Category: music


Wow…it’s been a long time since I’ve posted! Since my last post, I’ve made a trip to Salem for Haunted Happenings, attended an epic Pearl Jam show, and decided to go back to school. Preparing for a career change to graphic design has been so far both very rewarding and time consuming, especially while maintaining my full time job. Since my Etsy shop will be on hiatus until graduation, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog to music, travel, and my new adventures in design.

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On Thursday, I attended the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. Some of the highlights of the evening for me were Peter Gabriel’s heart-felt performance of “In Your Eyes;” the spectacular tribute to Linda Ronstadt featuring Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood; and the awesome jammed-out version of “I Can’t Go for That” by my Philly boys, Hall and Oates.

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The most meaningful part of the evening for me, as a quintessential Generation X-er, was the induction of one of my favorite bands, Nirvana, just five days after the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The performance was EPIC, featuring, along with Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on drums, four-hard rocking females, led off by the incomparable Joan Jett rocking out on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and culminating with a hauntingly beautiful performance of “All Apologies” featuring the amazing Lorde.

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This Class of 2014 ceremony ushers in a new era for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, with one of the most prominent bands of the ’90’s now an inductee. Next year, Green Day is eligible and in 2016, Pearl Jam. These bands I came of age with are now falling into the classic rock category. I regularly joke about how that makes me feel old, but in all honesty, I truly feel a sense of pride when I see a teenager or college student wearing a Nirvana tee shirt or attending a Pearl Jam show. The true test of the staying power of any music is the way it continues to inspire new generations, much in the same way I was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin back in the day…

Peace, Love & Rock n Roll!

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As summer winds down, I am proud to say that I realized one of my major business goals for this year – to participate in two summer craft shows. It was a large endeavor in which I invested money (purchasing tent, tables, displays, etc.) and time (building my show inventory from practically nothing), but the experience and positive feedback were more than worth it. Now my plans for the fall include getting my Etsy shop inventory back up, revamping two of my bracelet lines, launching a new bracelet line, following up with my wholesale account, and lining up two craft shows for the holidays…Wow! That is a huge agenda for a part-time business!

I admit, Ms. Easygoing is actually feeling a little overwhelmed here! So I decided to take this weekend off…spent yesterday shopping with my sister and today hanging out with Mia and Chase, the Weimaraners. I also spent some time reflecting on my business. This year, I have experienced a nice amount of growth – in addition to the craft shows, my Etsy sales revenue has increased by more than 50% over this time last year! So how do I juggle the extra time my growing business requires? Inspiration does often come in the oddest places…

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Try not to be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life…

I recently read an article about Pearl Jam in Forbes Magazine (yes…that’s right…Forbes). The basis of the articles was how PJ chose to scale down their success at the height of their popularity in the early 90’s and forge a lifestyle business that has lasted for over 23 years:

“Pearl Jam’s answer to their hot streak of hit albums was to scale back their success and become a lifestyle business. Rather than focusing on growth, expansion, and increasing return on investment, the goal of lifestyle businesses is to enable their owners to earn a living and sustain their lifestyle. Lifestyle businesses allow their owners to fulfill their ambitions without sacrificing things that are important to them.”

I think that a lifestyle business appeals to most creative types…time always needs to be available to find inspiration and nothing is as detrimental to the creative process as burnout. The main reason I started Serendipity Blu was to feed my creative spirit. I have a great job, but it is in the left-brained dominated financial industry. When I come home from a stressful day at my office, nothing is as soothing as creating things of beauty. (Except maybe Weimaraners!) The added bonus of my creative venture is beefing up my travel budget, my greatest passion.

With that in mind, I have made some important decisions for the fall. I have chosen to not do craft shows until the holidays, even though fall is the busiest show season. I was worried that, after my busy summer, I would feel burnout if I prepped for any shows in the next month or two. Instead, I am taking some vacation time to travel to Salem, Massachusetts in October to experience Haunted Happenings. I also have a couple of big concerts lined up (PJ in Philly in October and Chris Cornell in Atlantic City in November). I also have to remember that I have three months to accomplish everything on my list and it is best to just focus on one task at a time. So for the next two weeks, I am going to work only on getting my shop inventory back up and enjoying these last few precious weeks of summer…

If you are interested in reading the entire PJ article from Forbes, I have included this link:

Pearl Jam Return To The Spotlight As A Mature Lifestyle Business

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it is August already! So far, this summer, I have been prepping for my first two craft shows (the photo above is from one I did last month and my next one is coming up in two weeks!), which I did not realize would be so much work. To balance all of that frantic energy, I spent the rest of my leisure time hanging out with my friends at the beach and being lazy with the world’s two most spoiled weimaraners. What has been lacking, however, is the amount of time I have been spending on my Etsy shop and my blog. I am pleased that the creative juices are now flowing again and, for my first shop post in a while, I would like to introduce you to two new Betty Bracelets inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans.

