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favourite open mics (so far and of lately)

7 Jul
  1. The Riptide (San Francisco, CA)
  2. Hotel Hotel (Seattle, WA)
  3. Alchemy Coffee (Salt Lake City, UT)
  4. Bazaar Cafe (San Francisco, CA)
  5. Hotel Utah (San Francisco, CA)
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music lately 

15 Feb

I’m in the midst of writing a song. A song I’m actually excited about. But part of me has this irrational fear. Someone is going to know which artists I’m stealing from.

I drive past The Paint Mixer | Paint and Wine Studio almost every day. Suddenly, I realize this weird concept. Imitating art and artists is a thing. People pay to imitate. They should Steal Like An Artist instead. But I realize this isn’t everyone’s ambition. 

In a strange way, I’ve come to an acceptance. An acceptance of the concept, steal like an artist. Remix and create from something that already exists. A multitude of case studies and works in progress.

Phones are my worst enemy, particularly ringing phones. Rings and notifications happen while I practice. There should be no disturbing, no distractions. I’ve learned to turn my phone on airplane mode during practice time. Otherwise nothing gets done.

2017: The Future is Female. Last year, I listened to Laura Marling’s Reversal of the Muse. This conversation of gender and women in music have left this definitive character and mindset in me. There needs to be more women in a man’s world. I need more women in my life. I need to listen to more female artists. I am a woman and I need to be a part of this.

I’ve noticed that I’m tired of listening to the same male artists I always listen to. And I’m sure the current political situation in America has created this internal stress in me. 

Lately, I’ve been listening to voices like Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, Brandi Carlile, The Staves, Shook Twins and Maggie Rogers. These women are everything to me. Through their music, I’ve found comfort and a spirit of sisterhood. Magic all worth aspiring to. 

practice magic every day.

7 Aug

Sometimes I find myself complaining about practicing. Practicing piano, practicing guitar, practicing singing, practicing writing. Then I remind myself I get to do this. It has always been my dream to be a musician. To be in a studio recording my first album, to sing my songs in front of a crowd, to be on the road. Practicing is part of what this dream entails.

I like to think music is magic. That my favourite musicians are all wizards that craft magical songs out of thin air. Magic. Then I remembered that even Harry Potter and all the greatest wizards practiced magic. That there’s a place called Hogwarts, where wizards study and practice magic. Magic is learned and practiced. And so goes with music. One must practice magic every day.

the ghosts on the lake (acoustic) is now FREE on NoiseTrade

28 Feb

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It has been almost a month since the release of “The Ghosts On the Lake”. The acoustic version is now FREE on NoiseTrade. Please download and share via Facebook and Twitter. If you like what you hear, please consider leaving a tip towards future recording projects. THANK YOU SO MUCH for listening and for your support!!! http://www.noisetrade.com/laurensum/the-ghosts-on-the-lake

the making of and the ghosts on the lake music video

7 Feb


It’s been one week since the release of “The Ghosts On the Lake”! #TGOTL