And a band is formed. . .

With some nostalgia I just found Zoe’s trip to Nashville Contract we drew up last year. ! Some of you might remember last Feb a deal was made…Zoe was challenged to write 12 songs (1 a month) and her reward  would be a road trip to Nashville.

You can read all about it here!

February came and left without a road trip to Nashville. While she has not written 12 songs (though close if you add co-writes!,  her progress and growth has way exceeded expectation. The intention of the challenge was to give her a goal to help her stay focussed and learn to work though the hard part, to journey on instead of just giving up, to see what  can come from perseverance.

She has developed so much musically in a year. Her love of music has deepened and she now embraces so many different types of music. Just a year ago it was mostly Taylor Swift and top 10 pop radio. Now it includes the standard teenage angst (Nirvana, Paramore) as well as some oldies, classic rock, RnB, new electronic music, old protest songs and even some folk!  She reads and writes way more poetry. Her guitar skills have improved tremendously and gets excited by a “hard piece” that she has to figure out and work on for a long time or a piece that causes frustration along the way that eventually comes together!

During the the Summer at the IMA pre-teen girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp along with 2 friends the wrote a song and from there a band was formed “Felixis Jinx” They spent the remainder of the summer making a music video and entered it into the Ashfield Film Fest.

In September they were invited to play their first gig at the Tri County Fair a stage sponsored by the IMA.IMG_2230

They played a few more small gigs in the Fall. They practiced, picked up new instruments, learned covers, wrote songs, and practiced more. Come Spring they were ready for a few more gigs, and luckily several came their way plus their dream opportunity to open for one of their favorite musicians Hayley Reardon

As well as gaining confidence in the band as a performer and songwriter,  a community of young creative people was forming in the area and Zoe found herself part of the organizing committee for their first event Goshen Rocks! A sense of belonging and a community added to her confidence!


Just a few weeks ago this happened!


and it struck me! wow how much can happen in a year…how much a motivated 12 year old can achieve in a period of time. And then just last week  she performed 2 original songs (1 was a work in progress) solo at a middle/high school open mic (not her school).

Zoe performing her new song “She likes Girls”

Songwriting Workshop for Teens

We are so excited to be hosting this workshop for teens with singer/songwriter Hayley Reardon

March 12th 2016

Ashfield MA


In 2012, The Boston Globe Magazine named her a Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment. The feature article characterized her as “a confident, radiant teenage singer/songwriter who is helping to pen the next chapter of the Boston folk scene….while Reardon is rapidly making a name for herself under the stage lights, it could be said that she’s having a bigger impact on her peers across the country as an effective teen-to-teen ambassador, sought after by schools nationwide.”


Join Hayley Reardon in this intimate setting as she leads a workshop for teens on Song Writing.
This workshop will focus on the process of songwriting and offer tips for getting started and fleshing out initial song ideas. We will discuss chordal and structural choices and how they can influence the direction of a song. Beyond the practical aspects, the workshop will emphasize uncovering unique, authentic voices as artists and songwriters, as well as the power of learning to express ourselves (through song or whatever art form you might choose!) Lastly, we will touch upon performing and creative confidence.

The participants are invited (not required) to come prepared with either a song idea/concept or unfinished song that we can work on together by developing a list of related images and outlining a structure.

Noted for her thoughtful, vivid songwriting and engaging stage performance, Hayley has spent the past five years sharing the stage with acts like Tom Rush, Peter Yarrow, Buskin & Batteau, Christine Lavin, and opening for the likes of Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, and Catie Curtis. She has been selected for official showcases at Folk Alliance International and New England Regional Folk Alliance, as well as The Boston Folk Festival, New York Songwriter’s Circle, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.

Workshop limited to 15 participants
for more info /to register please email

Hayley will also be performing a concert that evening! with local youth band “Felixis Jinx “opening!HayleyReardonPoster (1)

odds and ends

Spend the last week finishing up some odds and ends so that we can head out on our Spring Travel Adventure

The canoptic jars are finally finished! Here is Zoe’s Anubis headed canopic Jar


The picture is while glazing pre final firing. It turned out beautiful! The red was striking!

And Zoe completed her Coursera Guitar class. This was no easy feat! it took a lot of patience and sticking with it. But the certificate of completion made it all worth it!

Coursera guitar 2015

and now off on our next adventure!