I am proud and excited to share this new website with all of you. I’ve been humbled by the support I’ve received already in my creative endeavours, and feel blessed to be able to have a platform to share more deeply. This site will keep you up to date with new photos, videos, show dates, thoughts and insights from me to you. This is a place to celebrate the liberty I have to express myself freely and creatively. I intend to inspire and encourage everyone who touches my work to do the same.
Love and gratitude always,
Here’s a little improvisation I did awhile ago after watching the film Ernest & Celestine. It was a cute little movie that made me feel incredibly peaceful and grateful for the friendships in my life. Improvisation with intention!
On July 1st, 2015, I moved into my first bachelor apartment, eager to begin a new chapter in my life. This wasn’t the only big change in my life – I had also just quit my day job to focus on music, and between that and living alone, I knew I was going to have a lot of time on my hands. So it was with this in mind, that I decided to go without internet at my home for two months. I didn’t want my productivity to be zapped with Facebook scrolling and movies all day. I also wanted an excuse to get out of the house now that I had no roommates. So, here I am, September 1st, my first day at home with Internet, and I think I learned some useful stuff. Here are my top tips:
- Youtubing Justin Bieber on repeat from your phone while you’re unpacking will use up all of your data. In one day.
- Laundromats usually have free Wifi.
- Laundromats have owners that will start to recognize you if you keep going in solely to use their free Wifi.
- A lot of time, when you think you want to go on social media, you really just need a nap.You may be part cat.
- Being bored, lonely, and sad are emotions worth paying attention to. Sometimes we distract ourselves from these when we should put our attention on finding healthy ways to experience and deal with them. For example, calling a friend, working on creative pursuits, learning to calm ourselves through self-talk and relaxation techniques etc… And sometimes when you are distraction-free you realize you might need help outside of yourself like a therapist, coach, mentor or friend.
- When I had to use internet, I needed to make sure I remembered everything or it might not get done until the next day. To counter this, I started writing ‘internet to do’ lists before I left the house. This allowed me to be incredibly intentional about what I was doing online, and realized how unintentional I had previously been.
- That being said, YOU NEED SOME UNINTENTIONAL TIME. Filling a day to the brim with intentionality and productivity is near impossible and hella stressful. Sometimes you need to just chill, bro.
- When you order the cheapest thing on the menu (usually herbal tea) in order to stay for hours at a cafe with free Wifi, TIP HEAVILY.
- The hierarchy of free Wifi, in terms of speed and reliability, is as follows:Starbucks < Library < LAUNDROMAT.
Overall, I learned that it’s not actually a big deal to go without internet. Sure, it was annoying not to be able to answer work emails right away, and be out of the loop on some things, but your real friends will text you and your work can call you. It’s worthwhile to let go of distractions and deal with yourself every once in awhile.
Next month, NO PHONE!
Just kidding ;p
You’ve been asking for more videos, so here it is!
Enjoy this new cover video we shot on a sunny (and super windy) summer day this June 🙂
This big life
They float away on a wisp with every phrase uttered in boredom
An armadillo, hunkering
I am so grateful to be able to continuously share my art and vision with you, my supporters. It brings me great pleasure to present my video for The Best, off of my 2014 EP, which was released by GrayOwlpoint.com here : http://grayowlpoint.com/2014/12/15/video-premiere-emma-louise-hewson-the-best/
I am blessed to have such loving, amazing supporters – THANK YOU!
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Beautiful wonderful friends!
Ah, November in Canada. It really is a beautiful time as the season changes from fall to winter and we start seeing the snow stick to the ground. Apparently, it’s also a month where I write short little song snippets…
This afternoon I wrote a 1 minute song called Lost You to the Sun. It has a lilting, dream-like quality, peeking into the state of mind we get into when dreaming of someone far away.
Love and gratitude,
I wanted to write a quick post about some of the ways in which I supplement my music practice.
Having graduated from university in 2013, I can find myself a little starved for interactive ways to learn new things. Fortunately, I’ve found two websites that I love and use all the time for myself and with students.
This website is sooo good. It’s full of really engaging games ranging from concepts like rhythm and harmony to mixing and mastering. You can play up to about 3 levels of any game for free and for a small monthly fee you can unlock the rest of the levels. It’s great for beginners and advanced musicians… Like, it’s so good that I really almost do want to keep it a secret.
This is the best website I’ve found to teach new students about where the notes are on the piano and on the staff. It’s pretty straightforward, customizable, and very visually appealing. It’s great for interval training too and it’s completely free!
Well, there you go 🙂 Let me know what programs and games you use! I want to try them all!
With love and gratitude,