25 December 2013

Everyday Music Project

December 25th, 2013|Inspiration Station, News|

Sending you lots of love to you and yours this Christmas. May you feel the warmth of the season the whole year through and may peace, joy, love, and hope surround you now and always.

1000 songs,1000 acts,1000 days.  What began as a video musicology experiment has morphed into a spiritual journey (the music is my guide).  Check out more about Rod Matheson’s amazing project!  Go here.

29 October 2013

Creativity is So Curious

October 29th, 2013|Inspiration Station, News|

63Since the beginning of Fall I’ve been dreaming, scheming and planning a personal musical project and fine tuning it’s execution. It feels scary, exciting and big all at once. I’m in major writing mode which means, not a lot of writing is happening! Ha! Well….. there is not as much writing happening as I would like there to be. In an ideal world I would spend at least 2 hours a day working on tunes and flushing out ideas etc… Respectable, attainable, reasonable goal right? Somehow, in “DawnLand”, this goal really means that I only sit down to write for 3-4 hours a week or I write on the go and get little snippets here and there. The main problem seems to be getting my butt to the piano. I often wonder why this is so hard? It’s the same as taking forever to put on your shoes and get out the door to go for a run/walk or to the gym. I know that it will be good for me, I will like it and feel divine once I’m on a roll, but still just that one step feels so impossible sometimes. So very curious. While I may not be sitting at the piano as much as I would like to be just yet,  I do notice that my brain is constantly busy analyzing songs and thinking about songwriting and that I’m craving other creative outlets. I clean, knit, make soup, give myself a manicure, cook, read, plant flowers, play my ukelele, drink tea, eat chocolate…. sometimes it feels like procrastination, but experience has taught me that this is all part of the process. I’m priming my creative pumps, so to speak. I’m preparing to kick it into high gear and that means that my eyes, ears, heart and musical mind need to be open and alert. I think by staying creative and playful in all sort of ways will help that. There is also something else that helps my creativity…… a deadline. Something about the threat of a due date that is terrifyingly awesome! So, over these next few weeks, I’ve set myself some smaller goals and checkpoints, such as booking writing sessions with other people, doing free form writing in the mornings, including unfinished songs in set lists for upcoming gigs….. I really have learned to notice my habits and work with them instead of against them. It’s been a such a gift and has deepend my faith in myself and my abilities and in the creative process. I just trust and know that songs will emerge and have faith that everything will come together as they were meant to be. Now, more than ever the stars have aligned and the Universe is blessing me with an abundance of affirmations and all sorts of support.  Just heaps and heaps of it. I am really grateful and know that I’m on the right track.

So, here’s to creativity and its impish ways. Time to get to that piano, but first I should make a few muffins 😉

This is kinda interesting too….

19 August 2013

Outdoor Pianos and Seaside Serenading!

August 19th, 2013|Inspiration Station, News|

This summer the City Studios launched an amazing outdoor music project called “Keys to The Streets”!  It’s a fun, interactive and engaging project that brings music to the people. The Georgia Straight chose to do a fabulous series on a few Vancouver musicians having fun with the pianos and I got to be one of them!  Yay!  It was a beautiful day and so wonderful to hear the sounds of the city and the people around me as I played and sang.  It was heart warming actually and made me fall more and more in love with this place I call home.

Here’s a wee excerpt from the article:

Dawn Pemberton believes that music is something that should always be available to everyone.

The appearance of four pianos around Vancouver this summer go towards making that conviction a reality, she told the Straight while sitting at one of those instruments located on the edge of the Olympic Village.

“This takes the job or the idea of music as this big thing that only a few people can do and makes it more accessible and tangible,” she said. “Just waiting down here and enjoying the view, so many people came up and started playing. And I think that’s so cool. I think as people take more of a participatory role in making music, they will appreciate it more and go out and see it more.”

Pemberton is a piano player, vocalist, music teacher, and—as of last week—director of youth choir and voice ensemble at Vancouver’s Sarah McLachlan School of Music. She played a song called “For You”, which will appear on an album of original work she expects to see released in the spring or summer of 2014.

You can check out the rest of the article here.

I am so thrilled to have been a part of this fun project! Special thanks to Travis Lupick, Marcel Chaves, Laura Moore and The Georgia Straight!