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A Musical Push
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I posted recently about the interconnections between music and writing. Now, it seems that the fates are conspiring to nudge me into playing again. Weíll see where that leads.

For a few years, in my late twenties, I worked quite hard at becoming a better singer and guitar player. Thatís how I met my hubby. He had moved from Ottawa back to his familyís roots in Nova Scotia to pursue music, and he was looking for guitar students. I had decided I was in a rut with my playing and wanted to take lessons. I saw his ad and phoned him. It wasnít long before he stopped charging me for the lessons. The rest is history.

With music, as with writing, life gets in the way. I found out by experience that bands are like marriages, without the perks. Theyíre transitory, and breakups can be painful. I got a real job, got a house and a garden and a dog. I discovered watercolors, and there was always writing. I wasnít playing much guitar, and because singing and playing are very physical, if you donít use it, you lose it. When I got inspired to write a novel, I immersed myself in that and stopped playing more or less completely.

Iíve always known that Iím not a performer by nature. Iím an introvert, which is one of the traits that makes me a writer. Still, Iíve missed making music, especially making music with my guy. Iíve been telling myself for a long time that Iím going to pick up my guitar again, and last week I did. Iím rusty Ė very rusty Ė but I know that once Iím past sore fingers and botched chords, Iíll be glad I made the effort.

Everettís cousin John Chiasson has a recording studio in Dartmouth, and a couple of weeks ago John helped me record ĎShe Moved Through The Fairí as the soundtrack for my McShannonís Heart book trailer. Shameless plug: John is a consummate musician. Heís played bass for the Rankins and Natalie MacMaster, is well known in the local jazz scene, and his ear is flawless. Heís also one of the nicest people youíll ever meet, a joy to work with. If youíre in the Halifax area and have any reason to use a recording studio, call him. Heís in the phone book.

We did three takes, mixed and matched to get the best version of each verse, and voila! When I played the trailer as part of my session at RWACís all day workshop this past Saturday, people suggested I record more. Hmmm. A little more time and work, and weíll see. Just what I need, another side-path to follow. But the best journeys are always along the roads less travelled. Meanwhile, Iím just happy to be playing and singing again.

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More Blogs by Jennie Marsland
• Music is the food of love - Monday, February 14, 2011
• This Weird and Wonderful Language - Friday, January 21, 2011
• News Flash! - Thursday, January 13, 2011
• New Year's Musings - Monday, January 03, 2011
• McShannon's Heart Holiday Contest - Friday, December 17, 2010
• McShannon's Heart is Available! - Wednesday, December 15, 2010
• Dialogue and Layering and Stuff - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
• Folk Friday - Wild Women and Inspiration - Sunday, October 24, 2010
• Fall Flavours - Tuesday, September 28, 2010
• Folk Friday and thoughts on Canine Grammar - Sunday, September 26, 2010
• A Few Days Out of Time - Thursday, September 02, 2010
• Some Thoughts on Dialogue - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• Folk Friday #2 - Friday, July 30, 2010
• Tragedy in Romance - Sunday, July 25, 2010
• A shattered City - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
• Folk Friday #1 - Friday, July 09, 2010
• McShannon's Heart Update - Tuesday, July 06, 2010
• A Different Flavour - Thursday, July 01, 2010
• Echo's Excellent Adventure - Monday, June 21, 2010
• Summertime, and the livin' is easy - Friday, June 11, 2010
• A Visit with Trey McShannon - Thursday, June 10, 2010
•  A Musical Push - Tuesday, June 08, 2010  
• Review: Naked Edge by Pamela Clare - Friday, May 28, 2010
• Words and Music - Thursday, May 20, 2010
• Revisions, revisions - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
• Review: Highland Rebel by Judith James - Thursday, May 06, 2010
• What's In a Name? - Friday, April 30, 2010
• My Take on Description 2: Setting - Sunday, April 25, 2010
• MyTake on Character Description - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Contest Time! - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• A Family Divided - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Second Book Syndrome - Saturday, April 24, 2010

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