All posts by Ioana Ellyn

One song down and many more to go!

I’ve been cheating on social media with songwriting and gosh! it feels good!

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*Earrings by Regalrock Store (sponsored)

And yes, I am planning on releasing an album at some point in this life. Being an independent artist it’s a lot of time consuming. From figuring out recording softwares to the recording process itself, to promoting your music and so many other things, all these require time. Especially when music is not your full time job (for now) and you try to balance your daily job with songwriting. That’s why I won’t be releasing my own music for a while because I want to surprise you with a full album. So a little update for now and a new photo.

Have a great week ahead! ❤

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Spring? Is that you?

Less leggings underneath jeans, sweatshirts and for once, no beanie!
I wonder, is spring here for good to stay? She’d better!

Despite the cold wind which got a little grabby and made me run a few good minutes to catch one glove that almost reached the freshly melted waves of the lake, the power of sunlight almost had me cooked!

Those memes spread all over the internet about the people from Finland who feel like vampires once spring comes and the sun is shining majestically for more than 4 hours, are true!

I, myself been struggling with severe dizziness that didn’t let me hold the head on my shoulders properly and other weird symptoms which I get mostly every spring or autumn. Plus, my fiancé probably lost count of the amount of times I’ve been complaining about the sun in the last few days.
Now the box of D vitamin can have a good rest until next autumn!

Here’s a song that’s been booming in my headphones for several days and I think it fits with the arrival of spring, don’t you think?

Sealing the memory

Once upon a time,

I had a best friend. Hmm…if I think better, I used to consider him my brother and he was brought into our family when he was only 4 weeks old.

I recall that on a warm day of September, my father opened the door to my bedroom and he was holding something very little in his hands. Once he opened his palm, a tiny creature stepped into my soul.
Years of joy have followed and in the meantime we discovered that he adored music. He was a melomaniac actually. Oh, so many silly moments I remember and I won’t ever forget the amount of time I was yelled at ‘cuz the “big sister” always woke up the little fella during the night and he knew I was up to something but he never said no. But no matter what, we still did stupid things behind my mother’s back 😉

But the genes were there since he was born. And even the doctors couldn’t do anything. Nothing could have saved him. And although those 6 years together were not enough and his time with us was short, he left for a better world but we remained with wonderful memories.

I am heartbroken but I know he is no longer in pain.
And when the time will come, we will meet again. Probably I will be very old but I promise to never forget and play for him our favorite piano song.

Until then, farewell beloved Kuky!

I hope your world is kind

It was a fun process making this cover song. Guessing all the instruments (more or less), singing with a soothing voice and not forcing it a bit, recording, filming, ahh! How wonderful!

This song will always remind me about the “meeting” with the majestic deer while singing out loud on my way home during the first days of spring last year.
If you stuck around with me here, on my blog, you remember that even in the newspaper in my latest interview I mentioned about it:

“I had a very good day at work and I still have the habit of singing on my way home, especially because the road I am walking on is not populated. And as I was singing, on the right side, across the main road, I saw a deer. I was looking at it, I almost did not breathe at all and the moment I took my phone out of my pocket, it ran away.
“If I start singing again, would it return?” I have wondered. And so I did! I started to sing louder than before and the deer returned. ” – it is a beautiful memory that actually happened last year on my way back home from work which I will always remember dearly and if you’re wondering which song I was singing, it was Auri – I hope your world is kind . I was prepared to write a blog post about this fortunate event the moment I got home but I told myself that one day there will be another way to talk about it. And I was right!

Crai Nou, 15 ianuarie 2019, Suceava

I don’t usually make covers but if it shows up on my channel, then you must know that the song means something for me 🙂 Enjoy!

Social media detox

After some unfortunate events that have occurred at the beginning of this month, I felt an immense urge to take a break from social media and from everything else I was creating. And gosh, what a great choice!

Of course, you can’t take a break for real from social media, especially when Facebook Messenger is the most used app to keep in contact with your loved ones back home (in my situation). But let’s say, a break from posting, sharing your personal life or things you’re working on at the moment.

For a long time, it felt like a continuous battle to post every single day more and more photos of different things that can grow your audience, increase your followers number, bla bla bla. Of course, this only applies if you use social networking for self-promoting or to promote your own business. If none of this is your goal and if social media is like an “online diary” for you and your close friends/relatives, you could still take a break from posting and go back to focusing on your families and pay more attention to the real life.

