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April Alchemy

Greetings Groovy Groundbreakers!!

Happy April 2018 and I hope all of you are smiling as much as I am!  Lots of music, art and heart happening here at the ‘Dragon’ and at Mishy’s,   I love living a creative life, mindfully, it just opens up all sorts of possibilities and pathways that I did not even see before!

Desert Dragon is having a Big Art Sale this weekend, in hopes of clearing out all sorts of way-cool art we have to make room for making more.  Mother’s Day is soon so hopefully lots of wonderful offspring will be shopping for beautiful things for their Moms.  I have been digging through all sorts of storage boxes finding amazing beautiful treasures that I can’t keep hidden anymore.  More custom work orders have filtered in and it seems that may be a good direction for the shop to look for ongoing work and inspiration.  Summer is approaching so we are planning summer kids clay camp and our summer special for members and clay creatives.

My first full production of an original song  “Being Crazy isn’t Enough” is still in-progress, just about done with the recording stage and moving on to mixing and then mastering.  I am slow at the learning curve (as usual) but enjoying the challenge and taking baby steps to the completion, maybe by the end of this month if I can manage it! Once it’s completely finished I will be launching a release and starting to work on the next song for my upcoming EP (probably 2019 for that one)

I also wanted to announce that I will be switching this mailing list to a new platform to more efficiently reach all of you and continue this newsletter!   I have been using my wordpress website blog, but have been taking steps to switch to a better email list platform that will give me an easier time navigating and sharing with you all!  If you see an  incoming email that says “Mishy’s Magic Dragon Soup Newsletter” or something like that, as the sender, that would be me =)    Hoping to step up my game and soon gift a free mp3 to all who have signed up and who sign up in the future!!! I love my tribe, it’s so fun to be able to reach all of you and share the excitement and passion that fills my spirit!

Go out and create something!!! It’s good for you!  Hugs and lots of love,

Mishy

PS, including a link for fun from my very first Mishy Monday Mash April 24, 2017 on facebook-   Mishy’s Monday Mash I

Warning, it actually doesn’t start til 3:00….

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

 

March Minutes

Hello New Friends and Old!  I love you all and am so happy to be here connecting and sharing music and art.    I find the act of creating something (anything) is a necessary nutrient for me in life, and sharing the process is equally or even more rewarding.  I highly recommend both to anyone looking for something to complete their life.

I am knee deep in recording, taking steps to immerse totally and get an EP recorded by the end of this year.  I have chosen six songs to focus on and finish and working on the theme, cover and all the endless details to design the CD I intend to create.  I also will be sharing a free mp3 recording very soon to all my email list subscribers, by the end of April (that’s YOU guys!)

Making more big bowls for a commission, and have been doing some livestreaming on facebook showing the throwing process, which makes me be a bit more conscientious since I am on display while working the clay, interesting mental exercise for sure.  You can see those at this link if you click on ‘videos’    http://www.facebook.com/DesertDragonPottery 

I will be livestreaming more music and art, having way too much fun with the feedback and inspiration it provides, if anyone on this list would like to see it happen on youtube, or another website outside of facebook, please message me or comment, I have been thinking of widening my broadcasting for non-facebook folks!

Meanwhile, have a magical March, I will be back before the end of it with more fun and remember…   Express yourself!!! Don’t Hold Back!!

Love to all!!! <3

Mishy

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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

 

January Jewels

Happy New Year!!   Here it is, always a relief to get past the holiday craziness and settle into a brand new year with reflection and anticipation  creating a tasty stew of Here We Go.

I am beginning the year with a special project I have taken on with a bunch of fellow artists and creators, a 30 day challenge to post something creative every day, without fail.  My platform is facebook and the livestream posts will be called “A Month of Magical Mishy Moments”, and include three ten day sets of videos on separate creative endeavors.  First ten days- Songwriting from Idea to Recording  Second ten days-  Making a Series of Teapots  Third ten days-  Drawing/Painting a Series from an Idea or Photograph.   Part of the fun of livestream is the immediate and interactive nature so please join me and share the process intimately and informally along with other creative creatures.  Another part of the excitement and motivation is that I am sharing the adventure with a bunch of other artsy folks who are doing the same thing in their internet world, in a joint attempt to amp up our individual and mutual sharing of what we do.  Day One and I am completely enthralled.  If you can’t join me live, I will be posting the videos on my personal facebook page for future viewing and response.      Today was so much fun, I definitely feel like it’s going to be quite a ride!

My video was all pixillated, hope to be fixing that issue before tomorrow’s broadcast!

A Month of Magical Mishy Moments Episode I

I think part of what I do best in life is being a creative catalyst…Do it!!  I will be posting again soon, hope to see you for some of my month of sharing!

