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Merry New York Christmas

It was in the season of 2002 that Rob Thomas wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single titled

‘A New York Christmas’

The song intended to help raise funds for the

Blythedale Children’s Hospital

in Westchester, New York. Rob had been performing here a number of years in a private concert for the children.  He says;

“It’s an amazing, sobering thing, you know, to go and you see someone who’s 11, 12 years old who’s going through more than I’ve ever gone through in my entire life. And, you say, ‘How’s your Christmas?'” 

Perhaps the true meaning of Christmas can be found inside those words.

May we each find our own way to give back this season, where it be needed most.

Thank you for a beautiful song Rob Thomas. It’s timeless to hearts around the world.

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Amos Lee – Spirit Tour – Portland – Friday November 18

Amos Lee – Spirit Tour – Portland – truly one of the best experiences of my extraordinarily ordinary musical life.
I once heard him say in an interview that ‘I have the most unfamous – famous voice you will ever hear’ and that could not be closer to the truth. His set blends seamlessly from hit to hit with his newest songs already such a part of him.

Walked in expecting a ‘very acoustic show’ – (which I always love) but was blown away when this handsome dude walked on stage in his stylin’ ensemble and took the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall by storm.
He grabs you – grooves you – moves you – renews you and gently places you back down feeling dizzy after having been vaporized by his charm. Hey I say any guy who can snap his fingers – move his hips and sing like Amos – is a triple threat right there!

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He imprinted from the start, giving a shout out to his opening act the – ‘T Sisters’ whom he said are old friends and he appreciates their wholesome sincerity. That said so much about what was to come on this magical night, in a world so thirsty for these very things. The only shock value I found here was Amos’s cheeky demeanour, the kind that makes a girl blush because so much life runs through him.

I get so hooked on my favourite songs from the past that I am hesitant to embrace a new album – perhaps for fear that something new will change all that was – but his latest ‘Spirit’ is everything a heart could wish for.  Amos Lee songs draw you in to a place where you feel safe and warm and loved – ‘Spirit’ takes this place to a whole new level. Such a bonding moment when he raised his arms up and sang ‘let the spirit wash over me.’ It solidified everything his music makes you feel.

Adele has said ‘his voice blows her away’ and it’s so true – I’ve not come across another quite like him. What a bonus track to see him live – to experience his bright personality with the music you love so much. While breaking it down mid song – an enthusiastic ‘woot’ came from the crowd and he never missed a beat – just gave a quick nod with a mischevious ‘uh huh’ – which felt a true testament of engagement with his audience and affirmation – we are all in this together.

Ryan Anthony Massaro is a private person who has worked hard to honor the gift of music that has been bestowed upon him and Amos Lee has grown to be someone he can be very proud of.
He has proven that staying the course pays true and one can never underestimate the power of collecting hearts one beat at a time.

“Sometimes we forget who we’ve got – who they  are and who they are not.  There is so much more in love to black and white. Keep it loose child – but keep it tight .”

Amos Lee.

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Mark Cawley – More Than A Songwriter

Mark Cawley is an accomplished musician and songwriter who is now mentoring and coaching others around the world, helping them to find their own success within their passion of music.
Bringing sincerity, inspiration and gratitude to his students whom he calls friends, Mark encourages them to remain positive, understand that rejection is not a reflection on themselves and to write from the heart.
I believe this is why he is an invaluable tool for aspiring lyricists and songwriters, because what he does comes from a place that this industry is slow to recognize at times – but is the core and foundation of life – do well by others – and it will take you to the place you are meant to be.

Have a listen to Mark and his thoughts and experiences shared when we spoke earlier this week.

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‘One of the biggest lessons I learned as a writer came later in life – later than I wished anyway. There was a long period of time when I was writing and getting some cuts, but they were not always the artists that I was hoping for. The songs were professional enough that publishers and producers were hearing them but they weren’t always buying into them. The lesson I learned is that I was trying really hard to get inside the head of these great artists and I would always come up short and there was one particular time and one song – a Tina Turner song and my co writers and I got together – all feeling a little beat up by the industry – and we said let’s just forget it and write for ourselves. Let’s write something that makes us laugh 0r cry and we feel like we can’t quit playing it – something that carries our feelings. And we did – and that was when Tina Turner took notice and recorded ‘Dancing In My Dreams’. I kept that philosophy with me and felt that if I love it then maybe another artist will too- I also found out that mature artists don’t want to repeat themselves. So when I was true to myself I found it was then that some of these artists became interested in what I was writing – and they began to stick.’

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Rudy Lu – Albany NY

Conversations with Kim

A new segment at Fresh Independence as we bring you stories from the heart.

Our first is with Albany NY based photographer Rudy Lu who shares his passion for jazz music and capturing moments that live on forever.

I always say the best part of what I do is meeting good people like Rudy Lu.

I am a science major with my studies and so working in music and photography, brings another element to my life.

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