Why I Quit Music 😱

Why I Quit Music 😱

So I just had another birthday…🎂

Yay! 🎉Every year is a gift! 💝

And I don’t know about you, but I always get a bit introspective around this time - which is partly why you haven’t heard from me on social media in awhile 😉

I like to reflect on the biggest events of my year - see what I learned, how I grew, what’s working for me, what’s not, what I need to change, let go of, make happen, etc…

So thought I’d share some of that with you.

...and it feels kind of scary and vulnerable doing this… but what the heck - we’re friends, right? 😜

Hopefully there will be some take-aways for you as well.

So here we go…

My 3 biggies last year were:

  • BOTH my youngins flew the coop  - one, all the way across the ocean (it’s that “gypsy” blood)

  • I got my first grey hair (finally a wisegal!)

  • I quit music (don’t freak out, keep reading…)

Yep, last year I decided to take a year off from performing live, which was quite a big deal for me mostly because I worked very hard to get to the point where I could make a living from it!

But after doing that full-time for about 2 ½ years following the release of my first album, I was beginning to feel burned out - like I was just spinning my wheels.

It’s not that I didn’t LIKE sharing my music and meeting so many wonderful people every week - that part’s AWESOME - but all of a sudden I realized that I hadn’t CREATED any new music in a long time and that was really bugging me.

Now I know there are artists who only dream of getting that far “making a living through playing music” - but I don’t want to just make a living! I want to make MUSIC - and even fully booked, I was barely covering my bills.

That’s when it dawned on me… 

Shoot! I’m not a musician.

I’m a music ARTIST.

Yes, I have music talent - I sing, play guitar, write songs...but the LAST thing I wanna do after a long days work (in this case: playing music) is bring work home (play more music). Musicians who are REAL musicians - ALL they wanna do is play music! They’ll do it all day long on a train, on a plane, with a goat, on a boat...green eggs and all and in their SLEEP. 

Not me.

For me, there has to be a REASON to pick up my guitar. A REASON to sing a song.

That reason is when I feel a song coming on that I know will add value to my world and perhaps yours if you’re a kindred spirit.

That reason is a well crafted story with lyrics to match the emotion in the melody...then being able to effectively communicate the experience!

But that wasn’t my reality.

Most of the places I was performing at were venues that had other activities at the core: dining, wine tasting, a party... music was definitely PART of the experience, but not the main focus.

As a result, I was feeling overwhelmed and pressured to add songs to my repertoire that, for the most part, I felt absolutely no connection with just because they fit the “ambience” - kinda like successfully making small talk with everyone at a party but never really having a conversation, ya know? It felt very “professional” and “commercial”… and I started to dread it. NO BUENO.

I suddenly realized that I was making a living at the expense of my creativity.

I knew I HAD to make a change or the artist in me would die.

You see, I don’t want to HAVE to create music to live. I want to live to create. - To create from a place of overflow and experience. Because that’s where the best songs come from anyways!

So if you don’t see or hear much of me these days, just know I’m on a mission to create the kind of lifestyle that will support my long-term goals - that OF COURSE also include making more epic, inspiring, uplifting, and empowering music that I can share with YOU.

What are you looking to create in your life? I’d love to hear 🙂

Love ‘N Music,

~ EDEN :)


P.S. Just a quick you a heads up: my >> ONLINE SHOP << is closing until further notice August 1st. So if you’ve been wanting to get a CD from me, this could very well be your last call! Just enter SUMMER10 at checkout and I’ll take 10% off for you 😉 You’re welcome 🙂

"Shallow"

"Shallow"

Tell me something…❤️️

It took me awhile to finally be able to perform this song without getting emotional as the movie “Shallow” made me think what it must’ve been like for my brother and his struggle with depression (that he never talked about)…

God bless Lady Gaga for raising awareness and promoting more conversation regarding mental illness.

Today I dedicate this song to any of you who may be struggling: may you find the courage within you to ignore that insidious inner voice and live courageously ❤

Much love,

Eden :)

"Burning Man"

"Burning Man"

Some days I’m the exception. Most days I’m just like most…🙃

I fricken LOVE this Dierks Bentley song so wanted to share it with you.

