I am currently on tour as a member of The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle!
Keep track of our shows on our tour facebook page.
Look forward to blog posts and photos when I return!
Lots of updates today.
First and foremost, I would like to officially announce that I have been invited to join the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (the L.U.V.S.) as their newest singer! I have hesitated to share this until now because I kept waiting to have the right words to describe my simultaneous excitement, gratitude, slight disbelief… that I am now a part of this awesome family. And I still don’t have the right words… But I will say this: I first heard a few members of the LUVS perform at a Dagwood’s Open Mic last June. (There are 14 of us. Or is it 15 with me in the group? I’ve lost count at this point…) I was completely shocked at what I heard. My (then new, now dear) friend Jeana-Dee had said her husband Dylan was in a vaudeville band, I had no idea what to expect. I had already convinced myself that Lansing was a pretty boring place, but what I heard and saw and felt when the LUVS performed was the complete opposite of boring. (I would try to describe it, but again I feel that whatever words I have to say won’t capture the essence of their sound and spirit.) Over the course of the past year I have had the opportunity to see and get to know the LUVS on multiple occasions, and I am honored to sing alongside such wonderful people, both in talent and in character. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my musical journey, and I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation for what is about to unfold.
I have been singing at Dagwood’s Open Mic for the past three weeks, both with the LUVS as well as performing my original material, but my first official gig with them is next week! You can find all the details on my Upcoming Shows page. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter, so you can get tweets about last minute Open Mic performances or find out where you may be able to catch us busking.
Other exciting news: I have uploaded three new videos to my Youtube channel, including a new song called Never Mine. You can now find lyrics pages for Never Mine and Good Dude, Bad Man. And you can watch my Youtube videos straight from my website on my new Video page.
And now is that point where I realize that I’ve been working on web stuff so long I forgot to eat dinner! Time for some food (yes, I know it’s 1:30am). I’m sure I’ve left you with plenty of material to stay busy without me for a while. 🙂 Thank you again for your support.
Confession: I am a recovering perfectionist. Many times I don’t put my work “out there” because I know it could be better. But one of my goals this year is to talk less and do more. How many times have my friends heard me say, “I want to learn Spanish,” or “I want to record my music?” Yet how many hours of my day are actually spent pursuing those things? The Quest for Excellence has been a huge encouragement for me to consistently explore art-making on a weekly basis. And now it’s time to get the ball rolling with my music.
One of the most intimidating venues for me has been Youtube. Millions of people record and post their own videos. Some of them are really, really good, in terms of content and production value. And other videos are just plain embarrassing. Fear of being in the latter category is one thing (among many) that has kept me from posting my own videos. But I never worry about embarrassing myself when I play my songs for other people live. So why does posting on Youtube seem like such a big deal? Part of me feels like I have to create some kind of Youtube persona to be successful, maybe have a catchphrase, a certain way of doing things, special effects or fancy video editing…
But today I wrote and recorded a song, inspired by a lovely breakfast conversation with a friend and the phrase, “He’s a good dude… but a bad man.” I recorded the video right after I wrote it, wearing no make-up (natural light works wonders), using no professional equipment (just my Snowball microphone and Photobooth on my Macbook). Basically, I didn’t think about it too much. My goal in recording the video was to make my friend smile by sending her a video showing her that I actually got home from breakfast and wrote a whole song based on one line of our conversation. That, I realized, is the kind of video I want to share with people. One day I DO hope to make “professional” music videos, with all the bells and whistles and hours of time spent recording to get every little piece right, wardrobe changes, a full band… but until then here’s the first of many (hold me accountable to that) videos of me playing my songs, in all its newness and imperfection:
Greetings from paradise!
The Quest for Excellence (a weekly post of new artwork, for those of you just tuning in) is currently on hold because I am back in the beautiful Isabela, Puerto Rico with limited internet access and scanning capabilities. But just because my posting is on hold doesn’t mean the art-making is. Being in this place has me more inspired than ever, working on new postcard-sized drawings and some trinkets made of beach glass and sea-shells. It will be hard to go back to frozen Lansing after this, but I look forward to being able to post again! Next Sunday I will make up for the lost time and post for all three weeks.