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JAZZ

This delicate beauty is flirty and feminine with alternating hot pink and petal pink recycled glass beads surrounded by very chic deep brown leather. A lovely silver fleur de lis toggle completes the look. The full listing can be viewed here:

Jazz Bracelet

This bracelet was inspired by the many jazz clubs I visited in NOLA. While the hippest ones are located on Frenchmen Street, one of the most important ones, Preservation Hall, is located right in the French Quarter.

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Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz which had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall’s founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.

Today, over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians as well as younger ones learning and embracing this incredible genre.

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VOODOO

This whimsical bracelet begins with rustic honey brown leather surrounding ethereal pale aqua blue recycled glass beads. It is accented with a spirited sugar skull artisan toggle. The full listing can be viewed here:

Voodoo Bracelet

Voodoo is almost synonymous with New Orleans. On my last visit, I learned about the Bone Gangs of NOLA, which is a wonderful blending of voodoo traditions and jazz music.

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The North Side Skull and Bone Gang, based in the Treme neighborhood of the city, has been waking up New Orleans at dawn to usher in Mardi Gras since 1819! They dress in skeleton costumes, which is an homage to their voodoo roots, while playing lively NOLA jazz. I first learned of this wonderful tradition from the work of local artist, Joy Gauss:

Joy’s Clay Art

If you would like to keep up with the happenings of the North Side krewe, you can follow their blog here:

NOLA Skull & Bones

That’s about it for now…I have a crystal clear pool and two doggies waiting for me outside…

Thanks for stopping by!
~Erin

i just won the lottery…

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Ok, so I didn’t win a Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot, but in my musical world, scoring some sweet presale seats for Pearl Jam’s upcoming fall tour through their fan club ticket lottery has made me quite happy! I will be attending the October 21st gig at the Wells Fargo center in Philly! Tickets for the tour officially go on sale on Saturday, July 27th.

Also looking forward to the new studio disc, Lightning Bolt, slated for an October 15th release. And totally rocking out to the new single, Mind Your Manners, very reminiscent of Spin the Black Circle!

Until next time…

NOLA wrap up

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I just returned from a fantastic trip to New Orleans…the weather was hot…the food was hotter…and the music was hottest! I would like to share some of my guilty pleasures from this wonderfully decadent city…

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NOLA CHILL

Relaxation is just a way of life down in the Big Easy, and I find the Garden District to be one of the most tranquil parts of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head north on Royal Street and cross over Canal Street – Royal becomes St Charles Ave. – and hop on the historic St. Charles Street Car. The most picturesque houses are located between Jackson and Washington Avenues. When finished your leisurely stroll, be sure to visit one of NOLA’s Cities of the Dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1, whose entrance is right on Washington Ave. One of the city’s oldest cemeteries, it is also featured in several movies, including Interview With a Vampire and Double Jeopardy. To finish a relaxing afternoon, stroll down Magazine Street for some of New Orleans’ best shopping.

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NOLA SPLURGE

These gorgeous earrings from ReStrung Jewelry are made from recycled guitar strings! They were an amazing and unique find at the French Market in the French Quarter. Owner Naomi Celestin creates these beauties from strings donated by local musicians and also donates a portion of her sales to the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation. Here is ReStrung’s website for more info or to purchase:

ReStrung Jewelry

If you are interested in local handicrafts, a great place to shop is Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op, on 912 N. Peters Street, just south of the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter. Another fun place to peruse the work of local artisans is the Frenchmen Art Market, on 619 Frenchmen Street – right next to The Spotted Cat – in the Marigny just south of the French Quarter. It is a wonderful outdoor grassroots evening market and is open Thursday through Saturday from 7 PM to 1 AM and on Sunday from 6 PM to midnight.

Dutch Alley
Frenchmen Art Market

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NOLA YUM

If you leave New Orleans hungry, shame on you! This city truly has some of the best food. My favorite breakfast spot is The Ruby Slipper Cafe on 200 Magazine Street in the CBD. Their Bananas Foster Pain Perdu is life changing! For dinner, I like Oceana on 739 Conti Street (between Royal and Bourbon) for their Crabcakes and Ralph & Kacoo’s on 519 Toulouse Street (between Decatur and Chartres) for their blackened shrimp.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe
Oceana
Ralph & Kacoo’s

If you happen to be walking by 334 Decatur Street and are completely overcome by the delicious wafting aroma of freshly made caramel, it is pointless to resist. Stop in Southern Candymakers and allow yourself to indulge in the best pralines and turtles the city has to offer!

