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How I Got Here – The 10 songs that helped me find my way to music. The following is a playlist of 10 songs, each of which represent a defining moment in my relationship with music. Before you get too excited, this is not a list of my 10 favorite…

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Tour memories, Thank you’s and love <3

It has been a crazy 10 months. I released my album Elements last May, and since then have toured North America and Europe twice, along with Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Over the course of playing these 65 shows, I had some high highs and some low lows, but the overall takeaway has been–HOW DID I GET THIS LUCKY.

I’ll probably break down the many aspects of touring in future posts, but for now I’ll try to stick to the big picture.

I can’t express what an honor and a privilege it is to get to stand up in front of so many humans and share my words and melodies and stories. There are nights where I can’t even wrap my head around it. Nights where the love and warmth and acceptance you all shower on me from the crowd is so tangible and intense that I’m convinced someone has paid you all to be there. Like maybe it’s all a big joke and one day someone’s going to pop out mid-show, turn on the house lights and say, “Gotcha, sucker! I paid these people to know your words and smile at you and pretend they care, but’s it’s not real. Haha!” And then I’ll slink away in embarrassment.

I’ve gotten a little off topic. What I really wanted to say is that it is an HONOR to connect with you. It is an honor to spend a night in your presence, to awkwardly make eye contact with as many of you as possible during my songs, to receive your letters and hear your stories. It is an honor to connect with so many amazing people from all around the world.10401519_10153067705356505_4804836624294117817_n

Every show I say this, and I’ll never stop–you are entirely the reason I get to do what I love every day. It is so amazing to look out into a sea of faces and think, “THESE ARE THE PEOPLE! THESE ARE THE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO ALLOW ME TO DO THIS!” And I get sappy and tear up and try to tell you what you mean to me, but I’m not sure the extent will ever fully come across.

Thank you for supporting art. Thank you for listening to my words. Thanks for proving to me that we’re not in this life thing alone. Thanks for feeling things with me and singing with me and smiling the best smiles ever at me from the crowd. Thanks for allowing me to travel the world and eat exciting foods and build an amazing band and tour family that I love more than words can express.

All my life I’ve been the kind of person who quietly kept to herself while deep inside I wanted nothing more than to run around and hug people and shake them and say, “Isn’t this crazy!? We both happen to be alive during this tiny moment on Earth and we’re both right here living lives and why aren’t we looking at each other and knowing each other and feeling that awesome thing you feel when you connect with another human being!?”

When I tour, I get to feel that feeling. And I really just want to thank you for that.