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An Unexpected Announcement...MAN OF THE SEA Music Video Premiere 

MAN OF THE SEA Music Video Premiere on Saturday, Aug 1 at 8pm EST!!!  Set your reminder to join me in watching the live premiere: https://youtu.be/35VXkbJXZfo

OK so I have a confession and a little announcement.  I have been so incredibly ANTI-SOCIAL the last few months!! Let’s not kid ourselves, this has been really tough, especially here in NJ we were hit HARD with this virus at the very beginning of its trek through the US.  If this were normal programming, I would have just been arriving home after a 2-month contract playing and singing at sea.  I would have been ‘stationed’ in Galveston and cruising to all the beautiful Caribbean ports, playing music, meeting lots of awesome people, and making money!!  Well, cruising was necessarily shut down and I joined the group of corona-unemployed – and I can confirm – there’s just not many job replacements out there right now especially for a live performer!  I have taken this time to focus on some ‘home’ things – painting, going through clothes, trying to organize, etc.  It’s been a time of reflection. 

So last year I shot a music video with Douglas Ferguson (DAF21 Productions) for my song “Man of the Sea”.  We had gone through a few edits, and because I was being probably a bit hard to please, we had talked about doing another shoot for it, but had just not gotten around to it yet.  Well, I got to thinking this week, I’m just gonna put it out!  I’ve been thinking about the sea and how I would have JUST been arriving back home from a cruise gig, and now I FEEL SO INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO HAVE THIS VIDEO TO SHARE AT THIS TIME!  Doug just sent it over and now I’m like – YES!  I have some summer lovin’ to share with you!  So give me a few days to get it all together and I will be sharing with you a bunch of photos, clips, and the full music video.  I’m trying to get it ready to release by this weekend!!  It’s turning out to be my favorite video yet – and at just the right time when a little sand and waves are desperately needed!  Pic here is from the video!

Have you heard my EP "Opus Luna I-IV"? 

You may have heard my playful album "Whimsical Romance", but have you heard my haunting EP "Opus Luna I-IV"?  This is a collection of 4 songs that is inspired more from the classical side with a good dose of what I think of as 'nighttime music'.  This EP was released a few years ago under my artistic name at the time Zahra Universe.  Here's a link to the digital download: https://sarahragsdale.com/album/312925/opus-luna-i-iv

Tracks include: 1. Naked 2. Luna Lullaby 3. Vampires 4. Dirty Thoughts Dark

I had a few music videos from this EP.  Here they are:

"Naked"

"Dirty Thoughts Dark"

"Vampyress" (Lyrics Video)

A Sailor's Life for Me! 

I'm currently out at sea playing and singing in the piano bar on Carnival Vista!  It has been an absolutely wonderful experience full of music, fun, great people, and worldly adventure!  The places that I've visited on board the Carnival ships include Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk,Mexico, Honduras, Belize, and the Bahamas.  It's been historically and culturally educational.  One of my favorite experiences was visiting Bob Marley's home and playing the family piano!  Watch my instagram: @mzrags for more pics and updates!

Pictured is me sitting on Bob Marley's inspiration rock in Nine Mile, Jamaica.

"Experience life!" Songwriting inspiration tip included in Fupping 

Big thanks to James Metcalfe at Fupping for including my thoughts on songwriting in their article "13 Brilliant Ways for Musicians to Reclaim Their Inspiration".  I believe everything I said and am trying my best to follow this creed!  Check out the article HERE with more great tips on songwriting inspiration!