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31 December - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

I wish you well as you embark
On your journey of  discovery,
Knowing it is a path you must walk alone.

And although I cannot aid your walking,
I pray that my love
Will light each step you take,
And my memory will bring
Each dream closer.

I am, now and always your friend,
To be found
In the sanctuary and solitude of slumber.
I hold a light to your spirit
And salute who you are.

Carry me in your heart,
As I will carry you in mine.
                       
Verity
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24 December - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Your life is a book,
You write each day.

You create the  story
And what you want to  say.

You decide where you are  going,
Based on where you come  from.

But to make sense of  it all
It helps to know
which page you are on.
                 

Verity

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19 December - Everything Happens For A Reason

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

A brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, while planning to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities.
 
When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.  On ...


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17 December - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Allow a moment to pass, sand through the hourglass.
Try to refrain from asking too many questions,
Some things are best left alone.
Too much understanding doesn’t always show the truth…
Analysis robs things of true meaning,
Undone, a poem is merely words,
And seeing isn’t always believing,
Merely the result of a turning world.
                           

Verity

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14 December - Meet Christina Jita

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Here's the woman herself to tell you more about what she does at Ilitha Nursery School and hopefully inspire you to contribute to her incredible work and vision : )

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13 December - A Woman Worth Helping

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Last week I was fortunate enough to go to Khayelitsha with some friends to drop off a trailer full of stuff for a small nursery school to sell at their annual rummage sale. I was humbled and inspired by what we found there. Ilitha School is no more than a container that has been brightly painted and now serves as the home to 40 young children daily. The woman behind the school is the bubbly and infectuous Christine Jita, and to hear her talk about her young students and her vision for growi...


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10 December - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 


I had a dream come true today
And in its coming - my world turned,
And left me standing to survey
The path by which I had come.

It was a winding road,
And in its windings flowers grew
In the memory of my footprints.

I had thought to see
A single set wind towards me,
But with mine followed many more
Of the ones who had walked
Together with me on that path.

And I was content that I had not walked alone,
But that you had been there as I travelled,
And your presence made the passing easier.
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6 December - Introducing my next Live Your Dreams Artists

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

As the album has been coming to an end it felt right to help my next Live Your Dreams Artist take a step in their career. So, the day after I finished in studio with Paul, a lovely young singer Beverly spent the day with him working on two demos. I managed to pop in on my way to the airport and get this quick clip of her to let all my Future Owners see another person they have helped!

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An exerpt from the letter Beverly sent me:

I studied drama at school (Pro Arte Alphen Park) for 5 years -...


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3 December - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
If you do not let go of what holds you back,

You can never know

What heights you may have reached,

Had you stretched for them unfettered. 
       

Verity


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30 November - Amazing Exhibition...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Angelflyerinvite1On Thursday 6th December I highly recommend that after work you make your way to 67 Rose Street in Bo Kaap to Galleria Gibello where photographer Caroline Gibello and artist Alexander Krenz will be having a joint exhibition of Angel images.  Both of their work is inspirational and uplifting so I know it will be a very special evening and I am excited to be peforming my new song "Angel" for the first time at the opening.

Visit www.carolinegibello.com for more about this amazing...


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29 November - It's my album & I'll cry if I want to ...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Today is my last day in studio and I am feeling very emotional. I can't believe that it has taken me two and a half years to get to this day and I have to say that I am having trouble letting go. I keep being reminded of my five week walk across Spain, where for the first four weeks all I could think about was reaching the end, and then in the last week all I wanted to do was slow the process and enjoy every step because suddenly finishing meant the end of the experience.  I am physi...


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26 November - Thought for the week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Any thought thought,

Allows for the possibility of its being so.

And every concept must be achievable,

As the very thinking of something,

Suggests its potential to be.

Verity

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23 November - Great SA Movie to watch - Big Fellas....

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Bigfellas_banner_layeredLast week I had the pleasure of going to the premier of a proudly South African film BIG FELLAS and was completely blown away! It is an hilarious road trip movie that follows two wannabe film makers (Colin Moss and Ross Garland) on their journey of trying to find a BEE partner so that they can receive funding for their film.

