The moment that I opened my eyes this morning there was a song running thru my head. That happens to me a lot. The other day it was “Shiny” from Moana. Lol. Today it was “Give Love” by Andy Grammer – I have no doubt this was a result of my soul soothing evening on the water last night.

I had a very productive work day planned but every time I sat down in front of my laptop the song took my attention away from the “business” of the day. So, I picked up my guitar and decided to figure out the tune instead. Singing it over and over put me in such a good mood that I wanted to share it with you all – a little something to encourage everyone midweek.

I expected it to be quick and painless to shoot a simple video on my porch. Not so much. The first take, the camera zoomed in and chopped my head out of the shot. The next few were interrupted by trucks headed to do construction down my road. Then there was the rain. Then, I caught this take almost to the very end and a text came thru which apparently cuts the sound. Finally, the trucks must have successfully found their site and settled in because the construction began and there would be no more takes for the afternoon.

I almost decided not to share the video because I couldn’t get one that was “good enough.” And then I remembered what the point was in the first place. It was to share this happy song with all of you. It was NOT to film the “perfect” video. It was a good teaching moment; it is easy to worry sometimes that I could be doing a better job at all of this: I should have a professional photoshoot done by now, I ought to have my website more polished, I definitely should have spent today working on my taxes, I seriously need to get some “real” music videos produced…the thoughts would go on and on if I let them. But THIS video IS real. It is just me, unfiltered, sharing a song that brought me joy while all life’s little obstacles were going on around me. And eventually it dawned on me that you only get 60 secs on Instagram anyway. Ha! And so here ya go…hope it brings the happy🤞😊 #nofilter

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🎶 Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination 🎶

As I begin to sort through hundreds of videos and photographs from VI Jam Fest I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. For years now, my daydreams have included imaginings of my part in a musical lineup with artists that I love and admire…and in those dreams I was always here on the island. Thanks to the vision of Cruz Bay Music and Moe Angelo of Becoming The Lotus – along with the hard work and support of so many amazing people – that daydream is now a reality. To all the performers and all the helping hands, THANK YOU FOR THE MAGIC.

“I prefer the company of happy people who are believers in magic…and of magical people who are believers in happy.” -unknown

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            As I am settling back into island life, and looking forward to the last few weeks left in 2016, I cannot help but think back over the year. It has been packed full of “bucket list” items. I want to bask in these memories so that I don’t get lost in the daily “to do” list. It is so easy to feel a dash (or a bucket load) of anxiety creep in when that second list becomes the only focus. In those moments, I want to redirect my attention to the things I have accomplished and the magic that I have experienced. Those memories are what will keep me inspired to continue living out my dreams and encourage the people around me to do the same. So, as I clean my apartment and pay my bills, today, I will remember this beach in Anegada that I finally had the opportunity to sail to this year. To everyone with whom I have been blessed to share these adventures, I send you all of my love and gratitude
#livinglovinggrowing #keepdreaming #thankful

Brand new video for the studio recorded original song “Freedom in the Wind”

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FREEDOM IN THE WIND

I want to ride on the waves,

Sail on to another place.

Won’t you take me away?

I know there’s freedom in the wind.

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I hear the ocean call my name

And feel this blood course through my veins.

Strength it washes over me,

My fears release and I am free

To see this world for all it is,

So full of blessings, full of gifts.

Gifts of love, of hope and peace

Flow out and then rush back to me.

(Chorus)

I watch the sun rise in the east

And dream while everybody sleeps.

In waves my thoughts roll by and by,

They ebb and flow just like the tide.

I think of all that I’ve been shown,

The greatest wonders I have known.

As sure as anything I’ve seen,

I know I’ll have all I believe.

(chorus)

The shade is pulled on the sunshine

And stars, they fill up the night sky.

Some will fall and some will shine,

But we all know when it’s our time.

(chorus)

–music and lyrics written and performed by Erin Hart–

–video features photography by Erin Hart (with the exception of photos that include me) —

 

Hope

Some days are easier than others.  For those that are not, remember to be gentle with yourself.  Focus on the things that offer relief. Trust that it will pass.  Don’t stop believing that you can have all that you have dreamed of, even if it doesn’t feel like it in this moment.  And remember to be kind to one another…we all have hard days.

photo location: Bahamas (June 2015)

Live From Key West

After 16 days of sailing (Puerto Rico — Bahamas — Florida Keys) and a few days getting the lay of the land, IslandGirlMusic is thrilled to be gigging in Key West, Florida!  Kicking things off tomorrow night (Saturday, June 6) at Viva Saloon on Duval Street (7-10pm).

photo location: Middle of the Ocean, somewhere between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas (May 2015)