ah autumn, my favorite.
howdy dear ones. happy autumn for me. happy birthday too. that's right, if you forgot, this end of virgo virgo just celebrated with family in the US. it was a great trip, everyone loved meeting our little babe and my new husband (and seeing me after not being home for 2 years).
the news is, i am enjoying motherhood. i love this little person that we've made. it's quite incredible and i am learning more and more about presence and practicing balance in my life. it really makes a huge difference that my husband and i can be mostly at home with her daily...i get comments on how balanced and happy our baby is, and i think it's to do with how laid back and at ease both of us are. if it's ever possible to be a stay home parent somehow, do it. it makes the world of difference.
fang and i are making new music. getting demo tracks down, lyrics written, melodies sung...it takes time as we baby step through our days. i don't mind the pace. it's nice that it's intermittent. my listening and imagining skills are more and more keen and strong because i can't just pick up my guitar and play. i write song parts in my head, and record them when i get the chance. it helps that fang is constantly playing the track over and over as he writes and tweeks it. evie is extremely familiar with all the songs and dances anytime they come on. : ) fun.
i'm still teaching vocal lessons privately, as well as yoga in one of asia's most loved yoga studio, The Yoga Yard
. all the teaching is incredibly nourishing for me. if you are interested in knowing more about my teaching techniques (i call it 'vocal gongfu') click here
. my rates are reasonable and the lessons are recorded so you can take the practice into your own hands.
at the moment there are no public concerts scheduled. i am still singing jazz and my original material for high profile events, weddings and fashion shows. it's great fun to get very glammed up and sing on stage, even if it's for a bunch of rich folk eating a fine hotel 6 course meal.
i am also singing alot of commercials. the latest is for an audi spot that has been airing for the last few months in china. jess, the household anonymous songstress airs so much i cannot imagine...if only they knew...it's me! you can listen/watch it here
i'll also be featured in the Beijing Kid's Guide coming out very soon - i wrote about my birthing experience at beijing untied family hospital. it's cool to be published again. :) the last time was in my berklee mentor's book about lyric writing (pat pattison).
back in beijing. here comes the oct 1st national holiday...looking forward to lots of people leaving the city less polluted and less cars on the road. hope where ever you are, you are creating goodness and balance in your center.
remember, my albums are on itunes! please, give the gift of original music to your friends or family. it helps to perpetuate the good aural vibes into the world. :)
(for your smile for the day - these photos are my little one's first strawberry.)
certainly a season here in beijing is the land of the foggy lung. starts in mid june and carries on smoggily until some wind picks up in early september. everything is moist. my new baby is very moist. this weather just annunciates wet. it's recommended to get out when it's like this. go somewhere beautiful.
i've been really enjoying the private voice and songwriting students i am teaching. they are a delight to see their weekly improvements. this method of teaching is so gratifying, because the student practices simple things, they can really notice the difference in their voices. it's like watching flowers bloom or using a 'squeegy' wipe across a dirty window.
this year, there has been a major lull in my performances for events (due to budget slashes across the board in event companies), so i started to wish out into the universe for something new to come along in my work experiences. and, just as it always provides, the universe brought to me the work of creating an audio 'brand' for a major chinese worldwide company. it was a real trip to think about how sound affects us. i went back into my mind and started singing jingles and audio brands that i could remember through my life. i think one of the most famous ones now is the nokia ring tone. that will always stick out. so we went through the first rounds of meetings, and hopefully we'll (my husband and i) get into the next round of possibilities.
i am only performing privately through the rest of the summer, and then we will holiday away through september. finally, i'll be getting out of the country after being here straight almost for 2 years! hardcore beijinger am i...
hope you are all creating goodness and light in your neck of the woods. also i saw this yesterday online and was really inspired by it. with all the green space in a city, growing food really is educating and nourishing. if you have 10 minutes, check it out: Renegade Ecolutionist, Gangster Gardener, Giving it Away - This is Yagna! | Everyday Geetaeverydaygeeta.blogspot.com
It's a nice Sunday summer night thing to do, after you have some dinner out with friends, meander over to Gulou, catch a few new melodies in your ears. 2 sets. I think the ticket to get in is 40 rmb. It's a cozy place, great sound system. : )
I posted this under "for hire" but I forgot to put it up - it's the new Audi Q3 ad running in China. I wrote the lyric and melody and sang it. Have a look! http://v.autohome.com.cn/v_6_21804.html
Jess songwriter-ing @ Bluestream Bar
Crikey it's almost June! How'd that happen?
