My Thoughts On That
I love it.
In pretty much any shape, size or consistency as long as it’s dark. The darker the better. I’d eat the raw cacao bean if I could. Why is this challenging in my life? Because as much as I love it, and as much as the experts say dark chocolate is actually good for you, I know I can’t eat it day in and day out and at the exclusion of anything else. Oh but I’d love to.
And so it is with music. I love making it. I love writing it, performing it, recording it. I even like practicing it…some…not a whole lot…but I digress. And the challenge there is the balance thing again. Because the dishes still need to be done, the kids need to be fed, the dog needs to be walked, and there’s even the stuff that sounds like music, but really is just plain business: booking, promoting, arranging kid care and puppy care while on the road. It all has to get done. And what I’ve been finding (and sorry for taking the winding way to get to this…waxing philosophical and perhaps managing a bit of a chocolate craving at the moment) is that unlike chocolate, which I indulge in regularly and perhaps more than I should, I tend to deny myself music making in lieu of all the other stuff.
Why is that? I mean, I know it all needs to get done. But the reality is: it will. And it will take whatever amount of time I allow it. So if I start with the music making, sit down to write the song or record the idea before checking my email, or scheduling those promo posts, or writing that press release, or even before I do the breakfast dishes, well, then I’m guaranteed some music making in my day. And the other stuff will still get done – in whatever time is left after the music making – instead of the other way around.
Maybe that’s my summer goal: indulge in what brings joy. Savor it. Go back for maybe a little more than I think I should be allowed. Bring on the fudgesicles and s’mores…summer is upon us!
Hope to see you somewhere along the sunny summer road!
Another Thing I’ve Learned on this Adventure
White Space. It’s an idea I hadn’t considered until the other day when Peter told me about Warren Buffett’s calendar. Apparently, his little black appointment book (as noted by Bill Gates in a meeting a few decades back) is full of empty. Buffett credits his creativity and out of the box thinking to that emptiness, that white space.
Well, wow. My calendar has always been anything but white. It’s a beautiful rainbow of colors from kid stuff in violet, to music stuff in green, through grown-up fun in yellow, all the way to healing and exercise in red. But very little white space. Packed…pretty…and pretty overwhelming. But I put my nose to the stone and grind through each technicolor day, finding joy in all the bits, but also managing a subtle anxiety that maybe I’m missing something. And when something falls out – 3rd grade family fun day cancelled for snow, online seminar rescheduled due to illness – I’m ecstatic. The gift of unscheduled, unowned, uncategorized time, time to just “be”…that’s it. That’s the thing I didn’t even know I was missing until I got it.
So, as I’ve begun to rebuild my schedule, restructure my daily routine, and revisit what are the essentials in my life after my surgery-imposed step away from the game, I’ve decided to include more of that blissful white space in my day. I don’t always succeed. But when I do…wow. It’s amazing what can come of an hour of nothing. Nothing can lead to so much more than moment after moment of something: songs, stories, organized drawers, silly games with my soon-to-be-too-cool-for-such-silliness 12 year old, masterpieces of magnetic engineering with my never-before-into-it 9 year old. Given a moment to breathe, life presents truly magical moments. Moments that I could have never imagined, let alone scheduled into my day.
So…white space. Something to contemplate. But I will resist the urge to put that on my schedule.
P.S. We got a puppy. Not sure how that fits into my white space plan. I’ll keep posted!
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“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
– Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille –
It’s amazing how something so all-consuming will eventually fade into the background. I think it was when I was first able to tie my own shoes again. I think that’s when I knew the story of this last 7 weeks was ceasing to define me, and this whole adventure was on it’s way to being a memory.
Then last Thursday (with Brooks neatly tied) I picked up my full-size Taylor for a vocal rehearsal. Bigger and heavier than the GS mini I’d been noodling with from my chair for the last week or so. Peter was laying down a rich bed on the keys, Linda Waverka, Marion Halliday and Lisa Jeannette were creating beautiful harmony, and before I stopped to think, Continue reading
…and when it’s all over, I get to sing with you and play for you again!!
