CREATE THROUGH THE CHILL

This beautiful shawl that a member of my family made is keeping me cozy while I create new songs in FAWM this month (February Album Writing Month).  I have four, new, original songs posted in the “MUSIC” section.  My new song “Prey” has a nice production on it, thanks to my friend Mike Birch.  “Nightmare of My Dreams” was written to the “Dream Challenge”, it is poetic and surreal and my main instrument in it is my Guilele.  “Underneath the Tree” is written to the challenge of “Roots” and features my Baritone Ukulele.  My newest song is my ode to Jazz with “One on One with Nature”.   Please check them out, I would love to know what you think!  I have a new poem in the “POETRY” section called “WINTER COAT”, so snuggle down into that one!  I also posted a few new chilly photos of snow in the “PHOTOS” section.  I was happy to recently join the “Nashua Area Artists Association” in hopes to continue to display and sell my art.  Remember that every month is a meeting of “SONG, Songwriters of New Hampshire Group” that I co-run, a fun and friendly group of folks that come together to share their songwriting!  Info for meetings and performances are in the “SCHEDULE” section.  Winter is the perfect time to spend time with your music, writing and art and create the beauty of your world!

Happy, Happy, Merry, Merry!

I am sending wishes for peace and love for whatever holiday you celebrate.  I have posted some Christmas songs in my music section, I have a new cover I’ve recorded of Joni Mitchell’s “River” and I’ve featured my very first Christmas song, “Peppermint Christmas”!  I was challenged to write a song about a “smell memory” and it led me finally writing a holiday song.  I found writing for this season a very difficult task because coming up with an original idea and catchy tune are a challenge!  For those celebrating Yule I have re-posted my song “Wintertime” to celebrate the beauty in our hibernating earth.  I have also posted my latest poem “Little Girl Lost” on my “poetry” page.  Wishing you a quiet moment and wishing the world peace and healing, love and light.

STARTING OVER

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I have tired myself out with so many performing dates and the Art Walk,  I had to take a deep breath and decide to unearth my creative self again.  It is always nice to go back to your center.  I have two new songs I need to record, I finished a new lyric as well!  I just posted a new poem in the Poetry section and I took a few walks this week and exercised my camera, a few of those new shots can be seen on the Photo page.  If you are thinking ahead to the holidays, I have 3×5 and 5×7 blank cards and matted photos left over from the Art Walk.  Also, my photos can be put on product through my Society6 page, I would be more than happy to upload a photo if you can’t find it on that page.  I also am capable of taking credit cards with my Square.  Take a moment to look around you and take in the beauty of the Winter.  My newest poem called “Heavy On My Heart” or my song from last year “Wintertime” (posted now in the Music section) might help put you in the mindset.  If you have stopped in here because  you visited me at the Art Walk, thank you so much for your kindness and consideration!  You also may have noticed a swinging email message when you came here, that is new.  I am hoping to find a better way to connect with you to advertise performances/shows.  I am sure it can get annoying, but it is done with the best of intentions to help keep us connected!

BUSY IS A GOOD THING!

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I have to say that this summer has been the busiest summer ever for my music and art.  While I continue to try to create songs in 50/90 (write 50 songs in 90 days), I am being pulled in so many other creative directions, that I am spinning in circles!  I am happy to be selling product like you see in the photos on my Society6 page and THANK YOU to those of you who enjoy my art enough to purchase it, but I am also creating product to sell in person in October at the Nashua Art Walk (there is info on my Society6 and Art Walk on my Merchandise and Schedule pages)!  This will be my first ever art show and I am very nervous about it, but a good nervous!  I am also performing as much as possible and practicing to play at the Homeless Veteran’s Stand Down Fundraiser in Nashua in September (more info on my schedule page).  I have some aching hands, but I am trying to do my best work and it is keeping me busy!  I know it took me a long time to update my website, but I do think all of the information you are looking for is up for now and I promise to update it when I learn more!  Also, I have added more of my most recent songs to the website, so if you are interested to hear what I have had time to create, please lend me an ear!!  I appreciate you stopping by and for your encouragement as I swim into new waters, I need all of the confidence I can muster!

 

*please note I have added copyright statements to my website, please be aware that the art on my site does belong to me and my collaborators, I appreciate your respect of our art and ownership of it.  Thanks!

SO FAR, SO GOOD!!

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Reflections…  Like this photo I just took of myself, these blogs are usually my reflections of my time spent since the last blog.  My cup of confidence is pretty full after my open mic at Apotheca this week.  It was my one year anniversary of my very first open mic.  I took some time to look back at all of the performing I had done since that day.  I believe that one, positive experience opened doors and pushed me forward and I am very happy for it.  The open mic this week was stellar, it was outside under the stars and there were some great open mic friends there and I read my poem “The Noise is White” which is now posted in my POETRY section and I sung two of my new songs, “Fire and Gasoline” and “I’m Sorry” which are now posted in my MUSIC section, but it was the awesome friendliness and caring of the people that go there that always fills me up!  There are a few photos of the open mic in the HOME section.  I also sold some of my product this month from my Society 6 page and for the first time ever, I made money on selling my art!  I have been considering attending an art show, I was hoping to find another artist to “go with” just in case my courage cup got leaky.  A link to my Society 6 page is on my Merchandise page.  I also have a new instrument, I purchased a bodrhan at an antique store, I got a great deal on it, so I am hoping I will learn to play it because 50/90 is almost here!!  (write 50 songs in 90 days).  I thank you if you are visiting my site, listening to my music or seeing my art or are just giving me a moment, it matters, it matters so much to me.

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I am thrilled to have lasted this long!  With good thoughts, I am forging ahead with a bit more confidence!  I have added some of my photos to a site called Society6  where you can purchase product with my photos printed on it!  I have added the link to my “Merchandise” page, so check it out!

I am also over the moon after a wonderfully musical week!  I wrote and performed a sonnet at Apotheca for the Shakespeare challenge and won this wonderful “Pop Sonnets” book (written by a fellow FAWMer!).  I also was asked to sing with a musician that I adore when I went to see her sing at a local restaurant this weekend.  I got to harmonize on one song with her and it was such a new experience and I am so happy for the opportunity and her trust she had in me!!

Last month, I was happy to meet the illustrator for the children’s book I am working on for my poem “Fairytale Garden”!  We seem to be on the same page and equally excited!  The next step for me is to visit publishers and eventually have a kickstarter, so…stay tuned!

Lots of good news, filled with exciting opportunities that are keeping me busy, but now that spring has kissed my garden, the beauty has erupted and I can’t help but wander out and watch the flowers grow!  I hope you don’t let spring get away from you, because the smell, color and hope of the spring should never be missed!!

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VERSION THREE of tammyjann.com, how long will it last?

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My site has been hacked twice, welcome to the third rising and hope that it lasts, sigh.  I have just finished FAWM, I wrote 14 songs in 28 days and am very happy about it!  Three of these songs can be found in my Music page.  I love the challenge, I love the friends!  I now have songs with my new cowbell and as you can see in the picture, I was up all night recording and being crazy and tired!  I hope I can get out more for open mics now that FAWM is over and the big holidays have passed, my Schedule page is where I list where and when I am performing.  If this is your first time visiting, WELCOME and if you have been to one of the other doomed websites of mine, then thank you for coming back to check on me and here is hoping we can figure out how to keep this site up because I love it here, this is where my heart is on display and I love sharing my creations!

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