TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND RACHEL'S BLENDER THEATRE SHOW ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 9th
So - I just wanted to send a little note to hopefully convince you to come on Monday night to Blender Theatre. I go on at 9 pm - but that is no reason to not come early, since there will be GREAT music before and after my set.
But just in case you’re on the fence, here are 10 reasons that will blow your mind and most likely convince you to tell everyone you know.
10. Free pie & cake 9. Glitter….everywhere 8. You literally can get lost in my drummer’s eyes. 7. We have a new song that Rolling Stone intends to call “ground breaking and EPIC”.** 6. Slightly more fun than watching “How I met your mother” 5. Not as fun as watching as watching Dancing with the Stars. Shoot, I guess that’s kind of a reason not to come. (Scratch that) 4. Come witness my continued beef with Taylor Swift. 3. Martin Rivas. Martin Rivas. Martin Rivas. 2. I only have 2 more months left until I enter into my dark, heroine induced artistic phase. Catch me while I’m still sunny! 1. I’m the roughest, toughest ho since lil’ kim.
I love you all so much. Let’s date.
**Rolling Stone to date has not called said new song neither Ground breaking nor epic. tevs.
Hey guys - so check it ouuut. I’m performing this Friday at the Hudson Theatre (one of manhattan’s oldest theatre’s) in midtown at a conference with a mix of tech guys and bloggers and performers….should be a rowdy mix of peeps.
Here’s how they describe it:
Audience is a conference aimed at those who recognise the need to reach engage and influence audiences of all kinds, an investigation into how this is changing, and a look at how technology has in the past and is now, through new media tools and the social web, changing audience participation and interaction.
Engaging on November 6th in the Hudson Theatre, one of New York’s oldest playhouses with a capacity of only 500, this will be an intimate gathering of fine minds in Manhattan. We felt it was appropriate to hold a conference that was about Audience in a place that was specifically designed for an audience
If you’re interested in meeting with a diverse and knowledgable crowd and have a goal of understanding how the methods used to reach engage and influence audiences have changed and are changing. If you want to know the real business value of new tools and old tools in the battle to reach your audience, users or customers, then Audience conference is for you. We’d be delighted to have you.
Lists: How to cheer oneself up...and why you're awesome.
So….recently I have had a couple long chats with some of my favorite girlfriends - all of whom seem to be going through the same heartbreak. Maybe it’s not always a guy (though that seems to be the culprit more often than not), but it kind of seems that women in their mid/late 20’s get a little lost and need some refreshers in why they’re so special. Maybe it’s that we’re out of the immediate post college stage where its totally acceptable to be lost and drunk and career changing all the time and we start to feel like we should have stuff figured out. And we don’t. And it’s hard.
Since my mom is a therapist and my dad has a dr. in psychology, I guess I was born supportive. Fine, feelings were discussed frequently in my house and my friends liked to say that my family reminded them of a “musical seventh heaven on crack”….ha ha..but the great part is that I am really awesome at cheering up my friends. I LOVE reminding them why their lives are great and why they shouldn’t feel sad like they do, and I thought you guys deserved some cheering up too!
Now, I definitely am not happy all the time, and have my own little heartbreaks, but I have a GREAT network of people, (mom and dad aside), and an even better list of self help books (yes I’m obsessed :), all of which get me back on my feet. So anyway, I wanted to share a little of my tips for you.
I am a huge “list” fan. Not like shopping or to-do lists, (I am actually dreadful at this and terribly disorganized)….but I am GREAT at listing things that make me feel good.
I love to list things I am grateful for, little helpful, hopeful mantras, buddhist sayings, ralph waldo emerson quotes, compliments I’ve gotten, happy memories with my band, things my man has said, etc…
So what do I do with them? oh easy. I put them everywhere. On my mirror, on the fridge, in my wallet. (Yes, this makes for quite a messy wallet). But whenever I am randomly walking through manhattan and in a cranky mood and needing coffee, i reach to pay and out pops a sweet little list i made. It’s a nice reminder and a little mental hug from me to me.
Another thing lists works for is when attempting to get over heartbreak from a boy or a girl. Listing why we’re awesome and they’re not has seemed to work for my lovely friends cause it helps us to commit to believing it. Write list of all the reasons it didn’t work, write a list of all the things you didn’t like about the relationship and stick that baby in your wallet and refer to it EVERY time you want him back. I know, I know how hard it is, I’ve had my heart broken too, and it makes you feel not good enough….but the truth is, there was a reason it didn’t work out. And its good you found out now. :) So write it all down. Just like a big mental colonic.. get it all out there. It really feels better.
Want another way lists work?
When attempting to follow your dreams :) I know I’m lucky for being able to pursue music, but you are too, I promise. Maybe music isn’t your thing, but I am ALL for people listening to that little small voice inside and finding out what the universe is telling you to do. Writing about what you really want deep down when its just you and your covers and the night and allowing that voice to be heard is pretty important…. and writing it down and acknowledging it can help you start to find little ways to insert your dream into your life.
What has worked for me, beyond everything else, is writing and visualizing about what I want. A good friend reminded me of my own words the other night, and after a rough week, I started again. It’s kind of an amazing exercise, you just picture yourself achieving whatever it is you really want, and really meditate on it - taste it, every smell, sound, sight, etc…
For me, I picture myself at a HUUUGE outdoor music festival when the sun is setting on the stage and hundreds of thousands of people are just beaming and dancing…. so happy and singing along. I love picturing the crowd, and how genuinely happy my band and our music is making them…how we’re just helping everyone take a little break from their worries and helping everyone be in the moment, if only for that afternoon.
I smell the mic, I feel the warm late summer sun like a blanket on my hands and I see the cool hard keys bouncing beneath my fingers. It’s my dream, and I know, I just know that someday I’m going to be at that festival, outdoors, and look out and realize, HOLY CRAP! this was my dream!
Anyway, back to you and yours. So picture it! Make it as real as you can and try to just expect. Write it down, write down anything that’s ever made you feel good and start sticking them places. I promise, promise, from the daughter of two therapists, this shit works ;)
Okay and secondly - I have a whole bookshelf full of stuff that is like medicine when I’m feeling down. Here’s my list of books that remind me of who I really am, hopefully one of two of them can help you guys too.
The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
The Artists’s Way - Julia Cameron
The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
The Seagull - Jonathan Livingston Talyor
Anything by Pema Chondron
All of these have at times, saved me from myself, and helped me get out of the way of how mean my mind can be. The truth is, our minds and egos are pretty mean by nature, so remembering to just ignore them and getting down to the heart of it can be a little hard. These books all help. lots and lots.
Namaste you pretty people, I hope this helped just a little.