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Michele McLaughlin

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A Look Back at Beginnings

I started playing piano when I was about 5 years old.  I would learn to play melodies and songs I had heard by ear.  When I was 8, my parents took me to see George Winston in concert at Abravanel Hall.  I remember watching him play, watching his hands on the keyboard, and being mesmerized by everything he was doing.  I then learned to play a lot of his songs by ear by listening to his CDs over and over, and a short time later, I started writing my own songs.

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Finding Balance

I am often trying to find balance in my life.  Balance in eating healthy and following a healthy lifestyle.  Balance in my spirituality.  Balance in my relationships and friendships and family.  Balance in my home environment. Balance in love.  Balance in my work and musical career.  Balance.  Balance.  Balance.  So what does that mean, to find balance?  

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A Life of Music and Travel

 

My very first public performance was in 2007, even though I’ve been writing music my whole life and releasing albums since 2000.  I never imagined being a touring musician and public performance used to absolutely terrify me.  But, after a few concerts here and there from 2007 to 2010, and then starting my own in-home concert series in 2011, to doing my first official full length tour on the West Coast in 2012, followed by an epic US tour through 27 states in 2013, to touring regularly and almost monthly this last year in 2016… my life as a full time musician has become something entirely different than when I started on this adventure sixteen years ago.   

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My Best-Selling Sheet Music

 

There's a lot of sheet music in my store, and I figured it'd be nice to know what items have been popular over the past few years! That way you can easily pick a gift or new piece to learn! 

With that in mind, I've gone through my notes and found my most popular sheet music pieces from the past two years. 

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My Favorite Salt Lake City Concerts And Venues

 

Salt Lake City is one of the coolest places for live music. With unique music venues and full summer concert lineups, it seems like there is always a show to see. Check out this list of some of my favorite spots!

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Expressive Art And The Artists That Make Valley View Come to Life

People often tell me that my home is like an art gallery.  I love art!  And not just any art… it has to speak to me, move me, touch me — be a form of expressive art.  And when it does speak, I often buy it so I can cherish it every day.  My home is filled with colorful glass art, oil paintings, colorful vases and sculptures, etc.  I’ve always had the philosophy that spending money on travel, food, and art is money worth spending!

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What To Do In Salt Lake City - Eats


This year has been a whirlwind adventure of touring, vacationing, music award shows, hang time with friends, and trying to get everything done in-between all the fun.  I think this may be my busiest year yet, and while I love being out in the world sharing music, and exploring, I also love my down time at home, in my lovely hometown of Salt Lake City.

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How To Host House Concerts

 

People are often surprised when I tell them I love to perform in house concerts. Not only do I run my own house concert series in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, but when I am out touring and performing, I love to do house concerts.

They’re my favorite way to perform because it’s more intimate and personal, and I have a much better opportunity to mingle with the audience, hang out with my fans and listeners, and just spend time with everyone. When I perform in larger performance halls, that personal connection is often lacking.  

So how do you host a house concert?  It’s very easy and affordable!  I will use piano concerts as an example, because that’s what I do, but this can apply to all sorts of acoustic music.  

 

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The Valley View Concert Series

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Piano Music For Beginners

Easy piano music for beginners doesn't have to be boring! Some of my favorite pieces I've ever written also happen to be easy from a technical sense.

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