Special save the dates, and a song!

Hello friends, stomach
I hope you had a nourishing and happy Thanksgiving weekend :)

Thanksgiving occasionally brings out the workaholic in me as I feel pulled to “get things done” when really it’s my opportunity to sit by the fire, price drink tea and talk to friends and family. I’m happy to report that this year, I played family games, laughed a lot and let myself record a new song (below).

Please mark your calendars for two upcoming Chicago events!
On Saturday, February 7th
, I will be playing at EvanstonSPACE.  This should be a super fun show and I’ll be sharing some new songs!

Tickets are available here. http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5450195&pl=space

On Monday, December 22nd, I’ll be opening up Michael McDermott’s Annual Holiday Show at City Winery in Chicago. This show usually sells out fast so if you’re interested, you can grab tickets here. http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/michael-mcdermott-12-22-14.html

A new song…this song is not super funny. If you are looking to laugh, I’m planning to send you something funny in about 5 days. I’m serious :-) In the meantime, here is a song-in-progress which means I’m still writing it/learning it.

It’s for all the girls around the world (and the people who love them) who live in less than ideal conditions and is dedicated to the kidnapped Nigerian Girls who, according to all reports, are still being held captive.

I think about them a lot and wonder what it’s like for them to wake up in the morning wherever they are.

I was waiting for the song to be “just right,” (to finish editing it, make it perfect) and then I realized I ought to just let it be in the world now because even though I have no political power and even though they may never hear it, why should I wait to send these girls my love?

So here’s my love for them (and for you :) )

XOXO,
Anne

Creativity Tip Video, Summer Shows & Into Wellness!

Hi beautiful friends,

I hope you had a wonderful month of May! I meant to post this last month in honor of Mental Wellness Month” but as we moved to San Francisco, things were a little tumultuous to say the least ;)

These days, I LOVE the month of May but it wasn’t always that way. For years, I used to get extremely depressed in May. Biochemically it was not a good month for me. I would feel ungrounded, depressed and sometimes like I couldn’t even move. In fact, in May 2005, I could not stop crying for more than a few hours at a time so I went to a psychiatrist who asked me how many good days I had out of 7. My answer was 1 (or 3 days at the most). He seemed to think that was not very many good days. I, on the other hand, was quite accustomed to it, but agreed it would be better to have more good days.

The song “The Alchemist” is actually based, in part, on how I found my way out of this state (I was open to and pursued every avenue: a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a healer, praying in empty Catholic churches ;-) and starting my meditation practice). And, as always, I used creativity and songwriting as a tool to keep myself afloat.

I am VERY glad to say that some combination of these things worked and for many years now all my days are good (7 out of 7). Even when I’m sad or experiencing unpleasant emotions, my days are still are all good days. And much of my experience during that time turned into the album that is Blazing Red. And now, songwriting and creativity is more of a humorous and thriving practice for me instead of a survival one. For that, I am grateful. So, in honor of mental wellness this May (even though I’m late and posting it in June ;) Lol), I just want to put it out there that even though (from what I can tell), most of the people on this email list seem quite happy, just in case even one of you is not, you never know how you’ll feel 6 months or a year from now so it’s totally worth taking any steps on behalf of your own happiness that occur to you! Don’t wait! :)

Wishing you beautiful, joyous and spectacular days!
Love,
Anne

Ps: This week, I’m playing shows in Ann Arbor, Indianapolis and Cambridge. In July, San Francisco and in August, Minneapolis. I would LOVE to see you at a show! All the details are here: http://www.anneheaton.com/tour

Ps2: Please enjoy this Creativity Tip video! I DO love these specific tips(!) although the video makes me laugh a little at myself because I’m speaking so quietly because it’s 6:30am and I haven’t had my coffee yet!  Ha ha.

what’s your musical fantasy? light reading & video #4

for those of you who are scanners, here’s what in this post: baby helen, songwriting tips, what’s your musical fantasy? & tour dates (city winery show in nyc this sunday!).

