Happy St. PADDY’s Day…NOT Patricia…


As a Canadian, living in a foreign country (the US), I have experienced moments of sensitivity when my nationality was either ridiculed, teased, or mis-quoted.  I have never taken offense, even when offense was intended, as I understand that the ignorance or deliberate slander of another is not a reflection on me or my country but recognizing the pride associated with ones home and native land I took to heart something that was brought to my attention about St. Patrick’s Day…

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I had NO idea.  All these years, I’ve spelled it “Patty,” as “Patrick” has the “t” and that seemed like the logical next step in shortening the phrase.  I was wrong.  So wrong, that it was a Reverbnation post to a fellow artist who kindly informed me that all these years I have been slandering this Irish holiday, unbeknownst to me, and anyone Irish was cringing in the way we might when nails run down chalkboards every time they read the phrase “St. Patty’s Day.”

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In the interest of not being a “goat,” I am hence forth referring to this day as “St. PADDY’S Day” and would ask that to be culturally correct all who read this do the same!

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If you want a quick little read on this mix up, check this out : http://paddynotpatty.com/

Cheers!!

Renee Ruth

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Anti-Aging, Crows Feet and Rodan & Fields…


On the heels of my last post about Madonna, I was looking at the lengths she has gone to in order to “preserve” her youth.  Even as you scroll through Hollywood celebrities and Grammy winners, both men and women alike spend a fortune to slow the march of time on their skin.  I can remember the moment in my late 20’s when I looked in the mirror and finally *noticed* the expression lines on my face…it was tragic. I immediately set out on a pilgrimage to accomplish what so many before me had tried to do and ended up seven years later with a graveyard of cosmetics that did little more than disappoint.  It was after a six week stint with a well known all-natural anti-aging regimen that I tossed the half-empty bottles into the trash and ordered my first Redefine Regimen along with their brand new release of Acute Care.

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I am not a fan of chemicals, so Botox doctors will never see a penny from me and I am terrified of surgery so neither will the plastics docs.  That’s what attracted me to R&F and Acute Care!  It was ALL-NATURAL and designed to attack the lines that had taken permanent residency on the corners of my eyes!  It was nearly two months into the routine of the regimen R&F began turning back time.

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I have waited nearly half a year before actively becoming a consultant in this company because I didn’t want to prematurely support a product (like I had done in the past) that did not deliver what it promised.  This company is not a farce.  The results are gender proof and age proof.  Anyone can begin the journey of turning back time and everyone can prevent the clock from marching on.

Email me at reneeruthmusic@gmail.com and I’ll set up a time to call/text about getting you into the best skin of your life!!  Remember, the first thing people see is your face!

Renee Ruth

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Madonna, Ageism and Pop Music


“Like fine wine”…most men tend to get better with age while us women…shrivel up like grapes!  I recently came across Madonna’s interview in Rolling Stone Magazine which touched on her racy climb up the pop music ladder, claiming the throne as one of pop musics iconic queens, and the frustration she is facing as she continues to redefine herself and the pop music industry for a woman in her 50’s.  So I went on a hunt and pparently what I found was the “tame” version of feedback on Madonna’s music career:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/madonna-on-making-rebel-heart-the-age-of-distraction-and-joan-of-arc-20150305

“OLDonna.”  That is what she has unaffectionately been dubbed in this particular articles mini-feed.  Even as I read it, I couldn’t help but think how, no matter who you are, what you do, and with what intent, there are going to be naysayers, haters, and people who are going to be find something nasty to say about you.  It is part of being in the “limelight.”  I find it interesting Madonna is bothered by it, especially the particular “limelight” she has always ascribed to, as it appears as though record labels could be less concerned about her “squeakbox voice” and “wrinkley face” with the release of her latest album “Rebel Heart.”

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Yet, Madonna fought back with this article in Rolling Stone:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/madonna-fights-back-inside-rolling-stones-new-issue-20150225

She reserves her most passionate and eloquent remarks for the topic of ageism, in pop writing and in society, claiming that she is musically judged by her age.  As I continued to think about pop music and women vocalists in their 40s and 50s, artists like Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Kate Bush, Bonnie Raitt, and Joan Jett came to mind.  They have not faced the same social media onslaught as Madonna; so is it really ageism?

