I joined a community of songwriters where we are part of a 6 week challenge to write and blog for the next 6 weeks. For those new to my blog, I’ll post a little bit about me, for those who have been avid readers, join me on this journey of this beautiful mess I may be in haha.
My name is Marika. My favourite ice cream is Mint Chocolate chip, I’m primarily a pop recording artist, and technically, I’m a professional songwriter as I have had numerous songs chart on top 40 Pop/CHR and Hot AC radio, Canadian Christian radio, #1 album and #1 songs in Asia, and lots of film and tv placements. I also write my own music and lyrics for the songs I record and perform. For the last 10 years, I had also been developing and coaching artists in to their careers through my company Emerton Records which was an incredible journey, but at the end of December 2014, I made the decision to close the company and focus back on to my own career and my family’s careers as well. 2 years ago, I became really sick and couldn’t tour the album I had just recorded, and it was a huge wake up call for me in terms of priorities and what I wanted out of life. These days, I’m very purposeful with what I do, how I do it, and who I do it with. My passion is to create great music, and entertainment with integrity that also brings a positive image to women especially in the forefront of the music and entertainment industry.
I joined the challenge as I think it’s pretty great when you have to discipline yourself to work on your craft so here I am. There has been so much going on in my career and my life, but I feel like I’m in somewhat of a season of starting over.
So far, I feel very behind in the 1st week challenge. There was some confusion on my registration so I was a late addition to the group, which – to be honest – threw me completely off as there was already so much said and done day 1. I joined day 2, which meant I was already playing catch up and in more ways than I would have liked. At the beginning of this year, I made a huge decision to not be on Facebook. Part of that was to LIVE in REAL LIFE, and be present. I know as far as career goes, so many thought this would be a bad decision for me, but I have loved being present, trusting in the opportunities that are right in front of me, and not feeling I have to update and keep up online. So, having to be on FB again for this challenge, is…challenging. Not sure how I’ll handle yet. Forgive me if I don’t interact so much on FB, but feel free to reach out in other ways. Also, please know, it’s not because I don’t love communication. I LOVE meeting people and hearing their stories. I just have four people I live with, that are all working full time in the entertainment industry, and I LOVE being present with them. These people are my husband and 3 amazing children who are making their own marks on the world all as professional actors. So – my time is spent songwriting, performing, reading scripts, dropping kids off, meeting with agents, coaching, and as well, making breakfast lunch and dinner, and oh yes…homeschooling. So – again, forgive me if I’m not on FB all the time.
The challenge: So, it’s pretty cool that we get to try and write a song to pitch to Matt Dusk. I’ve followed his career for a while now, as I think our songs were out during similar periods and I always love following other Canadian artists along the way. I don’t know what the song I’ll write will sound like, but I never say no to a good challenge. I guess my only hesitancy is that I’ve never written with an artist in mind. My songs haven been recorded by many artists, but I usually write them for me, and then they’ve been placed with other artists just by different opportunities. It’s worked so far, so maybe that’s my plan. Write a song I love and then pitch to Matt. We’ll see. I’ve haven’t started anything yet, but I did write one song this week, so I feel accomplished nevertheless. I had the privilege of working with a group of kids from Project Limelight – an organization run by two amazing ladies and casting directors, Maureen and Donalda based in Vancouver BC. I taught a songwriting workshop to 9 kids and their leaders and we created a song basically in about 3 – 90 minute sessions. The kids were from about 8-14 in age, and they wrote and performed an incredible song called ” Brave “. So – no progress on Matt’s song, but wrote one pretty incredible tune with these kids. It really was inspiring!!
So – on to week 2. Going to try and stay in touch, on track, and see where this takes me.