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March Mitzvah

Dearest Dreamers!

A Mitzvah in the Jewish religion is a good deed compelled by religious commandment.  Such duties can certainly be labors of love and I certainly was moved and inspired by the huge mitzvah enacted upon by our nations young people this past week, what an incredible show of strength and solidarity!  It gives me hope for our future and theirs.

March has flown by for me, seems like I need a do-over so I can get some things done I wanted to!!  I have returned to my recording venture with my fresh songs and attitude and will be committed to creating some finished recordings before the end of this year.    The songs I wrote in February are maturing nicely and one will make it to the EP if plans remain the same as they are presently!

I have done a few livestreams making large bowls and recently returned to making some small musically related sculptures for myself and my sanity.  The studio action is picking up for our summer season (always hot), classes are busy and new members have joined our tribe at Desert Dragon.

As always I urge you all to go create something, anything for therapy, indulgence, respite or solace, it’s an amazing thing!  Closing with a picture taken of me today, typically goofy-  Love you all!!! <3  Mishy

 

February Fineries

Hello  Fine Friends!

February is flying by and I have not quite met my goal of writing a song-a-day, but I am almost at 15 for the month (so far) and hoping for at least a couple more before month’s end.  With everything else keeping up with the day-to-day and life’s crazies I am pretty happy with what I have gotten done and hoping for some fun things to share soon!

I had my sixtieth birthday and celebrated by having a photo session with my grandkids, here are a couple cute pics that came of that-

( I noticed that in some emails the photos do not send, if you cannot see them and you want to, click over to the site and you can see them there)

 

On the clay side of life we have a woodfire going this week with the first batch of thirty large tiles we have commissioned for a hospital in Yuma, it will be exciting to see how those turn out.  I think this is Puff’s sixth firing, so good to see her getting fired and turning out beautiful artwork!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your February (not much left!)  I will be trying to spin out a couple more tunes and looking forward to sharing with you at our next connection!!

I really mean this when I say I love you all and hope for peace and prosperity for every one of us!  Love is really all we have and I intend to nurture as much as I possibly can in the time I have here.    Hugs and more hugs!

Mishy

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February Fancies

Hello Friends, Family and Fans!!

I am having a fabulous February, writing songs like a mad-woman, I am already at 12 in progress.  This includes my first jazz tune, and my first co-written tune (also jazz), both of which I am very excited about.  So humbling to be amongst so many amazingly talented musicians and songwriters in the FAWM family.

I was so thrilled to see my numbers increase after that month of posting daily, I am going to put a free mp3  out for everyone on my blog list and to new signers up here.  I am working on recording something suitable and will plan on having it up here by the end of this month.

Working on a couple commissions in the clay world, some vases and bowls, I will share some of those in process soon, as I intend to get back to sharing more on a semi-daily basis.  Some livestreams for sure, I really love that interaction and excitement!  I have a hankering to do some more drawing and painting soon too, so who knows where that will lead.  Songwriting is definitely  commandeering most of my attention and focus until March 1, gotta take advantage of the energy!  In closing, I am going to share the lyrics to one of my new songs, this is Butterfingers 🙂

Butterfingers  copyright Mishy Katz 2018
When my favorite coffee mug went crashing to the floor
In that split moment, my treasure was no more

Butterfingers  Butterfingers  Hang on tight if you can                                 Keep it close Mind yourself or it slips right through your hands

Time may feels its dragging    Especially when we’re young                              When….all of a sudden,   Our songs can feel unsung

Treasures Time Love and Dreams Here and gone so quick it seems

Love is Never Ending  So it feels at first                                                                          Suddenly you look to find that bubble it has burst

Butterfingers  Butterfingers  Hang on tight if you can                                 Keep it close Mind yourself or it slips right through your hands

Dreams can call your name Invade your every thought                   Suddenly they fade away Hard lessons we are taught

Butterfingers  Butterfingers  Hang on tight if you can                                 Keep it close Mind yourself or it slips right through your hands

January Jabber

Hello Fellow Creative Beings!!!

