The Countdown is On!!
I fly out of NYC on Saturday…see ya soon!
The song and video explore the theme of running forward towards your own happiness, whether it be pursuing a dream or just creating the life you desire for yourself. It’s told from the perspective of a person who has been given such advice as, “don’t ever wait until tomorrow for your time in the sun,” and is now passing those words back to that same friend, who also needs a reminder.
The video also follows the journey of the creation of the album The Girl You Thought You Knew-from the studio, to its release and its subsequent 2014 US release tour.
Watch the video below and tell us what you think! Also, be sure to check out “Run Baby, Run” in ourOfficial Love Run playlist here.
Sometimes the self-driven life of an indie artist seems extensively trivial.
Like when you turn on the news and hear about the beheading of 21 people. Or when you realize you never really heard about all of the young girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Or that no one really talked about how on the same day as the Charlie Hebdo attack in France, 31 people were killed in a terrorist bombing in Yemeni.
And here I am, peddling cds and digital downloads and concert tickets and urging you to be excited about my next music video.
Feels a bit unimportant. Even though the goal is to connect with people and let them know they’re not alone. People are dying, and I’m singing.
Then you start to think, “What can I DO? In what way can I make an impact? In what way can I really, truly help?” And then you start to feel…helpless. At least I do.
I was thinking about it today, when I was out shoveling the snow from my parents’ driveway. It has been quite some time since I’ve had to deal with shoveling out, other than some brief moments over Christmas holidays, or a light cleaning off of the car on tour. Perks of being based on the Golden Coast.
But today was a beautiful, sunny day, and the snow was shimmering in the light.
And I was thinking about Isis. And the young women. And for some reason then, as I looked at a shovel-full of snow, I thought about 2008.
My father had to have emergency heart surgery and we had a snow storm. I remembered what a trying, scary time that was. And how our neighbor across the street shoveled out our driveway and sidewalks so that we could get to and from the hospital without thinking twice about the logistics of dealing with the snow.
As I came out of the memory, I realized I had stood up from that hunched-over shoveling stance and was smiling.
That was such a nice thing they did. I had forgotten. But at the time, I was so grateful. I then also remembered that they would take the trashcans in from the street for my mom over the next few weeks. Just small, but kind and unknowingly impactful things they did that made our lives easier when we needed it most.
So my mind moved to how important it is to lend a hand to your neighbor, your friend, and the strangers that pass through your life for a brief moment. Or be patient with the frazzled mother with the young kids who needs directions and is holding up the grocery line.
Be kind to yourself when you’ve had a hard week, and be kind to others because you really don’t know what is happening in their lives. And when you do know, be even kinder. Because the small kindnesses are not as small as you’d think, and that oh-so-talked about ripple effect is real. What would have happened if I had to dig out in order to get to my parents at the hospital? I don’t know, and I’m grateful. That was seven years ago, and though I can’t pointedly tell you how, it contributed to the path that I am currently on, and was a reminder for me, in the moment and today, about the goodness in people.
My brain snapped back to Isis. And I looked up at the neighbor’s house.
Small kindnesses. Do they change the terrible things that are happening in the world?
Not in the grand way we’d like to have things work.
But if the horror we feel about the hostility others are inflicting comes from an innate understanding of how we should be treating each other, maybe we can, at the very least, incorporate more of what we know we should be doing into our daily lives.
Because the more I stood there in the bright but bitter cold afternoon, the more all I could hear was a quote from a songwriter we call Jewel.
“In the end, only kindness matters.”
If that is the goal, then it can only happen if we are all conscious of it, and putting it out there into the world. Even if we aren’t the individuals directly fighting against those inflicting pain.
But each of us can fight hostility indirectly, and piece by piece, person by person, we can create a kinder world.
I laughed when I realized I had boiled my thoughts down to a quote from a song.
I’ll file that reminder away for the next time I am feeling like being a songwriter is trivial.
Does it ease the glaring awareness of my inability to be physically present, helping those kidnapped girls, or those inured people? It doesn’t.
But I know connecting with words and music is extremely powerful. So I’ll keep working to do just that. And I’ll remember to be kinder, in the small ways, not just the big ones.
Holy cow, 2014. What an insanely busy, wonderfully exhausting year you were.
Album release, spring tour, fall tour, music videos, Susan G Komen fundraisers, HMMA nominations, radio interviews, album reviews, magazine interviews…and 19,650 miles of driving to get there. I’m tired just thinking about it!