One of the things that I truly enjoyed during my break from social media was reading. I buy books every time I find one that its subject sparks my interest and usually I start reading until I remember that I haven’t checked my social media for a couple of minutes and then there it stays, the poor book, dusted on my desk for a long time. But this time it was different: hours went by and you could not make me put it down until I reached the back cover of the book.

Another thing that I enjoyed was going to another city and not letting anyone know from social media what I was up to that day. Didn’t even pick up the phone to post our “selfies” and wonderful moments we captured. I truly enjoyed seeing my friends, laughing with tears and loud!

Now, a little shoutout to an incredible photographer whom I have accidentally met while laughing with my soul sister (she is a very talented visual artist AND writer —> find her on Instagram at @daniela_nw) at the bottom of the slippery statue of the Emperor Aleksander II, @othmars_fotos and whose photos I am going to share bellow.

So many other things I realised and I enjoyed during my time off social media that won’t even come to my mind now while writing these lines. But one thing is for sure: life is beautiful when your private life is kept away from social media and treasured by just the two of you without cheesy descriptions under the “selfies” and without abusing the emoji icons.
Life is beautiful when you focus more on yours and your beloved one’s health, when you have friends/relatives sitting on the fluffy carpet from the living room, sharing laughter and life is even more beautiful when you go back to your old self again.

With that being said, I truly recommend a so-called “social media detox”. It works! 😉

From the country of snow castles straight in the newspaper

In the morning of 15th of January, on the thin pages of the local newspaper from my hometown, I made my appearance. Words beautifully arranged by the talented journalist Daniela Beale, have transformed a simple interview into a real fairytale with actual events from my life.

Once upon a time,
the official biography of the metal band Nightwish, has become the book that started it all, followed by trusting the receiver in me by contacting the “Nightwish teacher” (as people like to call him) Plamen Dimov, whom I found mentioned in the lines of the very first pages of the book.
My first musical journey to Finland where I begun taking roots, meeting my other half on the magical realm two years later and knowing since a young age that one day I will live here, not even having a clue where my “home” is on the map at that age, are a few of my life events that had been written about in the first lines of page 8 of the newspaper.


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“I had a very good day at work and I still have the habit of singing on my way home, especially because the road I am walking on, is not populated. And as I was singing, on the right side, across the road, I saw a deer. I was looking at it, I almost did not breathe at all and the moment I took my phone out of my pocket, it ran away.
“If I start singing again, would it return?” I have wondered. And so I did! I started to sing louder than before and the deer returned. ” – it is a beautiful memory that actually happened last year on my way back home from work which I will always remember dearly and if you’re wondering which song I was singing, it was Auri – I hope your world is kind . I was prepared to write a blog post about this fortunate event the moment I got home but I told myself that one day there will be another way to talk about it. And I was right!

While reading the article, I get emotional. It feels like I’ve done something right in this life and that I am not alone. There are people in this world who support my music, my creative life and who understand me better than I can imagine.

The interview/fairytale ends with my most honest words:

“I am like Peter Pan. I do not want to grow up ever! I want to be left in my world because there I am close to happiness. But to know my mother, father and grandmother healthy, that is my supreme happiness!”

And now I want to thank to all the people who keep encouraging me to follow my dreams, the people who are always eagerly waiting for a new tune from me and of course to Crai Nou newspaper that has always been very supportive ever since I was 15 years old and back then I was releasing my bilingual poetry book. THANK YOU!

Read the full article here !

My source of inspiration

I am often being asked where do I get inspiration from? Simple: from the nature.

Rural living has always been the best option for me, for my mental health and creativity.
While I was home, living in the heart of the city I couldn’t find my inner peace. I was always agitated, stressed and knowing everybody and meeting dozens of people daily, being analyzed from head to toe if I am dressed up as society says, was pure torture. I don’t say that I don’t like visiting big cities because I really do! I am talking strictly about the environment that keeps me inspired. And nature it is!
I am so lucky that now I am surrounded by so much nature, lakes, animals and all the beautiful things that keep this Planet moving.
Oh! And I hardly know my neighbours (I guess in over 3 years since I moved here, I only got to know 2 of them:)) and I love it this way!) whereas in Romania, they were tracking my every move.
So, with that being said, I was desperate to find my place in this world and privacy.
And I found them!

Down below I made a small inspirational video to start the year with good vibes and positive energy 😉