My name is Gretchen DeVault. I'm a singer, songwriter, guitarist and dreamer of ridiculously big dreams. I'm in the band the Icicles and I want to be a rock star when I grow up. I'm working at it. Slowly but surely. I'm hoping to use this blog to share my music - even in it's most raw form - and to document the ups and downs I experience while following my rock star dream. Let the adventure begin...

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In the last two weeks, I had an amazing opportunity to record a song with Michael Crittenden and the Youth Recording Arts Academy in Grand Rapids. Tonight the class graduated and debuted the two songs they worked on — one was mine. It was a powerful experience for me to be there when they played the song for the first time for their family and friends. The kids did a great job recording and producing and they were such sweet souls. This program is such a great opportunity for teens. How cool to be able to learn how to produce in a real live studio, with a real product. Kuddos to Michael for creating such a great program. I wish it had been around when I was a teen! I’m so grateful that I was asked to participate in this session.

For the last couple of years, music has really taken a back seat to life. Juggling twin babies, running a business and trying to make music has been tough. I just couldn’t juggle any more. So, I closed my business in order to be home with my kiddos. I hoped that as a result of this, I’d be able to clear a little mental space to dedicate to my music. Little by little, it’s starting to happen. I’ve been singing and making music with my little ones. Today we had a music play date/jam session with another singer/songwriter/musician mom. And then having an opportunity to write and record this song in the last couple weeks has really lit a fire inside me. We’re scheduled to start practicing regularly with the band in the next couple weeks. I’m hoping this is a “rebeginning” of music being an integral part of my life again.

With all of that said, here is the song that was recorded with the Youth Recording Arts Academy. It’s untitled right now.

A good reminder

I was going through some of my old things and came across a card from a friend with this quote on the front. 

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Come my friends, ‘tis not too late to seek a newer world. Tennyson

It’s really been a whole year?

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I posted last. Much has happened including the birth of my twin babies. But now that they are here and things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to get back into the music. In the coming week I hope to upload some more tunes that Brian Bowe and I recorded. And if time allows (which tends to be rare with newborn babies), I hope to record at least a little something. 

This is what’s been keeping me busy lately…

This is what’s been keeping me busy lately…

Checking off tracks during recording. We (the Icicles) are on Day 7 of recording. Hope to finish tracking today and dive into mixing tomorrow.

Checking off tracks during recording. We (the Icicles) are on Day 7 of recording. Hope to finish tracking today and dive into mixing tomorrow.

Joleen and I worked on a new song tonight. It’s brand spanking new, and the recording is just a microphone in the room so it’s pretty raw (like most of what I’ve posted to date). Maybe soon I’ll put up a more polished version, but in the meantime, check it out.

This is a song I recorded today with guitarist Brian Bowe and drummer Zane DeVault. It was just a microphone in a room so it’s pretty raw. Plus, we’d never played this song together. The three of us had a nice shoegazing jam session this afternoon! Looking forward to lots more sessions to come.

Here are the words:

by Gretchen DeVault
copyright 2010 

When all the stars have faded
and the moon ceased to exist
we’re left standing alone here
with nothing but regret

I wonder what you’ll say then
when I get up to leave the room
our secrets will be spoken
and we’ll be forced to leave this world

Within a silent language
no one will ever understand
the questions go unanswered
and the wonder never ends 

Shoegazer jam session today! Hope to post some video or soundbytes.

Feeling sassy!

Feeling sassy!

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