January 2016: ROI = Return on Investment

January 13, 2016:  Ok, so I usually post 2 short entries per month but when the universe offers up more goodies, it feels so good to share it with you.  As you know, 2015 was not an easy year for me; band changes, refocusing, adjustments in both my personal and professional life.  There were times that even though I kept bulldozing on with my projects, it was very lonely and it felt like I wasn't going anywhere.  But then now, we're not even finished January and the floodgates have opened.  I just got an invitation to guest lecture at Concordia University's 3rd year Marketing students. The topic, you say? Brand Marketing for Bands and the Music Industry from the DIY Standpoint. How fitting is this?!  Thank you life and the universe.  It feels good to breathe.

January 11, 2016:  I am happy to announce the addition of a residency at L'Escalier Montreal! It's an acoustic afternoon (15h - 17h) every 2nd Saturday of the month starting in February. A nice place to sit back and relax in a bohemian atmosphere. That makes two residencies for 2016! Both residencies (House of Jazz and L'Escalier Montreal) complement each other as one is full band and the other is acoustic duo or trio. Check out the Show Calendar.

January 9, 2016: Happy New Year Everyone! I know, I know...I'm late with the post.  But you know I'm always late in starting the new year. There is so much that happened and continues to happen that I don't know where to begin (slowly takes a breath). So in no particular order, here we go.

As some of you may know, with my hair styling services/studio, I have been volunteering at Chez Doris and Maison Yvonne Maisonneuve (Le Chaînon) for the past couple of years. I provide the ladies with styling services every month at Chez Doris and every second month at Maison Yvonne Maisonneuve. The ladies are ever so grateful but I think I am the one who reaps the rewards because I feel so good after seeing the ladies look and feel fabulous after their cut and blow dry.  I will continue on with the services in 2016. I am so appreciative of the fact that I had to add another volunteer day at Chez Doris because there was not enough time in one monthly session to provide service to all the women who need it.  Off the volunteer talk, if you need a new style, call me: L'Entrevue Coiffure Exclusive.

Musically speaking, it's going to be an exciting 2016 for me.

The residency at the House of Jazz continues on and I am so grateful. I've met some amazing musicians, good folks both from the staff and audience members. The relationships have evolved from pure professional dealings to lasting friendships.  It's been 4 years at the House of Jazz and there aren't enough thank you's in me to give. Another (Montreal) residency at another venue has been offered to me. I purposely did the "(Montreal) " thing because I am also in discussions with a USA venue for a residency (I am h-o-w-l-i-n-g over here)!  When the residencies are a done deal, you will see them posted in the calendar section.

At the end of the month, I will be going to Memphis, Tennessee to pitch a song to a television network executive for a US-produced TV series!!!  It falls on the same week as the International Blues Challenge so I'll be going down to get two birds with one stone. My sponsor, Sennheiser, provided me with some promotional tools to schmooze with and spread my promo stuff to make whatever connections I need to make. 

The 4th blues-like album is moving ahead nicely with interesting collaborators. It's a new direction and a different sound for me. More on that as I progress but speaking of the blues...the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective will be adding new members to the fold. They will be introduced in due time as the gigs come along. Which reminds me, I have a bunch of confirmed gigs already (which I haven't had time to update in the calendar section but will do as soon as I can get some time off the projects and preparations thereof).  

November 2015 brought me to Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill in a Jazz Mode with Al McLean (Sax) and Paul Shrofel (Piano). That was a lot of fun!  It took me out of my comfort zone and although I was a wreck prior to the debut, I really liked the experience. There will be more jazz gigs coming, that's for sure. There's even talks of a jazz album is in the works. 

Acting-wise, my agent continues on with booking me auditions.  I would love to go back to do live theatre but with music stuff taking more and more space, film and TV are my best bets. Keep your eyes peeled when you watch TV or a filmed-in-Montreal movie.  You just never know.

Corporate life? Well, let's just say that any proposal for engaging my contractual services in the corporate world should be well worth it in time, money and challenge. This woman is now semi-retired and has the option to choose!

2016 will probably see me out of Montreal more often for music engagements, so to the friends I've made on Facebook it's actually going to happen - we are finally going to meet in person!

By the way, with all the projects happening, if you're a Facebook fan of Carolyn Fe Blues Collective page, I will be changing it to an artist page soon.  With all the projects happening in Blues, Jazz, Acting and Social Activism there is no use for me to create multiple pages for you to join.  You can have all the news in one Facebook page and here on my website.

Yep, there it is.  That's what my 2016 is looking like.
Janet, a good friend of mine once said, "Cook it on low, and very slow", and I did. Kept on the stove and let it simmer for as long as it needed and now, it's time to serve some up!
ROI = Return On Investment. WOOHOO!!!!
(I've managed to type all this with calm hands but my heart is beating and bouncing off the walls because of all the excitement)