This month I got the opportunity to work on some art for the Lansing-based band Decades!
Here is the final selection for album art:
And for t-shirt design:
The image is inspired by their song Grand Haven (to which I have been listening on repeat). Download/listen to their songs here> http://www.decadesmusic.bandcamp.com/ Like them on Facebook if you want more info about shows/upcoming tour dates/merch/etc. Speaking of shows, they’ll be playing at Mac’s Bar tonight for those of you in the Lansing area – I’m so excited to see them live for the first time! Maybe I’ll even get myself a t-shirt. 🙂
It’s about time I posted some NEW MATERIAL, and here it is:
I’ve been waiting to finish this song! I wrote the chorus more than two years ago, most of the verses in March, and finally came up with a bridge and pieced it all together this week. Excited to work on it more, but here’s my first attempt at a recording. Also, my demo Isabela Unplugged is still available for free download on NoiseTrade.com. Please leave a tip if you like what you hear!
Thanks for your continued support.
Good news: you can now have Abbey Hoffman songs in your iTunes! Or in your car, or on your phone, or wherever you store and listen to digital downloads. This month I released my first demo CD: Isabela Unplugged. The album exists as a limited edition custom created CD, but I just posted it on NoiseTrade.com because I wanted to make the songs available to everyone! How does NoiseTrade work? Easy – you give me your email address and postal code, and then you can download my songs for free! It’s that simple. I’m asking for a $5 tip if you can afford it, but that’s just a suggested donation. Any and all of your support helps. 🙂 Visit my NEW Music page dedicated to the album: Isabela Unplugged Demo. You’ll find links to the song lyrics, album art, information about the recordings, and a link to download the songs.
Thanks for your support!
There is so much going on that I don’t know where to begin.
First of all, I’ve had the pleasure of working with students and volunteers at REACH’s Teen Open Studio summer program for the past 3 months – we built a massive rhino sculpture for Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo! Stay tuned to find out about the official installation of the sculpture and to see photos of the process.
And, now that TOS summer session is over, I realized that I have less than a week to prepare for Friday’s gig. “What’s that,” you say? “You have a gig?” Indeed, I do, and you can find out all the information you will need to know on my newly added Music page: Upcoming Shows.
As if rehearsing for a gig isn’t enough, I decided that I want people to be able to walk out of my show with a physical copy of my music. So I’m putting together my first demo CD! Don’t want to give any spoilers about what’s on it, but I’m very excited to be able to share some new material with those of you who will be at the show on Friday.
Speaking of NEW MATERIAL, I posted the lyrics and audio to a new song called Watch. It’s actually an old song, but I found it when I was going through my itunes library. Enjoy!
Thanks for following what’s happening here.
Remember, you can also follow me on Twitter @AbbeyHoffman where I will post site updates/gig announcements. (I promise, there will be no tweeted play-by-play of my personal routines.)
I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, but it’s actually 4am now, so… later!
Just realized it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been working on a few different drawing projects, and even painted a bit in the past month, but nothing is really complete.
There’s so much material that I want to make work from – photos, postcards, journal entries from my life and travels… it’s hard to decide where to start!
But I do have a bit of NEW MATERIAL to share with you:
Until next time!
As promised, I have more NEW MATERIAL for you!
I’m still trying to find the best player to feature my audio, and I would also like to make the songs available for download. Thanks for listening to them here in the meantime.
Other exciting news: I performed in public for the first time since moving to Lansing! A few friends from REACH invited me out to Open Mic Night at Dagwood’s Tavern and Grill this past Tuesday. Since it was so last minute I didn’t have any time or opportunity to spread the word. That said, you can now follow me on Twitter: @AbbeyHoffman. I’ve been avoiding using it, and I’m not gonna lie – Twitter still kind of weirds me out. But I’ve decided it’s the best way for me to spread the word of spontaneous performances (to those of you in the Lansing area), and I will also use it as another means of sharing when I have posted new material.
Thanks for following!