The last month for me has been challenging and enlightening in ways I hadn’t expected. In mid-February, I stepped away from my everyday routine to have that “wee bit of back surgery”. All went well. They took a few things out, put a few things in, sewed me back up and sent me home a few days later. And from here forward I’ll set off the metal detector every time I pass through.
Three days in the hospital were a blur of sleeping, waking, rolling over (which took a good 5 minutes and intense mental effort each time) and sipping water through a straw. I was very dehydrated, and I remember trying at one point to eat a graham cracker…not a good idea when one has absolutely no saliva. Continue reading
Critically-acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Meghan Cary is taking music lovers behind the scenes of the recording of her chart topping single “Sing Louder” with her new video “Sing Louder – Raising Our Voices Together.” Filmed at MorningStar Studios, this uplifting video showcases the 48 fans who came together to lend their collective voices to the chorus of Cary’s smash single, which debuted at #2 on the US / International Folk DJ Radio Charts.
According to Cary, the track was written to inspire and empower her audience to find joy in their lives and share their stories – to “sing louder” and make their voices heard. That’s why it was important that her fans be included in the recording process and in the video. To further her message, the singers held up signs with words of love, hope and community to unite the chorus as one and add emphasis to the song.
“This video captures the joyful, empowering energy that went into the recording of ‘Sing Louder’,” said Cary. “It puts a smile on my face every time I watch it.”
“Sing Louder – Raising Our Voices Together” can be viewed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1_NhpRwhe4&feature=youtu.be
To learn more about Meghan Cary, visit www.Meghancary.com
Visionary Folk Artist Meghan Cary’s New Album SING LOUDER Lands In Top 25 Charts For Second Consecutive Month
Jan 22, 2018
After debuting at the #6 spot in November, acclaimed singer/songwriter Meghan Cary’s latest album Sing Louder continues to make waves at radio as it, once again, finds itself in the Top 25 of the US / International Folk DJ Radio Charts in the month of December.
Her first official foray into the Folk DJ music scene, despite making music for almost 20 years, Cary is grateful for the support she’s received for the album – especially throughout the month of December when most DJs are playing more “traditional” holiday songs.
“Songs like ‘Sing Louder’ and ‘Responsibility’ – songs celebrating community and social conscience – might not be considered ‘go to’ songs for December, but I thought the folk DJ community would make the connection, and they did. I think at the holidays people are especially receptive to the idea of coming together and reaching out to help others less fortunate. I wanted the songs on SING LOUDER to put that idea front and center for them,” said Cary.
Those quick to embrace this concept throughout December include such radio stalwarts as: Acoustic Peace Club Playlist with Jeanne Holton on WMNF, An American Sampler with John Sillberg on CKOL, Artie Martello on Mostly Folk and Power Folk, Doug Lewis Endless Music Mix with Douglas Dick on WQCS, From The Joshua Tree Inn with Kevin Elliott on WEFT, Grassroots with Jenny Flux on 2AIR-FM, Hudson River Sampler with Wanda Fischer (WAMC, WAMK, WOSR, WCEL, WCAN, WANC, WRUN, WAMQ, WWES, WANR, WANZ), It’s for folks with Ken Nagelberg on WHYR-FM, Modern Troubadours with James Rogers on WIUP-FM, Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio with John Weingart on WPRB, New Hampshire Public Radio Folk Show with Kate McNally, Small Time Radio Show with John Sillberg on CKOL, Sunday Coffeehouse with Greg Schatzmann on CJLX, and Sunday Supper with John Platt on WFUV.
“These times require songs of compassion and commitment, and Meghan Cary has several, especially ‘Sing Louder’ and “Responsibility,’ which inspire us to reach for our higher selves. And she sings them with such infectious joy you can’t resist joining in,” said John Platt, host of “Sunday Supper” on WFUV Radio.