Dunno about you, but I can pretty much identify with every single line - except that I haven’t been to Burning Man… YET. Have you?? To go or not to go…🤔

Either way, hope you enjoy my acoustic version of the song!

Lotsa luv! ~ Eden :)

Brazil, Buns 'N Beer (Hello 2019!)

Brazil, Buns 'N Beer (Hello 2019!)

Hard to believe we are already 2 weeks into 2019!!

Having just gotten back from Brazil, I wanna talk a little about that...

So I love the finer things in life, but nothing fascinates me more than experiencing new cultures.

Although I grew up in Brasil, one of the things I never got to do - and one of the things on my bucket list - was to experience NYE on Copacabana. Not at some penthouse club overlooking the beach, but the NYE “do povo” (“of the people”) ON the beach...

❄️ Baby, It's Cold Outside ❄️

❄️ Baby, It's Cold Outside ❄️

Sending warm winter wishes your way…❤️️

...so excited I FINALLY got Mr. A-A-ron to sing!! If you enjoyed, I’m sure he’d love to read your positive comments! 😉(*hint hint*)

Merry Christmas!

~ Eden :)

P.S. Be on the lookout for some news from Brazil soon... it will be my first Christmas in the air! ✈️

P.S.S. If you haven’t yet grabbed your FREE CD (my Christmas gift to you!), you should do that now so that Santa is not delayed! It’s easy cheesy like 1-2-3, just click HERE while you still can!

🍁Fall-ing Into A New Chapter🍁

🍁Fall-ing Into A New Chapter🍁

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I announced my “last performance of 2018”!

And I’ve been asked a lot why am I’m “not doing music anymore” - so figured a “note” to clarify was in order!

First of all, I have NOT stopped “doing music”. If anything, much to the contrary. But I can totally understand where a lack of tour dates on my website and posting pictures of my shows could make it appear that way…

So allow me to share a little “behind the scenes”…

WELCOME TO GYPSY COUNTRY!!!

So excited to announce the launch of Gypsy Country!

👉https://my.sweet.io/edenmoody 👈

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See you inside Gypsy Country!

~ Eden :)

"Angel From Montgomery"

Definitely a bold move attempting to follow Bonnie Raitt in this timeless soul searching John Prine tune but I hope you like it and that my version does it justice.

Let me know your feelings in the comments...! 

XO, Eden :)

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Eden Moody - Are you hesitant for a midlife change? Overcoming the fear of change

April 1, 2018 - by Edward Schooley, Country Music Vibe

CMV: Needless, to say the topic for discussion is quite applicable for the time period that we live in. Many people are demanding change on policy, procedure and practice. However, they become resistant or even fearful to make changes personal changes. I know that you have had some changes in your life, that were based upon need and desire. Would you like to tell our readers, what it was and what inspired you to take immediate action?... [CONTINUE READING]

☀️Out Of Hibernation!☀️

☀️Out Of Hibernation!☀️

HAPPY EARTH DAY! 🌎

Well it’s spring time around here and for me that means time to come out of hibernation! 

Yep that’s right, I like to hibernate during the cold months around here… but that doesn’t mean I don’t get shit done. Actually MOST of my really hard work is done during that time and then during the spring and summer I get to be on-stage and perform and hang with friends and all that fun stuff that’s coming, WOOHOO! 🙌🙌🙌

So in case you’re wondering like some of you have written in asking “where’ve you BEEN?!?!?”, with many big projects finally out of the way, I’ve decided it’s about time I give you some big news…

"People Get Ready"

What can I say - a good song is a good song.

SO many of the greats have covered this one and now I have too 😉

Hope you like it! ~ Eden :)

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Ladies & Gentlemen...

 
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Mike Johnstone

Drums / Percussion

 

It all started in a bar...

Chatting with the bartender, Eden discovered he played percussion - just what she was looking for! Never mind that he was actually a heavy metal drummer, she asked if he'd be willing to join her for a performance she had the very next day.

"I was so happy when he actually showed up!" says Eden. After 5 minutes of "backstage" parking lot rehearsal, Eden knew she'd found a "keeper".

That 5 minute rehearsal has carried Eden & Mike through nearly 5 years of performing together whenever the opportunity allows. Eden says: "Mike's style of percussion playing has greatly influenced my sound today."