Southern Candymakers

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NOLA JAM

The best place to listen to original music in New Orleans is Frenchmen Street in the very bohemian Marigny section of the city. To get there from the French Quarter, head south on Decatur and you will run right into Frenchmen after you pass Esplanade Ave. This three block stretch of music clubs has a refreshingly mellow vibe and lacks any of the tackiness of Bourbon Street. I really liked both TheSpotted Cat and DBA. The Spotted Cat, on 623 Frenchmen Street, is an intimate music club that features funky jazz and roots music every night. I enjoyed a fun performance by the newly formed Dr. Sick & the Late Greats and some spontaneous swing dancing by some very talented locals. Shows start nightly at 6 PM and 10 PM. DBA, on 618 Frenchmen Street, is a larger club with a huge beer selection and large stage area, perfect for jamming to the fabulous Treme Brass Band.

The Spotted Cat
DBA

The best place to take home some local music is The Louisiana Music Factory on 210 Decatur St. They have an extensive collection of local jazz, blues, zydeco, and any other genre you can imagine. The staff is both knowledgable and friendly.

Louisiana Music Factory

I hope you have enjoyed my New Orleans wrap up. Please feel free to share a comment on anything you particularly love in the Crescent City. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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rumor has it…

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I am very excited about the buzz on the Internet today. Apparently, it was leaked that Pearl Jam is supposed to release a new single on July 16th (the same day as their show at Wrigley Field in Chicago) called Mind Your Manners!!!

Here are the links with more details of the story:

Loud Wire
Music Feeds Australia
Audio Ink Radio

Since I am seriously jonesing for some new PJ music, I really hope this rumor proves to be true. And, I also hope, the new album (which has been reported to be in the mixing stage) will be released soon after to coincide with a highly anticipated fall tour…

Peace, Love & Pearl Jam,
Erin

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I am thrilled to announce Dawn as the winner of my Jimi Hendrix Bracelet giveaway! Please enjoy her amazing post:

What an amazing giveaway and I Love Love Love this bracelet, Jimi was an incredible and inspiring individual whose life and music touched the souls of so many. I am deeply in love with music and Jimi was one of the first musicians I fell for, his wondrous word dreams and incendiary guitar inspired me to look deeper at myself and allow myself to feel. Whenever I am feeling stumped creatively I can put on Band of Gypsies or Axis and the creative juices can’t help but go into overdrive~

Thanks to all who entered and stay tuned for more great contests to keep you accessorized in cool for the hot summer months!

I am heading down to New Orleans for a few days for some great music, food, and drink…

Shanti,
Erin

KISS THE SKY

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With so much going on this holiday weekend, I decided to extend the deadline to enter to win this fabulous free boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

TO ENTER

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)

2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!

3. This contest is only available to US residents. (Unfortunately, USPS hiked up international shipping rates this year.)

I will choose a winner on Friday, May 31st (Right before I leave for New Orleans!) The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

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PURPLE HAZE

I also just listed this super cool purple Jimi bracelet on my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu. It lists for $32.00 with free shipping for US customers. The full listing can be viewed here:

Purple Haze Bracelet

Thanks for stopping and have a happy & safe holiday!

Shanti,
Erin

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KISS THE SKY

I am pleased to present my very first contest and I am offering this very boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet as the free prize! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

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TO ENTER

Entry to the contest is quite simple:

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)
2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!
3. This contest is only available to US residents, as I will also be picking up the tab for shipping.

I will choose a winner based on the comments on Sunday, May 26th. The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love, and Jimi,
Erin

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This weekend literally started out with a roar…I attended a killer Soundgarden show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on Friday night. I started the evening off at the Irish Pub on St. James Place for dinner and a few beers. Then I spent the next two hours fondly listening to musical memories of my misspent youth. The band’s sound was tight for this reunion tour and Chris Cornell’s voice is still completely amazing. (And he is still completely hot!) They played perennial favorites such as Outshined, Rusty Cage, and Room a Thousand Years Wide from Badmotorfinger and Spoonman, Fell on Black Days, and Black Hole Sun from Superunknown. They also rocked on songs from their new album, King Animal, including By Crooked Steps, Taree, and Been Away Too Long. All in all, a solid set by a longtime favorite band!

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The remainder if my weekend was pretty low key. I put together a wholesale order for a wonderful eco-friendly boutique in Larchmont, NY, REcologie. I crafted a collection of Betty Bracelets and Beach Bum Necklaces in soft summery shades: distressed honey leather and seafoam green, aqua blue, and petal pink recycled glass beads.

I also got in some amazing new buttons to use as toggles for my bracelets. I got some anchor buttons for a summery nautical look…some adorable cherry buttons for children’s bracelets I am making for a summer craft show…and a few Jimi Hendrix buttons that I will be debuting next week! Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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