“Beautiful, Tortured Mess”

So last summer my good friend Brian Alan shot this acoustic video for my song “Beautiful, Tortured Mess” – and now it’s time you see it 🙂

 

I’ve been in the studio for the last month working on the album, this song included, and it’s sounding AWESOME.


The audio for this video was recorded with Brandon Slavinski at Red Letterbox Productions – where, coincidentally (not really), I am finishing up the album 🙂

 

Enjoy!

WE DID IT!! Fundraiser Success!

WE DID IT!!

9 hours left on the campaign and we are OFFICIALLY FULLY FUNDED!!

You are an amazing, amazing group of people. I am so excited to get back to LA tomorrow and get into the studio and really sink my teeth into this album.

I made a promise this morning – I’m writing my donors a song, recording it this week and sending the download to you by Saturday. I’ll let you know when to check your inboxes.

Oh and my Philly show attendees…guess what you’re making possible? STRINGS. SO GRATEFUL. For you ALL.

Sending so much Love your way – I am so grateful. Thank you!

Love,
Mary

 

Mary and Her 2s…

Some of you may notice that in my posts on Facebook, Twitter or instagram, I will incorporate things about the number 2 or 22.

 

The reason for this is that I have found that through my life, 2 and 22 continue to appear. The second child born to my parents on the 22nd of September while they were living in their 2nd home. Named after 2 Grandmothers, both Mary. When I moved to my 2nd residence here in Los Angeles, the 2nd major city I’ve lived in, I wound up in an apartment on the 2nd floor of a building where they assigned me parking spot #22.

 

There’s more, but I won’t go on. Maybe it shows up because I’ve begun to take notice and so I just happen to see it because I’m aware. But I only started taking notice because it was there. And so the number 2 (and 22) is special to me.

 

For those that know me personally, or have been to one of my shows over the past 2 years (yes, 2), you have heard about my “Kodak922” photo.

Back story on the name: when I was in high school, I loved to take photos (not so different from now). It was a hobby I picked up from my Mom, who was always documenting family occasions. I love taking photos of people and events – capturing laughter, sideways looks, quiet moments and silliness. It further developed into a love of taking photos of the beautiful things I see everywhere. It is important to me to LOOK UP and take notice of how wonderful the world really is around me.

 

ANYWAY, in high school, I was the one my friends knew to count on for photos from events. They complained about me snapping shots, but let’s face it – I knew they’d be glad to have the pictures. And they always were. 😉

 

And so they deemed me “Kodak.” One of the few nicknames I’ve had in my life. So when I got my first email address (no, I didn’t have email until freshman year of high school) I used kodak922 and it’s kind of been my thing since. (Even my class ring, rather than opting for a music note on the side or some representation of band, theatre or chorus, I went with the camera.)

 

2 years ago I met a musician at NAMM (Tristan of Native June) who was doing a “photo-a-day” and trying to get others to do the same. I jumped on board but changed it up to better fit myself, and my reasons for participating were immediately obvious to me. I was in the thick of a really difficult period of my life, and I spent a lot of my time in a very stressful, upset fog. It was draining, emotionally and physically, and somehow taking these photos was a sign of hope for me.

 

So I changed it. Not one photo but 2. At 9:22pm, every day, my alarm goes off. I take a photo of exactly what I am looking at when I hear the alarm, and then turn the camera on myself and take a picture of me. The goal for the first year was a hope that by the end of the year, the look on my face would have changed. That I would be noticeably happier. Calmer. That even if things were still hard and stressful, that I could look back and see just how much progress I’ve really made, and to know that in another year’s time, I would be further along yet. Sometimes it’s hard to realize how much better things have gotten when they are still a struggle.