As my fellow musicians of all ages and fellow listeners of the same peruse this post, I wonder what you think about ageism in the music industry?

Renee Ruth

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The show must go on…


I love that commercial, where the dad opens the door and looks at his son and “calls in sick.”  There are a lot of jobs in life where you just can’t do that, the show MUST go on.  Which of my readers is in a job where you just don’t have that luxury?  If you don’t have kids, it might be a business that can’t run without you there, or in my case a band that needs me there!  I woke up yesterday morning like and mack truck had run me over.  You know that feeling where your head is as big as a balloon and pounding like a Miami night clubs drum and bass?  That was me.  It’s hard to “reschedule” gigs though.  So many people are counting on you to show up and put on a show, including your bandmates who need the money for bills, and the venue who needs to business for the same reason.  Last night I showed up, AND put on a show…

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It takes a lot to step up to the plate when you’re having trouble sitting up off the couch! :)  I was wondering what little tricks of the trade you all use to show up when “the show must go on”?

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Supporting the Music…


I recently was in a lengthy discussion, actually a couple discussions, about the arts, music in particular, and our need to shamelessly support everyone we meet and know in the industry as often as we can.  How many of you take time out of, what I’m sure is like mine, a VERY busy schedule to go hear other bands in your area play?  How many of you share other bands status’?  These are things that sometimes we are just too busy to think to do, and sometimes we forget what the music is about…

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Music should be what UNITES us!  We are one big family of people who have a common goal: to bring more music into this world!  Let’s make it our gaol as we move into a gig-full weekend, to share and support all the musicians we come into :)

Renee Ruth

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Who Remembers Mixed Tapes?


I’m sure there are some of you who immediately think of the cult classics that centered around the ideas of tapes, tape decks and those prehistoric form of music distribution.  In 2009, there was an entire movie centered around this form of listening and recording.  I can remember sitting in front of my JVC listening to Casey Kasem (we we sadly lost last year) waiting for the opening strains of my favorite song to hit the big red “record” button and start what would be an 8 song montage of radio songs I loved.  Those days are so far behind us, I had almost forgotten the crude approach to music listening and loving until today.

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This musical generation behind me has probably never held a Scotch tape, and if they were asked about it they would definitely assume we were talking about something sticky.  The digital world has changed music forever.  How do you remember the music?

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Hours before 2015…


And I am thinking about how long it’s been since I composed anything on this blog.  I had initially thought to do a creative status update on FB, and then remembered this cognitive outlet.  So here is how I would like to say goodbye to the last year…

Dear 2014,

When I first met you, ironically, I had just left one of the best New Year’s parties with a friend who moved away not long after you and I were introduced and headed to a celebration at the very place I will now say goodbye to you.  For those who don’t follow (smile), I was at a party at Martin Donovan’s and we all went to Jimmy’s on the James after the ball dropped to dance the night away. I met 2014 as a newly single, eternal student, who once had musical dreams, family dreams and felt left with her academic aspirations.  That first day together I spent on my own determining to complete the doctorate I was chipping away at and to start writing music one of those three hundred and sixty five days.  That first day was spent at the OCC workout room, looking out over a southern VA landscape I’ve grown to love and I didn’t know how you and I were going to spend the next year, but I was determined to make it matter.

I would never have guessed, that at the end of our days together, I would be getting to do the what I love the most: Sing!  You couldn’t have convinced me that I would have found a band of fantastic musicians, we would end up in the studio before the summer was over, we would release a live CD AND a single, and we’d end up driving to Richmond to Audition for American’s Got Talent.  While all this is going on, you got to see me complete the very last doctoral class I will ever physically take and begin the opening pages of my dissertation.  If you had told me that this year I would find a man who loved me more than life itself I wouldn’t have believed that either, but those were just the tips of the iceberg of experiences that marked this past year.

2014, when I think of the last year we’ve spent together, and the milestones in my life you walked me through, I can honestly say I am sad to see you go; however, it is truly my prayer that when I meet 2015 in a few hours, the dreams that I hold for that year will be much like they were last year whenI met you: Far exceed anything I could have imagined.

The Lord has walked through the beginning and ending of so many things in my life and it is the prayer for the coming year that He maintains His hand in my life and takes me to the places I have always dreamed of!

Here is to the coming year and all the dreams, hopes and experiences it holds!!

Renee Ruth

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