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Gratitude

scribbled by laura on November 27, 2014

On this Thanksgiving Day, I’m reflecting on what I’m thankful for, as I’m sure many of us are! It’s been an interesting year and, now more than ever, I feel I’m in a place in life where I’m simply more appreciative. Maybe that comes with age 🙂 So here’s a small list based on my…

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10 Female Singer/Songwriters I Love

scribbled by laura on March 23, 2014

In no particular order… 1. Tori Amos  Tori started it all for me. I remember vividly hearing her music for the first time and thinking, “What IS this?” She is simply one of a kind. I had the fortune of meeting her once and she graciously signed my record. Her style of playing and songwriting…

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The Day Job

scribbled by laura on September 19, 2013

I’m always humbled when folks email me asking me to perform in their hometown or country, but I inevitably have to explain that I am simply an occasional musician. I only perform about once a month locally because the rest of my life is filled with family and “the day job.” In 2010, I decided…

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Self-compassion

scribbled by laura on October 2, 2012

I started reading a book recently entitled Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff. Self-compassion is a powerful concept, and it’s one I never considered because: A.) I never heard of it, and B.) It never came naturally to me. The idea behind it is simple really: be kind and compassionate to yourself when confronted with personal…

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When I grow up.

scribbled by laura on June 19, 2012

Like many people, I didn’t grow up knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Sure, I went through different phases. One such phase involved me being consumed with wanting to be a zoologist. I recall specifically a portfolio I made in elementary school honoring the “big cats” which consisted of post card photos of each…

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Songs I’m currently stuck on.

scribbled by laura on February 19, 2012

I love, love, love when I hear a song and want to hear it over and over again. Here are a few songs I’m currently stuck on… Lisa Hannigan — A Sail   Kathleen Edwards — A Soft Place to Land   Alanis Morissette — That I Would Be Good (A song every perfectionist should hear.)…

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Goodbye January, Hello February

scribbled by laura on January 29, 2012

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” -Ferris Beuller I’m trying to do just that right now. Stop. Life has been moving quickly over the past few weeks. On a personal level, school started again on January 9th, and my new role as an…

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Bill Deasy and Me

scribbled by laura on December 24, 2011

On Wednesday, December 28, I’m returning to Club Cafe on the South Side of Pittsburgh to see my friend — a talented songwriter, singer, guitarist, novelist, and father — Bill Deasy. I met Bill on July 7, 2007 (7/7/07) by chance. We were put on a bill together at the Media Theater by local music supporter,…

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The Skinny on the Songs

scribbled by laura on December 14, 2011

I thought it appropriate for my first blog post to talk a bit about the songs on Love & Other Things. One thing I love about music is the idea of listener interpretation — the songwriter has a particular vision when crafting the tune, but once it’s in the listener’s ears, it can take on…

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