Renowned Folk Artist Meghan Cary’s New Album SING LOUDER Makes Top 10 Debut With Two Songs Also Entering The Top 10
Title Track Earns #2 Spot As “Responsibility” Grabs The #6 Position and Album Enters at #6
Philadelphia, PA (December 8, 2017) – Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Meghan Cary is riding high off the success of her latest album Sing Louder as it makes its debuts at #6 on the US / International Folk DJ Radio Charts. The title track charted amazingly well at #2 and the follow up single “Responsibility” nabbed the #6 spot.
Although Cary has been making music for almost 20 years, this is her first foray into the Folk DJ music scene and she’s grateful to have been so warmly received.
Cary attributes the majority of her success to the early support she received from such radio stalwarts as: CKOL, KGLP, WCOM WFDU WFMT WFMU WFUV, WIOX, WMSC, WRFK, WTBQ, WUSD, and internet broadcast programs “Mostly Folk” and “Radio Nowhere”, who not only played her singles but also welcomed her as a guest on their shows.
In fact, SING LOUDER was so well received at radio that Rich Warren of WFMT named it as “CD of the Week” and Joe Pszonek or WMSC, “Radio Nowhere” and ”Finnigan’s Wake” said “Meghan Cary’s passionate, message driven songs are both entertaining and instructive! It’s just what the world needs right now and I, for one, am glad that she has chosen to share this new CD with us!”.
Cary was also a featured performer at this year’s NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance), where she had the opportunity to perform songs from SING LOUDER live for DJs, artists, industry executives and key influencers at a coveted juried showcase.
“Our official showcase at NERFA was great, but the best part was really the late-night informal showcases we were invited to play in different rooms all over the hotel. Everywhere we went, a crowd of folks showed up to listen, and sing along,” said Cary. “There’s nothing like a room full of strangers raising their voices together on your songs. They stop being strangers pretty quickly!”
Cary felt so passionately about creating a sense of community among her fans, and capturing the energy of united voices, that she gathered 48 music lovers in the studio to weave their voices with her own on two tracks, “Sing Louder” and “Responsibility”. The result is two powerful, yet brilliantly poignant, songs that have gripped the ears and hearts of all those that have listened.
Music Artist Meghan Cary
I’m a fussy lover of music. NO, I really am. The amount of artists we have blaring in the office everyday. Then….I hear it. That song that hits me in the stomach, and I just know I have to write about the singer or songwriter that caught and captured my attention! To scream it from the rooftops that this person or band is truly worth listening to. Well, that’s exactly what i’m going to scream right now!!!
Meet Meghan Cary, a successful musician for more than twenty years, with numerous awards behind her, has just released her latest album this year. Sing Louder is a diverse album, and I think that there is at least one song on there that will resonate with your soul. For me, it had to be Responsibility. Wow, talk about a song that hits a nerve and gets you truly thinking about your actions. Things we often turn a blind eye to, Meghan craftily brings to the forefront of your mind and makes you question your future actions. Who does that!!!
Along with my favourite song of choice are many others, such as Wind and Hello it’s me. It’s not only Meghan’s voice that lulls and haunts you with her melodic vocals. It’s the diversity with the songs, going from folksy, to country, to a little soft rock. But be prepared, these songs are deep and you will want to focus on every word that leaves her mouth.
It’s been an incredible ride!! The making of SING LOUDER was a profound experience from start to finish. I learned about myself as an artist, about what impact I want to have on the world, and especially about how my incredible fans, friends, and family (you!) are willing to help me make it happen. When we raise our voices together we are heard.
Thanks to all who came out to pack the room with your powerful energy, raise the roof, raise a toast, and raise your voices with us this weekend. Our record release shows were wall to wall you at The Mermaid Inn in Philly Friday night, and Jamey’s House of Music in Lansdowne, PA Saturday night. You made the celebration!!