Saturday, November 21, 2009

The true power of creativity and the arts


The first job I took after graduating from college was marketing coordinator of a start up theatre company called The PlayGround Theatre for Young Audiences. At the theatre I got to do all sorts of things...anything we needed to keep the business going. The theatre is now in it's sixth season of operation...and I am so happy and proud to report that they have seen tremendous success and growth since the days I worked out of Toby Ansin's home in Coral Gables to acquiring the Shores Theatre in Miami Shores, FL.
I am on vacation in Miami right now visiting the parents and when I arrived home there was a stack of mail on my desk. Going through the mail this morning I came across the PGT 2009-2010 brochure. I opened it to see if there were any shows to catch while in town and also decided to read the opening note from Stephanie Ansin, Artistic Director of the theatre. Reading the note literally brought tears to my eyes and I wanted to share it here with you all as I believe it will move you in the same way.
'As we persevere on our mission to create magical journeys through time and space, I am repeatedly struck by examples of how deeply our productions touch audiences of all ages and abilities.
During the Q&A session following the first performance of our Theatre Inclusion Program, a 12 yr-old girl with visual impairment who had just attended our production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland raised her hand to ask, "But what was it about?" "What do you think it was about?" I replied. "It was so strange, " she said, obviously struggling to articulate her impressions. "Yes. It was strange. Alice even says, 'Everything is so strange today' after she falls down the rabbit hole." Encouraged, the girl continued, slowly and deliberately: "She didn't know who she was. She didn't know where she was. She didn't even know her name." I could sense a deep connection between this girl and the disoriented, displaced Alice. I wondered what is was like for her to experience our intensely visual production without being able to see anything. But she could hear. And feel. And think. I said, "You understood everything-you had the answer to your question. You can trust yourself." "I know," she replied, "but sometimes it's hard".

This story proves the magic and power of the arts, and the impact that we can have as individuals in shaping lives and giving confidence to others as long as we continue to create. And sometimes life is hard, the road becomes challenging and we often wonder why we don't just give up, throw in the towel, and just do something easy. If Stephanie only touches one life in this lifetime, it will be worth all the pain it took to get there. But, this one life probably also impacted Stephanie, just when she was ready to give up this little girl gave her the strength to continue creating and inspiring others. And that...is solid gold.

Just Believe, Kira Beth

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In Nashville News: New Theatre Company Studio Tenn production of Our Town, Oct.22 & 23


Greetings!

If you will be in Nashville, TN this weekend there is some very cool stuff happening and I am going to take the next few blog entries to tell you all about it! One of my band members, Matt Logan, started a theatre company here in town called Studio Tenn. (Tenn instead of Ten as in Tennessee...get it...haha!)This theatre company is a non-profit, and produces innovative interpretations of classics and contemporary works of drama and musical theatre. It is a brilliant idea, as a theatre company of this type has been much needed in Nashville.

This upcoming Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, Studio Tenn will present the play Our Town. Our Town--Thornton Wilder's 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning work illustrates the simple fact that life is too short and too quickly moving. This production will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will move you.

More Information:
Studio Tenn Theatre Company presents Our Town
Thursday October 22 and Friday October 23, 2009
Showtime: 7pm
Location: The Loveless barn
Tickets: $50 each
Executive Director: Philip Hall
Artistic Director: Matt Logan
Producing Director: Marguerite Hall
www.studiotenn.com

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Help Kira Beth make the charts on Dig Station!

Visit www.digstaiton.com and search for Artist Name: Kira Beth,
Album: Bittersweet to download Kira's hit single Bittersweet for FREE today!
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Hello to all of my music lovers, friends, and family all across the Universe!
As I sit here drinking my morning cup of coffee and pontificating future stories for my blog, stories that will entice my viewers and add value to your morning I choose to write today about one of the digital distribution stores that has now released my album--the store is called Dig Station...www.digstation.com.

Dig Station is DiscMakers digital distribution store. I have to give major kudos to Disc Makers for all they are doing to add new products and solutions to artists in this digital era. They are really evolving with the times, and creating great marketing & promotion vehicles for us all! I used Disc Makers to manufacture my physical product, and then signed up for their digital distribution service which sends the song to Dig Station and CD Baby. With this service, I will be covering every major digital distribution service on the web, as well as 2,000 local mom & pop physical music shops all across the world. Cool! As each of these digital stores begins to carry my music I will let you know where to buy it.

This week, I am featuring Kira Beth on Dig Station. As mentioned at the top of the post, my first single Bittersweet is up on Dig Station as a FREE download, so I encourage everyone to visit the site, and have a listen. Oh--and please remember to leave a comment for me and let me know what you think of the tune! You don't have to look hard to find me....I am listed with all the major social media sites....Facebook, MySpace, Reverbnation, uaradio.net......and more coming soon!

Just Believe, Kira Beth

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons Make Lemonade.


I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking. If you believe and have faith, nothing is impossible, everything is possible. Lately I have been reading a lot of Norman Vincent Peale. Dr. Peale is the Grandfather of positive thinking for our modern society. He devoted his live to Pastoral work, led a Christian congregation in NYC for many years, and touched and inspired so many lives. Although Dr. Peale is no longer alive, his passion, and spirit continue to live on through his writings and teachings. For example, Napoleon Hill's well known book "Think and Grow Rich" was inspired by the writing of Dr. Peale. Someone once told me that he published over 30 books during the course of his life. Wow! While his teachings and passions come from his belief in the bible and Jesus, Dr. Peale goes beyond religious teaching and uses the bible as his guide to teach people, anyone who is willing to listen and learn about how to live a happy and fulfilled life. The first books of Dr. Peale's I started reading is a book called The Art of Living, first published in 1935. I had just graduated from Vanderbilt, and was looking for a job. Here, in the Summer of 2009, in the midst of a great global economic crisis, and I needed something to lift my spirits and keep me positive, keep me believing. What an amazing coincidence that the first book I choose to read in this time period is one that was written during one of the greatest economic depressions the US ever experienced up until that point in history. I believe the period we are in now will be considered the second economic depression in our history. Moving on, Dr. Peale's words inspired me to continue to believe, have passion, and move past life's impossible obstacles and that is just what I did. Here I am, three months later, with my very first major singer/songwriter album that is about to be released for all the world to listen to and I am living the dream and creating the life I always wanted because I believe, and so can you.
Right now, I am reading Dr.Peale's book called Stay Alive All Your Life and in is a section which outlines his principles on How to Believe. I am going to leave you today with this small guide from Dr. Peale on How to Believe. Hope it inspires and motivates you to live life with enthusiasm and belief! Just Believe...

How To Believe
1. Believe.
2. As you train your mind to believe, everything tends to move out of the area of the impossible into that of the possible.
3. Never compare yourself or your achievements with others, but make your comparisons only with yourself.
4. A sign of mental health is to be glad when others achieve, and to rejoice with them.
5. Failure lies in not being naive enough to practice the power of faith.
6. Make your life what you want it to be through belief in God and in yourself.
7. Start living by faith, pray earnestly and humble, and get into the habit of looking expectantly for the best.
8. Get your life right in terms of God's laws.
9. Be sure your goals are spiritually sound.
10. Think, believe, visualize success.
11. Keep on believing as long as you live.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tonight--Millenium Maxwell House Hotel Writers Round



Happy Monday to all!

The Weather....

So, I don't know how the weather has been in your neck of the woods lately...but it has rained and rained and rained some more here in Nashville, TN. We are just a few short days away from official Fall and it feels like a hot and soggy Miami with air that is so stagnant you could cut it with a knife. If you have been experiencing less than usual weather lately please add a comment and share!

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Monday--Sept.21, 9pm Maxwell House Hotel Nashville, TN
Moving on--tonight I am playing a writers with Crystal Chandler and Katha Harris. Katha invited me out to play and I am so glad that she did...we are going to have a fantastic time tonight! If you are in Nashville, TN come out to the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel downtown around 9pm for some great music performed by great writers...there will be a lot of talent on the stage tonight and I am thrilled to be part of it!
Here are some links to writers music websites:
Crystal Chandler: http://www.myspace.com/crystalchandlermusic
Katha Harris: http://www.myspace.com/kathamusicnashville
Kira Beth: www.kirabeth.com

And hopefully....if you are lucky...you will hear one of my favorite songs tonight...it is called "Put your Mouth where your Money is", you can listen to it on Katha or Crystal's site...it is a fantastically witty song...very well written and just, well...perfect!

This is Kira signing out for now....and remember...Just Believe!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Kira Beth (Kira Bielfield)--The Rutledge (Venue)-Live--Nashville, TN--Elle Festival--August 19, 2009

This is for my fan and friend Ivy far and away across the ocean in Croatia. Enjoy and if you like this please leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Thanks! Just Believe, Kira

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Blog Party! Self-Published Author Nadine Laman and her killer marketing ideas!


I met Nadine Laman on FiledBy.com....great Author with killer online marketing & promotion ideas. Her latest is a Blog Party...a four week long event where she talk about books, invites readers to talk about books, invites other authors to talk about books, and then gives away books each day. Nadine has had so many comments on her blog that the posts take up two whole pages! It is some awesome stuff! For any creative person looking for an innovative way to use a blog this is it! Check out Nadine's blog--First Draft and if you are a fan of her works sign-up as a reader on FiledBy.com and become a fan. And if you do stop by FiledBy please friend me! I am bcomquest!
Sidebar--In a world filled with broken dreams and pessimistic outlooks it is great to find artists and authors like you and me who are out there sharing with people all across the world and the Internet makes it possible for us to create, share, and dream anything we want to with no limits at all.
Just Believe, Kira