Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This is an update of my previous post, giving you a few more details on The Sticky Note Project's flagship event, In My Head ... Art Without Limits, on Monday, August 15th, in Waitsfield, VT.
Here are the updates:
- The name has changed! Much more succinct and fun, wouldn't you agree?
- We have some more details on how to participate below:
Be a Part of the Performance -- if you or someone to whom you are close has an experience working through mental illness and you believe that sharing that experience will help others, we would love for you to speak at In My Head…Art Without Limits.
Set Up a Table -- If your organization works in mental health, you can set up a table at the event for an opportunity to educate people about your organization and make your resources available to the larger community .
Mental Health Consultant – We are looking for mental health professionals to help us make In My Head as helpful as possible to those working through mental illness, those with loved ones working through these issues and those that are curious and want to get involved.
Submit Your Artwork – We are looking for artwork that incorporates themes related to mental illness, mental wellness, and related issues to be displayed at In My Head.
Submit a Sticky Note -- Submit a Sticky Note that represents your personal challenge, See examples and submit at http://thestickynoteproject.com/submit-your-own-sticky-notes/
Thursday, June 2, 2011
My goodness, it has been a while! How are you? What's new?
You may have wondered, "Why the heck did Mary fall off the face of the planet?" An excellent question. I have been hard at work on a new initiative, The Sticky Note Project.
The Sticky Note Project (SNP) is an initiative that seeks to eliminate stigmas surrounding mental illness and promote mental wellness in the general population. The SNP creates real and virtual arts-based opportunities in order to enable and further discussion on mental health issues.
To explain the name: remember that cool debut CD I released last September? On the cover, I'm under an umbrella hiding from the storm of sticky notes raining down on me.
Then, when you open up the CD, you get to see what all those sticky notes say: it's all the ideas floating around in our heads, making us feel unworthy, unaccomplished, and unhappy.
Hence, the name. Pretty great, right? And now, I'm sure you want to know how you can get involved!
As it happens, The Sticky Note Project has an event coming up on August 15th in Waitsfield, VT at the Vermont Festival of the Arts called In My Head: A Music and Arts Event on Mental Health. There will be live music throughout the day, as well as paintings, sculptures, and so much more! Additionally, we will have a giant mural made of sticky notes ... submitted by you!
How can you submit? It's easy! Follow these simple steps:
1. Create your own sticky note! The note should be some idea that repeats in your head like a broken record, placed there by society, family, friends, or even just yourself. (ex, "Lose some weight", "Win all the prizes", etc.)
2. Visit thestickynoteproject.com and click on "Submit Your Own Sticky Notes!
3. Take a picture of a sticky note you've made, or make one on your computer. (I recommend using this image as a template if you need one.) Then upload it using the form called "Upload Files".
4. Under "Content", create a title for your sticky note post and give us some background on what meaning the sticky note has for you.
5. Click on "Preview", and if you're happy with your post, click "Send". The post will be up on the site after a short moderation period (usually just a day or so).
We will also happily accept poetry, stories, or drawings, with or without a sticky note.
That's it! Just five easy steps and you can be part of an amazing community art project that takes all that negative energy and turns it into something beautiful. Have fun!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thanks to everyone who came out to Copperfield's on Friday night! In conjunction with the Boston Origami Project, we raised $243 for the Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan. I'm so proud to have been a part of this. Thanks also to City of Squares, The Minor Three, and Stereo Drive-By, who shared the stage and helped donate to the cause. :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Let me give you a little background on this show: I was tired. I mean, dog tired. And grumpy. I didn't want to go; I just wanted to be a lazy butt and watch Law & Order in my pajamas. But what was I in NYC for after all? So my friend Monica and I trekked over to the Lower East Side, knowing that there would be a keyboard waiting for me.
Except for tonight.
Tonight, the regular keyboardist was unable to make it, and so when I arrived, I had nothing but a mic. There was a live DJ, and we made an attempt to create a karaoke track out of the tracks on my album, but no dice. Finally, the lovely and talented Miles Thomas approached me with another option: another mixer had arrived with a two-octave keyboard and a laptop. I decided to give it a shot, and this was the result.
Other highlights of the evening included me joining in the Cipher Jam and freestyle-singing over some live samples. I had never tried anything like it before, and it was a blast. Additionally, a rapper got up and used his mic time to hit on me in his rap. Probably the most creative way anyone has ever come on to me. (Sadly, I don't have video of it, though.)
Special thanks to Alexis Williams ("Lex") of Golden Eye Video Production who graciously captured this crazy moment. Check out her stuff, especially her work for fabulous NYC artist Renee Dion.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I just had to share with you all some news about my exciting night last night. I played at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar here in Boston that has locations all across the country. They were hosting a contest called Rock the Moon for up-and-coming musicians to come play, with the chance to win $200 based on who got the best audience response. I am proud to say that yours truly was the winner! It was a ton of fun playing covers for a change, and I can't wait to go back and play again.
Additionally, I had an interview done with a local newscast, Dirty Water TV. The show airs on NESN (a New England cable channel), and when I get a hold of the interview, I'll post it up here for all of you to see.
Thanks for everyone who came out and cheered last night! It really meant a lot to me to have your support, and it's because of you that I had such a great night.