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Mick Evans – The Other Half Of The Joker

“Songwriting has really blossomed for me. You know I think you know when you know, when you’ve found what you really love doing. I rarely get bored of doing it – do struggle to find time for it – but it’s a real joy.”

It seems the key to life may be found inside taking time to ‘sit quietly with me’ and let the inner stirrings of your heart wash over.
Writing is, as true a gift, as looking up at the breath taking colours of a perfect summer sky, the touch of your forever love imprinting on your soul or the emotions that pass inside while witnessing the power of the human spirit. For whom might ever help us to vocalize these precious moments but the unspoken voice of a writer.

I met Mick Evans on a warm summer day when the stars crossed over a big wide sky from Canada to England.
His is a story of finding what you love and letting it be your guide to the very place you are meant to be.
A successful business man by day and a writer who is connecting his thoughts through collaboration of melody and a lot of hard work.

So proud of this British gent who is an award winning lyric writer with a heart of gold, who can make you laugh out loud when you least expect it.
It is no wonder that Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley saw something special in Mick and it was a brilliant move to team him up with German native Lawrence Grey.

Their debut EP – The Joker releases this week and I know there is lots more coming for this dynamic duo.

Have a peek through Mick’s lyric page and listen to some of his demos and recorded music.

MICK EVANS SONGS

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Mick – writing the early days of his story.

Write on Mick!

GET YOUR COPY OF THE JOKER HERE

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Marty McConnell – Chicago

Marty McConnell – her poetry, readings and interpretations leave you feeling inspired and lost in thought from another time and place – yet she remains ever so relevant today. A true inspiration as she pushes the boundaries of the imagination and leaves you feeling it is perfectly alright to dream.
She became an unknown legend with her poem ‘Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell’ – a brilliant look through the eyes of a woman in angst yet never more sure of what she needs.

Inspiring women around the world with her honest revelations in 2016.

MARTY MCCONNELL

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Charlotte Brontë – Born A Writer

“I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” ― Charlotte Brontë

Do you ever think about where such beautiful words, thoughts and feelings are born from? How do they find their place in a world that would rather often times keep them penned to a place with no voice to be heard. So happy to have discovered the work of Charlotte Brontë and her siblings. What a wonderful world to behold, crawling out of darkness.

At the tender age of twenty, Charlotte Brontë sent a sample of her poetry to England’s Poet Robert Southey. The comments he offered urged her to abandon all literary pursuits – he wrote:

“Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment and a recreation.”

His timely response indicates the political difficulties women faced as they tried to enter the literary arena in Victorian England, domestic responsibilities were expected to require all their energy, leaving no time for any type of creative pursuits. Despite a lack of support from the outside world, Charlotte Brontë found sufficient internal motivation and enthusiasm from her sisters to become a successful writer and balance her familial and creative needs.

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Charlotte was born in Thornton, Yorkshire on April 21, 1816,  being the third child of six children. Unfortunately their mother died of cancer and Charlotte and her four sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Emily and Anne, and their brother, Branwell, were raised primarily by their unpleasant, maiden aunt, Elizabeth Branwell,who provided them with little supervision. Not only were the children free to roam the moors, but their father allowed them to read whatever interested them -Shakespeare, The Arabian Nights, Pilgrim’s Progress, and the poems of Byron were some of their staples.

When a school for the daughters of poor clergymen opened at Cowan Bridge in 1824, her father Patrick Bronte decided to send his oldest four daughters there to receive a formal education. It has been said that Charlotte’s description of Lowood School in Jane Eyre accurately reflects the dismal conditions at this school. Sadly Charlotte’s two oldest sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died in 1824 of tuberculosis they contracted due to the poor management of the school. Following this tragedy, Patrick Brontë withdrew Charlotte and Emily from Cowan Bridge.

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With deep grief over their sisters’ deaths and desperately searching a way to alleviate their loneliness, the remaining siblings began writing a series of stories, The Glass-Town, stimulated by a set of toy soldiers their father had given them. In these early writings, the children collaboratively created a complete imaginary world, a fictional West African empire they called Angria. Charlotte explained their interest in writing this way:

“We were wholly dependent on ourselves and each other, on books and study, for the enjoyments and occupations of life. The highest stimulus, as well as the liveliest pleasure we had know from childhood upwards, lay in attempts at literary composition.”

It seems that if one is born to be a writer – no time – no era – no man can stop what is meant to come forth and lay embedded in written words for all time.

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How To Break Up With Your Playlist

Guest writer: Kristina-Marie Ross teaches us a thing or two next time you decide to drown your sorrows in your playlist. 

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There’s a lot of Asian girl bloggers with perfect hair on the internet who have militarized the ‘How To Get Over a Break-Up’ guide, specifically for the use of millions of girls who just ‘can’t even’. People seem to forget that there’s another really important factor to a severe break up. Let’s forget about the awkward corrections you have to make when people ask you if you’re spending the weekend with said partner, and the under or over indulgence in your dietary habits – There is a very important domino effect that comes with every decent human being in the separation of their bae.

Your every day playlist. 

Looking into things too much? Not quite. Here we have a playlist- Lets say it has 175 songs, average. If you’re anything like me (Which I assume you all definitely should be. Because I am good.) these will be a cluttered collection of songs you have prized, shazammed, over-played and decided you can twerk to privately. They can range from Tchaikovsky to David Guetta, Il Divo to Run DMC, Elvis Presley circa 1957 to Taylor Swift 1989 (Unless you’re on Spotify- In which case, shake it off. Or, roll your eyes at my bad joke and keep reading.)
With the accessibility of music on the move today, and the option to listen to as much or as little as you like- it’s difficult not to pair at least one of the songs on your regular playlist to more or less everything you do. Car journeys, routine walks, hair and makeup regimes- You get the picture. And then there are humans. We now have the capability of pairing a song or lyric to a person, and when you have some kind of particular person (shall we say) in your life, they will sometimes not only link themselves to one song- but albums, entire artists, musical eras. Because, feels. 

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