this blog is working!

I've had this website for a long time, like maybe eight years.

With the website hosting I receive a Google analytics report once a month.

I mentioned this recently in a post but I want to say more about this because it's exciting to me, and maybe to you as well since it's you who are making this happen with me.

I used to update my website when I had a tour or a new album to announce.

I kept the calendar updated.

The social media links update themselves, but I wasn't active every day on social media, so the streams for Twitter and Instagram were almost non-existent.

This all began to change when my son graduated from high school and wen to college and I finally had the freedom to push harder for the career and life I had always envisioned.

One thing I did was I got involved with Songs And Whispers out of Bremen, Germany. I committed to being in Europe for six weeks which was never possible when I had children at home.

That promotional company works in sort of a pay to play format, so it's a bit off putting for artists because it's hard to make the money work out on one of their circuits. But it's impossible to make the money work out when you set up your own tour as a completely unknown artist too. Songs And Whispers gives you a leg up because their concert series have a loyal following of their own so you play to a sort of built in audience. And those who come know to listen so you get a respectful audience as well. And if you're really good they will buy your merchandise and fill your hat that you pass during the break.

I was given a great gift when I did those first Songs And Whispers shows. Somehow in those performances I saw a glimmer of what I had envisioned for myself since my first solo as a very young girl. I remember standing in the balcony of the packed big church in Chicago on Christmas Eve in my white robe and holding my battery powered candle, no guitar, no original material yet, just me singing Away In A Manger with another girl, a friend of mine in the choir, we got to sing that song a cappella in harmony. I remember the feeling and I knew it was why I joined the choir. I knew the presence of the Holy Spirit in that big crowded church, everyone hushed to hear the Holy Spirit riding on our voices. I don't know how else to describe it to you, but the Songs And Whispers concerts brought me that feeling again. I knew again that singing for people was what gave me this feeling.

Well, I did two of these Songs And Whispers tours, two years in a row, in 2017 and 2018. By the end of the one in March 2018 I felt that I had made some real connections, better than ever before, with many fans in Europe. Some of these fans had been following my independent touring for many years already, some of these fans had just discovered my music. 

The big thing that happened was that when I got home in April I felt a strong desire to stay connected to the people who I cared about and who cared about me as a musician, as an artist. I felt a strong desire to send everyone emails and texts and facebook messages telling them how the plane trip home went, how my dog was, how it felt to be back in Minneapolis, how the new recordings were going to be revived after their tragic disappearance. So much to say, so many to tell.

One more thing was that I used to write "morning pages" as prescribed in The Artist's Way. I love that book and I try to take all of her advice. I have said before that I filled many many paper journals with hand written entries over many mornings for many years.

I decided it was time to take this discipline I already had and already enjoyed, and blend it with my desire to update my fans.

Also, as I have been saying, I feel like what I am attempting is unique and interesting. Determined to become an international superstar, I write from a rather intense perspective right now and I think that adds excitement to this project.

"Powerfrau Courtney Yasmineh turns life long obsession with the music of Bob Dylan into a successful music career of her own"

That's the headline we're going with guys.

So, the blog is working...that's my point....the blog is working.

My Google analytics reports have gone from telling me that ten people visited my website this month to telling me that one thousand people visited my website this month.

I think the blog is helping people who are curious about me and my intentions to understand exactly what this is all about.

I think you can read these entries and get a clear picture of the woman, the artist, the projects, the momentum, the determination, the intention, the destiny, behind what I am and what I do.


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