I've been back out on the stages of Beijing over the past few weeks and it's proving to me how exhausting it can be to perform and stay up so late and then wake up to be a Mommy. I gotta watch myself...there's so much to do, and I have to really prioritize my goals more meticulously...
The songwriter gig I did a few weeks ago was great. I'm happy to announce that Gao Fang and I will perform again in June. Sunday June 16th 8pm at Blue Stream Bar. I liked the atmosphere...very old school china; there were little stools that you could group however you liked. The stage was small but perfect for a duo performance. I sang a jazz gig this past Friday, which was alright but a little too late for my current physical needs...I was wrecked the next morning. Staying fresh for my mothering job is important to me. Evie's only going to be this young once : )
I've been teaching alot more yoga these past few weeks which is always inspiring. I love my students; the gift of teaching is helpful to my own physical/mental/energetic recovery from pregnancy. I have also been teaching voice lessons, and these one-on-one experiences are blissful as they uncover their true voices. I'm happy to watch them become aware of bad habits and slowly change them. It's a fun type of therapy...hahaha.
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I am happy to report that all the goodness of being a Mom is all that it is cracked up to be. . . I love it. As time ticks and tocks by, I have started to work. Singing lessons, songwriting students, jazz for VIP events and over-extravagant weddings, teaching yoga…it's all coming back into my life. Creating hasn't been on my agenda, mainly because I just created a person and I've needed to take it easy, but the songs still sing on…
I'm coming back into the world of performance…Jess Meider Songwriter returns to the public eye on April 28th. It's a Sunday night, 8pm (for all of us who need to be at home and tucked into bed by midnight).
This gig will feature all my favorite songs and a few unreleased recordings. Woo. Also featuring my man, Gao Fang, accompanying me on his electric guitar. It's a special way to consume the ol' songs; they taste fresh but familiar.
Stay tuned for other bloggings; I've got alot to say about birthing, pregnancy and chinese medicine.
As well as some new posts about songwriting, singing and performing. As the baby starts taking longer naps, I'll be more able to write it all down.
Enjoy Spring! Oh, and if you're in BJ in April, there is a wonderful 5 elements retreat coming up hosted by the Yoga Yard
. I've attended 4-5 times over the years and have learned ooooodles about myself as well as the 5 elements.
Yay! From Miss Evie. She is my latest production...Daddy and I are very happy to have her in our lives. She's inspiring new learning, as well as new music! Stay tuned for a kids album that's in the works.
Aside from this beautiful new human in our lives, we're weathering the cold of Beijing in warm underfloor heating and lots of friends and family coming to visit. Life is good. Wintertime, in the theory of the 5 elements, is the time when we retreat into ourselves, into our homes, into our hearts to rest. Now is the time for quiet days and lovely evenings; where inaction is welcome and rest is priority. Turn on some old jazz and have a cup of tea; visit with friends, and be merry.
I hope that all of you are well and fine. I was going to record a fun holiday song but the baby care has my rhythms set to be online for her every 1-2 hours. Babies are amazing...I highly recommend them...
Happy New Year from Beijing everyone! xoxox Jess
Greetings everyone, from a cooling part of the world. As you can see from the photo, it is autumn time in Beijing, and I have already passed 36 weeks pregnant! Very exciting times.
This is why I have not been appearing on stage for the past few months. Creating a child in my belly has been profound. It truly is amazing how natural and automatic the human body is. Obviously we've been doing this for as long as we've been in existence, and it has definitely brought me to embrace my feminine side on all levels. Respect to humanity...
I am looking forward to meeting this little squirming babe in my belly. I am wishing you all a wonderful harvest of your summer's efforts. Hopefully whatever you are reaping is pleasing, joy-filled, ease-based. To my music fans, please, keep listening, sharing, and inspiring your friends and family. There is always more to create.
Send me a line if you'd like to share - I'll be back out in the music market in the springtime. There's alot of new material in the works! xoxoxo Jess