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How Swede It Is Tour starts in one month at the Jack Saloon in Lolo, Montana!



OGDEN, UTAH Thursday, August 23rd. Lighthouse Lounge. This will definitely be a GOOD time!

In the studio 2017!

Back with the band at YLA Studios in Malmö, Sweden this summer! Single will be released early 2018….thank you to producer and multi-instrumentalist Amir Aly, guitarist Pelle Jernryd, percussionist Mattias Peterson, Hammond B3 extraordinaire Göran Engström, and bassist Jörgen Lindström.

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and NAMM Foundation to visit Scotts Valley High School for a 2-day residency.

Community Forum Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 10-11 AM in the high school student union. All are welcome to come hear about the power of music education in our schools!

Save the dates! Our SupportMusic Community Forum and John Lennon two-day residency is Feb. 22-23.


Show just added at Don Quixote’s International Music Hall in Felton, CA for January 10, 2016 at 2 PM. Joining me on stage will be Haley Johnsen, an American Idol runner up from Oregon. Mark your calendars!

Hemifran Sweden

Hemifran Sweden

Elisabeth Carlisle EP releases in Sweden

Summer is time for songwriting

I’ll be packing up my guitar and heading to Alaska this week. This is my time to think and write. I’ll take 2 weeks to myself to clear out my head from a year of teaching and see what I have left of my own creativity. This is the beauty of being a teacher….12 weeks off in the summer. Sitka is known for its music scene in the summer, so I will start there. Looking forward to local concerts and Jazz on the Water.  I’ll be sure to post if anything exciting happens……

The balancing act

I’ve been completely overwhelmed this past month as I started a new music teaching position at a new school. I taught for 7 years in a variety of capacities at another district so I had forgotten what it’s like to start afresh in a school. Of course there’s always trying to maintain your predecessors successes, and then there’s trying implement new ideas and strategies into the program. Did I mention I was on two campuses? Oh yeah…middle school and high school. It’s been intense but I can say as I sit here that the dust is beginning to settle. One thing that is new to me is teaching Garageband.  What a great program and the kids love it. I wish I could let them “doodle” in it for hours, but one must structure these things with curriculum, i.e. lesson plans. So this past week was a 56 measure “film trailer”.  These kids are quite talented and I’ve been very impressed with their ability to put tracks together that actually make sense and sound great! Anyway, I could go on about school since it’s my new life right now, but I also thought tonight about my own creativity and how that can easily get lost in the hustle of teaching and being a mom. So this week I hope to finally post my two new songs which I did receive a couple weeks ago, but just haven’t had time to upload. I first wanted my co-writers to hear them and both gave the thumbs up. Which brings me to my next thought…

Thank you to Amir Aly at YLA Studios in Malmo, Sweden. He is quite a genius and I am always amazed at his calmness and brain power throughout the process of laying down new songs. He and guitarist Pelle Jernryd finished off some tracks and mixing after I left in March. I can’t possibly thank them enough for their magical touches to the songs. I co-wrote one song with Anine Bing, a fine musician in her own right. I hope some day she can record her own vocal tracks over our song. I think it would sound great. And Ron Hollis co-wrote the other song. He is a fire chief here in Santa Cruz and writes brilliant lyrics on the side. So I have come to appreciate the art of working and then songwriting when we can! With school balancing out I will soon be able to post the songs. For now, it just felt good to write about it.

Point Lobos

Stopped at Point Lobos on our way home. Saw the cutest Sea Otter!

Point Lobos near Carmel, California

Shooting a music video

Shots from my music video filmed last Saturday. At the harbor lighthouse in Santa Cruz. Beautiful day…a little windy! Wearing my mom’s wedding dress from the 50’s, and yes, those are cowboy boots!

The majestic Redwood tree.

The pilates replacement….tire swinging! Seriously, this is a workout!!

Teaching my daughter to play piano, with cameras and all!

And last, but certainly not least….the camera crew! Whew!!