After much excitement about returning to the stage post Covid, my recovery from injuries sustained last September which have prevented me from performing for longer than 15 minutes at a time, has plateaued and I have so far been unable to return to my usual show preparation and performance routine. I was SO excited to perform a couple of short shows recently, and I’m excited to return to the stage in a more regular and full length capacity, and with that in mind, I will be concentrating on rehabilitation until further notice. I will be releasing my new single & video recorded last year sometime in the summer, whether or not I am able to perform. I am excited, to look forward to that, and at a later date, performing once again.
A peaceful and calm song by Debussy… one of my favourites, filmed at Phantom Creek Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia- one of the most beautiful wineries I have had the pleasure of visiting with a beautiful peaceful song. Oliver is known as the wine capital of Canada! It really was one of the most beautiful places in the world!
These beautiful sculptures were created by Wu Ching Ju, Pro Terra et Natura (For Earth and Nature) and are one of three sets by this artist.
Thank you @PhantomCreek for having us, and thank you Anna Kova dress rental for this stunning white dress!
Here’s a little snapshot of a fun weekend away with the family at Sun Peaks Resort filming a music video and just having a great time! Many thanks to Sun Peaks Resort for having us, thanks to Top of the Accommodation for the great stay at the Village Walk, and to Morrisseys for allowing us to shoot the music video there in front of the warm fire! Thanks also to Reima North America for dressing the kids in the warmest coziest ski gear! We hope to get travelling more again very soon!
With many thanks to:
Sun Peaks Resort https://www.sunpeaksresort.com
Village Walk Accommodation https://topofthemountain.ca/
Sophie’s Children are wearing snow suits by Reima: https://www.reima.ca/
Footage filmed by Viktor Sartison https://www.viknatavideography.com
String changing is something I usually teach in a violin lesson, but since so many of you ask about it, and thanks to Covid we are not able to teach in person as much as before, so check out the video below! I’m using a string set by Pirastro, called Perpetual, which is quite new, and I’m excited to say that they project very well and have an incredibly rich and imposing sound. I’m thrilled to be playing them, I will continue to use them, and thank you Pirastro for allowing me to try them!
Hey friends and super fans, just some late evening thoughts here on shoes. Yes… You know I love my shoes! Well.. except when they get in my way on stage!
Some of you know I kick off my fabulous shoes on stage in order to be more free to dance and move off and on the stage and among you! It’s amazing how much people mention this to me, and the connection between what I do with my footwear and my music. I was once described as the “barefoot passionate redhead” on stage. Barefoot signifies so much to people…. from freedom, to poverty, to a sexy don’t care attitude… and it’s been included in my show description! As I prepare to start hitting stages again this April, I started thinking about the connection between culture and shoes, and how much more they are than a functional item we put on our feet, even beyond fashion.
Rolling Stone recently published its list of the top 25 most stylish musicians and in the article, the publication emphasized how the “look” of the music is as important as the sound. To entertain an audience, you need to look the part. This may be why the most famous musicians often set fashion trends and create viral moments that reshape our sartorial choices. Fashion in music tells us what’s culturally important, and sets the standard for everyone else. Most importantly, this long-standing connection transcends countries, age groups, and even decades. Gone is the idea that someone’s music, someone’s work, someone’s politics speak for themselves. Today, every choice we make indicates dictates much about people’s impression of us before we even play a note of music, or speak or whatever the case may be. Do we need to consciously move away from this? Can we? Those of you who know me well, know that I LOVE a beautiful pair of pumps, but I also love my music and my pumps should never dictate whether or not my music is deemed to be liked or not! Seems silly but we all do it!
Shoes signify identity and research tells us that owning certain shoes and brands allow people to cement their social identity and connect to larger cultural trends. I remember years ago, one of my favourite Australian actresses once did an interview where she took a stance on environmental issues as she was in a mining town… and then promptly ridiculed on the national news for wearing shoes which required materials that were mined!
Heading back to musical realms, during my degree at Sydney University, shoes and one’s fashion often indicated what instrument you studied. I hate to generalize, and yet I can! Opera singers were often dressed colourfully and stylishly while the string department often wore dark and boring colours, and never dared to stand our in fear of being ridiculed at Friday morning concert practice. Classical music lovers slip into more formal attire and dressy shoes as a sign of honouring tradition and status, much of the time unless you’re Nigel Kennedy and you can almost tell if someone listens to R’n’B or alternative rock from the type of sneakers they wear.
These days, shoes themselves now have passionate fan communities…. this blew me away- one of the most prominent online sneaker platforms I discovered is SoleSavy. As a mom, I wear sneakers a LOT… but I might not join a fan club for them! But this apparently happens! So they promote their sneaker community as fun, safe, and inclusive. Members can discuss their kicks, attend special events, and even help each other build their shoe collection. Sneaker communities can even help you figure out which sneakers your favourite musicians and celebrities are wearing. I wonder if there’s an online community for violinists that love Christian Louboutin? Or opera singers who love red lipstick! Any of you out there? This could be a new thing! Especially if restrictions don’t end soon, yikes! I’d much rather be drinking a lovely red wine and discussing it in person but perhaps this is a good alternative? I miss events like “Wine Women and Shoes”. Perhaps Sole Savy can come up with something like that.
Prince had a signature look on stage, and even his own line of shoes. I had no idea! This is pretty amazing, and these shoes are not to be missed…. check them out! His collection has an other-worldly feel, rich in colours, materials, and details created in collaboration with designers like Donatella Versace. Aside from showing how Prince challenged the status quo of fashion, the exhibit also extends the discussion on how people are naturally drawn to effusive expressions of beauty. And with all that’s going on in the world today, we should seize small doses of happiness wherever we can.
I must go off now and consider what shoes I might next wear on stage! Hoping to draw you all in with my music into effusive expressions of fabulous music!
So, I get a lot of comments about traveling with the kids and how hard it must be, and I have to say honestly, my heart hurts when I’m not with them! So why not? If you have the right gear, it can be easy. Having an easy to use travel crib can make all the difference, or in this case, a great portable high chair! It all helps. When you home school and have some flexibility within your daily routine, it can be done!
We have discovered this gem of a high chair- The Stokke Clikk high chair – which is not only a great for at home, but it travels really easily which is great for us- especially travelling so much for performances (hopefully again soon!) We couldn’t be more pleased with this product- easy to assemble, disassemble, easy to clean, high quality, strong, sturdy and safe and watch to the end to see how easy it is to pack it all up and get rocking! I rarely leave the kids at home unless it’s an overnight thing only, so I like to be ready for travel. Check out our video on this awesome high chair: