The journey is both magical and strange…

I had the great honour recently, of being taken to Sicily for a week’s holiday with twenty beautiful souls, from all over the world. I worked daily on the first draft of my novel, the Siren Odyssey, which is halfway through its first edit and will be ready to present at the York Writers Festival. I swam in the sea, lay in the sunshine, played sous-chef with children and lapped the wonder of life up, despite the health challenges and profound sadness which lives with me.

Back in London now in a gorgeous little flat. For these last six months and for the first time in two and a half years, I have been given the opportunity to stay put, in one place. After housesitting twenty-four different homes in two years, this feeling of having a ‘home base’ has been a gift in itself. Although I have not been able to take my piano out of storage, nor most of my personal effects, I have felt more grounded and steady on my creative and professional feet.

This sublet situation will change again in five weeks, and if I cant find affordable living space in London then I might pick up and move to the sea. I will try to keep my little music thang going in London, running my singing clubs, even if I move from the big city, for the time-being.

I have tid-bits of exciting happenings, which all add up, and which help me stretch beyond the debilitating depression I too often suffer from:

  • I did another Jamie Catto workshop, which explored communication and new ways of being. It certainly helped to re-frame difficult aspects of life.
  • I have been invited to sing at the Chelsea Arts Club – which is a thrill!
  • I am being taken to The Edinburgh Festival at long last, where I will see Stewart D’Arrietta perform Tom Waits and where I will hopefully find and hear my old friend Antonio Forcione playing.
  • I’ve been invited to France again this year…always a joy to visit my creative friends in Paris.
  • I’ve also been invited to open a new music cafe in Glastonbury. What an honour that will be
  • My choirs bring me such great joy. I run four of them at the moment.
  • I have a Music Director course coming up this summer too – ever-learning and growing

For the first time in as long as I can remember, despite ongoing challenges, I am finding the old creative me was merely hibernating.

A new Spring is dawning perhaps…and maybe even a new album recording on its way? I suspect I need to find a place to take my piano from storage first There’s my news this month.

Blessings galore to you all. Keep counting them, no matter what. Life is too short to do otherwise. Musically Yours FREYjA

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