Friday, December 11, 2015

Hiatus



I'm on a Facebook and Instagram hiatus for the month of December. This is something I did last year and I found myself really liking the break from the influx that is social networking. I recognize blogging can be seen as a form of social networking but there isn't that influx of information coming at you at lightning speed. It takes time to actually sit there and read a blog. There's a certain pause that comes with commenting on a post. It's not just a quick "Like" which really doesn't say much of anything except give us instant gratification.

For some reason, I've found myself wanted to "unplug" more often. I've been longing to open up a new book (or an old one I've yet to finish) on the patio. As you can see in the photo above, we need to do some serious raking however, I must say, my cactus is growing rather nicely. There's even a little one making it's way through the pot.

With "unplugging" comes spending time with Brian, family and friends. We have some changes coming later next year which I am not ready to divulge on this platform yet so this holiday season will be celebrated to the utmost.

Our new favorite game is Reverse Charades. It is soooo fun and freakin hilarious. I cannot wait to play it again. Instead of one person acting out a clue silently, one person guesses while the other players act out the clue. When you're the one guessing, you have no idea who to watch.

We're going to make the effort to go ice skating this year. We wanted to go last year but got sick the night of Christmas, ugh. I haven't gone in years and wasn't very good at it. I don't care though, I'll be that one laughing loudly along the rails making slow circles and trying to get up the courage to skate a couple of feet without touching anything. Of course, Brian will be the pro since he played hockey growing up. It'll be neat to see him skate and trying to get me off the rails!

I'm not sure if I'll write another post before the new year so in case I don't - I hope all of you have a beautiful holiday season and a memorable New Year. 2016 Baby! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Show Rocked!

Shout out to Sandra Cox for inquiring about how the show went. You guys really touched my heart with your well wishes. The show was definitely a success. It was sort of a trial to see if we could perform without a whole band and we pulled it off. I sang and played keys and Brian played guitar and bass to the tracks from the album. Our lovely friends held the show in their backyard and I think it was the first time I ever played outside. It was dark so the pictures didn't come out as bright as we wanted but here's one that Brian managed to get:


Our friend Jonny also performed an acoustic set and watching him perform made me appreciate the talents and gifts my friends and family have. Performing with Brian was such a highlight. Of course, we're married so we share our lives together but being able to share art and collaborate creatively is truly a wonderful thing. My mom, who is a dynamic singer and performer was there also. Seeing her with her camera phone in the crowd made my heart warm when I was on stage. So...I will definitely be looking to book some more shows at the beginning of next year. Things usually slow down for the holiday season and I will be slowing down too.


I had so much fun with this look. My mom helped me with the hair and the lovely @Jocyjayyy did my makeup.


Isn't she lovely? I love my mom. This outfit pic below came out too dark but I had to post it anyway because of how much fun it was to rock out, lol.


And then of course, after the hair comes off, the eyelashes come off, the contacts are out, the pajamas are on and it's time to wash my face and go back to being my introverted self and get some much needed sleep...



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Upcoming Show - November 7!


If you happen to be in Los Angeles next month, I'm having a show on Saturday, November 7. It will be my first time performing songs from my album Life Between Living (available at www.shaharoh.com) and my good friend Jonny will be performing an acoustic set. It going to be an adventurous event and I am very excited!!!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Time Without

I remember...

When days had more silence
No texts, no tags, no likes, no shares
The feeling of checking my answering machine when I got home
Not knowing what anyone was doing, thinking or saying at all times
Getting pictures in the mail of someone's kids 
Not knowing what someone ate, watched, listened to or hated
Listening to an album all the way through and experiencing its entirety 
Getting letters in class and reading them while walking home from school
Encyclopedias
Card catalogs
Thomas Guides
Using the white pages to find someone's number
Waiting for the DJ to announce the band on the previous song
Spending more time uninterrupted
Getting locked out of the house and waiting until my parents got home
When movie stars' real lives were mysteries 
The cacophony of neighborhood kids playing outside

My voice
A little bit louder
A little less drowned out by the outside world
A little less distracted










Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Explosions on Soundcloud


Explosions has been added to Soundcloud. It's my favorite song on Life Between Living. Grab some headphones, close your eyes and dream. Show announcement coming soon!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When The Stuffed Animals Disappeared


I don't remember the exact day it happened but once upon a time my bedroom growing up was this magical place filled with stuffed animals, Barbies, a swing, a Strawberry Shortcake bedspread and all sorts of things a little girl could dream of. 

Then one day, I got one of those teen magazines - like Bop or Big Bopper with teenage pictures of Jonathan Brandis, Eddie Furlong, Kris Kross and a fury came over me. I tore down the ET posters, moved my stuffed animals into the corner and put pictures up around my room of my teen idol crushes. 

I wasn't quite finished with playing with my Barbies - that lasted probably until the end of summer before junior high school but I knew something had changed. I was no longer a little girl and at that time I was very cognizant of this fact and determined to establish my independence and individuality upon the world. 

Kids, eh? 


