It is always interesting as a performer to experience the different vibes between venues, stage and audience sizes and places. Often it's the small concerts that end up filling the heart the most! Intimate, personal... and full of inspiration!
Last week I had the pleasure of playing for a group of teenies at the Spree-Neiße Youth Project awards-ceremony.
I got to chat with and listen to the project presenters for each teen group and at the end, I was able to play and engage the teens with a few nice sets of music from a crazy California-Berlin-Girl, plus we got to play a little "name that composer/song and win a CD" contest.... they did better with Bizet's "Carmen" than Santana's "Black Magic Woman." (Gotta add some classic rock education to all the other great stuff they are learning ;-) )
But what was the most inspiring for me was sitting there in this little recreation room in the middle of rural Germany, enjoying looking at the FUTURE of our world. Bright, young, engaged kids thinking about the future and what it means for us all, the wellness of our world and the workings of society.
And these projects are going on all over the world. Every country. Every language. Young people are being called to action to wake up and work for our collective existence.
The quiet ones were listening to the music. Watching from behind bashful eyes and messy Bieber hair... watching a version of themselves +15-20 years tell stories and share knowledge through song. They got it.
Mutual inspiration to say the least.
And as always, I am so thankful to my friends from AIDS-Hilfe Lausitz and the Kreis Jugendring Spree-Neiße e.V. for their unyielding support of me and my musical message of transformation, following your heart and changing the world!
Next week has a nice little surprise for the kids in store... I have a fun task for the winners of the project prize when they come to Berlin for a visit and a tour through the city with me!! ;-)
Stay tuned for photos of that.
And below is a video montage from the evening, including me performing from 8:30-on. Exciting stuff!
Love to you all.
It boils down to two words:
I love what I do and the most important thing is to reach people and to facilitate peace of mind and healing with my music and words.
I have, and will continue to have a lot of content available for download and free listening, and I want it to stay that way which is why I have set up a DONATE button on my STORE PAGE.
I believe my creative output is valuable, but sometimes that value is not translatable for some into money! Art it is priceless AND the artist also needs to live. I want my music and words to reach whomever they need to, regardless of finances.
I believe in abundance.
Abundance has many forms:
You can pay me by donating money!
You can pay me by becoming a patron!
You can pay me by recommending my music to others!
You can pay me by giving my music to someone else!
You can pay me by sharing my stuff on social media!
You can pay me by booking me a gig!
You can pay me by blogging about my music!
You can pay me by sending me a gift-certificate!
You can pay me by buying me groceries!
You can pay me by trading goods/services!
You can pay me by sending me a prayer!
You can pay me by sending me a message, letting me know you're listening!
You can pay me by sending me love!
And you can pay me by simply enjoying!
...just to name a few!
For me, the greatest payment is that we are connected.
Follow me on social media! Sign up for my newsletter!
Let's get connected!
I will continue creating the things within my power to nourish you!
YOU get to decide how you express its value to you!
I believe in abundance and I believe we all have access to this abundance.
If it moves you, donate however you can! If that is in monetary form, you get to decide how much!
To donate, visit my STORE PAGE!
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT!
This year I participated in (my 3rd) the 6th CSD Cottbus! It was a wonderful day with an ever-growing community of LGBTQI supporters and people advocating the rights to love and live freely.
I always feel like I am going home when I play in Cottbus, not only because of the quaint nature of the city, but because there is a community of people there lead by AIDS Hilfe Lausitz (Miss Cherry Moonlight and Stefan of AHL pictured above) that opens its collective arms and hearts to ALL people and welcomes them into the community with unconditional acceptance. It's an amazing feeling and something that I wish more people could experience. I love these people! And they love me!
I played at the end of the demo parade for the street celebration portion of the day and shared the stage with the wonderfully entertaining Das Wunder von Bernd! Off stage and sharing her amazing talents was the wonderful comic illustrator Elke R. Steiner, who drew live-scenes at the demo! Here's one she did of my portion of the day!
There were children singing and dancing on and off stage! There were beautiful souls milling around in a cloud of love-filled appreciation, there were new experiences and opportunities to educate inquisitive and brave minds... and there was even a marriage proposal!!!!!!
And at the end of the evening, the sassy and unbelievably cool 10-year-old J. informed me that she just HAD to paint my face like a lady bug (after she chided me for not remembering her name from last year (but she still has and loves my CD), sang and danced with me on stage, helped me with the equipment break-down and carried my guitar out of the hall!)... which I proudly sported all the way back to Berlin! I was presented with the unexpected and rare gift of regaining a connection to my inner-child through this vivacious little spirit! And being painted like a ladybug opened up countless opportunities for conversation on my 3 hour home-journey!
I have already been invited back and gleefully accepted another year performing at CSD Cottbus in July 2015. From 30 participants to 200, this demo/celebration has grown steadily over the last 6 years and will continue to grow into the future. Let's help them double+ that participation number for next year! I invite YOU to join me, little J., Miss Cherry Moonlight all our friends in Cottbus to make this next demo an even bigger success!
Save the date and see you then! XOXOXOX!
"Soaring" is a new piece exploring sound and natural beauty. A stormy sky, the triumph of the sun, the interplay of light and shadow, simple vocal melodies and natural beauty.
We live in such a breathtaking world. It's our job to enjoy this beauty whenever we see it.
Chose to find 5 beautiful things in your environment today and take a moment to appreciate this natural expression of life!
Leave your beauty-list in the comments below!
Now for some S O A R I N G . . . . . . . . .
The first Mittagsmusiken (Midday Music) Concert Series in the Bali-Kino in Zehlendorf begins on Friday, June 27, with the wonderful Carmen Underwater and finishes on July 4 with me! The week-long series spans all genres, featuring innovative, interesting musicians including counter tenor Stefan Görgner, the Berlin Guitar Quartet, and mezzo-soprano Ines Theileis with pianist Wei Chen.
Our friend Annette Spitzlay is the organizer of concerts as Musikwelten Berlin and is an active champion of upcoming young musicians in Berlin and works to plan interesting and diverse concerts.
If you have time at lunch and are in the area, come on by!
Mittagsmusiken Concert Series
12:00 and 1:00pm @Bali-Kino
Teltower Damm 33 - 14169 - Berlin
HIER EIN BERLINER WOCHE ARTIKEL AUF DEUTSCH!
All photos (c) the artists pictured.
I'm always excited to play, but it's really something special when I am able to collaborate with people who are working to broaden the perception of music! At this point in my career, it's musical honesty or nothing, and being authentic often means stretching previously established boundaries (internally and externally imposed)! I greatly appreciate presenting my music without the confines of genre or defined presentation and it's not every day that you meet someone willing to say, "Sure! I believe in you and know that whatever you do will be great, so... just do your thing!"
One of those people is the lovely Annette Spitzlay, the woman who organizes the Villa Mittelhof concert series, among a plethora of other concerts in Berlin. I was able to present the full breadth of my music this past Friday, from folkie acoustic ballads to dreamy electronic-classical songs. And you know what, I LOVED IT! So did the audience!
I loved being barefoot on stage singing French Melodie.
I loved laughing with the audience and dancing around on stage with a backdrop of framed children's drawings.
I loved having no barriers.
I loved the freedom.
Thank you, Annette, for such a lovely evening.
Thank you, audience, for sharing that evening with me.
Here's to many more!
The Author... it's me, Nicole!