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The Musings of Musician-Artist & Cancer Survivor - Erica Leigh.

Erica Leigh's Debut Album, entitled "Puzzle Heart", sounds like: Adele meets Ingrid Michaelson.

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Jul
26th
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Sporting a pretty rad “Strap Burn”, well-earned from performing out on the street all afternoon! #streetperformer #sunburn  (at Davis Square Plaza - Statue Park)

Sporting a pretty rad “Strap Burn”, well-earned from performing out on the street all afternoon! #streetperformer #sunburn (at Davis Square Plaza - Statue Park)

Jul
20th
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Kayaking selfie, to conclude this fun weekend camping trip with my father & brother Jared! #stenqui #breathingspace  (at Moore Reservoir)

Kayaking selfie, to conclude this fun weekend camping trip with my father & brother Jared! #stenqui #breathingspace (at Moore Reservoir)

Jul
17th
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Watching my favorite movie of all time, painting our nails, drinking gin. #dontgobacktoseattle #littlemermaidforever #partofthatworld #kissthegirl #thingamabobs #whoositsandwhatsitsgaloore #underthesea #dinglehopper #princeericisafox #girlsnight #chickflic #stillgotmyvoice

Watching my favorite movie of all time, painting our nails, drinking gin. #dontgobacktoseattle #littlemermaidforever #partofthatworld #kissthegirl #thingamabobs #whoositsandwhatsitsgaloore #underthesea #dinglehopper #princeericisafox #girlsnight #chickflic #stillgotmyvoice

Jul
7th
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Really can’t complain about where I’m living this week while I dog-sit. The view is just okay. #panoramicboston #bostonskyline  #bostonismyhome #rooftoptanning  (at South End District)

Really can’t complain about where I’m living this week while I dog-sit. The view is just okay. #panoramicboston #bostonskyline #bostonismyhome #rooftoptanning (at South End District)

Jul
6th
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So hard to get songwriting done when you’re being licked by a puppy. #toughlife #firstworldproblems #dogsitting

So hard to get songwriting done when you’re being licked by a puppy. #toughlife #firstworldproblems #dogsitting

Jun
21st
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Beautiful morning in Boston! About to perform at 4 year old Ella’s birthday party. #nocomplaints #wherewouldiratherbe #littlegroove #bostonismyhome  (at Boston Children’s Museum)

Beautiful morning in Boston! About to perform at 4 year old Ella’s birthday party. #nocomplaints #wherewouldiratherbe #littlegroove #bostonismyhome (at Boston Children’s Museum)

Jun
20th
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Jun
15th
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She chose me. I’m her human. I come home to visit my parents and she follows me around, sleeps in my bed, and even sits next to me at the kitchen table. Love this fat cat. #queenlabeefa #fattymcbutterpants

She chose me. I’m her human. I come home to visit my parents and she follows me around, sleeps in my bed, and even sits next to me at the kitchen table. Love this fat cat. #queenlabeefa #fattymcbutterpants

Jun
12th
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Turns out, It’s “a thing” : Mashups of Bad Romance & Viva La Vida

Intro:

Well, thanks to YouTube’s “related videos” sidebar, I had a nice surprise today [read “nice” with blatant sarcasm] when my mashup video went public.  Turns out there’s not just one, but many other mash-ups of the same 2 songs - Whaaaa?????

So naturally, I had to do some investigative analysis, and report back to you with my findings. (Outlined below)

  1. Mothering a MashUp : The story of how I gave birth to Lady Gaga & Chris Martin’s child.Musically speaking.
  2. Cake Mix v.s. Baking from Scratch : Brief Thoughts/Reflections.
  3. The Others: View/Compare mash-ups of “Bad Romance” + “Viva La Vida”.
  4. My 2¢ : Why all this boils down into an inspirational piece of advice for all who dare to dream.

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1. Mothering a MashUp :

The end result is usually a polished song, packaged up and tied with a bow for all to receive. The process through which it came to be, is more interesting if you ask me. It often happens alone in my bedroom, with nothing but a guitar, vocals, and some imagination.

