic to rehearse. We played some shows to pretty good responses and a whole new world was born. I went from going to shows, to playing shows, and found the stage a double edged sword that I adored and feared.

One thing led to another and I kept finding myself in bands, getting nudges from audience goers to go solo. I hadn’t really thought of that, I was protected in a band. I never truly saw myself as a front person, even though it was a fantasy, I thought I was too fat, I was sure I was not pretty enough, and definitely not showy enough. Yet every time I would step away from performing, something would take me back, somebody would come around with an opportunity, a possibility, and make me feel as though I couldn’t, shouldn’t, walk away from it. I have had some amazing highs and lows winding my way back and forth across this country.

Now, I find myself back to square one, shy and uncertain, riddled with stage fright like never before. I have to sing and play, there is no question about that, but for now, it’s back to creating more, performing less, as that double edged sword seems to have a single edge now.

*originally written March 7, 2015. Again, too afraid to publish it. Deciding today, not to live in fear anymore. Tic toc, tic toc.

Failure

What is failure? When I look in the dictionary, my picture isn’t there, yet I have been wrestling with the whole idea lately.

Since June I have been in 3 competitions, and none of them came close to what I had hoped. I played at the Towne Crier Invitational Open Mic Finals Round. There were first, second and third place prizes. I did not place. After the show several folks paid me very nice compliments, ‘you were my favorite’, ‘you should have won’ etc.

In July, after the encouragement of a few friends, I decided to try out for The Voice in NYC. At the end of the audition, our whole group was sent home, no callbacks. Again, the compliments, ‘you were amazing’, blah, blah, blah.

Then in August I was invited to the Big Stage Competition at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. First, second and third prizes all went to other competitors. And the compliments came again, ‘you should have won’, etc. etc.

So, am I doing something wrong? Is it enough to have just gotten that far? What can I learn? Is it a sign I am not good enough? I went back and analyzed each performance and found things I could have done differently. Would it have made a difference in the outcome? Who knows? But it has given me some good insight to how I have been operating.

At the Towne Crier, I said very little on stage. I gave the songs everything and that was it. I saw some pictures after and in every one, my eyes were closed. Not very much for an audience to connect to I suppose.

For The Voice audition I think my song choice was too obscure. I did Overlap by Ani DiFranco. I had tossed around doing Beautiful by Christina Aguilera, but thought it seemed too obvious since she’s been a judge on the show. In the end I think it might have been the better choice, but it may not have made a bit of difference.

Lastly, at Infinity Hall, I tried harder to do a bit more stage patter, and make more eye contact. This was an audience that truly did not need that, so I could have just stayed more in the song.

In all 3 situations I over-thought everything. I wasn’t true to myself, I was trying too hard to decipher what I thought ‘they’ wanted. Rather than just be me. So it has left me with regret. Not that I didn’t win, but that I was not completely in my thing and walk away proud regardless of the outcome.

*this was originally written September 10, 2013 but I was too afraid to publish it. Shocking.

Michigan J. Frog and Me

Still learning how to be me. In the comfort of my home, it’s pretty easy. But when I head toward the stage it becomes a daunting task, even after all these years. To be my truest self in front of a bunch of strangers is the most unsettling thing. I keep thinking it should get easier.

I stand up there with words and music that come from my soul, and put it before people I do not know, for their approval. What a bizarre activity when you really think about it. My deepest motivation has been to give something, to share something real, in the hopes that the audience and I might be transformed together. Lofty eh?

A fellow musician friend of mine shared with me why he stuck to doing cover songs. He said, ‘If I do covers and they don’t like it, who cares? But if I do my originals and they don’t like it, then they are rejecting me.’ Well put. That is how it feels.

For me it’s always been a crap shoot. Some nights I get lucky, I win because I didn’t get the better of myself, and other nights well, it’s a whole other story. I mess up my playing, I forget the words, I completely f*ck it all up. Why? Because I’m my own worst enemy. I am a believer in the power of our own thoughts and words to create our reality, apparently I still need to hone this skill!! Tuesday night, I created a heckler at Club Helsinki. No other performer heard from this guy but me. I opened my mouth to speak a bit before I played and from the shadows I hear, “just sing”. Yea. OK.

And I let it ruin my whole experience. I let it take what little confidence I had going in. I let it follow me home and take me down a dark road. Until I finally stopped it cold by realizing that this is what I let happen over and over and over again. Now that I’ve taken responsibility, I look forward to creating a new scenario for myself going forward.

