This has been a day filled with many blessings.  So many friends and family members have reached out to me in kindness today.  I am so grateful for each and every one of them.  So grateful.  I am especially grateful to my husband, John, and to my best friend.  They were the ones that held me up when I didn’t think I could go on, the ones that stood by me every step of the way, and the ones that gave me hope when I just couldn’t find it within myself to go on with this for another day.

I have now officially completed my coursework at Southern New Hampshire University!  I completed my final project, my discussion questions and all other required work and I never have to take another class as long as I live….but, of course, I will.  I will always take classes of one type or another.  That’s just what I do.  I still have to complete the 10-week capstone (thesis) project, but I don’t have to take any more courses.

So….I got a big surprise when I posted on my Facebook that I had just finished my work. Independent Music Award winner, Amy Correia posted a sweet congratulations and the above photo of herself with the mosaic guitar that I made for her! Beside the picture, she wrote, “Congratulations! I think of you often : ) And this wonderful gift you made me: I’ll always cherish it!”

 Any is the recipient of three 2012 Independent Music Awards.[“You Go Your Way” was named best folk/singer-songwriter album by a panel of influential artists and industry professionals. “You Go Your Way” also won the Vox Pop award, determined by fan voting, for best folk/singer-songwriter album. The single, “Love Changes Everything” won the Vox Pop award for best love song.

This is a better photo of the mosaic guitar that I made for Amy:

mosaic guitar for amy

While signed to Virgin Records, Amy recorded an album of songs at Daniel Lanois‘ Kingsway Studios in New Orleans with Christopher Thorn producing, but the album went unfinished. Correia left Virgin with her master recordings and signed with Capitol/EMI, which released her debut “Carnival Love” in 2000. Correia recorded the album “Lakeville” with her own money. It was produced by Mark Howard, who also has produced Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams. The Canadian label, Nettwerk, licensed and released it in 2004.

She  tours throughout the U.S. and has performed with artists including Marc Cohn, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Freedy Johnston, Emmylou Harris, Jason Crigler, Rebecca Martin, Josh Rouse, Duncan Sheik, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Julian, Jesse Harris, Ollabelle, Aimee Mann, Kenny White, Jonathon Spottiswoode, Everclear, The Dandy Warhols, Allison Moorer, Tara McLean, Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally, Charlie Musselwhite, Jon Brion, Grant Lee Phillips, Dredd Scott, Julia Fordham, Jess Klein, Kerri Powers and others.  I am very proud to call her my friend!

Here are a few videos of Amy singing:

This is my very favorite song by Amy.  She is an amazing poet!

This is also one of my favorites:

This is a newer song: