October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

4 things you realize when you tour alone as a female musician….


1. The Freedom!!
For me, there are few things that compare to hopping in my ’dino blue’ car with an iPod full of audio books, my guitar in the back seat and  a cooler full of lime flavored Perrier water and ’Sweet and Salty’ granola bars. It’s heaven! I get to pick the tunes no matter how girly they are. (Just yesterday I was driving down the 401 outside of Toronto singing my heart out to Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go” CD and yes…it was epic). And we can’t forget the best freedom of all…PEE BREAKS! Trying to co-ordinate a carload of musicians on the same pee schedule is a pain, and if you’re a musician who drinks A LOT of coffee and wears Spanx, there is nothing holier than being able to pull off of the highway without people groaning around you or judging your bladder for not being the size of lake Ontario. The freedom to change your plans on a whim: priceless!

2. People Will Worry About You…Constantly:onthe road!
“Oh my god! You’re going ALONE?” “Won’t you be SCARED?” ” Won’t you be LONELY?!” “WHAT IF YOU’RE LONELY!?!”
are just a few of the comments I received in the weeks before I left for my first solo tour from family and friends. These comments made me angry, irritated and very anxious. I even received these comments from strangers! Eeessh! It’s hard to stay excited when hit with that! I was so excited planning my first solo tour and these words rolled a dark cloud over me and I really started to doubt my capabilities. I was sitting at my parents house the night before I hit the road crying my eyes out. I am sensitive and a bit of a people pleaser, so I took a lot of it to heart. I can’t help but wonder if male musicians receive these sorts of comments. I think the thought of a young woman out in the world travelling on her own scares people, which I do understand. Turn on any television or radio and you hear awful stories about women who were attacked, raped, pillaged and all of that. I think female musicians can easily mistake the anxiety of others as their own and self sabotage themselves. What saved me from crawling into a hole of self doubt were a the handful of people who pushed me to move outside of my comfort zone. My parents, my boyfriend, my manager and an old boss from a café I worked at. Their supportive words and talks helped push me past my anxiety and onto the road, making me a stronger musician and person all around. Hold onto those people and respectively block those worrysome folks who’s good intentions cause you to doubt how f***ing awesome and capable you really are!

3. The Kindness of Strangers….Accept it and pass it on!
A great thing about being on the road solo is how KIND people are to you! Holy moly. I’ve had more people offer to pay my meals and put me up than I can count. I used to go through life not accepting that kind of help from people. I think I wanted to look strong and do things on my own. Wanting to prove that I can do it all by my little self. I have since realized that by going through life like that doesn’t help you all that much and makes you come across as stuck up. If someone wants to take you out for a meal, LET THEM. It makes them feel good. And make sure you remember this time, and return the favor to someone down the road.

4. “Table For One Please….No Really…It’s just me…No I’m Not Kidding”
You will be doing a lot of things alone. Driving, eating in restaurants, sleeping in hotels, etc… People aren’t used to this, especially when you’re a woman. It can easily cause you to feel lonely if you don’t have a good attitude about it.  At every restaurant I go to, I have people say “Are you really by yourself?” and then you get ‘the look’ from tables around you. You know, that looks that says “what’s she running away from?”. I just laugh it off and try and look at the positive side of things. I can sit at a table at a restaurant and do emails on my lap top without having to make small talk (it makes me feel very efficient!) and  I can get to a hotel room and REALLY relax with some quiet time to myself.  Really appreciate the time alone, because the next time your in a crowded conference room with 1000 other musicians wheeling and dealing, you’ll really appreciate the time you had sitting alone at that café writing a blog post for your website in Wakefield QC last week. :) xox

October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ontario Tour! OCFF Conference! Hitting the road in ‘Dina’ my Dino Blue Car!

Up up and away!Beep Beep! Here I go again!

I am SO very excited to be hitting the road this month for a tour of Ontario and surrounding areas (Check my tour schedule!). I’ll be hitting Ottawa, Wakefield, Kingston, Belleville, Toronto and Montreal! Lots of spots to catch me if you’re in the area! It’d be great to see you out at a show.  This is also a big trip for me because I get to spin my new set of wheels on the road for her first ever road trip! Yay! Her name is ‘Dina’ and she’s Dino Blue (that’s actually the name of her coloring from the Honda dealer and I love it!). So if you’re in the area, look me up! Or if you see a blue flash fly by the 401, that’s me*!

[*Meaghan Blanchard would like to reiterate that she will not be speeding on the 401, just so Mom knows! ]

I can’t believe that it’s already October and I’m booking Christmas and New Years gigs! Amazing! I hardly get to enjoy my pumpkin spice latte’s without thinking about peppermint spiced lattes! It’s amazing how much forward thinking and planning goes into a music career.  When I first started out in my career, I had a hard time thinking from gig to gig, and now I feel like a real business woman! Now if only I had a beautiful big mahogany desk with my name on it. Someday right!

Something about the fall always puts my creative brain in gear. I made a big list yesterday of about 10 projects I want to do over the next couple of months besides plugging my new album! It’s really exciting! Psssst. I’m thinking about throwing a Tom Petty Tribute Night! Full Moon Fever say what?! And that’s just one of my ideas! The business side of the music business can get so dry sometimes, I’ve made up my mind to flex my creative muscle whenever I can. If only for the ’feelsy goodsies’ you get from it!!

xox
Lots of love

Meaghan

September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

Meaghan Blanchard and Dan Walsh Maritime Tour!!

Nannies treats at the cottage!Me and Tom

Hey Folks!

Just wanted to update yas on my great weekend co-writing with England’s Banjo Pickin man Mr. Dan Walsh! These past few days have been great!
My Nanny graciously donated her cottage so that we could go out and enjoy a nice quiet serene writing space and also surprised us with home made bread and Banana. Ugh, ya ….I know. I’m spoiled. I have the best Nanny in the world.

So Dan and I wrote two great songs that we’ll be sharing at the Music PEI Showcase this week (after my SOLD OUT “She’s Gonna Fly” CD launch on Friday of course!).
Here’s a few shots of me and tom (happy to have my fella home from his tour xox), and tasty treats Nanny made us and then a shot of ‘Dan’ of Green Gables and myself on the porch at the cottage!

Hope ya’ll are well!
See you from the stage!
xox
Meaghan

With 'Dan' of Green Gables....

With ‘Dan’ of Green Gables….

September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Bring On The Fabulous Fall! xox

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September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

“She’s Gonna Fly” CD Launch! EEeeee!

September is here lovelies and you know what that means?!

I’m OFFICIALLY releasing my third collection of songs (my first full length album) on September. 20th! The CD release party will be at the beautiful Mackenzie Theatre in Charlottetown, PEI. The show starts at 8pm and there are tickets available for you to snag! If you just click on the red button to the right, you will be directed to the Confederation Center box office where a nice person on the other line will be sure to direct you and get you the best seat. The best seats are the ones where you can see up my nose, but hey….if you like the back of the room; that’s fine too!

Other than the CD launch, there is LOTS going on this month. I’m super stoked to be hitting the road for an East Coast tour with my friend Dan Walsh from the UK.  We take off Sept.21st (the day after the CD release party) on this little jaunt; and Dan Walsh is just fantastic. He’s a banjo pickin, song slingin Englishman and we’ll be hitting dates all over the Maritimes. Make sure you check my gig calendar to see if we’re swinging by anywhere close to you!

I’m also heading out on the ole open road for a solo tour through to Ontario and Quebec! I’m super excited to jump in my blue car (Dina is her name and she is Dino Blue) and head out that way again. I’m also going to be hitting up the OCFF conference which is always a great time. I’ll be doing some late night unofficial showcases in the hotel rooms, so if you’re around, keep an eye out for my red curly locks and my white cowgirl boots!

Lots going on!
Exciting times!
Hope you’re all doing well. Bring on the fall!

xoxo
Lots of love
Meaghan