 

I also do it as something just for me. I share so much of my life on social media, which is a wonderful way to connect with my audience. But it’s nice to have something just for myself. Of course, it has come to incorporate so many of the people that I spend my time with, that there’s always a curiosity from friends of the outcome of the first year and the continuation into the 2nd. So I may put an edited, pared down version together to show. Maybe. We’ll see. 🙂

Looking back, it’s good to see the joyful moments. And no surprise to me, there are a lot of beautifully painful ones as well. Well, maybe surprising. Surprising to note that although it was painful, it was beautiful in it’s own way. For what it taught me. There is indeed, beauty in sadness.  The Beauty of It ALL.

So on this 2nd Anniversary of my life as an Angelino, wrapping up the 2nd week of fundraising for my album, 2 days before hitting the studio to start recording…I’m telling you about my 2s.

A look at one of the more intimate, mournful shots in the series.

(About a month after I started, at 9:22pm at the VH1 Save-the-Music Grammy party, I ran into that very same musician, Tristan Hendy…so here is my 9:22 of us from that night)

I’ll leave you with the 9:22 from last night’s rehearsal. I’m so psyched after hearing us play together and can’t wait to get started in the studio. Special thanks to Devon and Chester, pictured here, for their work. Making music with you is going to rock!

Album Fundraiser

Well today’s the day, folks! I’ve launched my IndieGoGo Album Fundraiser – I’m heading into the studio this month and am looking to raise a portion of the costs! You can pre-order the cd, get a limited edition t-shirt, handwritten lyrics and all kinds of other fun stuff. Check it out!

 http://tinyurl.com/cly7994

As always, I am beyond grateful for you all and your support. I couldn’t do this without you!! (And guess what … some of you made it into the video!)


Photos by Brian Alan Photography

Design by Mary Scholz

Album Pre-Production – Brooklyn, Baby!

Hi Friends! (Written Feb. 9th)

 

I’m writing you from a snowy Saturday morning here in Brooklyn. The winter storm “Nemo” rolled through last night and left Brooklyn fairly quiet this morning. Of course you can’t keep New York quiet for long – they had the streets plowed and the sidewalks shoveled in no time. Everyone might be moving a little slower today but they’re still up and at-em.

 

I arrived in New York on Wednesday and have been working with my good friend Nathan on arrangements and pre-production for the album since Thursday morning. Some of you may remember him from my previous two EPs – he co-produced and played on those!

 

 

I’m already so excited to share what we’ve been up to – and yet there’s still so much work ahead. It’s funny how some songs, even though you wrote them yourself, still seem to hide from you. Some of the tracks are exactly what I’ve imagined for them – and some of them have surprised me and found their way to be completely different, both in tone and instrumentation. But I’ve learned that the melody and lyrics lead you – and I’m so inspired by what is finding it’s way out.

 

 

It’s going to be a long but awesome process, and I hope you’ll all be along for the ride. 🙂

 

 (out in the snow in Brooklyn – taking a break from our work!)

Wrapping up 2010

If someone wrapped up 2010 and handed it to me as a gift it would have come in the shape of plane and bus tickets, gas, toll and recording receipts.

First of all, wrapping up the year wraps up my first year of marriage – it was a busy and wonderful year for us and I look forward to the next!

We started out the year in Pittsburgh celebrating the wedding of two wonderful people and close friends of ours. This included a reunion of sorts of my friends from college – it was an amazing way to ring in the new year. As you may or may not have noticed, I love love. And I love all of the people who have entered my life over the years (even the ones that can be a real pain 😉

The year continued with shows in PA and NJ and a LOT of editing for the music video, which I released in February! (Feb 27th)

Philly Rocks 2010 - World Cafe Live


Singing with Hilary at the Premiere

With actor Timothy Weinert, DoP Michael Leary and Director Jonathan Rola

Oh and of course, February brought…the snow…

"Snowed In" by Mary Scholz

In March I started with my bus tickets to NYC to work on pre-production for the new EP with Nathan Terry as well as the Cape May Singer/Songwriter Conference and Showcase.

"Avalon Sun" by Mary Scholz

In April I headed out west – first to Arizona for my first ever visit there – and how beautiful it was!! I was amazed by the scenery and loved every second of my three days there exploring and visiting with my cousin Heather!

