I have an awesome student who is just diving into songwriting and making music after a life time pursuing visual arts. I LOVE working with people who are starting this adventure. I believe strongly in the healing power of self expression through music. It heals the creator and the listener. Music is an undeniable human need, in my world at least. I read an AMAZING article recently in The New York Times about how music has it's own channel in the brain, separate from speech. It processes all musical sounds, and only musical sounds, everything from the sound of a drum to a violin. Aside from this beautiful fact, I also learned that people listen to music for an average of 4 HOURS A DAY- wow. And that there is a theory that music was the first form of communication. Powerful stuff. Right after reading the article I went down to Terrapin Crossroads at my student's invitation to watch Scott Law, my old friend Brian Rashap, who I used to be in a Reggae Band with years ago, Ezra Lipp, who played in a project called Huckle near and dear to my heart, Greg Loiacono of The Mother Hips, and Tim McKee, a friend of Brian's who I'd never seen play before. What shone in the music was the instrumental communication between the players- they were having a colorful conversation on stage and the audience was vibing off of the emotions and sounds passing between the players. If you listened to 5 people talking at once, it would be chaotic noise, but a symphony of players or a band playing together is food for the soul- and for that little music brain channel! My student is a great lover of The Mother Hips, and after seeing Greg play I was inspired to transcribe and record a cover of their song "White Falcon Fuzz". Something about the song, the melody and the message, was calling me. To me it's a song about staying committed to your passion, and that idea is resonating and showing up in my life in a new way lately. It was harder than I thought it would be to transcribe, and I had to change the key for my voice , but a very fun challenge and a great way to connect even more with the song. Unexpectedly, Greg ended up seeing the video and sharing it on his facebook page- THANKS GREG! You can check it out by clicking on the button at the top of this post. Thanks for reading! Enjoy!
2016 began with a momentous change in my life and the life of my band, The Bootleg Honeys. Our founding member Hannah announced that she will be moving on from our project and taking a different creative direction. I am sad to let go of Hannah as she is a beautiful, founding member of The Bootleg Honeys. I am also happy that she is following the direction her heart is calling her in. I've since seen some articles ("let go or be dragged") about how 2016 is a year of change and committing to your true purpose, and that something in the stars won't allow otherwise. Change is SOOOO challenging but now that I've been on the journey of becoming a mother, and then becoming a single mother (all unexpected, huge changes), and seen the sweet rewards that come after the incredible challenges. . . I've learned that change really brings the sweetest, best, and most true parts of this colorful, messy, glorious life. My friend pointed out to me on our beach walk the other day that it's hard for us to see what we REALLY are- we have all kinds of illusions about who we are. I think that the messy upheaval of change forces us to act in a way that is actually in line with who we are at the core, rather than the choices we make in service to our egos, or our misguided perception of who we are, or as Marianne Williamson calls it in her book "A Year of Miracles", "the hell of my own illusions". This change has forced me to confront and release some of my illusions and I am grateful for this opportunity to peel back some of the layers and see things in a new light. I hope that this year's changes are bringing sweetness to your lives as well, after the challenges are worked through. You can read our official band statement here and also check out our music: http://thebootleghoneys.com/
Alison is a Musician, Writer, Teacher and Mother. She lives in rural Sonoma County with her daughter, Ella.