Love Letter #3

4 December 2017

 

Hello 👋🏻

Life is buzzing in Ruby May land - we have a show this Wednesday night 6th December at the Oxford Art Factory, Gallery Bar! Supporting is the very talented Ash Hendriks. Come along to hear some old tunes from Wanderer, Chasing The Sun, a very rad cover #heynow and some fresh tracks that are in the works!! I'm excited to share these with you! Can't wait to see you there.

As I mentioned, it's been rather crazy at the Ruby May headquarters! Lots & LOTS of writing going on and the making of tracks. I'm so, so excited to bring these songs together, record them and soon release them off to you all! I've been figuring out a lot about my process, my sound and getting my lyrics where I want them to be... Here are some things I've learnt in 2017 ✨✨✨

- Productivity does not mean getting a lot done in a short amount of time. It means producing good work in the right amount of time.
- Present is better than perfect 🙌🏻
- The quality of my work is a reflection of the quality of my life: health, thought life, exercise, rest etc 🌿
- Sleep & one day off a week is underrated (omg, so underrated)
- Collaboration is challenging, but it can unlock so much within you! 🌹 🎶

I'm excited for the next couple of months and love having you on the journey with me :)

Much love,
Ruby May xo

Love Letter #2

3 October 2017

 

Dear lovely one,

Do you ever feel like there is just not enough time? Maybe it’s just my personality, but sometimes I get overwhelmed with the sense that there is so much I would like to do and so little time!

One thing I’ve been focussing on recently is the art of being intentional. With so many things to balance and achieve in life, I don’t want to let my time go wasting away to things that do not create some kind of gain or rest.

This morning I made a list of a few of the things I know I'd love to do in my life. Once my list felt complete(ish), I wrote down all the small changes I will need to make and some things I'm going to have to be really intentional about.

I read in her book 'Big Magic,' that Elizabeth Gilbert looks at ideas as if they float around looking for someone to collaborate with and if that person who captures the idea, does nothing with it, the idea goes off to look for another collaborator. If the person that the ideas finds decides to take the idea on board and run with it, they make a happy pair.  There is a similar theme found in the Bible where a master gives his three servants a talent (a sum of money). Two of the servants come back saying ‘here is the talent you gave me, look at how I have multiplied it.’ The third servant came back saying ‘Here is your talent. I buried it under a rock so nothing bad would happen to it.’

The master did not entrust the talents to the servants so that they could bury and protect it.. No, he gave over the talents so that they might make it flourish, multiply, come alive, enlarge, grow, enhance, amplify... are you getting my point? :)

Look at all the skills, talents, abilities, dreams, ideas, desires you have. Write them down, don't be intimidated by them. Now write down one goal that you think you can achieve out of these abilities and dreams followed by all the small things you know you can do to get there. 

We were not designed to push aside what has been placed inside of us. In fact they are a key to living a life of fullness, colour, balance and a life that ebbs and flows. This is who I want to be:  someone who takes hold of the ideas, thoughts, creativity and dreams placed inside of me and makes the most of it.

Sincerely yours,


Ruby May

Love Letter #1

15 September 2017

 

Dear lovely one,

You may, or may not have, noticed that I've taken a bit of a break from social media and promotion; I’m talking all things Instagram, Facebook, Emails - heck I’ve even been delaying a single I’ve got ready to release.

Recently I found myself so caught up in the presentation of what is ‘Ruby May,’ so fixated on how I need to look and sound for the world around me that I forgot how to just be who I felt to be!

After a three week trip to America with my great friend Alix Pashley (who so fantastically designed my Chasing The Sun single cover), I’ve had a fresh perspective on what it is that I really wanted to get out of my music, and even out of my life. After beginning to read my new favourite book (even YOU need to read it), The Artist’s Way and watching the Minimalists, my perspective on what I was using my time, money and focus on, started to shift a little. Both these books/documentaries in a sense get you to look at what you have in front of you, not focusing what’s in the world around you, social media and what you don't have. Both of them suggest that you have enough and are enough. Through The Artist’s Way, I went on my first ‘artist date’ and ended up at my local Mona Vale Library where I walked past an isle that held a book called ‘In Praise Of Slow’ that just seemed to scream out at me. 

I picked it up, looked at it, renewed my library card (it had been years since I found myself at the library lol), borrowed it and began a journey on what it meant to be ‘slow.’ We’re not talking snail pace living here, we’re talking about slowing down enough to work out what truly matters to us in this life. For me, in the area of music, that was creating music that came straight from the heart. Not music that I thought ‘worked,’ or sounded similar to the music I thought was relevant and in fashion, but music that meant a lot to me and flowed easily.

So I begin this email series. In being real in my music, I also want to be real with the people who listen to it. This is a little introduction into my new ‘lover letter’ emails where I will share my ideas that I’m thinking about, new songs, films for my music, adventures that I’m going on, ways that I’m trying to grow as an artist and/or individual and all the beautiful things that I’m learning along the way.

I hope you enjoy being on this journey with me as I know I will so enjoy being on it with you.

Your's sincerely,

Ruby May