Towne Crier Invitational Finals followup: Well, it was close but no cigar. It was a good crowd, receptive and attentive and I felt that I gave a good performance but I certainly did not go in like a competitor. That might have helped since it was a competition. I’ve never taken the attitude, “I’m the best”, because somewhere along the way I must have decided that would be ‘bad’, it wasn’t ‘nice’. I’m realizing now, that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with, “I’m the best me!”. Another lesson learned. It’s been a good week for that.

I’ve never fit in, and generally I’m ok with that, but when I make it matter, when I try to fit into someone else’s idea of who I should be, I crumble. I’m kind of like that Warner Brothers frog….

*originally written June 7, 2012.

Summer’s End

Hudson Vally Harvest Festival 9/21/2013 photo courtesy of: http://www.frontrowdave.com/

It has been a busy summer, full of ups and downs, and that is just life isn’t it? And so we keep movin’ on.

I’m heading back into my turtle shell for a bit while I work on an entirely new project. If it comes to fruition as I envision it in my mind’s eye, it will really be something to see!!

Stay in touch and if you’re not on the mailing list, please subscribe so you can join me on the journey!

Here’s a link to a video of Over Coffee from the Hudson Valley Harvest Festival shot by Front Row Dave.

~cheers for now~
~much love~LuAnn

 

 

Busy Week

Last week was loads of fun. I played the Singer/Songwriter Tuesdays at Rosendale Café. It was fabulous because I had my own cheering section! Priceless.
Played: Closer, Over Coffee, Real

Saturday I hit the highway and landed at Desolation Road Studios in Altamont NY. It was a small but attentive crowd and we had a blast. Sharing stories, chocolate and beverage. Jim Miller has created a really sweet space, not only for music but also for art, lessons and more. He took a chance on me, playing predominately original material, is not always the easiest bill to sell.

Between the two shows I received an email from Infinity Hall inviting me to participate in the Big Stage Competition Wednesday August 28. I’m one of 12 vying for an opening slot for a headliner, CA$H and a headline spot in the 2014 Open Mic Winners show. I humbly accepted the opportunity!!

Whew!! Glad I’ve been working away, spending lots of time with my lovely Yahmie!!

Back to Infinity Hall

Ventured back to Infinity Hall in Norfolk CT on Wednesday. Once again the drive was exquisite. Tommy Emmanuel was playing a sold out show that night in the main hall while open mic went on in the bistro. There was definitely a buzz happening.

The folks at Infinity were kind enough to send a link to this video they took while I was playing Overlap by Ani DiFranco. I also debuted the newest version of Closer and played Amethyst.

It was really fun to see a few familiar faces on my second trip back and I also got to meet some cool new people. The open mic community has such a special vibe and it is where I get the room to experiment with new ideas and material. I will always be forever grateful for that space!

I have always enjoyed the conversations that come along with being a performer. I get to hear about other people’s hopes and dreams. Often around, but not limited to, music. Wednesday was no exception when I chatted briefly with a woman who said she was mustering her courage to do the open mic. I love to encourage people to just go for it!! It seemed that she was concerned about her age as well as her playing, and none of that matters, if something is calling you, you MUST do it! Your soul is requesting your cooperation. The means may not always be the end, what you find along the way, the one thing that leads to another is the stuff of what our life is made!! Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, the universe wants to lead you to your best self. Say YES!!!! And thank you!

Til next time~
love & hugs

Towne Crier moves on

Towne Crier Invitational Finals, Sunday June 2, 2013 photo: Stuart Berg

Invitational
Finals follow up:

It was an amazing night, playing the main stage and closing out the open mic finals at the Pawling location. There were so many talented acts and although it was close, I did not take home the prize. It just gives me incentive to continue working as hard as I can to be the best me I can be. Prize or no prize.

For 40 some years Phil Ciganer has created one of the best listening rooms in the country. Booking the highest quality shows and supporting up and coming acts through the open mic opportunity. He has immense heart, there is no way around it, something like this does not exist otherwise.

The Tuesday after I headed up to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY for their open mic. It was the most varied open mic I had been to in a while. There was storytelling, comedy and even a circus troupe, Cirque Éloize, who were passing through promoting their upcoming run at The Proctor Theater in August.

Looking forward to the Towne Crier re-opening in Beacon where I can catch up with the open mic folks again. In the meantime I will be out & about and sharing my travels here. So much love to you all.

Towne Crier, played: Who U R, Amethyst
Club Helsinki, played: Overlap (Ani), Who U R, Amethyst