A Path Unfolds...
About comic poetry:
Just a quick word about the new project; comic poetry. (You'll see a new menu heading, 'poems', in my menu bar.) The publication of this project is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed the rhythm of all of our lives. My daughter-in-law Ana C. Luy and I are working together to illustrate a collection of poetry I wrote between 2012 and 2016, while I was living in Brazil and Singapore. Many cultural and life experiences in general found their way into the writing of those poems, such as the 8-month-long cockroach infestation I had during my 3 years in Brazil. Ana and I would like it to be as an interactive a project as possible, which is why we're focusing on Facebook for fuller explanations/interactions and Ana's art website (press on the link above) where materials can be freely downloaded. Ana C. Luy has a public facebook page, just as I have my public Jayne Luy Songwriting Facebook page, so please feel free to connect there as well.
What a pleasure to have worked and produced with a number of amazingly talented musicians and vocalists over the years! Songwriting is a unique path, a path that unfolds bit by bit, and one never knows what is around the corner! It's a game of waiting and wondering and hoping, and of not knowing what others will think. It's this 'unknown' that makes me even more grateful that you've met me here... Great things are happening!
HOPE'S CREED (my band!)
New Summer Song! 'Alberta Skies (Windows Down, Radio Up!) has been such a pleasure to write, develop with the band, produce, film, and finally, release! Alberta Skies was written in Peru, under the Peruvian stars, on the beach. Yup. There's a story there :) Suffice it to say that stargazing while watching beach volleyball, late one night, was enough the really strike the chords of creativity and thankfulness in me; thankfulness at having grown up in the wild windiness of the Alberta prairies, under the endless skies that were sometimes so blue it was unbelievable. Such great memories. I hope that as you listen to Alberta Skies, you also revisit your favourite memories! Plan a road trip... make more!
Albums: 'Know You Better', released in 2019, and 'Here I Am', released in 2017.
Singles: 'Alberta Skies (Windows Down, Radio Up!) May, 2023
'Heaven's Son Came Down', December 2020
'Night Sky', December 2021
Band members: Kristal, Jessie, Daryl, Jon, Matt, Stephane, Alex! Love those guys!!!!
Hope's Creed is available to play at events in Calgary and around Alberta.
TUESDAY IN BLUE (my jazz trio)
Four years ago, Grace Young-Travis and I released an EP, 'EVEN IF I STAND ALONE' (contact me for a copy via snail mail! Also available on all major music platforms.) Grace and I continued to work together here and there since then, and in late 2020, we formalized our partnership, also with Grace's husband Noah Travis, to form a jazz trio! 'Tuesday in Blue' covers well-known jazz and broadway pieces, and we do some originals too!
Tuesday in Blue is available to play at events in and around Calgary.
My first full-fledged project, SHELTER, is still so special to me because it launched my career as songwriter, and helped me grow into that very intimidating identity! Completed in 2015; 'Shelter' was a partnership with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Elena Chavez. Her voice, spirit, and heart expressed so perfectly the ideas I had put into words. I'm very grateful to have been able to work with Elena. 'Shelter' is available for purchase on CDbaby, just follow the link on the Home page. Conversely, listen here on my website!
Thank-you very much for your interest in my work, thanks for visiting, and thanks SO MUCH for any social media support you've helped me with over the years! Please always feel free to connect through the contact page!
About Teaching Music
My teaching studio is at my home, on my beautiful Shigeru Kawai. I love both 'piano paths' - the performance- based approach of exam preparation, as well as the more relaxed 'learning to learn' approach. Music should be enjoyed. Practice time at home should be called 'progress time' - it's so much more motivating! My students are guaranteed to make enjoyable and satisfying progress, as lessons are always geared towards understanding. My emphasis will always be on understanding and ear-training, rather than (awful) straight memorization. This can turn even the least confident student into a confident, self-directed learner, no matter their age or ability. I love to play with my students, interacting as much as possible during class. Please use the contact form on the menu bar to give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you.