The film is amazingly edited and beautifully shot with a stellar cast of some of SA's finest actors and comedians (Cokey Falkow, Marc Lottering, Louw Venter amongst others...
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20 November - Last leg of the journey...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
I have just finished packing for what should be my last trip to Joburg to finish the album! I have had three weeks away from the songs so when I hit the studio tomorrow I am sure I will be listening with new and refreshed ears. In many ways I think I want to stall this process because once it is done I am not sure who I will be. I mean, who is Verity when she isn't selling an album that doesn't exist?

The last two years of my life have been hugely defined by this project, and so as I watch it ...
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19 November - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

A friend exults in your success,

Despairs at your failure,

Holds your hand through the good times,

And carries you through the bad.
           
  Verity


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15 November - First Gig - First Steps...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Today it is 4years exactly since I played my first ever show with a live band at Mercury Live.  I remember so clearly the thrill of being booked to play the Uncircled gig and having to rush to put a band together. My good friend David Foster pulled in with his band to come to my rescue and after two rehearsals we were apparently ready to go. I had David on guitar, Jan Krynauw on keyboards and from DNA Strings – Iwan on drums and Jaques on bass.  It was a mad scramble to send out emails and ...
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13 November - Another note from the universe...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
A main "criteria of consciousness" for the human experience, is never having all you want.  For as one dream comes true, another swiftly takes its place. Not having all you want is one of life's constants.

And learning to be happy while not yet having all you want (which, as you can see, is constant), is the first "Criteria of Joy." Nail it, and for the rest of your life people will be asking what it is about you.

Desire, is a beautiful thing.

    The Universe


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12 November - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
I am waiting for an uncertain future,

And that waiting arrests my living.

If I can learn to live in this certain moment,

My future will become a certain now.
                            
  Verity

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30 October - Ask and it is given...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Zameervee_2 In August I spoke at the UCT Graduate School of Business – Women in Business Conference, and during my presentation I mentioned that as a result of starting the Lucky Packet Project I was made an ambassador of education for www.intec.edu.za and get to award R5000 bursaries to people I meet through my work. A couple of weeks back I received an email from an MBA student who had heard my speech and he sent through an application to study Textile Design. I was blown away by how ...


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Love Is... a girl and her piano

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Some very rare footage of me actually playing the piano! Paul captured this of me laying down some piano ideas for "Love Is" and it looks like I am going to playing it on the album as well! This gives a good idea of the creative process we follow in the studio, but please excuse the poor sound quality of the clip - I promise it wont sound like this on your CD!


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29 October - Thought for the week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Letting go does not mean losing,

It means setting free

Whatever holds you back.

                  Verity


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26 October - When a gut feeling pays off...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Ellablue096A few weeks back I was called back for the final auditions for a lead role in an MNET mini series. The character needed to be played at 19 and 40 years old, so they were looking for an actress they could age both ways. It was a juicy role and I had a lot of fun preparing for it.

 While I was doing the scene for the 19 year old role, the character kept reminding me of Nina Milner– one of the girls who acted in Ella Blue with me. She is 19, very quirky and very talented. I wa...


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25 October - Just Do It

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

PaintingWhile I was back in Cape Town for a break from recording I was invited by a  friend to join a group of people who were going to spend their Friday afternoon painting a primary school in Khayelitsha. The organisation JDI  (Just Do It) has various groups around South Africa where 10 or more friends meet monthly to raise money and then decide which causes/charities they will use it to make a difference for. The idea is to find out what an organisation needs and then provide that inste...


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24 October - Singing for my supper...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

Vee3_2Stepping into the studio to lay down my vocals for the album was probably the first time I realised that I am actually really recording it. All of sudden it feels very final and real!

I have discovered that it is best for me to record late afternoon and into the evening and so have set about making the studio as cosy as possible for the experience. My sister in law has allowed me raid their house of candles and I have to say the mood in the vocal booth is very warm and inviti...


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23 October - Another studio by the sea..

