Friday, November 7, 2008

Looking back, Looking Forward Part 1

It's hard to believe that 2008 is drawing to a close. Looking back, I can't believe how much happened within a span of only one year. Halloween came and went. I was pleasantly surprised that the Nicktoons Network and the N aired Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes:) They even aired my favorite ep, Laughing in the Dark. Woohoo! I had many moments of nostalgia:D Yay for old school Nickelodeon!

We were in our last couple shows for the 2008 Poet Tour in October. We did a Halloween themed stage show based on the works of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe at The Art Center for their Galleria of Horrors Costume Gala event. The show went well and we did have a wonderful time doing it. I had more costume changes than I had had up until that point, but it was fun. We even added a few different songs in to enhance the mood of the evening. The songs we added were "Newgrange" (originally performed by Orla from 'Celtic Woman'), "The Black Swan" (from the opera The Medium), and "Music of the Night" (from Phantom of the Opera). In fact, the set list went as follows:

Show Title: "The Raven Beyond the Wall of Sleep"
Act 1: "The Raven"

1. Free
2. Lost Little Girl
3. Porcelain Doll
4. Destiny's Path
5. The Black Swan
6. Run Away and Hide
7. Scarborough Fair
8. Danny Boy

Act 2: "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"

1. Ghost (Persephone's NetherRealm Version)
2. A Prayer
3. Newgrange
4. Whispers
5. Ashes to Dust
6. Music of the Night
7. Warrior (Soldier for Myself)

We are brainstorming for next year's Halloween themed show. Possibly Rod Serling. Well see:)

After that, we went to Canton, OH. The show was at Arabica Coffeehouse and it was one of our more broken down versions of the show. We do always try to include some sort of stage props or costume pieces just to give people something a little different. We are about to do our last show for the 2008 tour in Monroeville, PA. It's almost surreal looking back on the year and all the traveling we did. It's always nice to meet new people who enjoy what you do. This year has been exhausting but alot was accomplished. More than I actually thought would. Aside from the release of my debut album in February of 2008 and the tour, the album has recieved really nice reviews, got radio play, podcast play (MySpace and Rough Edge), appeared on internet music charts, doing interviews, even being given the title of 'Artist of the Week' on the Backseat Mogul Radio show. It's almost overwhelming to think about especially since there is still so much more to do. It's been great but there have also been moments of meloncholy.

While my career decision on focusing on music has been welcomed by many, I have gotten criticism from some. While that is to be expected, it can be hurtful when it is people who you would think would be supportive. It's funny how people seem to think they know what is right for you and what isn't. Actually, these are the people who knew nothing of my life and what I was going through at the time. 2007 was a year of stepping stones/making changes and 2008 was a year of transition. During the years of 2006 and 2007, I was really questioning the direction I was going in and trying to carve out where I wanted to go. They were also years of finding out who true friends were. That is really something you figure out pretty quickly in this industry.

My debut album 'Poet' was me letting go of negative feelings I had been harboring for years. As I write my second album, I'm finding that it is a journey to finding myself again and finding what makes me, me. I feel I got away from that for a while. I got away from the things that were the most important to me and I can't help but beat myself up a little over it. This is a very long and descriptive entry, so I am dividing it into two parts since my brain is pretty fried from everything. This is part 1 and the intro and I will return with part 2.

To be continued...

Sunday, November 2, 2008

More tour photos from 2008
















Hi all, here are some more photos from the road:) The top two were taken as Jason and I left Excuses Bar and Grill. We performed the song "Three Pale Queens" with Bonfire Night at a Bonfire Night show. Always lots of fun:) The middle two and bottom photos are from our show at the Blue Violet Cafe in September (Rochester, PA). It was a really nice venue and we plan to return there in the future. Well, that is all for now. More photos and postings to come:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Photo shoot for CD cover

Last night, I had a photo shoot for a various artists CD that I am to be a part of. It was definatly a fun shoot and took place in a very eclectic setting at a music venue. Photos and more info will be coming as soon as permitted (as well as my own behind the scenes photos). Time to prepare for the MySpace Podshow:) More another time.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Music Video Shoot



A little behind the scenes peek at my first music video, "Run Away and Hide."
1.) Getting my makeup done by makeup artist extraordinaire, Jenna Lowe
2.) Me with the video's makeup artist, Jenna Lowe.

In the Studio






Come with me into the studio; StarGlider Studios in Gibsonia, PA. I'm putting my vocals on a song we collaborated with Bonfire Night on. The song will be on my second album and Bonfire Night's debut album.
1 & 2.) Me in the vocal boothe
3.) Jason adds his guitars
4.) Rowen strums a few tunes on Jason's guitar
5.) Rowen at the controls doing his thang! :D

On the Road 2008 Poet Tour part 4



1.) At a Borders in Pittsburgh, PA where we did an in-store performance.
2.) Jason goofing around as we tore down after the in store performance.

