Twitfessions. They kill me.

I asked if people would confess something over twitter..

I thought it was really cool hearing some of your deeper stuff..

@RyanLaFave @alexzjohnson My body has no limit when it comes to Jack Daniel’s. Is that healthy? No….But it sure is delicious. #Twitfession

@happylife21 @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I really do feel music can change the world.

@NancyDrewGal @alexzjohnson I’ve never been kissed. #lookingforprincecharming

@CallxMexCarter @alexzjohnson A Boy break my heart today. I’m so sad. #Twitfession.

@KaelynnMae @alexzjohnson I’m hoping to get a job at a day care, but I’m scared of babies, or more so accidentally hurting them #Twitfession

@Emily_Karnick @alexzjohnson #twitfession your song ‘Walking’ makes me sob

@amberjosiexo #twitfession i’ve always felt that almonds are the yummiest in the nut family…i think @alexzjohnson would agree. can i get an ‘AMEN!’

@RhiaLoves @alexzjohnson I’ve met a really great guy but I’m terrified to care too much. Risk getting hurt again. #twitfession

@analesebarbosa @alexzjohnson listening to Voodoo made me remember what real music is! #realmusic

@Tremblay83 @alexzjohnson I’m petrified of going back to school but wanna get laid off so it’s a way to push me to do it. #Twitfession

@izzasaures @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I’m stuck at a point in my life where I dont know what to do next, I don’t really have friends & I feels so alone

@Natty_T_ @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I can now die somewhat happy, I’ve seen you live @SaraBareilles and right now I’m @thecivilwars :p

@santi_alejandra @alexzjohnson I’m in love with someone who doesn’t love me anymore and I don’t know what to do! :( #Twitfession

@booberryyogurt @alexzjohnson my #Twitfession is I only feel attractive when I listen to music.

@booksmartblonde @alexzjohnson I’m going to be a teen mom, and I am terrified. Your song “Spin” keeps me sane. #twitfession


Desired Things

“Desiderata”
Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Music Talk

I wanted to give you a heads up!

I’m going to be streaming full tracks of the new Skipping Stone EP on January 24th at www.alexzjohnson.com.

You will be able to purchase the EP digitally and physically along with other merchandise via Kickstarter.com as well as alexzjohnson.com shortly after.

This EP is part of the steps toward reaching my goal of performing this material for you live, wherever you are. So, around this release, I decided I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign to tour in 2012 to hopefully help get me closer to that possibility. Kickstarter is a really great funding platform for independent artists. It’s powered by a unique all-or-nothing method and if you reach the goal amount your project becomes a reality.

Writing these songs and watching them come to life exceeded my expectations. Through these songs, I found a drive to try and make a tour happen, regardless. I had help from some amazingly talented friends to make this music possible and I’m thrilled to get this out to you now.

I’m humbled by the views of the Skipping Stone music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTgIm_Ar8s

I guess the real point of this blog is to thank you for being a part of the journey and for listening…. thank you for listening.

I look forward to seeing you from the stage!!!!

xx Alexz

Open Windows

Well, this week has sort of jingled my bells in a fancy way (ya that’s right) and it was completely unexpected.. I’ll have more details as things unfold, but I definitely feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be..

Tonight, I wanted to get my feelings down about the Skipping Stone EP. I’m excited to get it out to you. It was such a passion project for me and I was so lucky to have the help and genius of some wonderful musicians and friends to make it even happen. It started with a couple of songs, and turned into something really authentic and special for me.

James Lewis in London who graciously offered his genius hands and mind on mixing. As did my dear friend Greg Wells, who did the same of course. James, also introducing me to the mastermind Robin Schmidt who fittingly mastered the album. Jimmy Robbins gave so much space for me to write everything I was feeling inside, without judgement or ego whatsoever. Mike Shimshack brought the track Walking to exactly where I heard it in my head, and beyond. Drew Leahy and his bright ideas and honesty helped me through the details and my brother Zak, his artistic eye and talent is beyond measure and I’m blessed to be his sister.

The Skipping Stone video is at 50k views I just realized!! …That was a fun day.

I’m releasing the EP on the 24th and look forward to playing these songs for you live.

I’m heading to Miami this month to start shooting a film on the 30th. It’s not a long shoot, and I have no idea what to expect or how it’s going to be when I get there, but I thank the heavens as it gave me the extra green light on my visa which I needed to pursue my musical endeavours here in the US this year. Which, in hopes will potentially lead to more, amazing work as well! I’ve never been to Miami, but…..

More to come, la de dee dum.

xo Al

Happy Holidays

I’m visiting my family here in Toronto for Christmas and it’s unbelievably healing. Although the entire clan isn’t here this year (some brothers and cousins are back in Vancouver) being able to spend this time is very precious to me. I saw my little brother perform with his band at the Christmas concert today and I got goosebumps watching him have that same fire in his belly as I always had and continue to have.. regardless of what happens.

While floating in the bliss of bon bons and sweet potatoes, it occurred to me that I should share what my plans are for the new year. I keep seeing tweets hoping I release my ‘tour schedule’ soon and I wanted to make clear what my goal is so no assumptions are made ahead of time.