Hi everybody,
I had a good laugh this morning. As I went to lift baby Helen out of her crib, I noticed she was thumbing through J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye.” Now she’s 1-year old and doesn’t read, but the way she was quietly and slowly looking at the pages made it seem like she was reading. Then I found “Profiles in Courage” in the corner of her bed and I thought: Wow, she’s really got this whole other life she’s living early in the morning before I even wake up ;-)

Profiles in Courage

Speaking of waking early, I’ve been having a harder time doing it lately. I’m not sure if it’s the weather, but I have felt so in need of sleep (one of my favorite pastimes!). On the days when I do get up early before anyone else (to write, think, pray, or some combination of all three) I am quite happy. Coffee helps A LOT. And getting through that initial resistance to moving is a great relief especially when I can sit quietly and write something.

Speaking of writing, I’m starting a Songwriting Tips Series on my YouTube Channel for young songwriters (or anyone who writes!). My welcome video is here (and there are a few tips up there as well) so please subscribe to my channel if this is of interest to you :)

Lastly, and most importantly, I really want to know who you are!! I found myself thinking last week that there are probably some people on my email list who signed up years ago when I was still playing open mikes at The Dark Star Lounge in NYC ;) ; some of you I just met last week at City Winery, so here’s what I’d love to know…

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? I’d like to keep my posts relevant to you so, feel free to introduce yourself. Like maybe what are your three favorite things? What’s going great in your life? What’s a frustration? Or what’s a big dream of yours? What would you be willing to do to make it happen?

And here’s something I posted on Facebook lately…

What is one musical or artistic thing you would most like me to give you? (Think as big as you like, i.e. spend a week with me in Paris writing songs for your loved ones/Serenading you at your graduation…)

What is one non-musical/artistic thing you’d like? (i.e. me to give you a guide to all my favorite coffee shops in the US, make you a strawberry banana smoothie) no but seriously…….Please write to me or share in the comments below…

Peace,
Have a great day!
All the tour dates are here: http://www.anneheaton.com/tour
Xoxo, Anne

(Upcoming dates in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Grand Haven, MI, Cambridge, MA and New York City: City Winery show this Sunday April 6th with Melissa Ferrick!)

Video #3, tour dates, and a belated Valentine’s Day wish

Hello there folks!

The new album Dora is now out on iTunes and also available at Amazon. I’d love to share this new music with you so if you’d like to pick up a copy, go here!

I started writing this on Valentine’s Day but then all the hullabaloo with the weather happened while I was on the road. I came home for a quick stop, was off to Seattle, and now somehow it’s already March 11th and I’m finally getting to send you some love and appreciation. :) Thank you to all who came out to the Winter shows especially during the blizzards  – you rock! Touring with a baby in tow is both fun and an interesting challenge so thanks to all who helped make it feel joyful to be sharing these songs! :)

The City Winery Show in New York City has been rescheduled for April 6th (coming up!), and I’ll be playing at the City Winery in Chicago TONIGHT (March 11th) opening for Mike Doughty. (Wow!  Remember that song “27 Jennifers”?) All details are below!

xoxo,
Anne

Boston Globe

Awww… James Reed at the Boston Globe gave Anne’s show Saturday at Club Passim a great show pick, calling her new album with Claire “meditative (and staggering)”! Thanks for the kind words, James!

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2014/02/12/week-ahead-pop-and-rock/zk1ITlUO7ANB2e945h0A2O/story.html

ANNE HEATON This onetime Somerville resident, before we lost her to Chicago, is in a nostalgic state of mind. She comes home for a show that celebrates where she’s been and where’s headed. Heaton will debut “Dora,” her meditative (and staggering) new album she made with the late poet Claire Clube, while playing songs from across her catalog, dating back to 2002’s “Black Notebook.” Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. Club Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-7679 www.clubpassim.com