January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

FOR THE BIRDS: Finding peace in a new place…

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I wouldn’t call it an ‘obsession’, but I can’t stop watching the birds. They are curious and cute, they are pudgy and bossy, and these birds have been finding their way into my backyard for the last month.  It has been a slow congregation of feathered friends and it has beautifully become my new ‘thing’ and a new source of peace for me in my life.  This is a newfound joy that I had no idea even existed until my partner Thomas and I were handed the keys and stepped foot into our beautiful country home in West Point, Prince Edward Island.

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Thomas asked me to be his wife on the night of the Super Moon , and shortly thereafter we moved into our country home: four bedrooms, on four acres with long driveway and a brook running just down from the house.  In the backyard, there is a line of mature fruit trees; mostly apples and pears, and when you stand beside them in the backyard, and you close your eyes, you can hear the water running.  When we first saw the house, our Newfoundland born real estate agent turned to us and said with a grin “Oh, you can fish down there b’y, pleanty of fish down there!”; we were sold.

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We moved into our home and before long the snow fell, blanketing the entire property in a white down. Heavy snow that weighed on evergreen branches, you could still hear the brook run from the back deck, but I couldn’t help but notice: “Where are the birds?”.  I moved all the way out to the countryside and I’d been here for at least a week, and no birds? I stood at the window for days with my coffee cup in hand waiting for any sign of movement. I started throwing pieces of leftover bread and bacon grease into the backyard, but we soon attracted a new orange kitty cat friend who we named Billy. Thomas told me that I wasn’t allowed to throw bacon grease in the back yard anymore, and we haven’t seen Billy since. Frig off Billy.

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Not too long after, I was sitting on our big comfy red couch going over tour schedules for the upcoming year, when I   saw something out of the corner of my eye: it was a Blue jay and he was the most brilliant shade of navy and gray against the snow on the back deck. I was so excited that I sprang off of the couch and he flew away. There was hope! We named him José and I made him a bird feeder out of a old 4 litre milk jug and hung it on a plant hook against the house. Rookie mistake.

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We had received the most beautiful house warming gifts from the loveliest friends of ours: two beautiful bird feeders and a two huge bags of bird seed.  I was over the moon! I couldn’t wait to see what these gifts would bring.  For two whole weeks I stood at the window, coffee cup in hand and watched as the birds came pouring into our back yard; Blue jays, chickadees, pheasants, and little budgie like birds in all colors and sizes.  It’s a new happy place for me, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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2016 was an amazing year of hurdles and new experiences: In the spring, I graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a degree in English Literature (on the Dean’s list…no biggie), I did a solo tour of England (which I never could have done without my dear pal Hedley), toured Canadian dates from Nunavut to Lunenberg with The Eastern Belles, drove across Canada for a solo tour, got engaged to my fella and bought our first home.  It was a very busy year with music, but also personally.  2016 was the year that I learned about self-care and boundaries; I don’t know where to start to begin to thank Ashley Condon and Catherine MacLellan enough for their influence in that department.  Touring in a rental van with these two amazing women for the last two years has taught me so much about loving myself and taking care of ‘me’.  I’m looking forward to 2017, to more self-care and music to share with the world.

January For The Birds

Today is also my 28th Birthday, and I am sitting in our living room in “the big chair” with a cup of coffee in hand, listening to CBC Radio Q as the fabulous KD Lang explores what it is to be a female voice the Music Industry and in the record business. The snow is softly falling outside around the fruit trees, and I can see the Blue jays roosting high within the branches looking like snow covered overripe fruit. They always do that when the snow comes down; I’ve got to find out why they do that…

I’m heading into the studio in April to record my fourth album, so stay tuned for that.
Also, WESTERN CANADA! I am coming your way in April as well. Stay tuned for those dates.
xo
M

December 6, 2016 in Media, News, Uncategorized

“A SONG FOR YOUR STOCKING!” Holiday Gift Offer

megs-christmas-facebook-post-1“Hey there,
My name is Meaghan and I am struggling with “LOHSD” (“Lack Of Holiday Spirit Disorder”). After a very busy year of touring my music abroad and at home in Canada, writing songs for a new record, hosting a fabulous Songwriting Camp for girls, buying a home, getting engaged to my fella and graduating from University; my soul is full but a bit weary going into this holiday season.

