In November / December 2017 she all of a sudden felt much better and was able to start exercising "as normal", with pilates and light jogging, again. She also started to play guitar again and was pleased to see that she had not lost anything, when it comes to technique and feel. However, her eagerness to do everything again backfired and she hit the wall again during Christmas. Her Gastroenterologist had warned her that "If you push yourself too hard, too soon, all wheels will come off and you are back to square one again!"
Wiser from the experience in December she is now pacing her activities, playing and recording guitar every other day, instead of many hours a day, working on the final details of her upcoming album. She spends her time reading lots of books, resting, doing light exercise and getting engaged in local projects in the village where we live. She has also completed her training as a professional opera singer, in the old school bel Canto technique, over the last six months. She loves singing opera and her very unique vocal range, up to C8, puts her firmly in the pure coloratura category, among sopranos.
The main challenge in her everyday life is still that she "shuts down" mentally and physically and falls asleep, after just a few hours awake. At times, it is very frustrating for both of us and it makes it very hard to plan activities from day to day. But, she is getting stronger and that is all that counts. Every doctor we have met have said she will make a full recovery. Just give it time.
We have been a professional team for almost 10 years. To everybody's surprise, we have achieved everything we have done alone, without any big budget or network to help us. We started out with nothing but our combined talents and skills + a willingness to work harder than anyone else.
The support of independent magazines / websites, online radios and online fans during the first years helped us taking The CIC to the next level, then to the next level and then the next. The entire career of The CIC, from the first small radio playing one of her songs, to nationwide coverage on big TV shows, being featured and interviewed in world leading magazines, etc has been "Organic" in the sense that no marketing budget was ever there. It is truly a result of fans sharing music, word of mouth (online and offline) combined with her very unique gifts and qualities as an artist appealing to a wide audience. Many of those first online supporters have turned in to life long friends of ours, something we both appreciate a lot. The love and support over the years have drowned out the vicous haters she has also encountered.
CURRENT PROJECTS AND the FUTURE
The CIC has recorded 75% of a new album, with new original music. She wants to get it ready and released this year, preferably before or during the summer.
With the new album, the circle will be complete, in many ways.
From her first EPs, where she unleashed her fury at big corporations, corrupt politicians, the big brother surveillance state etc, when she started out in Heavy Metal. To her classical crossover album, where she showcased her excellent technique and feel, as a guitarist. Both genres displaying her willinges to go her own way and be a trailblazer.
On the new album, she goes personal. As an artist, she has matured. this is the grown up Commander-In-Chief telling you exactly how she feels, with the ease and skills only a seasoned artist can display. It is her voice and two guitars. Both played by her.
All the vocals were recorded live (no auto tune, as usual) as was the acoustic 7 string guitar.
In addition, she is adding electric guitar, with a very smooth, clean tone, reminding everyone who listens why she has been called "1 of 10 modern guitar gods!"
She has developed her very own sound and feel by now, something the listener will recognise. The songs are hauntingly beautiful, with catchy hooks and lyrics many can relate to. In my humble opinion it is the best music she has ever written and I look forward to promoting the songs and the album.
Needless to say, the last 18 months have been very tough on our family, financially. The absence of income, combined with expenses to private specialists and treatments have been a true challenge to cope with. For that reason we wrote this update, in the hope that someone will think she is worthy of some financial support, to help her finish her new album and also finish her 2nd children's book.
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On a personal note; the journey we have taken together with my daughter's fans over the last 10 years have been the most exciting time of my life. I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for the time, loyalty, love and support you have showed her! As a manager, it is great to see that. As a mother, it warms my heart even more.