Life is Short

The last year and a half has been hard on everybody. The Covid 19 pandemic is the defining event of our era. My grandparents had the Great Depression. My parents had the Viet Nam war. We got the pandemic. 

One thing we all got was a story. 

Some stories are about survival. Some stories are about emotional suffering and despair from isolation. There are stories about long awaited opportunities that vanished just within the dreamer's grasp. There was grief, loss, and uncertainty. 

But then there are also stories about creativity and motivation and lots of pet adoptions. Coping. Learning to paint, or  cook, and to appreciate nature and beauty. Lots of folks learned how to Zoom so they could be connected to others. Artists got tech savvy.  

Here's what I learned. Life is short. 

I am no stranger to death. I make my living as an RN in a busy urban hospital in Philadelphia. The pandemic was vicious. I was busy during the pandemic, covered in plastic and exhausted.  Then there was the fear. Lots of my co-workers got the virus. Most fared well. Others did not. I didn't get the virus. So random! 

I used to dream of writing songs for other people. I love sitting in my house and just thinking in song. Dreaming in song.I've played out with audiences and while I used to get extremely anxious about it, people seemed to enjoy it.  

Two years ago I decided to pursue a solo artist career. Why now? Am I too old? Why not?!!!! 

Writing for other people is fun. It's like acting. I got to be 18 again and worried about love. I got to be outlaw country or good old boy crooner. My big self question was who am I as an artist? What is it that I have to say? 

Between writing, recording, dodging illness, glitches with gear, others getting covid, I made a record. Three actually.  

I'm also one half of the Xconditionals, a San Diego based alt rock band with Margaret McClure. 

Now I'm just waiting for the perfect time and place to have a CD release event. Any minute now!

14 comments

  • Karen Keyser
    Karen Keyser Kkeyser108@comcast.net
    Never met you but so very happy for you Liz! We all have a life to live, still recently pandemic challenges and heartache to survive and love of family and friends to get us through it all. Let's not also forget the strangers we cross paths with even for a moment that was meant to be. Maybe just a smile, a hello, an act of kindness that makes a difference in a life. So write and sing girl....create and let your music resonate feelings and emotions. All the best is wished for you.

    Never met you but so very happy for you Liz! We all have a life to live, still recently pandemic challenges and heartache to survive and love of family and friends to get us through it all. Let's not also forget the strangers we cross paths with even for a moment that was meant to be. Maybe just a smile, a hello, an act of kindness that makes a difference in a life. So write and sing girl....create and let your music resonate feelings and emotions. All the best is wished for you.

  • Dottie McBrien
    Dottie McBrien T5
    You go girl!!

    You go girl!!

  • Lori Habersaat
    Lori Habersaat NC
    Good Luck Liz!! I hope you accomplish your dreams!!

    Good Luck Liz!!
    I hope you accomplish your dreams!!

  • Ella
    Ella Philadelphia
    So excited for you. It’s not easy to get out of self and fear. Keep inspiring Liz. Can’t wait to hear the project and come to a show.

    So excited for you. It’s not easy to get out of self and fear. Keep inspiring Liz. Can’t wait to hear the project and come to a show.

  • John Hefferon
    John Hefferon NY, NY
    I am so excited to hear your dream come to life. All the best will come to those who wait. Your wait is almost over. Congrats. John

    I am so excited to hear your dream come to life.
    All the best will come to those who wait.
    Your wait is almost over.
    Congrats.
    John

  • Millie
    Millie Philly
    Love you. You are awesome can’t wait for you cd release. Let me know in advance I’ll try and get my friends together

    Love you. You are awesome can’t wait for you cd release. Let me know in advance I’ll try and get my friends together

  • Debra Lee
    Debra Lee Ambler, PA
    Congrats on your next "chapter"as an artist AND songwriter❤

    Congrats on your next "chapter"as an artist AND songwriter❤

  • Jen jen
    Jen jen New york city bitches
    CAN'T WAIT!!!!

    CAN'T WAIT!!!!

  • Jen jen
    Jen jen New york city bitches
    How do I buy an album.? Where do I click?

    How do I buy an album.? Where do I click?

  • Hal Aaron Cohen
    Hal Aaron Cohen Norristown, PA
    I think you should do your live shows dressed in scrubs and full PPE face gear. It will give your songs that special impact and help you stand out from the crowded masses of singer songwriters dropping new cds. Seriously, Liz... Congratulations on the new album. I can't wait to hear it and see you perform again on your baby grand!

    I think you should do your live shows dressed in scrubs and full PPE face gear. It will give your songs that special impact and help you stand out from the crowded masses of singer songwriters dropping new cds.

    Seriously, Liz... Congratulations on the new album. I can't wait to hear it and see you perform again on your baby grand!

  • Cathy DeCarlo
    Cathy DeCarlo Northvale NJ
    Geese Liz you brought me to tears. love you & our youth always Cathy Capone always too lol

    Geese Liz you brought me to tears. love you & our youth always
    Cathy Capone always too lol

  • Pam
    Pam NYC
    Absolutely beautiful.

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Jen jen
    Jen jen New york city
    Wow. Just listened to whole album again on spotify. It is AWESOME!!!

    Wow. Just listened to whole album again on spotify. It is AWESOME!!!

  • Lea Lenz
    Lea Lenz Daytona Beach, FL
    You have been amazing from the day I met you and today you surpass that! xxooxx

    You have been amazing from the day I met you and today you surpass that! xxooxx

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