It wouldn’t have been the year it was without my amazing friends and family – each concert attendee, each album reviewer, each venue booker, each host in each city, my spring tour mate and adventure partner Sarah Ault (I love you, lady!), my publicist Jorey Blake, each musician that joined me on stage (Sean, Jaydon, Brandon, Chris, Demetri, Hilary, Erin, Sarah, Sara, Phoebe, Kyle, David, John, Harold, Kubby, Sander, Paul), Elyse for lending me her keyboard, road buddies Alexandra, Mike and Ian, each photographer, radio station, music video participant/editor/filmmaker/crew (Jason, Jordan, V, Jessica, Sean, Chelsea, Matt), car repair shop and everyone I met along the way. You are the people that make it possible for an indie musician like me to have a year like I did.
I am so grateful for you all.
Special thank you to everyone who watched and fed my kittens (Chelsea, Tommy, Sheridan, Sarah N, Sarah A, and most especially Kevin!!) and to Alexandra for sharing the huge drive and cat wrangling with me from sea to shining sea.
Thank you to Ron Taffi at 90.7 KSER in Everett, Washington, for having me in studio on my way through town in October! Thank you also to George Bentley for filming the interview!
The Hard Rock Cafe Seattle celebrated fifteen years of their PINKTOBER campaign during the month of October. Throughout the month, they hosted live bands led by female vocalists, with a portion of all music ticket sales benefiting Susan G. Komen of Puget Sound.
Mary Scholz (Photo Credit: GeorgieCat Productions)
The mission of Komen of Puget Sound is to fight breast cancer and save lives in Western Washington, and ultimately find a cure for the disease. The local chapter is the sixth largest among 119 Komen Affiliates working in communities across the country and has invested over $28.6 million over the last 20 years to fund free breast cancer screenings and patient support for low income and underserved women in our community. Since its inception in 1994, over $9.5 million into medical research to find a cure for breast cancer.
I recently attended a show featuring Mary Scholz and the band, Chasing Jane. Mary, a multi-talented artist based in Los Angeles, sang her beautiful songs while playing a guitar and a keyboard along with her band. In addition to performing at the Hard Rock Seattle PINKTOBER, she also sang at the Hard Rock Denver event. Seattleites Chelsi Marie and DaLona Foster and their band, Chasing Jane, took the stage after Mary’s set. With my sister recently being diagnosed with breast cancer, one of their songs hit me, with lyrics, “…when the world crashes down, look into my eyes, everything’s gonna be alright…” The lyrics gave me some hope that my sister is going battle her way through treatments and beat cancer! I had the opportunity to ask Mary and Chelsi a few questions after the show.
What does PINKTOBER and partnering with Hard Rock and Komen for the Cure mean to you?
Mary: I was so glad to be able to be a part of these PINKTOBER shows with the Hard Rock Cafe and help raise money for Komen for the Cure. When they mentioned that they were planning to feature female acts to raise money for Susan G Komen, I was all in. It’s been a running theme for me recently, putting a spotlight on the strength of women who are battling various issues or illnesses in their daily lives, and this was right in line with that. There are so many inspiring women who have battled or are battling breast cancer, and participating in this fundraiser is my way of saying “you keep fighting your fight and we will keep fighting to find the cure.”
(Photo Credit: GeorgieCat Productions)
Chelsi: It was a special event. Several of our band members brought people with Cancer. My friend Lisa Quinlan who recently survived a bout with breast cancer was at the event and I know it touched her. I think any opportunity to raise awareness, funds, and hope, is necessary. Playing positive music, that has deep roots, for people who have been through something, is what art and music is about at its core. And, our band enjoyed an excuse to wear way to much Pink live
Why is giving back important to you?
Mary: Being an indie artist, I often rely on the generosity of others, and so I look for any opportunity that I can to give back. Especially when it comes to charities and people in need – if I’m available, I’m there. It’s important to me that we all take care of each other.
Chelsi: Giving back is important to me, and multiple members of our band, because we all have known someone who has had cancer. It’s a life stealer, a joy killer, a thief. But we can take back broken pieces, rearrange them, call it music, and inspire healing, research, and HOPE! We hope that’s what we were able to do partnering with the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle for this event.