Jamming along to Bad Romance last night, I had it in my mind I would record a simple cover of the tune and be done with it in an hour. But when I began improvising out of boredome, the song began to remind me of Viva La Vida - perhaps it was the similar chord progression. It was then that a chain reaction of excited ideas turned into hours of arranging, recording, & editing it into a finished MashUp Video. 

You could say it all happened in that one span of a night, but in a way, this was simmering to a boil for quite some time. A little while ago, I had individually arranged both songs in my own genre/style, for live performances. Practicing them over and over again made things start to gel, and I spose it was only a matter of time before they came together.

2. Cake Mix v.s. Baking from Scratch :

My reaction to these other versions of the same mashup were as follows…

I saw some delicious mashups made from “cake mix” -

AKA: The straight-forward assembly method, when songs in their original format/style are blended together in a uniform composition. [See Glee, the FOX tv show, for references]

I especially enjoyed the fun acappella performance that layered them in both a harmonious and hilariously-performed fashion.  Don’t get me wrong - that takes skill, and I appreciate what they’ve accomplished.  

I however, am not an acappella group, so I have different goals.  As a single, musical-artist entity, I was aiming to produce something with a more authentic “Erica Leigh” feel.  I wanted to put my own personality into it.  Thus, I had to start from scratch…

(FYI - If the members of a choral group all fought to put their unique voice into the spotlight, then they’d be splitskies in no time. Thus cake mix is kinda perfect.) 

3. The Others : 3 examples…

Doo Wop boys-

And a Girl Duo-

& Lastly, a techno interpretation-

4. My 2¢ :

All in all, seeing that there are so many others out there to contend with has taught me a good lesson on making what I do COUNT - I felt inspired to tell this story so that I could give a helpful nudge to all the dreamers out there….

No matter what it is you do, make it count. Who cares if other people do it too - Make it happen in your OWN unique way - Find your voice, and they’ll find you. 

I hope that whatever your aspirations are, you don’t get discouraged in this internet age, where there are lots of people out there making noise and sharing their ideas… If someone already made a reality tv show about the life of mermaids, but that was your dream, then DO IT BETTER! And when you do it better, expect to be copied. Don’t sweat it, though. Just keep creating, and never look back. 

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I could stand to follow this advice. Guess we’re all in the trenches together! Thank you for reading - feel free to share your reactions and feedback! :) 

Sincerely,

Erica Leigh

Jun
11th
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By the souls of my shoes, I’m spreading the news: I am now #littlegroove’s first-ever art teacher for toddlers and their caregivers. Yes, I am *still* teaching their live-performance-music & movement classes for infants/toddlers - but my interaction with these children is now expanding to include another subject I am passionate about! I’m thrilled to spend my daytime work hours, engaging with children in both ways… Especially since I’ve always loved integrating the two subjects in my career: music videos with live-action painting, original album art, performance scenery, mural backdrops for photoshoots, etc. Kids inspire me with their limitless creativity and lack of inhibition. I hope I can use this opportunity to learn from them… #googleyeyes #playdough #elmersglue #constructionpaper #coloringbooks #stamps #crayons #fingerpainting (at Boston Center for the Arts)

By the souls of my shoes, I’m spreading the news: I am now #littlegroove’s first-ever art teacher for toddlers and their caregivers. Yes, I am *still* teaching their live-performance-music & movement classes for infants/toddlers - but my interaction with these children is now expanding to include another subject I am passionate about! I’m thrilled to spend my daytime work hours, engaging with children in both ways… Especially since I’ve always loved integrating the two subjects in my career: music videos with live-action painting, original album art, performance scenery, mural backdrops for photoshoots, etc. Kids inspire me with their limitless creativity and lack of inhibition. I hope I can use this opportunity to learn from them… #googleyeyes #playdough #elmersglue #constructionpaper #coloringbooks #stamps #crayons #fingerpainting (at Boston Center for the Arts)