Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter 2016: Upcoming Shows & Classes

Hi Friends,

Staying busy this winter with a few upcoming shows and a selection of class offerings that I am teaching. First off, here are my upcoming performances, including my first time at Ann Arbor's Old Town Tavern!


Old Town Tavern
122 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Sunday, 1/10 8-10pm
No Cover / Donations Appreciated

http://www.oldtownaa.com/

On Sat. 1/23 I will be participating in the 1st Saline Winter Festival at the Carrigan Cafe in downtown Saline, MI. Check out his line up!

Friday 1/22/16
1-2pm: P.T. Ragland
2-3pm: Frank Allison
3-4pm: Mike Gentry
4-5pm: John Louis Good
5-6pm: Billy King
6-7pm: Sunday Morning Light Saturday

1/23/16
12pm-1pm: No Conflict
1pm- 2pm: Billy Joe Hunt
2pm- 3pm: Tim Berla’s band
3pm-4pm: Mercury Salad Sandwich
4pm-5pm: J. Washburn Gardner
5pm-6pm: Spencer Michaud
6pm-7pm: Kristina Johnson

Saline Winter Festival
Carrigan Cafe
107 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176
Saturday, 1/23 5-6pm

 http://carrigancafe.com


In addition to my performances,  I will also be teaching a number of classes in the Washtenaw region including Songwriting, Beginning Guitar & R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The History of Rock N' Roll. Registration is open for all three classes and can be done here:

MUS 146: Songwriting 
Washtenaw Community College
Mon. 2-5pm 1/11- 5/2

For the prospective song writer, this class is designed to enhance the various phases of songwriting: observation, lyric writing, musical accompaniment and collaboration skills. Students collaborate using their talents to produce songs and also become acquainted with musical styles through recordings and demonstrations. Students will be expected to write or collaborate with others to write a song at least twice in the semester. The title of this course was previously Songwriting and Creative Improvisation.

Click HERE to register

Beginning Guitar
Ann Arbor Rec & Ed
Mon. 6-7pm 1/25 - 3/21 

Grade 9-Adult. BEGINNING Calling all aspiring guitarists. Whether you are a future rock god, jazz cat or campfire strummer, basic fundamentals and a strong foundation in technique is essential. Gain the beginning skills you need to launch your musical dream. Learn chord shapes, strumming patterns and basic music theory that can be applied to almost any style of music. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks.

Click HERE to Register 

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed
Mon. 7:15-8:15pm 1/25 - 3/21

Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about what has influenced you? Trace the development of rock and roll and 20th century American and British popular music from its early blues roots to modern hip-hop. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. Open to musicians and non-musicians alike. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. No class 2/15.

Click HERE to Register


Hope to see you all somewhere along the way! 

: )

-Spencer

AcousticSongs 97.1 WNJR Show Video

Check out this video of Mike Vial and I's performance on WNJR 97.1 acousticsongs.com show in Washington, PA this past weekend. Had a great time traveling with Mike & chatting with host T Mitchell Bell!


Here is a track list of the songs we played & direct links if we are boring you with our scintillating wit:
: )

-Spencer

Friday, November 20, 2015

December Mini-Tour With Mike Vial

Hello Friends,

I am excited to announce that this upcoming December, I will be hitting the road for a small weekend tour with my good friend & fellow Ann Arbor singer-songwriter; Mike Vial! Mike and I are heading to Canton, OH on Friday 12/11 to play at the Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.  Music will be from 7-9pm.

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co. w/ Mike Vial
Friday, 12/11 7-9pm
No Cover, $5 suggested donation

https://www.muggswigz.com/

On Saturday, 12/12, Mike and I will be heading over to Washington, PA to play a live radio broadcast on acousticSongs on WNJR 91.7 FM! We both will be playing a few tunes on the air at 12pm & discussing our creative process. You can stream the show live here:

Live on acousticSongs WNJR 91.7FM
Saturday, 12/12 12pm

https://acousticsongs.wordpress.com/

Please also check out Mike's music if you get a chance:

http://mikevial.com


Looking forward to seeing you all on the road!

For those of you in the Ann Arbor area, keep your eyes peeled for my Beginning Guitar class at Rec & Ed starting Jan. 25th and new next semester:  R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The History of Rock & Roll class! On-line enrollment starts Dec. 14th!

Check out the description below:

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The History of Rock & Roll

Are you a musician or music lover who wants to learn more about what has influenced you? Trace the development of rock and roll and 20th century American and British popular music from its early blues roots to modern hip-hop. Explore the evolution of musical genres and the social contexts in which they were born. Open to musicians and non-musicians alike. 

 https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/r-e-s-p-e-c-t-the-history-of-rock-roll-new/40972


I will also once again be teaching the MUS 146: Songwriting course at Washtenaw Community College this winter. Classes begin in January. Registration is now open here:

http://www.wccnet.edu/…/c…/information/view/class/MUS%20146/


: )

-Spencer

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall 2015: Music & Creativity Classes w/ Spencer Michaud (A2 Rec & Ed)

Looking forward to another semester at Ann Arbor Rec & Ed! This Falls offering include Beginning Guitar, Creative Empowerment & * New this semester *: Continuing Guitar: The Music of The Beatles! Classes begin Monday Sept. 21st!


