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 email@example.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!
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.
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.
CLICK THE LINK to see the amazing Songwriting Camp Posters 2016 made by the phenomenal Mira Howards.
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!
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
EVERY ORDER IS SPECIAL!
-I do not have these songs pre-recorded
-The song will be sung especially for YOUR sweetheart
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SONGWRITING CAMP POSTER: Available on the MEDIA page
“Everybody loves you
and they all talk about you
every time I’m around”
It is March and the sun is really starting to shine and I love it! I can feel the energy coming back into my soul and my heart. 2015 is going to be a fantastic year and today I am releasing some new music I am very excited to share with you. It’s my first 2015 single and it’s called “CRASH” recorded and produced down in Athens, Georgia USA with John Keane.
It took me 5 years to write and release this song. Part of the reason being it broke my heart so much to write it, but I also believe that sending my art out into the ether will also result in a lot of healing for myself and for listeners who might connect to it. I tend to write a mish-mash of different songs; some happy and some sad. Usually the sad songs I write aren’t from my own experiences but are from stories that I’ve accumulated or dreamed up; and I’ve really enjoyed writing those songs but have dug a little deeper this time. I feel like I’ve dug so deep I hit China with this one. *sigh
What I have found from playing “CRASH” at my shows, is that it means something different to everyone, which is so fantastic. I have had a lot of people tell me about their heartache through this song. All kinds of heartache. Broken relationships, stories of abuse, lost friendships and more. Hearing people come up and tell me how the songs I’ve written have touched them is so grounding for me.
I think everyone can relate to having to run into someone who hurt you.
Having to look strong and put together, when you’re falling apart inside.
I am a believer that time heals and hopefully music will too.
Here is the link! Spread it around if you feel so inclined.
I would love to hear this on the TV show Nashville
THAT would be really healing haha.
I love you guys,
ps. At the end of the video is does say “available on Itunes”, but it should say available on itunes SOON haha. Stay tuned for the download!
It is January 2nd and I am sitting cross legged on my bed in my favorite cuddly bathrobe. It’s a very long, red, fluffy robe that my mother gave me last Christmas; and although it’s not the most flattering thing, it is definitely the best outfit to adorn when you wake up feeling the New Year’s party from the night before. It’s cozy, it’s cuddly and today it matches my poofy red eyes. And people say I don’t know how to match. Ha! My dearest friends and I rang in the New Year at the Levee’s in Charlottetown, PEI yesterday and it was a hoot. For the first time in years, the weather was mild enough to walk about our little downtown while we shared in multiple cups of cheer and food that the local legions and community halls provided. The night was topped off by kicking up our heels at the Charlottetown Fire Hall where we danced the night away to a DJ who started off playing Stan Rogers tunes and slowly switched to Dance Mix 97 and Pit Bull around 8pm.
A lot of people whine and moan about making New Year’s resolutions, but I am not one of them. I’ve come to find that some people get really prickly around New Year’s; and are very vocal about finding it redundant and stupid to make a list of goals, and I really find those people to be kind of sad and narrow minded. I will admit, that I do get a little nauseous when I see people put their entire New Year’s resolution list on their Facebook pages and other social media sites. I’m a big believer that you don’t change something in your life unless you want to truly do it for yourself. Maybe it helps people to know that there is a community of anonymous cyber-friends holding you accountable for quitting smoking or losing weight; but that’s not me. When New Year’s rolls around I feel like all of us daily list-makers and notorious goal-setters come out of the closet, so to speak, and bask in the glorious day when your neuroses are accepted by the general public. A day where people don’t make fun of you for being “too much of a planner”. Yes, today is the day where I get to sit down with my coffee and unabashedly write my list of resolutions. To all my self-proclaimed neurotic list-making homies out there, I say “what up”.
2015 is already off to a great start (aside from the poofy eyes), but I’m very excited to share some very awesome news that I’ve had to keep hush-hush over the last few months. I have officially signed with the American booking agency Degy Entertainment! I am ridiculously excited and can’t wait to share my music south of the border. Just a little trivia fact about me; I can recite the 50 US states backwards in alphabetical order in under a minute….it may not have been the determining factor in my signing, but I would like to think that it helped. So if that’s not exciting enough, I have also officially launched my corporation Meaghan Blanchard Music Inc. The T’s are crossed, the I’s dotted and my business is off and running with some truly exciting things coming down the pipe in 2015. Stay tuned! I will be posting my 2015 gig schedule soon!
Love you guys,
Thanks so much for supporting the music I love to make and share.
Good luck with your list.
You are the best.
Don’t forget that.