Sounds of Hope Project - Strings of Hope

One of my longest client partnerships is with the Sounds of Hope Project, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to "bring comfort and support through recorded music to those in need of spiritual and/or physical healing." I began working with them in 2011, when I would master and edit previously recorded tracks so that their compilation CDs would be more cohesive.

Recently, I was asked to record two ensembles at Royalton Music Center in North Royalton, Ohio. The recordings would be used for SOHP's upcoming CD, "Strings of Hope". I used the new Zoom H6, which is the latest upgrade from the Zoom H4n that I typically use, and the experience was wonderful. First of all... the H6 is amazing.

The clarity of the recordings straight from the device was astounding, but I'll share those details for another day. Just trust me. The H6 is worth the investment.

The ensemble you hear above was from the second day of recording; on the first day, I was treated to a relaxing musical massage from a lovely harp duo, with members Sarah Schwartz and Melanie L. Brown. Here's one of the pieces they performed:

I have to say, I love doing recordings like these. Who wouldn't?!

The second day of recording was definitely my favorite, though, because I can't help but love folk music. Clash of the Tartans, an all-female group who perform Celtic and American folk music, put on a personal concert for me and Mary Lou as they played through some of their repertoire. Enjoy this beautiful song, "Hope Renewed":

This project was one of those times where I am definitely going to be uploading my mixes onto my iPod so I can listen to them for fun. I absolutely loved working with these talented musicians, and look forward to more collaboration with the Sounds of Hope Project!

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 006: Kristen Klehr of Produced by BEAR Discusses Self-Starter Burnout

Episode 006: Kristen Klehr of Produced by BEAR Discusses Self-Starter Burnout

In this episode, Kristen Klehr of Produced by BEAR discusses a common hurdle amongst creative entrepreneurs: stress, fatigue, burnout, and depression. We talk about how we recognize our triggers that cause stress, how to best prepare for burnout to happen so you can easily avoid it, and more. (You can find Kristen @kristenklehr and producedbybear.com.)

Kristen's Top 10 Tips for avoiding fatigue, burnout, and depression:

  1. Take care of yourself: eat healthy things, exercise regularly, hydrate often, get a good night's sleep.
  2. Take time to breathe, meditate, pay attention to your mental well being.
  3. Talk to others, consider regular therapy sessions.
  4. Know who you can go to within your circle that you can trust.
  5. Journal your thoughts out, allow yourself to create space in your mind for positive thoughts!
  6. Learn what makes you tick, what are triggers for you that send you spiraling?
  7. Work hard, do well, and know when you've done enough for one day. (This note is for those of you fellow ambitious/driven folks who don't know when to turn off the laptop when it's time for bed!)
  8. Create a few rockstar playlists. (You know, the ones that when it is time to go do work, you get totally in the zone and knock it out of the park because of your sweet beats.)
  9. Surround yourself with good hearted people who want to encourage you forward, simple as that.
  10. Be kind to yourself! Take assurance in yourself that you are doing okay!! You really are!! Love yoself.
What are some ways you try to avoid stress in your work life? Share your tips in the comments below.
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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 005: Andy, Nick & Pat of The Commonwealth Discuss Branding

Episode 005: Andy, Nick & Pat of The Commonwealth Discuss Branding

Local Cleveland band The Commonwealth is comprised of brothers Andy and Nick Kuhar and longtime friend Patrick Burke. As a band that's been together for over a decade, The Commonwealth has always taken their brand seriously--but they also aren't afraid to be lighthearted in some ways, too. In this episode, we all discuss band branding, social media, and representing your work online as honestly as possible. http://www.thecommonwealth-music.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thecommonwealthband

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 004: The Rules of Social Media Marketing

Episode 004: The Rules of Social Media Marketing

There are four basic rules to using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter effectively. Before we dive too deep into social media marketing, I cover these Dos and Don'ts in a straightforward way. Get your game plan together for your social media presence!

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 003: Idea Generation & Quality Control

Episode 003 - Idea Generation & Quality Control

A lot of artists, musicians, and makers know they want to create a podcast or a video, they just don't know what it should be about, or if they even have something useful to say. In this episode, you'll learn what to ask yourself when narrowing down your target audience, how to figure out your authentic angle, and what to consider when naming your podcast or video series. We'll also discuss tips for quality editing in podcasting and video, as well as what not to do in the production process. Download the presentation here.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 002: Creating Digital, Social Content

Episode 002: Creating Digital, Social Content

Express your authentic self with a podcast or video, and share it with your followers. Learn how to storyboard, name, and edit your content. Artists, musicians, and makers can create interesting content in podcasts & videos. Sharing social content online increases your engagement with your audience. Learn about idea generation, storyboarding & planning, naming your podcast or video, and what not to do in the editing and production process. Download the presentation here.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.

hey! the podcast | Episode 001: The Basics of Branding

With the relaunch of heypoletti! this June comes the beginning of a new project: the hey! podcast. 

 Subscribe to the hey! podcast on iTunes and Google Play.

Subscribe to the hey! podcast on iTunes and Google Play.

If you're looking to improve your online presence, learn a thing or two about how to be a better entrepreneur, and discover new technology tools, then hey! is the podcast for you. Episodes range from lectures to guest interviews, and some will have accompanying video presentations or downloadable content.

Ready to begin?

Episode 001: The Basics of Branding

Art is all about expression, vulnerability, and authenticity. Are you losing yourself when you work on your brand? Many artists, musicians, and makers cringe a little bit when they think about branding their creative projects. But branding is all about finding your true authenticity, and expressing it in many formats. In this lecture episode, we discuss the basics of branding. Your brand is still YOU.

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Meg Kuhar

An endlessly curious creator, Meg can usually be found making something, whether it’s a website, music, or a DIY project for her home. She is the first Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, and lives in her mid-century dream home with her husband Nick, and their handful of a dog Petunia.