So it'll be like dragons or Twilight or rain, and then I play what I decide is that sound, and that has been really nourishing.

I started this thing where I would play improvisational music, so it's just free flowing from whatever is in my brain, but I'll have them in the audience -- 'cause it's not YouTube, and they can comment and I see their comments --I have them suggest the theme. So it'll be like dragons or Twilight or rain, and then I play what I decide is that sound, and that has been really nourishing…

And so I'm trying to find the ways that I do feel like being creative and just going with those, and so for a while I was doing watercolor paintings, which is completely outside of anything I do for a living. But I was sharing 'em with my “Patrons” [Patreon is a digital platform where artists, creators, etc can share work and get monetary support from their fans. People who support content creators on Patreon are called “Patrons”] and stuff online, because I might as well share what I'm doing or whatever. And then the creativity also has been kinda dampened because so much of what I'm doing... I love live performance, that's what I enjoy. So I... Recording is interesting and cool, and I do... I have learned to like it more, but what I went into music to do is to perform, and so even live shows on YouTube now feel pretty real because I put... I made it so that I can read their comments during the show, and I know that they're there, and that has mentally... I had to reframe that one, right? But I did, and now I enjoy live shows

Gaelynn Lea Tressler

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These are songs written and performed by Gaelynn Lea Tressler. 

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This virtual performance was recorded live at Gaelynn Lea's home in Duluth, Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains songs written and/or arranged, and performed by Gaelynn, including improvisation and interaction with her virtual audience.



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