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Weekly Wishes [Hosted by the Nectar Collective]

I haven’t ever done a “link-up” before but I recently discovered The Nectar Collective and have become a fan of her blogging style, tips, and cute dog. She hosts “Weekly Wishes” where she discusses a goal she wants to focus on for the week and she allows other bloggers to link-up and support one anothers’ weekly goals. I think it’s a pretty cool thing, so I’m joining in on the fun!

The Nectar Collective
 
I had been meaning to write a check-in post on my goals for this year, and now I have the perfect excuse.
 
One of my goals for this year was to focus on Teen Jazz and get it back up and running. I’ve been doing pretty well at it, but it still needs some help (suggestions are always welcome).
 
Teen Jazz’s bounce rate is still pretty high despite a lot of the searches being for what is exactly on the site, so for this week my goal is to do a bit of testing and see if I can the bounce rate a bit lower. I also have a not-so-new project in the works that I’d like to get on its feet this week (I’ll announce a bit more about it later).
 
Lastly, since I’m feeling a bit ambitious, I’d like to start promoting a show I have next week. It’s going to be a preview of that secret album I’ve been working on for so long. If you’re in the Southern California area, it would mean a lot to me if you made it out! We’re playing Friday, July 5th at Q’s Restaurant in Oceanside at 9PM. I hope to see you there!
 

In the Meantime…

some-old-music

Fashionable \\ Falling Slowly \\ Steppin Up \\ L’Hiver

A little while back I hinted at a new project that was coming out, and I know that you all received a post that I started that did more than “hint” (oops)… But there are still a couple more weeks before it’s ready! The new project will debut at the beginning of July (we have our first show), and the music will be available not long after. I’d love to share a few soundclips, but you’ll have to bear with me and wait just wait a bit longer! I know I’ve teased you all quite a bit with hints and a few images, but it won’t be too much more before I can post about what the project is. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a few of my older releases. I’ve included the iTunes links above, but they’re also up on Amazon, Spotify, CDBaby, etc., so you can check them out wherever you prefer.

 

Laguna Canyon Winery Monthly Wine Tasting

Laguna Canyon Winery Monthly Wine Tasting

I know that I already posted today, but I forgot to announce tonight’s performance. I hate to be the one to bombard your inboxes with multiple posts, so I’ll try not to forget next time!

I’ll be performing tonight at the beautiful Laguna Canyon Winery as part of their monthly wine tasting event. If you’re up for some great wine, food and music, the tasting is 6-9pm. For more info, visit http://www.lagunacanyonwinery.com or http://www.shannon-kennedy.com

Thank Heavens for the EWI – An Update on My Project 365

At the beginning of the year I made a commitment to practice every single day for an entire 365 days regardless of anything that might come up.

It hasn’t always been easy. I’ve had the flu, other colds, conferences, shows out of town, etc. that have made practicing a bit difficult.

A few examples?

Practicing in a hotel while preparing for a show in Vegas.

Practicing late at night after returning from shows out of town and conferences.

Practicing at my parents’ house in my old bedroom while everyone else was enjoying the conversation outside.

On a number of days, practicing in my car while out doing other things.

Actually falling asleep, waking up late at night and forcing myself to get up to practice (hence the title “thank heavens for the EWI”). For those of you that don’t know, the EWI is an electronic wind instrument similar to the saxophone that allows me to practice with headphones. It also forces me to be more accurate with the movement of my fingers.

Practicing everyday has also had its effects on my body and my instrument – my horn is a little more worn out than usual and at times my lip/neck/hands can be too. Finding a balance between “too much” and “too little” is something I’m still trying to do.

Despite everything, I’m proud of the fact that I’m on my sixth month and haven’t missed a day. It’s really rewarding to commit to my craft in the ways that I have this year.

I’ve already started to plan a few projects for next year and I hope to continue my newly developed habit not only through the end of year, but beyond it.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of my Project 365. To see my project “battle wound” follow me on instagram @sksaxgirl -or- check out the bottom of the page on my website shannon-kennedy.com