September 2018 Newsletter

So.... I have news! It's a bit of a big announcement of sorts: I was approved for my K1 Visa to move to the US and marry my love, Dave Hannon! With the news of my relocation also comes the news that for the foreseeable future I will officially be on a musical hiatus, while waiting for paperwork to finalize. It's sad, but it will only be temporary - and it is SO worth the wait! My cat, Aria, and I officially moved to Tacoma, Washington, on September 15, 2018, and we couldn't be happier (now, if only I could find…

New September 2018 Show!

This Friday, Sept 14, I will be playing some songs opening up the Green Day Tribute Show at The Well Casino Nanaimo. All information for this show can be found on the Facebook event page. My teenage self is squealing in excitement! I've been a fan of Green Day since Longview first hit the airwaves (and in the days before Google, I found their first 2 albums, 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk, at the local skate shop soon after Dookie's release). Dare I admit that I had the dudes plastered on my walls throughout high school? Yeah... I was THAT…

August 2018 Newsletter

Just like how I eluded in my new song "All I Need" (see June 2018 Newsletter), when things get hard I turn to the ocean to centre myself... there's something about the proximity to water that is balancing and gets the creative juices flowing! This month, I was challenged by some things in my personal life that really got me questioning my direction... so I packed my guitar and took to the beach. I drove up and down the west coast of the island, looking for a good place to perch myself next to the water, with my guitar. I…

July 2018 Newsletter

This month, my personal life brought me on a trip all the way to Montreal, QC! I had an amazing time seeing all the historic places - and, oh, so many churches! This church, in particular, took my breath away! This is the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, where Celine Dion married Rene Angelil.   My first night in Montreal (literally, we are talking fresh off the plane), I found an open mic about a block and a half away from my hotel, at a pub called Brutopia. The pub reminded me so much of the old Steamer's Pub in Victoria; I felt…

June 2018 Newsletter

Songwriting! Sometimes it ebbs and sometimes it flows... this month the inspiration hit and it kept coming! I wrote two new songs this month and, man, did it ever feel good! It's such a catharsis when I put the guitar down after an entire day obsessing over chord structure, arrangement, lyrics, emphasis, metering, etc. It feels soooo amazing when the song is finished! Some songs take time to steep, like tea, until they're perfect. Others are written in as much time it takes to put pen to paper. "All I Need" The first song steeped like a tea. I had…

May 2018 Newsletter

I think as a musician, if you want to be a part of a local scene, you have to support a local scene. This is imperative for a scene to survive. Seeing as my personal life has made gigging challenging (right now, I travel a lot and don't know when I'll be in town with enough notice to book a show...), I've been spending more time getting out and watching my friends play. Here are some highlights (and my random thoughts on them)... Tom Hooper: Tom's a favourite here in Victoria. He has played quite a bit at the Bard…

April 2018 Newsletter

While writing last month's newsletter I went looking for old archives of music from my old band lateforbingo and came across possibly the last of the internet presence we had left... our CBC Artist page. It made me realize... I don't remember the last time I actually updated my Nicola Linde CBC Artist page. I'm happy to say I've updated my band profile on CBC, so now you can stream my tracks on their site. As artists there are so many mediums for us to get our music out, it's hard to keep track sometimes. Does anyone remember MySpace? Yeah,…

March 2018 Newsletter

This month has been all about woodshedding. Sometimes as artists, we spend so much time performing songs that are already written, that we don't take time to learn new covers and write new songs. There's a lot that can be gained by learning cover songs. It's something that I used to shy away from... (Younger me: "I'm an original artist. I write my own music and I'm going to play MY songs!") ...but in reality, the cover songs are the ones that made us want to take up our instruments in the first place. Why not pay homage to them…

February 2018 Newsletter

It all started with a photoshoot... Last March, I booked a photoshoot with Colin Smith Photography in preparation of promoting my soon-to-be-released EP, Sightline. Having grown up in the Cowichan Valley, I was aware of this particular location and had visited the site several times over the years. I knew it would be the right backdrop for our session. I also knew that Colin (and his wife, Jeanette - who was a rockstar with the photography lights and overall enjoyment of the shoot in the freezing cold winter weather) would be extremely respectful of the grounds and the people that once…

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope the beginning of 2018 is treating you right! It's the time of year that we all like to start making (and, seemingly soon after, breaking) new year's resolutions. Personally, I find resolutions to be strange; they seem to turn into rules that we make for ourselves for the upcoming year, as if the year itself will not be enjoyed unless we keep to these silly rules. I don't like to make resolutions. I like to make goals -  attainable goals - and plans on how to reach them. My first go-to goal of every year…
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