Beginning Guitar


Grade 9-Adult. BEGINNING Calling all aspiring guitarists. Whether you are a future rock god, jazz cat or campfire strummer, basic fundamentals and a strong foundation in technique is essential. Gain the beginning skills you need to launch your musical dream. Learn chord shapes, strumming patterns and basic music theory that can be applied to almost any style of music. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. Pioneer HS: $135

Sep 21, 2015 to Nov 9, 2015
Each Mo 6:30pm to 7:30pm




Continuing Guitar: The Music of The Beatles

Grade 9-Adult. CONTINUING Continue to build your guitar skills using the music of The Beatles as a guide in the fall term. Throughout the term, you add different Beatles songs to your music repertoire while you practice and improve your technique. Songs and theme change every term so this class can be repeated. Bring your own guitar. Instructor: Spencer Michaud is an experienced songwriter, performer and teacher. 8 weeks. Pioneer HS: $135

Sep 21, 2015 to Nov 9, 2015
Each Mo 7:45pm to 8:45pm


Creative Empowerment


Are you an artist, writer or musician looking to regain your inspiration and productivity? Do you have a vision, but feel like fear, self-sabotage or guilt are holding you back? This class is inspired by the creative recovery work of authors like Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), Sark (Succulent Wild Woman) and the depth psychology of Joseph Campbell and James Hillman. Find practical solutions to inhibiting forces and replace them with artistic confidence. Empower the artist within you. Instructor: Spencer Michaud. 8 weeks. Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg; $135

Sep 22, 2015 to Nov 10, 2015
Each Tu 2pm to 3:30pm


Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeff Buckley


For past few years, I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing folks who are passionate about Jeff Buckley's music while paying tribute at various concerts in Chicago, Toronto & Ann Arbor. It's helped me work through the disappointment of his passing & helped me connect to the love that still lives on through his music. Today would have marked Jeff Buckley's 48th birthday. Here are a few live performances of Jeff's songs I've done over the years including a new video dug up from the archives of Last Goodbye. I'll be with fellow tributers in spirit today. Happy Birthday Jeff, we miss you.


"Last Goodbye" by Jeff Buckley.  Live at Crazy Wisdom Tearoom in Ann Arbor, MI. 2/14/14


"So Real" by Jeff Buckley. Live @ The 15th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute at Uncommon Ground in Chicago, IL. 11/14/12



<3

-Spencer


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tightrope Walker EP now on I-Tunes, Google Play, Bandcamp & Spotify!

So many digital channels for hearing music, so little time... that's why I've consolidated all my links to my debut EP Tightrope Walker for you right here! : ) Hopefully your preferred download site is listed here, if not how about suggesting it in the comments below? Please help me spread these links & music out into the world! Thanks again for supporting independent artists!




Tightrope Walker EP on

 I-Tunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tightrope-walker-ep/id924068534?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Spencer_Michaud?id=A7mqkkruab6up34k7ldepm5y7mm&hl=en

Bandcamp:

https://spencermichaud.bandcamp.com/album/tightrope-walker-ep

Spotify:

https://play.spotify.com/artist/0bvFlcU0f1jL9FELEN0yvy

: )

-Spencer


Friday, September 12, 2014

The Hero's Journey & Why it matters now more than ever

Back in college, I had a wonderful children's literature instructor that turned me on to the work of Joseph Campbell & Carl Jung. In the series, The Power of Myth, (based on his work in the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces) Campbell sat down with Bill Moyers and discussed the common themes, archetypes and story arcs of what he called "the monomyth". I was in awe as Campbell broke down ancient stories such as Gilgamesh & The Iliad, & connected them with modern day myths such Star Wars & The Wizard of Oz:


Recurring themes such as the CALL TO ADVENTURE, THE REFUSAL OF THE CALL & THE BELLY OF THE BEAST came up time and time again in all shapes and sizes and through out cultures that had no way of communicating with one another. As I studied further, I started making connections to my own life and found a well spring of human experience to draw upon for my art as well as my sanity in dealing with the ups & downs that came with the various stages of life. I started recognizing the recurring characters in my life, WISE MENTORS, THRESHOLD GUARDIANS & SHAPESHIFTERS, the various psychological masks that we all wear at different points in time. It helped me find connection and most importantly hope during times when things seemed the bleakest

In a modern age where information is coming at us at a pace that is hard to process & life becomes more & more automated, it is of great value being able to take a step back and see how we fit into the great human drama & find a sense of timelessness in our shared cultural stories. The Hero's Journey provides us with a center, a deep well of shared experience that helps us recognize our rites of passage and keeps us pushing forward on the road of life.

Want to learn more about the Hero's Journey? Join me for a six week class through the Ann Arbor Rec & Ed that focuses exclusively on the Hero's Journey & how to apply it's themes to your life & your art! Class starts Tues. 9/16!

Creative Writing: The Hero's Journey

Drawing from the depth psychology of Carl Jung and the mythic studies of Joseph Campbell, the hero's journey can be a valuable road map for any aspiring writer or artist. In this class you will explore the common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies. Through the study of stories such as The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, you uncover techniques that will make your work timeless. Instructor: Spencer Michaud. 6 weeks. Tues. 3-5pm SESSION 1: 9/16 – 10/21, SESSION 2: 11/4 – 12/9 Tuition: $125 per session

https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/creative-writing-the-hero-s-journey/36465

https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/creative-writing-the-hero-s-journey/36466