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.