On the Road 2008 Poet Tour part 3






1.) With the lovely and talented Danielle Harris.
2.) With the gentlemen of Recluse Radio (the interviewed me back in April 2008)
3.) My little area Troma graciously provided for me at their table for my CDs and such.
4 and 5.) Beautiful scenic photos as the sun began to set after we left NJ (I was more successful this time with taking the scenic photos :P)

On the Road 2008 Poet Tour part 2






More photos from our many road trips on the Poet tour:)
1.) Club Diablo, where we performed in Buffalo, NY
2.) At 4am after the Buffalo, NY show stopping at a diner for breakfast/dinner.
3.) Jason and I with Pericles Lewnes at Monster Mania 11 in Cherry Hill, NJ (we where there on a promo appearance with copies of my album).
4.) Goofing around with Faith and Jeremy of Troma.
5.) Crown Plaza Hotel where the event took place.

On the Road, 2008 'Poet' tour






One thing I do love about fall is driving around during the day in the beautiful weather. That and visit Dunkin Donuts as my weekend splurge treat:) I LOVE their new flatbread breakfast sandwiches and their coffee is absolutely DELICIOUS! Especially when it is French Vanilla. Anyway though, I decided to add some images from my 2008 Poet tour. After all, this is a road journal:) The photos are as follows (starting from top left):
1.)My changing/makeup area at my album release party at the Art Center in Butler, PA.
2.) Me at 2AM and a complete zombie getting ready to head out to Virginia Beach as part of the tour.
3.) The venue where we performed in Virginia Beach ('The Heritage Center)
4.) Me attempting to take a scenery photo on the way to Bowling Green, KY
5.) Setting up to play at Hoi Polloi in Pittsburgh, PA


Friday, October 3, 2008

2008

Wow, it's hard to believe that 2008 is almost over! It is October and my favorite season (fall/autumn) is here. Time for pumpkins, warm cider, caramel apple, candy corn, all my fall favorites! Of course there is Halloween and all the fun Halloween stores are opening up:) I'm like a kid in a candy store when I walk into those things! I do plan to take time away and go to a haunted house or two with some friends:D But even that aside, it is absolutly wonderful to walk outside and see the leaves changing colors and feel the air becoming cooler. It's almost like the earth sheds it's skin to grow a new coat. I guess you can say I can relate to that in a way. 2008 has really been a year of new beginnings. 2007 was about shedding old skins to make room for new things coming up. This year I made the concious decision to truly let go of all things that were negative in my life. Sure I said that or attempted it before, but this year seemed like the year to really mean it and actually do it. The material on my debut album "Poet" is me letting go of alot of passed aggressions. As I write for my second album, the more I find myself getting back to the basics and the core of what makes me, me. I realize as I look back that I went through a period of time (a couple years) where I was losing who I was. This industry can do that to you if you aren't careful. For a while I went around trying to be something that I wasn't. I think that writing and releasing my album was the beginning of me getting myself back and I have felt a huge relief. Some people may not like the directions I choose to go in and that is their right to not like it. But in the end, I have to do what is right for me.

I've also been finding my love for painting and drawing again. I have Allan of 'Bridging Heaven and Earth' to thank for that. It was he who suggested that I turn in a piece of artwork for their international art gallery. That actually inspired me to post more of my artwork online. I do have a deviant art page now. The link to that is:

http://www.tiffanyapan.deviantart.com

I have the work that I submitted to the Bridging Heaven and Earth International Art Gallery on there now and I will be submitting more of my work soon. While I will have some original works for sale, I will also have replica prints availableand I plan to put some of my favorites onto shirts, buttons, mugs, cards, and the like (to also have something other than band/music merchandise).

Well, I look back on 2008 and feel that the struggling has so far been worth it. While I'm still on the journey to coming full circle, I very much feel that I'm on the right path now. I almost hope I never come full circle because I always want to keep growing and learning.

We are doing a show at Excuses tonight with our friends Bonfire Night. Jason and I will be joining them onstage for the collaboration we did with them, "Three Pale Queens." We will also be joining them for the song "Blood and Thunder" and a couple others. We are also preparing for the remainder of our fall shows and our Halloween themed concert at The Art Center for their Gallery of Horrors Costume Gala. There is alot of preparing for that since it is a slightly different show setup. More info on that is at http://www.butlerartcenter.net

2008 has been an incredibe journey and I look forward to what 2009 may bring:)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Recovery

I'm recovering from the nasty head/chest cold/sinus infection/bronchial infection that was going around. We have a show in Rochester, PA tomorrow. It's with a new venue (Blue Violet Cafe) and a new audience so I am looking forward to it. We're winding down for the year but might add a couple more shows on for good measure:) I'm writing my second album now and am excited and nervous about the turnout. Many new things coming in 2009. Well, I need a nap...

More later:)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Blogging my adventures

I have before considered having a 'road blog' to share with everyone. But I never got around to actually doing it until today. Whether it's the upcoming launch of my new website or the many different turns my career is taking, or the changes that have recently come to my life, something inside me feels it's the right time to start this. Hey, you never know I may one day want to write a book about my time on the road as a musical act doing shows, photo shoots, music videos, appearances, and even being a film now and then. I don't know if anyone will find it particularly exciting, but hey you only live once so you may as well make the most of it:) If somone out there can get something useful out of it, all the better. Things happen for a reason and now feels like the right time to start this more than before. So, I look forward to blogging my many endeavors on the road and in the studio to accompany my online reality show coming in 2009.

Well, I better get to sleep. Jason and I weren't feeling to well the passed couple days. We're better now but I'd like to keep it that way.

Good night all....
Til the next blog:)