A Poem – This Big Life

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This big life

I find myself alone in a clean house
Listening to the art of a riskier woman
Love, success, experience

They float away on a wisp with every phrase uttered in boredom

I’ve already made up the night we’ll meet
My autopilot is mundane
I want it to dance in magic
Wobble in ecstasy
Run away on a whim into a flood of euphoria
At least in my imagination
I can be free
But without course correction, this craft doesn’t even crash
It sails into an arid void
And I can’t imagine anything but cracked plains beneath the shadow
Perhaps a forlorn cactus

An armadillo, hunkering

 
What happened to the excited spirit, starry eyed
Feeling butterflies
Did they fly away so fast?
Perhaps this is balance
A balanced life of laundry and infatuation
Folding my excitement into the sheets
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In Case You Missed It

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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!

Now go and share the love!

e_mma2

My 1 minute song: Lost You to the Sun

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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,

e_mma2

Wanna Know What My Secret Musicianship Weapons Are?

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Hey lovers,
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.

1.  http://trainer.thetamusic.com
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.

2. http://www.musictheory.net
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,

e_mma2

The Number One Mistake That All Of My Students Make

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One general truth about the freelance musician lifestyle, is that teaching is part and parcel of the experience. When I’m not gigging with my band, recording or practicing, I can probably be found around town, teaching a student. And it’s one heck of an experience! After many years of teaching piano and vocal lessons to a large variety of people, I’ve learned quite a bunch about myself and about people in general. And what I’ve found is that almost everyone makes the same kind of mistakes. Perhaps it’s our culture, or perhaps it’s just human nature, but I’ve found that the mistakes you make are the mistakes that everyone’s making.


For today, I’d like to comment on one common theme that I’ve found in my teaching:
 
Almost everyone has the mistaken idea, that the faster you play, the better you are.
 
I’ve observed that this is true regardless of the age or almost any other factor. Even I still do it to a degree! What happens is that we play the ‘easier’ parts of a piece at an alarmingly off-kilter pace, and the ‘hard’ parts at the speed of a tortoise. Every. Single. Person. This suggests two things to me.
 
a) Most students are so eager to begin, and to seem competent, that they don’t set themselves up to succeed in their hardest moments.
So often, they key to getting through the tough sections is to check for the ‘hard’ parts before you begin. If you set a slower pace from the beginning, you will have time to prepare for more challenging moments.
 
b) Most people value speed over consistency.
Now, this may not be conscious, but it seems that almost all of my students in some way make the decision that they’d rather be fast and wrong, than slow and consistently correct. Especially in music, but in many areas of life, consistency is king/queen. I’d rather listen to a slower, but beautifully crafted piece of music, than a jarring and halted melody – wouldn’t you?
 
Personally, what I take from these observations, is that we often don’t allow ourselves the time to prepare for the hard moments in life. What would happen if I factor failure into my plan? How could I better prepare myself for set-backs before they happen?
And if consistency = mastery, where are the places in my life that I can be more consistent? 
 
Let me know what you think!
With much love,
e_mma2

If you love the Beatles….

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I am ridiculously excited to announce that I will be performing in ‘Here Today – Canada’s Paul McCartney Tribute’ this September and October. We’ll be mainly touring the east coast of Canada and Southern Ontario!

WAHOO!

This is my first tour, and I’ve been learning every single note of each song – I had no idea how many of those Beatles songs had keyboards!

What has become very apparent is that Paul McCartney and all of his musical projects are incredibly fun, full of life, and composed by a genius. Check out this video below for evidence:

And don’t forget to buy tickets to the tour! It’s gonna be a blast, see you there 🙂

For Dates, Locations and Tickets >> http://www.impressproductions.ca/on-tour.html

[UPDATE] The dates in the East Coast, Guelph and Richmond Hill have now been cancelled. You can still check us out in Burlington, Milton, and Ottawa!

WELCOME WELCOME LOVERS!

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Thank you for your interest and love, always,

e_mma2