I hope your spirit and your life and your atmosphere are joyful and uplifting, enjoy every moment because its really all you’ve got.  I have been completely enjoying and engaged in sharing my creativity online this month, in a more continuous, consistent and organised manner, taking part in a really fun challenge offered by Bob Baker at www.bobbaker.com

In the course of stepping up to the challenge, I have done ten days of sharing songwriting, with my fans, livestreaming most days on Facebook, then ten days of drawing and painting, again, livestreaming along with some sharing of photos and text.  Currently I am finishing up the challenge with ten days of presentations regarding pottery and my experiences with it.  I am really enjoying the work that has come out of these ‘sharings’, and the connection and response it has earned me from friends and fans, very rewarding.

Here are photos of some of the drawings/paintings-

 

 

I am so grateful for all of my fans, and friends, near and far and consider us all a part of the human family, brothers, sisters and that annoying cousin!

My next adventure I am taking on is the month of February is set aside to write fourteen songs, minimum, with a group of crazy songwriters at a site  http://www.fawm.org 

known as FAWM it’s just another self challenge and incredibly fun and inspiring, this is my second year and I am sure I will be sharing new songs with you soon!!  I have new toys to use in my recording and my songs and I am completely set to get ready, set and GO!

I really do love you all and hope everyone out there is having a wonderful January.  February is my favorite, I will be sending a note again soon!!  Go forth and create, it’s fun and therapeutic!! XO

Mishy

 

December Designs

Here it is…the end is near!!! Say your goodbyes to 2017 and greet the New Year with a smile in your heart and creativity in your spirit!!!

I mean that, with everything that is me and the blessings that surround me.   Despite a very strange mixture of happenings, I have had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by loving family and friends, filled with celebrations of good food, a roof over my head, and creative work to do.  

I hope for everyone the same, warmth, joy and plenty.

I plan to begin the new year with some art adventures I will be sharing with you all, on a daily basis beginning January 3 (you are gonna get plenty of Mishy).  Musical and Visual art will be included and possibly some new creative ventures that I have not even thought of yet!  Video, livestream, audio files, photographs …all may be a part of this.  Then, in February, I plan to take part in my second annual February Album Writing Month adventure, with the intention of using my idea to write a Blues Rock Opera based on Pottery as a Metaphor for Life.  More on that later.

Recording took a backseat while I recuperated from whatever bug it was that decided it needed to visit me.  I am finally feeling the potential to actually sing a decent track on my current original project so I will be getting back to that with the upcoming weeks.  Rest and getting through the holiday was of the highest priority and it seems that success has been had!  The holidays are just about over and so is this unwanted flu bug.

I hope you are able to watch the Mishy Monday Mash, it is something I enjoy putting together every week, then going with the flow and the MishMash potpourri.  Entirely enjoyable having the ability to interact while performing and get immediate feedback, I really like that aspect.  To see past Mashes (36 weeks worth) visit

http://www.facebook.com/MishyKatz 

With that I am going to leave you, for the remainder of 2017 I intend to keep an even keel, not allow the waves of life to overwhelm me and be grateful for every crazy moment!!   I want to send out vibes of peace, love and abundance for all.  Go out and create!!

Love to All,

Mishy

July Jabber

Hello Creative Cronies!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, I have had some time in the pool with my grandkids and consuming water as much as I can manage!

With the big flower project finalized, I have moved on to making some big ‘platters’, to be hung as decorative wall art, they are a challenge but fun when they make it!

I wanted to share something that came out very much as I hoped, this is my sister Susie’s urn, I finally was able to finish <3

Our mini taste of pottery classes are super busy this summer, the wheel seems to be popular so we are getting lots of new traffic coming though the studio which is always fun and keeps me hopping.

Had a tire blowout about a week ago, check this out!

 

On the music side of life, I have chosen a few more of my original songs to create ‘scratch’ tracks and begin the process of recording, still working on the final mixed and mastered versions of the recorded ones.   I have made a decision to (finally) pursue some more opportunities to play my music ‘out’ in public, other than the clay studio and online.  I am going to be accepting bookings as I can fit it into my schedule, if anyone knows of an occasion that would be enhanced by live music or anyone looking for an act please send the information my way!