Hugs and New Year Blessings,

Mishy

December Delights

Greetings Fellow Earth Beings!

Wow, here we are already halfway through this final month of 2017, preparing to bid adieu to the year.

I have had a pretty crazy couple weeks, making pottery, working the clay studio, writing music, recording music, watching grandkids, same old stuff but at a fairly intense pace just now!  The Patreon launch was fun and happily I got a couple patrons right off the first day (THANK YOU!  <3  You know who you are)….  It is motivation and inspiration and I am so very grateful!!

Finalized a pottery commission this week, and began work on a couple upcoming projects, mostly cleaning the studio up for our holiday open house and setting it up all purty.   We have our 19th Annual this year and as always we have live music, pottery demonstrations, games, great food and firespinning at dark!   Please join us if you can, it runs noon to 7pm this Sunday December 17, 2017.

Some of Mishy’s crazy clay creations-

This past week a  Christmas song started writing itself in my head when Hanukkah suddenly arrived and my brain switched, so I finished the Hanukkah song but the Christmas song is still in progress.  Sometimes they are just gifted from the creative pool flow!

Recording has been going really well for me, finally feel like I am getting a handle on the first stage (getting the sound onto digital), next is ‘mixing’ then ‘mastering’ once I finalize the ‘recording’ part.  I have most of it done and edited other than vocals.  Can’t wait to be ready to share it!!!  It certainly is a complicated, and intriguing process.  Less is more but I want more and more!!

Please post a comment, share and above all please create, it’s good for all of us!!

Be safe, be healthy, be joyous and above all be creative this season and all seasons!  Peace, prosperity, health and happiness to all!!

I will be posting again before 2018 arrives!  Enjoy the rest of this precious year, what little is left.  Love and Light,

Mishy

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November Noise

Hello Creative Creatures!!

Here it is already past halfway through this month and coming up on the New Year!  I know…shhhh too soon!!

Holiday season brings many wonderful blessings, family gatherings, gifting, gratitude wonderful stuff!!  Desert Dragon Pottery has a Holiday Studio Open House we are planning and this year we hope to have an additional pottery/art sale and a yard sale trying to clear out and share our gifts with the world!

     http://desertdragonpottery.com/join-us-december-17-for-our-annual-holiday-studio-open-house/

I have been making good progress on my recording, learning a lot from my class with Katie Heath

http://wwwkatieheathstudios.com

In fact, I was the lucky winner of a contest she held, and I won a $100 gift card to Sweetwater Music!!  I am still daydreaming about what I need, could be a mic-stand or a tablet holder, maybe some orchestra bell mallets ..fun, to shop!!

I made a big decision this past week, spurred on by a few  events that happened in my life that seemed to point me in a certain direction.  I am pursuing a “Patreon” account, which is explained at this link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwvUjAv6pxg&t=27s

In setting up that account, I have done some great soul searching and brain storming and am working on a few aspects of the site that will be tailored to my Patreonic duty (haha).  I hope you will visit it , target date is November 30 to launch!

October Occasions

Hello Fellow Creative Creatures!!!

Always good to reach out to you my friends and share what is going on in my world with art and music.  I have always been a ‘natural networker’ (social butterfly) and this venue is comfortable and seems to work for the connection!  Thanks for hanging out and hanging in!

A good testament to my aim to combine my clay and my music, I have been making pottery mugs for various friends around the world, some are on this mailing list and sending them as gifts for the joy they give me always being so receptive to hearing me fumble through live playing and share what I love most with those who might like it too.  I sent one to Bulgaria (hi Lily!) recently, it’s not arrived yet, and sending another to Canada soon (hi Lu!)  Very fun to have that connection and thank you always for being open to listening!    Also working on several ongoing commissions and the busy shop, livestreaming classes occasionally and getting into the busy season for the holidays.  Pictured below a couple pieces from my four year old grandson, the one on the right is unfired, a dragon and his water bowl, on the right the glazed one is a collaboration with his eight year old girl cousin, she told me asked her to make his volcano into a ‘saber tooth volcano’, and this is the result <3

I have been working on recording, moving along and becoming more confident that I can actually pull it off,  only time will tell!  By this time next month I am hoping to have a finished recording.  Meanwhile I went to an open mic and you may have seen this on facebook but this is a live performance at open mic of the song I am working –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOqiwydrytE

I was not able to embed the video last time so going to try a link this time, if it’s blank just click over to the website and you can see it there.  Please post a comment if you feel so inclined so I know you are reading this and thank you again for being a part of this little tribe.

Everyone take your October Opportunities!!!  I love Halloween and Thanksgiving always such fun holidays and good eating.  Be mindful, enjoy every moment with love and awareness of the good!

Mishy