Archive for July, 2008

The Wait Is Almost Over

Posted by Heather
In career, events, music
16Jul 08

Many of you have been asking me recently about my new single, and when you will be able to hear it. I appreciate all the support and enthusiasm that I have been receiving from everyone, as I too, am excited to get it “out there ” for everyone to check out. As we speak, my wonderful Producer Jarome Matthew is working on the final mastering of the dance track. We should have it available on iTunes within 2 or 3 weeks. I will keep you all posted when we are closer to the release date.

Jarome and I had hoped to make the song available on my own website for everyone to hear, and possibly download, but since venturing into the world of digital distribution of cover songs, we have encountered a few bumps, to say the least. The word ” Bureaucracy “, as defined by Wikepedia, is: “the structure and set of regulations in place to control activity, usually in large organizations and government. ” Well, being an indie artist really opens your eyes to a whole array of new examples of bureaucracy, and Jarome wrote an excellent Blog Post on just this subject. He details some of the obstacles we have faced just trying to release one cover song, in his latest post, entitled ” The Problem With Digitally Distributing Cover Songs”. It is definitely worth a read, and will help many better appreciate why things can take so long in this industry … You can access Jarome’s post here.

On the bright side, I am still in awe of the fact that the amazingly talented Darryl Kromm ( Strange Advance ) did the backup vocals for our song. He has not sung vocals on anyone else’s songs in over a decade, so I am truly grateful that he was willing to share his talent with us. I feel his voice brings so much to the song. I am looking forward to working with him again on some of the next few tracks we’re going to be doing.

Thankyou all again for your interest in the song – it won’t be long now !!!

Big Changes

Posted by Heather
In events, life, music
6Jul 08

     Well, it’s been a few months since I took my time off from the “Day Job” , and much has changed since then.  I ended up going back for a few weeks, but that only made me see even more clearly how truly unhappy it was making me.  That time off changed everything for me, on so many levels, in so many ways.  I ended up giving my 2 weeks’ notice, and after 11 years of days blurring one into the next … it was over.  I vowed to myself that I never wanted to feel that way again.  It was time for some big changes in my life.

      Not only did I leave my “Day Job”, but we left the tiny apt. we had been living in for many years, with all the accompanying noise. ( people in the alley, partying neighbours etc. )  It was a nice little apt., but again, like the job, it was time for a change.  It was too small for 2 people, plus it was really hard to rehearse properly, as I was always concerned about possibly disturbing a neighbour. 

     We also left the city – yes, the city I loved as a teenager, the city I always wanted to live in.  I had a lot of fun times there over the years, but again, it was time for a change.  We wanted a fresh start, and a less stressful, more peaceful, pace of life.

      That was at the end of May, and I wanted to wait a little while, and have some time to let it all sink in, before I wrote about it … but now, looking back, I can honestly say that all these decisions have been good ones, so far. 

      We have a new home, in a new town, and it has a lot more room, including a dedicated room where I can rehearse, and not bother anyone.  This is very important to me, as is my music.  The scenery here is absolutely beautiful, the people are down-to-earth, and the feeling is one of peacefulness and serenity.  It is just what I needed at this point in my life.  I have lost far too many friends in their early 40’s due to stressful lifestyles, and I just couldn’t do it any more.  It may seem like a lot of changes at one time, but we did what we needed to do.  My friends who have called have said they can already ” hear it in my voice “, how much more relaxed I am now.

     Of course, I miss my close friends, but that’s not even an issue – real friends will always keep in touch ( and visit !!! ) – time and distance can never change that.   Besides, it’s not as if I won’t be going back to the city once in a while … 🙂

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