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. Continue reading “UNFILTERED”


🎶 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

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


(click on image to view video)


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.


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.


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.


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.


–music and lyrics written and performed by Erin Hart–

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


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)

I believe that the way we feel as we fall asleep can profoundly impact the flow of the following day.  Last night, I made my first attempt at learning songs on the ukulele.  By the end of the first tune I was certain that it was the happiest instrument I had ever set hands on.  I was grinning from ear to ear when I finally curled up and closed my eyes.

Click here to check out my first attempt at the uke 🙂

Today was one of those perfect days. I awoke from my ukulele dreams, already smiling. Just after I started onto my favorite hiking trail, I found myself whispering to two deer while they took their time deciding that I was not a threat. Only a few moments later, I stumbled across a mango that had clearly just fallen from the tree, ripened to perfection. I slowed my pace and took in my surroundings more intently as I nibbled on my impromptu snack and wrote lyrics in my head. I went back to the house to spend some more time with the uke and my woodland poetry, while swinging in the hammock and taking in the view.

A few weeks earlier I agreed to help my friend with a project for her kindergarten class. Having remained true to my nature, waiting until the last possible day to work on it, I eventually hopped out of the hammock and into the car. I had a date with a cartoon cutout named Flat Stanley. I always enjoy visitors because they give me an excuse to see some of my favorite sites and Stanley was treated like any other island guest. I photographed him in many of my favorite locations – beaches, sugar mill ruins, overlooks – we even sipped fresh coconut water together as we daydreamed about pirates.


I returned home, selected my favorite photos from the afternoon, and emailed them to the states as I realized that the sun was beginning to set.  I sauntered back up to the balcony as my housemates trickled out to join me in watching another stunning sunset. Now, I am back downstairs in my cozy apartment enjoying the fresh coconut meat left over from my earlier beachside beverage, editing photography, and giving thanks for the moments – the lovely little moments – that added up to a day that felt nothing short of magical.

stunning sunset




Breathe. Be.
Take the time
to set your mind free.
Breathe. Be kind.

Stop walking around
with shame in your eyes.
Start walking proud,
you’ve got love on your side.

We’ve got to stop walking around
with all this blame in our eyes.
Let’s walk together,
stand side by side.

Breathe. Be.
Take the time to
set your mind free.
Breathe. Be kind.

The choice is our own
each moment we live.
What we put out
mirrors what we bring in.

Every path that we cross,
every life that we touch–
Let’s make kindness our vision,
stop using fear as our crutch.

Breathe. Be.
Take the time to
set your mind free.
Breathe. Be kind.

Don’t matter which shore.
Don’t matter what time.
We all want love.
We all have needs.
We all have pride.
Don’t matter which land.
Don’t matter what town.
Shine a light on this world.
Be a maker of change.
Spread joy all around.

Breathe. Be.
Take the time to
set your mind free.
Breathe. Be kind.

–Original music by IslandgirlMusic©

photo location: St. John, US Virgin Islands (June 2014)