How to Host a Listening Party, Soulhouette Style

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What exactly is a listening party? I’m glad so many of you have asked, because I’d be delighted to explain in this brief, informative blog post.

First, the objective is to create an intimate, cozy space for listeners to experience (as always) healing, truth and love while they engage with M.E. These low-key, relaxed gatherings are essentially private, acoustic concerts that incorporate free form Q&A/discussions, and refreshments (because, what even is a party without food?).

How does a listening party flow?

Maya Elizabeth, the artist, will arrive at least one hour before the event start time to set up and soundcheck. Then, from the start time, we’ll give listeners about 30 minutes to make their way, mingle and munch. Once everyone has gathered, the host/hostess will introduce m.e. briefly and the “show” will begin. As we’re listening, you’ll get all the context for the creative process. You’ll hear stories and thoughts behind the songs, the acoustic versions, and the engineered tracks. Questions & dialogue are welcome and encouraged throughout the listening portion, which will last roughly one hour. To wrap up the evening, guests can continue mingling, converse with m.e., and snag signed physical copies of the album, along with some wearable healing, truth & love 🙃.

Where do they take place?

Usually, in people’s living rooms. Relatively snug, comfy spaces work best.

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Who comes to the listening party?

Hosts/hostesses are responsible for gathering an audience of about 15-20 listeners. You invite and communicate details with your guests–friends, colleagues, family members, someone who just looks like they need some inspiration for life, etc.

How do I set up for a listening party?

Here’s what you’re required to secure for a successful Soulhouette listening session:

  • food
  • drinks
  • the listening audience
  • a clean, cozy space — no need to rearrange, remodel or redecorate you’re entire house… Just have comfortable seating available for 15-20 guests to gather in one room.
  • a resource surface — After the listening portion, CDs, t-shirts and other resources will be available for listeners to purchase. You’ll need to have at least a small table available for m.e. to display these items.

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Here’s what you don’t have to worry about:

  • sound (We’ll handle that)

What should I serve?

The short answer…Anything that allows for easy simultaneous snacking and listening. Typically finger foods or hors d’oeuvres and deserts work well.

I want to host a Soulhouette listening party. Where do I sign up?

Glad you asked! Click here & scroll to “contact.”

 

Hopefully, this information helps you! Happy listening!

In healing, truth & love,

M.E.

Say Oh!

“Each breath that we breathe is a display of His mercy.

So even weary hearts can sing a song of thanksgiving…”

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Sometimes I lose enthusiasm. Who doesn’t, though? There’s no shame in feeling ‘blah.’ There is shame, however, in letting that ‘blah-ness’ dictate your actions.

Here’s what I try to remember (and I’m grateful to have parents and friends who remind me often) when being overwhelmed makes me underwhelmed…when I’ve lost sight of my vision…when I’m barely trudging along…when I have trouble mustering up excitement about what I’m here to do…when I forget to celebrate…

I’ve been anointed. That’s not to say that I’ve been drenched in coconut oil (though my curls might appreciate that). But basically, being anointed means despite my doubts, my nature, or my flaws, God is merciful enough to breathe life into my lungs everyday so I can perform a specific set of skills with unnatural, unexplainable ease. Re-phrase… I don’t/can’t empower myself to do what I do. I don’t get bragging rights. I sing and write to inspire other people because my Creator gifted me the ability and the passion. And if I neglect that truth, He has every right and ability to revoke the privilege.

I’ve been appointed. A generous Creator destined my existence. He’s crafting my story to inspire and relate to somebody, so no matter how skeptical I am of my impact, it’s His impact to make. He’s burdened me to do something that someone else might not do as effectively, and not because I’m naturally any more skilled or worthy, but literally because He said, “Hmm… Maya Elizabeth…here’s a voice. Because I love you, I’m going to entrust it to you. Use it to introduce the world to healing, truth, and love… All the things that I am…”

I’ve been chosen. He’s etched my name on the very thing He gives me chance after chance to wake up and run after. He’s even merciful when I crawl… Do you get where I’m going? I have no excuse, essentially. I’m not here for me. I don’t exist to make art for my own delight and pleasure. At the end of the day, I’m not hustling to pat myself on the back. It’s bigger.

I’ve been graced. It is my responsibility to keep going. It’s my duty to remain steadfast and devoted, to act honorably, to live a life worthy of the gift and pleasing to the gift-giver, to show gratitude for every inhale, and bestow blessings with every exhale.

Even on a blah day, or during a blah week, month or beyond, I have every reason to sacrifice what and how I feel. If I’m alive, I have an assignment to fulfill, contributions to make, and seeds to sow. I’ve been selected and equipped. That, in my opinion, is pretty motivating and exciting. Just the thought gives me reason. So, although I sometimes have a hard time getting excited about my day-to-day, I should be grateful just to have a day-to-day and live it intentionally.

Anyway, the purpose of this rant was to describe the message in my latest single, The Anthem (Say Oh). As you listen, I hope the lyrics meet you where you are and provide somewhat of a pick-me-up to reignite your enthusiasm and your commitment to living on purpose. In every season, give thanks and keep going. That, essentially, is what this song means to me…