what a way to start 2008.
i'm going back into the studio to record new songs.
i have spent the last 2 weeks locked in my room, writing more than ever before.
and i have written my best songs so far.
2007 was a crazy year and things happened really fast and i'm going to share that story with you guys over the next week or so...catch you up on everything that happened and didn't happen and give you some insight into the future. well, my future, that is.
basically, i couldn't be happier with the way things are going.
i have an entire album's worth of new songs. my label is sending 4 songs to 3 different producers and we'll go from there. i have really searched my soul for these songs, as goofy as that sounds! for me, it's been many months of deep confusion and sadness and feeling removed from my music. things happened so fast from the time i was recording my videos on the youtube virtual summer tour - suddenly there was a rush to release my album, i was playing at live earth in london, and no one really expected any of this. i think everyone i work with was caught a bit by surprise. and me, most of all.
but i'm sure i'll talk more about that in another blog.
last month a friend of mine said to me "you need to get back to the garden."
at the time, i was about to head out to the middle of the desert in mexico, which seemed like the perfect place to look for answers. i really took his words to heart. thought about what that meant to me, personally, and also to my music, my career, my place in the world. it's so easy to get caught up in a whirlwind and lose yourself sometimes.
at which point i think it's time to stop everything and take an honest look around. change the things which do not feel right. that is what i am doing. and luckily i have people who believe in me enough to make those changes alongside me.
the most important thing i have learned in the past year is that i always need to trust my own instincts and intuition. not those of the people around me. it does not matter who has more experience in any given area. if it does not feel right, then i need to listen to that. only i know what is right for me. such a difficult lesson to learn sometimes. i think we are constantly doubting ourselves. i know i am. not anymore, though. what an amazing gift to start out this new year with a newfound confidence and belief in myself and my intuition. i have not been wrong yet. the only decisions i regret in my life are the decisions i made when ignoring my own intuition and trusting other people.
i cannot wait to record these songs.
and i'll be blogging a lot during this process.
will keep you guys posted and probably post some new music soon.
and hopefully play some live shows very very soon.
lots of love