(More on Mike coming soon...)

 
 

Ladies & Gentlemen....

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John 

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Violin / Mandolin / Guitars

 
It all started around 1970 when my sister got a guitar.  I used to steal it from her room and try and play it.  It wasn’t until a rodeo accident in 1984 laid me up for ten months.  While recovering, I found that old guitar right where I left it, in my sister’s closet. That 8 month period was the true start of my learning how to play the guitar. That old guitar came to college with me, and it was there that I began to develop a love of playing music.
The fiddle came into view around 1988 when I was raft guiding down in North Caroline. I remember driving up into “the hills”, deep in heart of Appalachia to listen to the locals jam.  There was this old tobacco farmer who played the fiddle – stereotypical deep south local, overalls, tobacco-stained fingers and all. His fiddle playing just memorized me. This is where I gained an appreciation for the power of music to connect people.
Fast forward to 2007 when I was running sound for the Cashmere Community Coffee House bluegrass shows. A pretty girl walked up to me and said; “I hear you play the fiddle, do you want to play in my band?” It doesn’t get much better than that.

When not performing with Eden, or adventuring on his motorcycle or mountain bike... or galavanting the earth for the love of good backcountry skiing, John can be found in just about every bluegrass circle or band in or out of the area. O! And true to his name, he is the weather man at Stevens Pass Ski & Snowboard Resort.

 

Ladies & Gentlemen...

 
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Aaron Gibbs

Drums / Percussion

Being that music was always in my family and my father was in a band that got to open for the Grateful Dead, naturally my parents wanted to also give me the gift of music.
My mother enrolled me in piano lessons when I was eight. Eventually the instructor asked my mother why she kept on paying for lessons when I never showed up. Needless to say, I was followed to my next lesson and my mom found out that I had been sitting outside of the drum instructors room instead... (why didn’t you just let me start playing drums back then, mom?)

Still no drums allowed, a few years later Aaron was introduced to musical theatre. With little to no fear of being on stage in front of people, he quickly became passionate about that and began singing Opera, securing lead roles in plays at the Washington Performing Arts Center & Dinner Theater in Seattle.

It wasn’t until 7th grade, after rebelliously blowing one too many sour notes on the trumpet in band class that Aaron’s parents finally realized they could no longer fight his passion for drums. One year later Aaron was playing in an 8th grade talent show with his best friend Jeff on bass, performing Kiss’ “I want to Rock and Roll all Night and Party Everyday” - Ode to his future personality.

After high school Aaron was awarded a full ride vocal scholarship to the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, but marching to the beat of his own drum, decided to instead adventure to Alaska and work dangerous jobs aboard commercial fishing boats.

Eventually Aaron made his way back to the stage playing in and touring the Northwest with several Seattle bands, even opening for Dave Matthews and Tom Petty and playing several nightclubs consistently in the Seattle area before settling down to care for his family.

After a long hiatus, Aaron has reconnected with his passion playing in several groups in his area.

When offstage, he can be found making and selling fine craft beers for the Doghaus Brewery and entertaining visitors in the tasting room. He also enjoys all the outdoor activities that his city, Leavenworth, Washington, has to offer and spending time adventuring with his now teenage kids.

 

"Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses Cover

Hey how's your week going? Mine's been craaaaazy...

Let's just say this video was a fun break from painting walls 😂

Later! ~ Eden :)

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"Road Less Traveled" Lauren Alaina Cover

I was SO inspired by this song, I couldn't NOT learn it. The chorus is my new anthem 😀

Happy Monday!! Have a beautiful week ❤️

Cheers! ~ Eden :)

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"Lucky Me" Tegan Marie Cover

In case you missed me, I decided to send you some warm, sunny, feel-good vibes from Brazil...🏖️☀️
Enjoy the parakeets on back-up vocals!

xoxo! ~ Eden :)

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Eden Moody defines her voice in the Lake Chelan Valley

Jan 9, 2017 - by Jillian Foster, Go Lake Chelan

Locals of the Lake Chelan Valley will soon be enjoying the Gypsy Country sound of Eden Moody from the comfort of their own home. Moody’s albums have been available through her website and streaming services, but soon she will be performing live for fans in their living rooms...[CONTINUE READING]