Last week, I decided to dip into my Christmas shopping.

I went to a rather LARGE shopping center in Western Canada and found myself standing between a Booster Juice and The Source with a general sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I grabbed my phone and pulled up my Christmas list, the one I had made on my flight into town of all of people who I love, and who have loved me through one of the busiest, most hectic years of my life.  I looked up and I saw a zoo of shoppers, stressed families, screaming kids and people running between the shops with bags and scarves flying behind them as they zoomed about.

In that moment, I felt like jamming my booster juice mega-straw through my eye (the lights in shopping malls always bring out the best in me…).
I took a breath, got back on the escalator and left the shopping center without a single gift in hand.

 

I can’t be the only one who feels this kind of “transaction-detachment”. It is undeniable that there is that special feeling we yearn for around the holidays: the moment that the Christmas tree lights come on, those first few flakes of falling snow, the church choir singing ‘Silent Night’, classic holiday re-runs… It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe, but it’s there…

This year, I am launching a Holiday gift offer called “A Song For Your Stocking”, a feel good gift that is sure to bring a smile. A gift you can feel good about without ever having to step into a mall!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-song-for-your-stocking-christmas-holidays/x/15642783#/

On Christmas Eve,I will sit down with my guitar and a cup of peppermint-hot-coca and will record the classic Christmas song of your choice (you get to choose from 3 classic Christmas songs) along with a personalized holiday message for your special someone! No song will be “cookie-cutter” recorded; all songs are sung especially for that special person in your life. This gift is perfect for long distance families and friendships and is sure to bring a smile this winter.

No need to pay for shipping either!
It arrives directly into your loved one’s mailbox on Christmas eve!

Just choose your classic Christmas song at the “perk” station, make sure you input YOUR personal email (I’ll ask you for the recipients email later) , follow the INDIEGOGO secure payment option and I will be in touch over the next two weeks to chat and to get details about who will be receiving the gift and what you want your special message to be!

Thanks for spreading that ‘good old time feelin’ and have a fabulous holiday season!

xo
Meaghan”

ALL SONGS NEED TO BE ORDERED BY: DEC.20th/2016

ALL SONGS WILL BE DELIVERED: DEC 24th between 11am and 9pm.

ALL ORDERS ARE $30.00 and include 1 song & 1 personalized message

CHOICE OF THREE SONGS:
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Silver Bells”
“White Christmas”

general inquiries can be sent directly to asongforyourstocking@gmail.com
​no orders will be taken outside of the INDIEGOGO platform

April 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

SONGWRITING CAMP FOR GIRLS 2016! Learning is fun!

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Songwriting Camp for Girls 2016!!
May 14th & 15th!
Held at The Holland College Campus School of Performing Arts
Two days of mentoring for girls interested in exploring songwriting/cowriting!
SO looking forward to it.
For applications email me directly at meaghanblanchardsongcamp@gmail.com 

Well can you believe that it is spring already? I feel like the winter just flew by! We had such a mild winter here on PEI, which was a treat compared to last winter. This may seem like a picture of the moon, but believe it or not it is my poor little island last winter! CRAZY!

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This winter has been a time for learning, for finding peace and for planning for an awesome 2016!

 

LEARNING IS FUN! 

-I have also taken the last 3 months to finish up my English Literature Undergraduate Degree at UPEI. My calendar was a little slower this January to April, so I decided to bite the bullet and finish it! My courses have been AMAZING.  It’s been something that I’ve been picking away over the years while I did my music and I can’t believe that in 4 days, it will be done! I’m not going to lie, it was not easy: writing papers in hotel rooms, in cafes on tour and putting that money aside when I could.  I’ve often taken online courses while on the road, but this winter I’ve been in actual classroom settings which has been really nice. I’ve made a lot of friends and love being back in the University library. Just walking through stacks of books is so nice and peaceful. Two weeks into classes this year: I had presented a project in one of my courses and my professor came up to me and said “Hey! You’re doing a really great job. Good for you!” and I swear, in that moment… I felt like crying.

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It was SO NICE to have someone come up to me, pat my shoulder and say “You’re doing a great job! Keep going!”.
It made me realize that I don’t tell myself that enough with my music career.

