Monday, December 09, 2013

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

We are nearing the end of 2013 and I am once again looking back at my year as a whole to reflect on the many moments I have been blessed to have received. I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life and many of whom I do not express my love for enough. To all of you, my friends and family, I want to tell you now how amazing you are :) I HEART YOU! 

Also I have a roof over my head and food in my belly (too much most times) and I am healthy and get to do what I love most. These wonderful gifts are much more than many others have throughout this planet and I am extremely grateful.

Music for me has been a constant force in my life. A living, breathing entity that has at times taken over completely and at other times lay dormant and sleeping like a dragon in the night. Because there are always so many things to do in my day to day life, I don't allow myself to simply be... well... simple. To create great music it takes living in the moment and capturing that moment only. I must remember that as my super-virgo-multitasking-must-do everything all at once right now persona kicks in. Bruce Lee said it best when he said "I do not fear the man who does 10,000 kicks once I fear the man who does 1 kick 10,000 times." I believing he was telling me to practice more.

Ahhhhh consistency, my old friend and nemesis. I suppose I am already listing my resolutions for next year (wait I wonder what mine from last year were?). Since I don't remember, all I can do is make a rough guesstimate..... Probably, make more music, finish video projects, exercise more, eat better, lose a few lbs,  make more dough... same ole' same ole :) 

I know I want to give back more next year though and to do so in 2014 I am pairing up with some other singer-songwriters to put on a few concerts benefiting some of our favorite charities. Chickapalooza 2014! More on this later as we get exact dates and locations. 

New Releases

I have released 2 new singles - Should've Known Better & Let's Make Christmas. 
You may remember I put together a video for the Christmas song and posted in on Christmas last year. You can watch it here:

You can download my new tunes at my store:

Photos of DisneylandLast but not least, I want to share some pics from my hubby, Aaron and my recent trip to Disneyland. We had a blast! You can see them all here (on FB scroll through each photo to read commentary): 

Happy Holidays, Everyone! - Amber

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Last Night I Found Time-Machine

It's weird how some people can appear from our pasts in our dreams. Even those who technically don't even exist anymore. And it all seems so real. Even the person who whee-lied off of a 2-story high structure on a small tractor only to bounce off the dirt like somebody doing  a BMX bike trick of Tigger from Winnie the Poo. Boing, boing, boing. 

I enjoyed seeing the familiar faces again of people I once considered family after all they did take me in as their own; they and a few others. I cannot ever forget that. I've had a lot of love shown to me over the years. Perhaps this was the reason for this dream? Maybe now I am suppose to reach out to them? At least with a holiday card or a FB poke.

It was all in my imagination and I created a very cool Flea Market / Expo where there were little dress shops all sorted by decade: 20's-00's. I was looking at all the sequined items from the 80's along with some odd looking white pointed boots. There were a lot of bridal parties also scouring for maid of honor dresses.

I saw an indoor massage parlor (one of my friends said she wanted to work there, no idea why), lot's of outside vendors selling knick-knacks and bric–a–brac, etc. and a decent band performing. The singer reminded me of Selena. Not Selena Gomez but Selena Quintanilla-PĂ©rez, the beautiful Latina singer who was ruthlessly killed in 1995. The band was entertaining. Of course I put on my booking hat and tried to find out who was hiring bands to play there in hopes of booking my own. I asked around a bit but could not get a straight answer. 

I moved on to the indoor arena where most of the action was. There was a fighting ring with people standing around shouting and yelling. It was where all the men were while the ladies poured through the shops. Though I've never been to a live professional fight, I have seen many unprofessional street fights back in my school days (have been in a few myself) as well as have seen some on TV. Nothing would've prepared me for this one though.  I moved my way along the parameter to get a better look while trying to stay out of people's way. These guys were very pumped up and full of testosterone. 

Out of nowhere, the fighters came off the stage and were fighting right next to me! I ducked and dodged as they swung in my direction. Their reach was so much more exaggerated than it should have been. Their arms flew out at least 10 ft in any direction. The excited crowd moved away to avoid being hit as the punches flew.  

In my dream, I found Aaron and told him about what happened. I woke up to him sleeping next to me. He always tells me to write down my dreams so here I am. Sweet dreams.

Friday, March 29, 2013

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day

Join Us for the Sixth
International Support
Women Artists Now Day!

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. The official date of the Sixth International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 30, 2013. There have been over 900 SWAN Day events in 23 countries in the first five years of this new holiday. This wonderful festival is in down town Martinez at the Old Train Depot near Amtrak Station on Ferry Street. It is a rain or shine event held outdoor. The festival features over 50 artists, crafters and performers and is a FREE event to all participants. Come join us!

Our Performance Time (DUO): 1p to 4 pm
Ferry Street, Martinez

I just found out there will be belly dancers & poetry to kick off our show at 1p.
Fantastic! Musicians performing simultaneously at 3 locations starting at 10a

1st location: In front of Old Train Depot.
2nd location: In front of "I've Been Framed" 411 Ferry Street
3rd Location: Parking Lot behind Old Train Depot.
Hope to see you there!