January 25, 2018

Today I’d like to tell you about my muse. Or muses.

Like many writers, I listen to music while I write. Instrumental, because listening to lyrics distracts me from my own words. I enjoy many types of music, including  soundtracks from movies, most of those recommended to me by my dear friend and fellow writer, Jenn Sommersby.

I love almost every type of music, but especially anything involving fiddles, cellos, or even better, both. My youngest has played the fiddle since she was four, and I took lessons myself for over ten years, (sadly, I’m still terrible) so Celtic music is one of favourite styles.

A while back, I discovered two incredibly talented individuals, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas,  and fell in love. Their talent is breathtaking, their compositions even more so.

They have become an integral part of my writing process. In fact, two of the characters in my last novel bond over one of this duo’s albums, entitled ABUNDANCE. I’ve listened to their music over and over, so many times in fact, their songs are burned into my consciousness. Fortunately for me, they recently released a new CD.

When I’m stuck and the words refuse to come, I play their music before I know it, the block is gone. This has happened so many times, I know there is something about their complex rhythms and melodies that releases something inside me. Pure magic, is what they are.

Last February I had the opportunity to see these two live, at the Rogue Theatre in Vancouver. I can still recall the emotion that flooded me when they walked out on to the stage. Breathless anticipation and joy. When they started playing, I wasn’t entirely surprised when my eyes filled with tears. Yes, I really am that big of a nerd.

They’re back at the Rogue again this year, on March 11. You can be sure I will be there. If you get the chance, you should drop by and have a listen.

I’m so grateful for these two talented musicians, and the amazing music they create. I hope you are all as lucky as me, and discover your own muses.

This is Alasdair, Natalie, and Nick Gareiss, a percussive dancer at Celtic Colours International Festival in 2014. Do yourselves a favour and take a listen. Magical.



2 thoughts on “#tryalittletenderness

  1. Thanks for sharing. I love this! I started writing seriously about four years ago and around the same time I decided to learn to play the cello. String instruments are difficult at the best of times but probably more so for adult students. Anyway, I’m still pursuing the music and writing. I can’t believe that I haven’t thought of listening to music to help with writer’s block. Thank you for the inspiration!


  2. Thank you for taking the time to read my words. I’ve been working on mastering the violin for 14 years, still not there, but my daughter is brilliant. I’d love to try the cello. 🙂


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