"View from Solar Mountain" by Mary Scholz

Then I was off to LA for the ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” and my show in Venice Beach.

With country music performer/writer Phil Vassar at the ASCAP Expo (LOVE him!)

(To see all of the EXPO photos visit my facebook page.)

Photo by paul@f22photos.com

Photo by paul@f22photos.com

"Seagull Sun - Ventura, CA" by Mary Scholz

"I Love My Job - This is Me" by Mary Scholz

with "Office" star Kate Flannery (and actor/friend Johnnie Hobbs III)

In May and June I sang at the Camden Riversharks ball game as well as the National Underground (among other places), saw the Backstreet Boys, James Taylor and Carole King in concert and welcomed the first baby to our group of friends and our first niece to the family!

James Taylor and Carole King!

The summer meant shows in NJ, PA and NY a whole lot of back and forth to NY to work on pre-production – I was pretty sick of the bus and the metro by the end of the summer! But it was well worth it 🙂 It also meant a couple of vacations, some with family, some with friends and some just me and Nick. All great days. In the midst of all that I also did some filming for a couple of spec commercials and a pilot for a web series…busy busy summer! (Not to mention the Phillies games on both coasts, the Union and Eagles game we went to!)

"My World from Above" by Mary Scholz

"Palm Tree Sun" by Mary Scholz

"Rock On Radio" interview

In September I went into the studio to record the new EP! We drove out to Syracuse, NY to work at More Sound Studios…because it’s awesome there. (For more studio photos, visit my old blog!)


Then we recorded at Silvertone Studios and Turtle Studios…

Cellist Alfred James Goodrich

Turtle Studios

Celebrated my birthday, saw more Phillies games, filmed an Ursus Vodka commercial, went to Niagara Falls with Nick and back to Syracuse for mixing/mastering!

Ursus Vodka Commercial Shoot

"American Falls Sun" by Mary Scholz

In October I played at a fashion show and a number of other shows, then did the photo shoots for “Water Rising” !! In addition, I held my live album show, and recorded “Mary Scholz LIVE at the Blue Light Sessions” !! If you haven’t heard it or downloaded it yet, please do so by going HERE. All proceeds help fund “Water Rising!”

Photo by Denise Maggetti Nowak

Photo by Charles Kevin Mauer

Photo by Charles Kevin Mauer

Photo by Charles Kevin Mauer

Photo by Charles Kevin Mauer

By December the album was all put together and ready for release. I played at the Christmas Village at City Hall here in Philadelphia, had my cd release, had an NYC release show and did the Christmas Special on the Tim Qualls show!

Christmas Village - Photo by Jim Flemming

I got to wrap up my year just as I started it – celebrating the wedding of two wonderful friends. I was honored to get to play and sing at the ceremony – it was a wonderful way to end a busy year of music, love and friends.

I hope YOUR year was wonderful as well! Have a fun and SAFE New Years Eve and Day! Here we go 2011!

CD Release 12/10/10

Friday night was the big cd release at The Londonbury in Conshohocken – and it was awesome!

We had a beautiful Christmas tree and fireplace to light the glowing room and set the mood for a great listening room style concert.

Mary Scholz with Alfred James Photo by Jim Flemming

Special thanks to Bruce and the Londonbury for having me, Shaun Ruymen for opening, Nick for running the merch table and Alfred James and Hilary Scholz for the accompaniment!

Mary Scholz with Hilary Scholz - Photo by Jim Flemming

Mary Scholz with Alfred James - Photo by Jim Flemming

Shaun Ruymen - Photo by Jim Flemming

Mary Scholz - Photo by Jim Flemming

Photo by Jim Flemming

Photo by Jim Flemming

Photo by Jim Flemming

Photo WITH Jim Flemming 🙂

Jeff Rockin the new Mary Scholz T-Shirt! Photo by Jim Flemming

Send me your CD Release photos!!

(for more photos, visit www.facebook.com/maryscholzmusic )