Goodbye 2014. Hello 2015!

It’s time to reflect on all of the AWESOME things that happened in 2014!

In January, I got the physical copies of my debut album, TEMPTATION.

ALLISON MERTEN TEMPTATION CDS

This was one of the most exciting days of my life!!! Making a CD had always been my dream, and it finally came true!!! 🙂

In February, I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Taiwan was such a great place to visit! The people were so friendly, the food was DELICIOUS, and the weather was SO WARM compared to the cold winter Wisconsin-ites were having 🙂

In March, I had my CD Release!

CD Release Show

CD Release Show

This was seriously one of the most exciting nights of my life!! My dream of releasing a CD came true, and I had so many AWESOME supporters at my show!!!

I was also very lucky to have my friend, Jimmy Murn, open for me that night.

CD Release Allison Merten Jimmy Murn

In April, I got TEMPTATION on Reverbnation and Bandcamp 🙂

ALLISON MERTEN TEMPTATION CD COVER

In May, I got to perform on bass for the first time!

With Jimmy Murn

With Jimmy Murn

I was a guest musician at Jimmy Murn’s show at the Glass Nickel, and it was a blast!

In June, I got to play at Alpacapalooza.

Performing at Alpacapalooza

Performing at Alpacapalooza

Alpacapalooza4

The aplacas were sooo cute!!!

In July, I got to see Michael Bublè in concert!

Michael Bublè

Michael Bublè

WOW! I can’t tell you enough about how AWESOME Michael Bublè is live!!!!

In August, I developed my independence by getting my own equipment 😉

My New Fender Champion 40 Amp and Shure SM58S Microphone :-)

My New Fender Champion 40 Amp and Shure SM58S Microphone 🙂

Up until this point, whenever I would perform, I would use the equipment of the musician I was opening for. I knew that in order to perform more, I needed to get my own stuff! 🙂

In September, I had a milestone event.

Photo by Yasir Alhumaidan

Photo by Yasir Alhumaidan

I got to perform at Mother Fool’s without having performed there before, and without knowing the band I was opening for. It was the first time I independently booked a gig!!! 🙂

In October, I reached another milestone. I reached 400 likes on my Facebook Page 🙂

And I wrote and recorded the fun little song above for the occasion!

In November, I did some musician-professional development and explored how to use mindfulness to overcome stage fright.

The Mindfulness Revolution Edited by Barry Boyce and the editors of the Shambhala Sun

The Mindfulness Revolution is a great read. I strongly recommend it!

In December, I reached another milestone. I performed for over 2 hours!

Allison Merten at Tuvalu Coffeehouse Photo by Yasir

Allison Merten at Tuvalu Coffeehouse
Photo by Yasir Alhumaidan

After 31 songs, my voice was pretty much shot, but oh my goodness, was that a FUN show! 🙂

2014 was a great year! I am excited to see what 2015 will bring! 🙂

Happy New Year!

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