During the show, the Hard Rock Seattle staff served me one of their pink margaritas, a Red Berry Press fruit cocktail (the bartender brought out fresh raspberries to infuse in my drink) and a red velvet cake complete with a pink ribbon in the frosting to support Komen Puget Sound. The drinks were the perfect, sweet accompaniment to a fantastic evening of music and charity. I had a chance to ask Andy Robinson, the sales and marketing manager for the Hard Rock a few questions.
What does PINKTOBER and partnering with Komen Puget Sound mean to you? Partnering with Komen Puget Sound was a natural fit because they have invested more than $28.6 million to fund breast cancer screening and patient treatment support in Western Washington. To be able to support an organization that is having a dynamic impact locally is quite incredible.
How much have you been able to raise so far for Komen Puget Sound through PINKTOBER? To date Hard Rock Cafe Seattle has raised more than $2,200 this October for Komen Puget Sound. Nationally, PINKTOBER raises thousands of dollars for various breast cancer research charities.
Chasing Jane (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
Are there other charities that you give back to? Hard Rock Cafe Seattle’s goal is to foster a few intimate relationships with charities and grow those connections throughout the year. In addition to our local Komen partnership, nationally, the other partnership we focus on is WhyHunger, through the IMAGINE There’s No Hunger campaign. To date, IMAGINE has helped communities grow enough food to provide more than 9.7 million nutritious meals to children and supported programs that taught more than 27,600 community members techniques for sustained food production. This year, IMAGINE is aiming to hit a program milestone of 10 million meals locally produced and served. From November 3rd through December 31st 2014, a portion of the retail price from the sale of Hard Rock’s limited-edition IMAGINE merchandise will directly benefit WhyHunger and its fight against childhood hunger and poverty.
- See more at: http://askmissa.com/2014/11/10/recap-hard-rock-cafe-seattle-hosts-pinktober-to-benefit-susan-g-komen-puget-sound/#sthash.7ca17iEj.dpuf
Well, tonight’s the night for “Bridges We Burn” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards!
I just got back from a fantastic three week tour of the Western United States – covered 4,475.2 miles of our beautiful country, sang for folks at bars, restaurants, coffee houses, listening rooms, radio stations, and the fantastic Hard Rock Cafe(s). It was an honor to be a part of the Pinktober fundraisers for Susan G Komen both in Denver and Seattle.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the shows, and all of my wonderful venues and sound people for having me!
Up next is LA at Bar Lubitsch, then San Diego at Lestat’s West, then off to the east coast to sing at West Chester University! But tonight…I’ll be posting photos from the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
Well, tonight is the official kick off of my fall tour!
It starts here in LA at a very special event at the Mint. (on Pico!)
My friend Amy Paffrath has been putting a ton of time and effort into her (5th?) year of Team Packrats, raising money for the Los Angeles Walk to Defeat ALS. I’m honored to be a part of this year’s event, a night of duets! I’ll be singing with Taryn Southern and Tina Vonn and bringing in some special guests of my own (you know I love to duet with Sarah Ault and Sean Keegan). If you’re in LA tonight, please come by the Mint for a wonderful event!
Tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/duets-for-als-tickets-13164047019
After that, I hit the road for my fall tour – please come out and see me as I perform at various venues around the west-ish coast. This tour includes two Pinktober! events for the hard Rock Cafe, featuring female artists and benefiting the Susan G Komen Foundation.
A year ago I was in the studio creating the music that makes up “The Girl You Thought You Knew”
I can’t believe in the past year we made the album, released and toured it. No wonder I’m wiped out!
Here’s one of my favorite shots from the studio – listening back to the second live band session – photo by the amazing Desiree Stone
I’m feeling it, folks. I’ve been back in LA for a month now, after three months non-stop of driving and playing, and I officially have tour withdraw. The past few weeks have been filled with getting myself re-situated back in my apartment and trying to find a normal daily/weekly rhythm again. It’s been a strange experience. I truly didn’t expect to feel so strange upon my return!
As you know, I’ve toured plenty over the years – but never for that long of a period of time.
And now that I’m getting my feet back on the ground – I’m missing the road!
I miss the stages and the faces and all of the beautiful connecting going on with music.
I did get some pretty adorable kittens, though.
Dr. Livingston and Seattle – brothers who love each other and are named after two fantastic stops on the tour.
The whole country was amazing and beautiful and a reminder that there is beauty everywhere…
That’s all for now…