I’m releasing the Skipping Stone EP and I’m going to be starting a Kickstarter campaign at the end of January in hopes to raise the funds to be able to tour in 2012. I am definitely going to need as much help as I can get as I’m more than aware that this is a bit of a shot in the dark. At this point, what do I really have to lose? It’s been so much waiting and relying on companies up until this last year, that I feel to stay in line with the honesty, integrity and genuine support around this new Skipping Stone EP, it’s only fitting to involve those who really want to help support and make this a possibility.

I am so thrilled by the response of Skipping Stone and the music video. It was such a treat to hear people connecting to it so much.. you can only hope that what you feel and write will reach others in that way. It was nerve-wracking taking the bull by the horns with these new batch of songs, but I felt I just had to get it out regardless.

I thank you for being on this journey with me however it may unfold, and I wish you a wonderful holiday season wherever you may be. It’s such a gift to have this time, as we never really know what’s around the corner.

God bless and here’s to an amazing 2012.

Alexz J.

Me and my baby niece Ellie

Me and my baby niece Ellie, Dec.21st 2011

Skipping Stone Video Release

This is an exciting night for me..

My music video for Skipping Stone has been posted live, and I’m so thrilled with the response so far.

In the baby steps of this video, I didn’t know how it would all go down considering it were to be shot from my jean pockets on a $300 budget. I wanted to do something completely from me that represented the music.

My friend Jess who photographs and studies in film showed a real love for the song, which led us both into a heated, creative discussion. “How can we keep it simple, keep the emotion, make it look ‘professional’, and showcase the song!? (With $300?)”…. Our big plans were written over wet napkins.

Yet, with the grace and professionalism of my dear, talented friends and the energy and ambition combined, we somehow did, I think.

I hope you enjoy Skipping Stone as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Thanks for watching,

New EP and other events

http://www.alexzjohnson.com is getting a facelift. It’s not a trick website or anything. I’ve been in the process of putting together an EP (that I’m really excited about). I want things to match.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazingly talented people in my career, and with their talent and participation, I think something really special is formulating. I also have been mapping out my “2012 live shows” plan – ie: making it happen, doing it legally, and getting people to come! I’m one girl, but I’ve got to tell you… in moments of being overwhelmed, I look to Joan of Arc, Amelia Earhart and Tina Turner. I think I’ve got this covered…

I shot a video for one of my new tracks entitled “Skipping Stone” in NY last weekend. I feel so lucky that I’ve surrounded myself with such brilliant, creative friends – it was a really special experience to feel so much trust and fearlessness amongst them.

For those who connect to my music, I’m going to be involving you to help me get to you live… but I’ll explain more when I get to that bridge.

I just had a wonderful birthday. I’m 25 and a quarter short.
Be well.

"Skipping Stone" bts | Photo by Jessica Earnshaw

Stout.

Transitions.. a passage from one form, state, style, or place to another..

I am probably in the biggest transition of my life. One of the most important things we have on this planet, next to love, is the power to change. It’s exciting, but also incredibly terrifying. I decided to take a leap and allow anything to happen. Hey NY.

I bring up my music here because for me it’s one of the closest things I have to understanding who I am and what I’m feeling. On the music end, when I listen to the new music I’ve been writing, it almost feels as though I’m letting go of myself. Painful for me to listen. I’ve always felt authentic in my writing, but never have I had to dig less in getting to the core. I’m not sure why, but ok… I’ll do it. I’m trying to listen.

In all honesty, majority of the time it’s not even me. I feel like I’m being driven by something outside of me to do this… still.

To push through closed doors like they’re weightless. To sometimes forget I’m a sister, a daughter and a best friend. I have too much to say.

Don’t stop.

I have dreams. Sometimes we’re given so many dreams we can’t breath..  if you’re like me, than you know what I mean.

How can you walk away from something that’s apart of you because you’re struggling?
Do you leave someone you care about at their worst of times??

I get so many questions regarding my acting journey. I do audition, I’ve not closed any doors. This past 5 months I’ve been writing songs and enjoying that much more than auditioning. I think there’s light where you’re having fun.
I want to make another record. I have some meetings, maybe they’ll hear.

I can’t play shows in the US.. yet, but I can release music. Which brings me to recently releasing the basement recordings. This was a huge letting go for my brother Brendan and I. We didn’t even flinch. To think only a few years ago we hung on to these songs for dear life! No regrets because their coat tails swung us from Coquitlam BC, to London via NY and LA… we thought it best to finally let them be heard. Also, majority of them had leaked anyway. It’s just something we chose to do.

On that note, it feels like a new chapter. Not just a new page, but a whole chapter.

I’ve always had this comfort with having my ducks in a row.

For the first time in my entire life I have no ducks.
I have a little stout though… Stout: bold, brave, or dauntless: a stout heart; stout fellows. (I like this one)

I do wish things…

I wish the musical journey thus far hadn’t been as messy as it’s been.

That being said, I’d rather make a mess than let someone else do that.

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