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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”


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!


“Write 12 songs and I’ll take you on a road trip to Nashville…..”


Did I really say that?

My little dreamer has completely romanticized the Nashville music scene! She dreams about sitting at cafes writing songs, jamming with friends and meeting musicians! I think it can be traced back to reading Taylor Swifts Biography…but wherever it began -she is serious, all business

After watching an episode of Modern Family last week  when Hayley is promised a car if she stays off electronics devices for a week, she crafts a bar soap into a smart phone, paints it and spends the week talking into that- but after she wins the bet, the parents decide go back on their word,  Zoe decides we need a written deal- Well, now there is written proof.

Twelve songs gets her a trip to Nashville next Spring.


Song number 2 was written today inspired by the Biography of Langston Hughes and his “Dream” poems.

(here is the first draft. she is still working on the chorus and bridge.)

I wonder……What happens to a Dream Deferred? 

ef466cf9fddcf8a1a00529ab36e1507a(b y Langston Hughes)

{this moment}

. . . . . . . .

{this moment} – A Friday ritual a la soulemama!. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.