asheville + music + me

cold mountain home cozy blogging

it’s friday night… and what am i doing? i’m sitting under a blanket, with candles lit all around the living room, sipping on some cold mountain winter ale, blogging away, + catching up on some thursday night shows. yep. the weekend is here, and i’m at home nesting. and i don’t feel bad about that for one second. i’m not feeling old or boring or lazy or anything negative because i’m staying home on a friday night. it feels pretty damn great actually.

you see, the reason i don’t feel bad is because i live in asheville… where any + every night is like friday night. just last night (thursday) my love + i went to see some live music at a local brewery about 5 minutes from our home. like many ashevillians, we do that quite often in the middle of our regular week routines. because it’s asheville. and because we can. and, in asheville, music is as much of a god as beer and art and nature and food are.

asheville’s music scene is incredible. there are music venues dotted all over the city – downtown, west asheville, east asheville. the breweries are constantly having local + not-so-local bands come to their tasting rooms to entertain the beer lovers. there are concert halls, little holes-in-the-wall, pubs and funky dives where you can find music any night of the week.

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and it’s not just little, local no-name artists either. big names have played here. big names still play here. but, there are also grassroots bands and groups and singer/songwriters who play here. it’s such an eclectic mix of music opportunities. the main thing i’m trying to say is this: if you like music, asheville is a city to visit.

for me, asheville has been heaven for the past year. i have had the incredible, amazing joy of seeing three of my all-time favorite groups play here. on top of that, i’ve gotten to know other local musicians/artists, thanks to having the chance to meet so many cool, new, artist friends since moving back. basically, what i am saying is this: i’ve been both star-struck + made some sweet, dear, new friends + been inspired my music dreams all in a matter of a few months.

check out a few of the amazing acts that i’ve seen in the past year. imma lucky girl!

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the avett brothers

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the wilhelm brothers

these guys are good friends of ours who live in asheville – and who we are planning a european tour with in 2015. yep! lina and i will be setting up some venues across europe with them +  touring with them… me photographing, lina designing + perhaps singing. it’ll be a tour of friends + music + pure joy, i promise! these guys are total sunshine. can’t wait!

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my love has even gotten in on some of the musical artistry action in asheville, meeting for a jam session + leading the group with her amazing voice singing “hallelujah”. so much fun.

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whether you are looking for a big, blown-out, exciting concert, or a cozy, intimate one, you will be sure to find both here in asheville. so, friends, when you’re in asheville, here’s what you do: eat brunch downtown. visit the biltmore estate. ride on the blue ridge parkway + do some hiking. visit breweries. do a little local, fair-trade shopping. hang out in the river arts district. drink coffee (fika!) at a local coffeehouse. visit museums + art galleries. people watch. and… listen to music.

there is so much to do in asheville. so much i love about asheville. but, the music scene… it is freaking amazing. get online, book a ticket, + trust me.

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peace out, man. light + love. xx

 

 

go + sing to the mountain

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first of all, let me say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has taken part in the questions + answers post from the other day (find the post here)! it has been a thrill to read your answers and see what questions you’ve come up with. don’t you just love community?!

ok. now on to today’s post… i have been excitedly waiting since the beginning of november to share this with you.

as you know, or don’t know, maybe, i am a big music lover. while i wouldn’t consider myself a musician or a singer, i can play + i can sing – somewhat. hehe. in any case, music is and always has been a huge part of my daily life – and an extra little liz-fact: i am a genius when it comes to lyrics. true story. if you play it, i can sing it. hehe.

anyway, music touches me so very deeply, expressing things otherwise difficult to say or even process. the lyrics + instruments of a song lift + ground my soul all at the same time. i’m sure you know what i mean.

when i ran across the song that i have attached below, i loved how it sounded, but i didn’t really pay it too much attention. and then, one day, in the end of my meditation time in the morning, I came across the song again. as it began to play, i was carried away in my mind. i was deep in the midst of a magical forest, with a cracking bonfire, and bright stars above me. in my meditation, i danced around that fire, and i celebrated the powerful moments that i have had late at night, all alone – just me + the mountains.