Monday, August 3, 2015

On Friendship

My brother and I throughout the years have always had discussions on what it means to be "family" or what it means to be a "friend". These two words have unspeakable power especially in the way we define ourselves as human beings. It is often said that what defines us isn't how much money we have or our status but our relationships and who we are to those we love.

"Family" is something that most of us are born into and we do not choose who we are related to biologically speaking. As I've gotten older I've realized that I actually can chose who is my family and who is not. I think that is because the closest family members I have are also my "friends" and somehow that meaning holds weight with me above all others.

For me, a friend is someone who I can confide in, someone who understands me like no other and someone who I can be vulnerable with without being judged or ridiculed. A friend is someone who doesn't expect anything from me because they are my friend and chooses to be a part of my life because they want to be. I've learned that sometimes family members expect to be a part of your life but they do nothing in the "friend" category to deserve to be. This, to me, is why the number of those closest to me continually shrinks as I get older.

I love the idea that choice is one of the aspects that defines human expression. That is how I see my relationships. The choice may not always be in words but in actions. A person's actions will let me know that they choose NOT to be a part of my life. People who only take and do not give. People who drain your energy and are only concerned about you helping them. People who are more interested in what they have to say then what you do. People who are selfish and self-absorbed. I could go on but those people, family or friend, have no place in my life.




Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Away


A last minute decision led us to Big Bear this past weekend. 
 We were reminded of how great it feels to just get away. 
 We also enjoyed our dearest friends' company and 
the beauty of the lake and the mountains. 
 I tried hard to concentrate on being present 
whenever my thoughts tried to run away with me. 
 Being away and present is a great feeling. 
 Now if I can master that feeling mentally 
without going somewhere physically, I'll be invincible.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Why Do I? on Soundcloud

Check out another track from Life Between Living called "Why Do I?"on soundcloud.com/shaharoh.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

That's How I Feel on Soundcloud

Check out the title track on the album "That's How I Feel" on soundcloud.com/shaharoh and visit shaharoh.com to sample all of the songs on the album.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Live Between Living Album Available NOW @ shaharoh.com


My album has been released! Life Between Living is available on shaharoh.com. You can also sample the first song on the album "That's How I Feel" on Soundcloud. Each CD purchase comes with a FREE download of the album. I am beyond fulfilled that this moment is here and thank all my readers for their support! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Life Between Living: The Album



Life Between Living, the album is almost ready to be released! Our target date is May 1 which happens to also be our fourth anniversary. This picture was taken when we sent the songs in to be mastered, a process I have never done for any of my other songs. Mastering increases the volume of the tracks without making them sound distorted. It also adds balance and makes the songs sound polished and crisp. Of course, there's more science involved than I understand but I do know that it's a vital process that no artist should skip when releasing a single or an album.

We are so happy with the way the songs have turned out! Our next order of business is shooting photos, designing the CD artwork and then getting the album duplicated. I cannot believe this is happening and I'm so proud of everything we have done. The team consists of me, Brian and my mom and we have been working diligently to get this music finished and out into the universe. I feel so blessed to have them a part of my life!



Monday, February 2, 2015

The Charade


This performance moved me and it's been awhile since a Saturday Night Live musical guest has done so for me. Not only is the message powerful, the chord changes of the song are beautiful and it is inspiring to see D'Angelo take on another instrument and rock out on guitar. There are so many threads of Prince that weave throughout the sounds of The Charade but even though there's a similarity, there's still something new and original that D'Angelo brings to this song and this performance.

The message concerning #blacklivesmatter and #icantbreathe reminds me of the old days when musicians didn't need anything but music to create awareness about social issues of the world. For this instance, there was no media stunt or paparazzi-fueled hoopla. There was just a collection of talented singers and musicians, playing music from their souls, wearing T-shirts to represent the lost lives of young people who had no voice and no justice.

I understand more clearly now that true artists and/or artistry cannot be labeled or categorized.

For me, D'Angelo isn't an R&B Singer-Songwriter/Musician, he is an Artist.






Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015


It's 2015 and I am looking forward to returning to blogging a bit more regularly. The last six months of 2014 were extremely busy and reflective. We were under the weather on Christmas and New Years so we stayed home and rested up. Starting the new year not hungover is a great idea, I must suggest. Your mind is clear, focused and you don't have to push your new resolutions to January 2 (or January 3) when you're feeling better.

Some of my goals for this year are to blog at least once a month, get my album mastered and pressed up (finally) and continue creating art in whatever aspect I am inspired to. Another goal for this year is to continue surrounding myself with positive energy and people. Life is too short to be around individuals who knowingly or unknowingly bring others down. This is a lesson that has taken me years to understand and apply.

I also started following a modified Paleo diet again. As much as I love bread, I don't think it agrees with me. I don't have celiac disease but I know that when I stopped eating bread during my first Whole 30, (you can read my post here) I felt less bloated after meals and all around healthier. I know I cannot be 100% Paleo because I refuse to give up brown rice, ketchup, certain types of cheese and sushi but I think if I follow the framework and allow myself some leniency, I'll be okay.

For now, it's the beginning. Everything is green, everything is new. The days are fresh and it is time to jump into this year's accomplishments.