Including an impromptu performance of my original song “It’s All About the Color” written in February 2017.  Enjoy 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k72rneYVO4&t=14s

I hope everyone is having a wonderful July, I plan to send one more update before it’s over and I thank you for reading this far!!!

If you have not and would be so kind, I would so appreciate any signers up on my website email list at the top left of my site front page!  Love and Light to all <3

Hugs,

Mishy

June Juice

Bring on July!

Here we go into the heart of summer, when we embrace the heat here in the desert!  I wanted to write before June ended and update you all on my crazy progress here.

On the visual art side of life we are nearing the completion of our flower art walls and getting lots of great feedback.  The piggy was a big hit and will likely inspire more oversized banks to come!  Hoping to finalize the flowers this upcoming week and will be posting pictures as they add lighting to show them off even more.   The studio has been super busy this summer, it seems pottery is very popular when it gets hot outside.

The audio side of my life has been rather quiet due to being swamped with the visual stuff,  but I was able to sneak away and get back into the recording studio with a violinist who laid down some wonderful tracks, really making me feel like the icing on the cake, and the magic sprinkles too!  Now we will get to some serious mixing and mastering and get some new tracks ready to record, hooray!  I am including a short blurb of Suzanne warming up for  her part on Big Blue Sky, lovin’ all she did on all three tracks!

 

You will be hearing from me before mid-July again hopefully with some fun updates and new adventures!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Summer 2017, with few worries and many happinesses!

 

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May Musings

Greetings fellow earthlings!

I hope this finds everyone well, and enjoying Spring 2017.  Remember it is this moment right NOW that counts most!  Hugs!

Wow, so our pottery studio cleaning day turned into a week, and probably a month by the time things are really in place.  But the re-organization and purging of unnecessary ‘stuff’ is already amazing!  Kudos to all my studio members and our helpers I am eternally grateful.  We are continuing to create a space more easily navigated, cleaned and maintained and it is already showing!

Our latest adventure at Desert Dragon Pottery  was to fire our wood kiln for her third go-round!  This event happened the last weekend in May and was featured on livestream on facebook!  It started Friday and fired fifteen hours with constant attention and feeding fuel, quite an endeavor,  here are a couple of my personal favorites of mine that were submitted to the fire.

Lots going on in the studio this summer, a special class July 1 with Dave Beaty of Marvel Comics, drawing superheroes on coasters, mugs or plates, Summer Kids Camp, and some commissions keeping us hopping!

On the creative audio’lision’ side of life-

I was able to get into the recording studio and finalize all my ‘tracks’ for the current songs I am trying to get done.  I decided to ask a talented local musician lady Suzanne Lansford to add a violin track on two of them, so all should be finalized soon!  I have a goal to write a dozen songs in the next 90 days, planning on one per week and you all will be seeing this blog incoming twice a month now, I am stepping up my email game!!  And stay tuned for your very own free Mishy song coming to your email inbox SOON!  I have the track picked out and will be sharing it with everyone when I reach my first 100 subscribers (at 98 but 2 are me).  Stay tuned, you will probably be hearing from me very soon <3   Showing off my new guitar strap from Mother’s Day

 

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Happy Groundhog’s Day

Good Morning Friends!

I intend to establish a regular posting pattern, most likely on Monday mornings, but I did not want to wait another day to begin so here I am on a Thursday….I may end up doing some extras if I get excited about something so maybe a good way to start regular blogging? Who knows but here I am !

I am having so much fun writing new songs this month, at a cool website I finally feel confident enough to partake of, well worth taking a look if you have a hankering to write songs at all-  http://fawm.org

One is up on soundcloud, I wrote it, recorded and uploaded it in an hour and ten minutes for a ‘skirmish’ with the theme “Addiction”-https://soundcloud.com/mishy-katz/skirmish-1a-addiction-overcome-fawm-2017

I was fairly happy with the results, especially considering the time restraints!  It certainly got me going for the FAWM challenge, and I will post more songs during this month.

Also working on clay musical goodies, mostly raku but some salt fired, I will share some of that fun too!

I hope this second day of February treats you well!

Love and Light,

Mishy