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here’s one of the powerful moments that i remembered: about 20-25 years ago i went camping with my family. i decided to wander away from our campsite  quite late in the evening to get some time alone. to just soak in the night. i vividly remember stopping at one point, under the trees where there was a clearing, in a space where i could see the dark sky up above me. only, it wasn’t dark. it was sparkling + twinkling with millions of stars. and, in that moment, i experienced a deep connection with the universe – with all that is and was and will be – like i had never experienced before. i was so small, and yet so important. i was so alone, and yet completely connected. connected even to you, who i do not know, or you, who i did not yet know, and you, who i have known for years.

on that mountain that night my soul sang. there were no words. there was only the music of my heartbeat and the beep breathing of the natural world all around me.

and so, when i heard this song below a couple of weeks ago, i was immediately transported back to that moment in my teenage years. and i felt those feelings, again. not in exactly in the same way, of course, but with the same emotions. all that my soul wanted to do was to sing to the mountain, again + again. and, i realized, that who i was back then – and those moments that touched me so deeply, are some of the same things that still touch me so deeply today. and with that realization, i knew that i had a found a true, authentic part of my soul – an unchanging, unwavering piece of me

i leave you, now, with this song… so excited to share it with you. i didn’t attach a youtube video on purpose. i want you to just listen. listen + be. let your mind flow. just feel whatever comes. and celebrate that you, too, are an integral part of this great, vast, magical, beautiful, mysterious universe.

wishing you magical, starry nights of soul-filling light + love. xx

| the lyrics |

Let the fires burn tonight
Let the jugs of wine get drunk
Let the truth be known tonight
Don’t go let yourself hide

Go and sing to the mountain
Go and sing to the moon
Go and sing to just about everything
Cuz everything is you

Listen to the rhythm
Of your heart play like a drum
Listen to the night call
Singing songs from all around

Go and sing to the mountain
Go and sing to the moon
Go and sing to just about everything
Cuz everything is you

And let your voice go
Let it pierce through your soul
And let your voice go
Let it pierce through your soul

connect with your native soul

i decided that i wanted to make a special playlist for november. well, i have actually promised myself to make a playlist for every month throughout the entire year – up until my 41st birthday next september. – but i just had some sort of feeling about november’s playlist. i wanted something spiritual and grounded, but something that also honored the history of this land – but with a different focus. something not so traditionally  pilgrim-white man-eurocentric focused.

i was excited about creating my november playlist, but i had not really given it any thought at all. and here it was only a day away from november. well, i started gathering some songs on tuesday and finished thursday morning. in between, as i selected songs, i decided on a theme. i don’t remember how i came up with the idea of letting november become “native november“, but the moment that the word “native” snuck out of my mouth, i knew that it was perfect.

think about it: in both hemispheres we have beautiful natural transformations happening, with the autumn + spring giving way to winter + summer. so, i wanted to honor the earth. and i wanted to celebrate the thanksgiving holiday in a way that i never have before: by spending the weeks leading up to it by focusing on native americans rather than pilgrims, even if one of my direct descendants was one of the original pilgrims. but, this year, i wanted the focus of my thanksgiving, my november, to be natural, organic, ceremonial, spiritual, and wild + free.

then i began searching high + low for songs whose titles had something to do with nature – and/or native american culture and symbols. i gathered music that sounded a bit like bluegrass, or music that was clearly meant for the wild west., and, of course some native chants.

finally, it all came together. and i was so very excited. it felt so right. with the music part completed, i moved on to designing an image to capture the essence and the vibe of my native november. after that was done, all i needed to do was put it out there for y’all to find.

so here it is. i truly hope that you like it, and that it beckons you to a simpler, more grounded + grateful month.

click here to go to the playlist on spotify.

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may your november days be filled with simplicity, good food + drink, family + friends, and a natural, spiritual connection with all people + the earth.

light + love.