Goodbye 2016. Hello 2017!

Every year is filled with both wonderful things and challenges. At the end of the year, it is extremely important to think about what you have learned from the challenges and focus on all of the wonderful things that have happened to you throughout the year.

I wanted to share with you some highlights from this year.

January

I submitted my new song, “The Hardest Thing” to the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. You can read the post about that, here.

February

I wrote a super short tune for Leap Day. 😉 Read the post about that song, here.

March

I got a new instrument. 😀 Read about the post about it, here.

Allison Merten Yamaha DGX650B Full Sized Keyboard

April

I performed at Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery. Check out the post about this show, here.

Allison Merten at Tuvalu Coffeehouse

Allison Merten at Tuvalu Coffeehouse

May

In my post, “Taking the Road Less Traveled,” I shared with you that I started Allison Merten Editing & Tutoring, LLC so that I could keep music a part of my life and also ensure that I am filling my life with things that I love. ❤

I had my first show at Hop Haus Brewing Co. in Verona, WI. You can read about that show, here.

Allison Merten at the Hop Haus

Allison Merten @ Hop Haus Brewing Co.

I also had the opportunity to perform at Fisher King Winery, in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. This was also my first time performing in Mount Horeb.🙂 You can read about this show, here.

Allison Merten at Fisher King Winery

Allison Merten at Fisher King Winery

June

I performed at Bos Meadery for the first time, AND it was my first time providing entertainment for the opening of an art exhibit! Read about this performance, here.

Allison Merten at Bos Meadery

I also performed at  PaintBar Madison for the first time. Read about that show, here.

Allison Merten @ PaintBar Madison Photo by Yasir Alhumaidan

July

I had the honor of performing at a wedding at Lake Park in MilwaukeeWisconsin. ❤ Read about that performance, here.

Allison Merten Wedding Lake Park Grand Staircase Milwaukee Wisconsin

August

In my post, “What Performing Is Really About,” I shared with you the real reason that I perform and share music with others.

September

I had my first show at the Tip Top Tavern! This was the first show during which I performed on my electric guitar! 😀 Read about that show, here.

Photo Caleb Behnke

Photo by  Caleb Behnke

October

I had so much fun during research on Halloween tunes and sharing my findings with you. 🙂

Check out my posts about “Monster Mash,” “The Hearse Song,” and “Spooky, Scary Skeletons.” 

November

I shared with you my newest song that promotes awareness of the different types of violence against women as well as peacefully working together to defend women’s rights in order to overcome this violence,  “Mistreat a Woman.”

December

This was the third year that I participated in the  “December Challenge,” and posted a cover of a Christmas Carol each week of December up until Christmas.

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

 “The First Noel”

“Joy to the World” 

 

“We Three Kings”

I am so grateful for ALL OF YOU who have read my blog posts, watched my videos, and attended my shows this year!

Wishing you a safe and fun New Year’s celebration! ❤

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