I feel like so many of us don’t give ourselves the time to stop spinning and to be kind  to ourselves.
It was a really big “Aha” moment for me. I can be so hard on myself.
I set my bar so high sometimes.
SO that is a big goal for me in 2016, to be kind and empathetic to myself.
I just need a reminder sometimes that I’m not a robot and I need to listen to my body and my heart when it’s telling me to stop and smell the roses.

xox

CLICK THE LINK to see the amazing Songwriting Camp Posters 2016 made by the phenomenal Mira Howards.

Meaghan – Songwriting Camp 2016 (3)

February 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

FEBRUARY GIFT OFFER! xoxo

Valentine's Day
I want to tell you about my fella.

I have the sweetest, most loving man in my life (that’s him in the picture). He is kind, funny and we both like a lot of the same things. Sitting around the kitchen playing Tom Petty songs, Hawaii themed everything, Breaking Bad marathons and late night popcorn with a little bit of butter and a pinch of salt….OK, a lot of butter.

Our love has grown into something really beautiful over the years, but there has been one catch to our relationship that has made things a little tough.  He is ALSO a touring Canadian musician!

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This means that we spend the better half of our year apart from one another sharing Christmas and a few dates in-between, and I don’t want you to feel bad for us here, but I can honestly not recall us ever spending a Valentine’s Day together.

What has kept us together through the long roads, late nights and time apart has been our love of music. Every Valentine’s Day I have sent him a love song by email no matter where we are in the world and he sends me one too. It’s a little Valentine’s Day gift between us every year that I look forward to with my whole heart.

SO THIS GOT ME THINKING…This Valentine’s Day, I want to offer something really special to my fans and friends who have supported me over the years. I want to take the tradition that my fella and I have, and open it up to you!

Are you looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone?
FOLLOW THE LINK
http://igg.me/at/asongforyoursweetheart/x/376350

EVERY ORDER IS SPECIAL! 
-I do not have these songs pre-recorded
-The song will be sung especially for YOUR sweetheart

 

Valentine's Day Gift Offer

Valentine’s Day Gift Offer

 

 

April 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

WHEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD, I STARTED WRITING SONGS…

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When I was 12 years old, I started writing songs.  I owned a journal and would write in that book every night alone in my room. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t either writing or singing; and when I was 12, both of these forces collided late one night in my room. I had not yet learned how to play guitar, but I sang the tune and wrote down the words in my scribbly half-cursive half-printed handwriting.  It was a love song; something that I had no experience in, but dreamed about constantly.  I put a chair up against my door to keep my nosy baby sisters out and sat cross legged on my bed until I had written two verses and one chorus.  That is a flashbulb moment in my life that I will never forget. I can remember the soft light from my lamp, the purple quilt I was sitting on and the time on the clock; 11:00pm.  I had created something from nothing, and it was the first time in my life that I really believed in myself. 

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By the time I hit high school, I made a ton of guy friends who liked to jam and play (which was totally fantastic), but there weren’t a lot of young women who were writing as far as I could tell. Where were my peers? I knew I couldn’t be the only young female who was putting her words to music. The sad thing was, THEY WERE OUT THERE!  This was far before the boom of social media, and I ended up finally meeting a lot of these female songwriters while in University at local coffee shops and through late night Facebook messages.  It was such a beautiful thing to share our similar stories of late night journal writing and fumbling through guitar chords alone in our rooms.  I still find my self day dreaming about how great it would have been to have met these gals when we were all just starting out. While we were young, awkward, inspired, and were chomping at the bit to tell our stories through music.

SO ON THAT NOTE!

I am very exciting to be launching MEAGHAN BLANCHARD’S SONGWRITING CAMP FOR GIRLS 2015 taking place May 23rd & 24th at the Holland College School of Performing Arts. There is an undercurrent of very talented young women on Prince Edward Island at the moment; young singers, songwriters and lyricists who are in the budding stages of their creative development.  I would like to connect these young women together, offer guidance from my own experiences and to develop and create a space where they feel comfortable exploring and learning about the craft of song writing.  Over two days, these girls will each write and polish a song of their own that they will share in our own songwriter’s circle at the end of camp.

For registration forms and information on cost and other details, you can email me directly at  meaghanblanchardsongcamp@gmail.com.

SONGWRITING CAMP POSTER: Available on the MEDIA page