Learning piano is something someone anyone at any age can do. It's relaxing, intellectually rewarding, and even occasionally cathartic all at once. It's a perfect pastime for a rainy day and a nice way to spend time with your loved ones. But...
One of the best parts of learning piano is when you get comfortable enough to start tackling slightly harder pieces. It's fun to learn pieces that are just hard enough to be challenging but aren't super time consuming. To help with that search process, I've listed my favorite pieces from past albums that I think fall into this category along with a few Christmas songs for the holiday season. Let me know how it goes!
I started playing piano when I was about 5 years old. I would learn to play melodies and songs I had heard by ear. When I was 8, my parents took me to see George Winston in concert at Abravanel Hall. I remember watching him play, watching his hands on the keyboard, and being mesmerized by everything he was doing. I then learned to play a lot of his songs by ear by listening to his CDs over and over, and a short time later, I started writing my own songs.
I am often trying to find balance in my life. Balance in eating healthy and following a healthy lifestyle. Balance in my spirituality. Balance in my relationships and friendships and family. Balance in my home environment. Balance in love. Balance in my work and musical career. Balance. Balance. Balance. So what does that mean, to find balance?
My very first public performance was in 2007, even though I’ve been writing music my whole life and releasing albums since 2000. I never imagined being a touring musician and public performance used to absolutely terrify me. But, after a few concerts here and there from 2007 to 2010, and then starting my own in-home concert series in 2011, to doing my first official full length tour on the West Coast in 2012, followed by an epic US tour through 27 states in 2013, to touring regularly and almost monthly this last year in 2016… my life as a full time musician has become something entirely different than when I started on this adventure sixteen years ago.
There's a lot of sheet music in my store, and I figured it'd be nice to know what items have been popular over the past few years! That way you can easily pick a gift or new piece to learn!
Salt Lake City is one of the coolest places for live music. With unique music venues and full summer concert lineups, it seems like there is always a show to see. Check out this list of some of my favorite spots!
People often tell me that my home is like an art gallery. I love art! And not just any art… it has to speak to me, move me, touch me — be a form of expressive art. And when it does speak, I often buy it so I can cherish it every day. My home is filled with colorful glass art, oil paintings, colorful vases and sculptures, etc. I’ve always had the philosophy that spending money on travel, food, and art is money worth spending!
This year has been a whirlwind adventure of touring, vacationing, music award shows, hang time with friends, and trying to get everything done in-between all the fun. I think this may be my busiest year yet, and while I love being out in the world sharing music, and exploring, I also love my down time at home, in my lovely hometown of Salt Lake City.