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
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On Thursday 18th October Nelson and I headed off to record some additional keyboards for 'Shine' and “Careless' while I was in CT for the week.

We recorded at DreamSpace Studios with Wayne Joshua (Farenheit) dreamspacestudios@gmail.com  and had a great two hour session with him. The studio is in Clifton overlooking the sea and is stunning. It is cool to know that our two recording sessions in Cape Town have taken place overlooking each of the oceans! Another miracle in this jou...


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22 October - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
Vision without action is a dream

Action without vision is a nightmare....

                          (Unknown)


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18 October - 15 bursaries for young girls

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 

A thank you from Shaheema from the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Mannenberg for the 15 Intec Bursaries for R5000 each that I was able to give them to award to young matriculants wanting to study further. It is awesome that these bursaries will give 15 more women the chance to follow their dreams and empower themselves!

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17 October - Time out...

Posted by Verity on Friday, February 4, 2011, In : 2007 
After a very intense 10 days in Jozi I am home and soaking up the mountain and sunshine this week. It is great to be out in the world again and not holed up in studio day after day. I think going away from the album is great for gaining perspective and I have been driving around listening to the songs we have been working on and I am hearing them with new ears which is great. The amazing thing about life is that you can spend two years working towards something like this and then suddenly it ...
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27 September - Three days into recording...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Tonyhelder_studio Three days into recording and we have all the drums and bass done! Tony and Helder have been absolute stars in the studio and it has been amazing to watch the songs start to take shape with their playing breathing life into the demos that we have been working on for the last few weeks. Paris Studios has the most spectacular views of FalseBay and inbetween takes we have witnessed whales frolicking in the bay below us and had to pinch ourselves that we finally making this albu...


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25 September - Afraid to be angels?

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I seem to have an affinity for one word titles - “Shine”, “Miracle”, “Perfect”, “Raise” and “Careless” are all on the album, as well as my two newest songs “Angel” and “Afraid”. I wrote 'Angel' and 'Afraid' six weeks apart from each other this year just before voting started for the album.

They are in essence complete opposites of each other lyrically – 'Angel' celebrating being able to let the best part of yourself out into the world, and 'Afraid' questioning all...
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24 September - Thought For The week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Take life in your hands and make the most of it.  Learn to make a plan, and never forget. To keep people close, take one day at a time. Love so it shows, know the magic of your mind.

Guide where you once fell - share lessons you have learnt. Have stories to tell, leave no stone unturned. Live life with nature's tools, speak other people's tongues. Don't stick to stupid rules - do as you would have done.

                Verity

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21 September - Rediscovering the piano...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Right through my childhood, piano lessons were the bain of my life. I spent each week trying to distract my lovely teacher Hennie DeBruin from making me play the classical pieces I hadn't practiced. I refused to learn music theory and avoided any live performances like the plague. On the rare occasion that I had to play at a school concert, I would go into a state of terror and try to play it as fast as I could to get off stage. (Hard to believe I perform for a living these days...)

Two years ...

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20 September - Rediscovering my songs...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

I am adjusting to working 12 hours a day on all my songs for the album and learning to keep perspective on what they will actually sound once we have started recording in the studio. It is definitely pushing me to think outside everything I know about my music and consider new and better ways for each song to sound. Paul McIver is a dream to work with – he allows me all the space I need to get my head around changes as we go along.

While I was shooting Ella Blue in Arniston I took m...


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19 September - Memories from a film shoot

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

I have just finished five of the most incredible weeks of my life shooting a six part mini series for MNET called Ella Blue that will flight next year in March. It was such a gift to live out in Arniston in the original fishing village and work with an outstanding cast and crew - not to mention Oscar nominated director Darrell Roodt - and feel part of a very special project. Every time I drove out to set amongst fields of yellow canola flowers I had to pinch myself to think that this is the w...


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18 September - And the songs for the album are....

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Votes have been cast and the album is finally in production! Here are the songs that are definitely going to be on it in no particular order...
  1. Miracle
  2. Shine
  3. Wherever Love Goes
  4. Angel
  5. Perfect
  6. Love Is
  7. Afraid
  8. Forever in Me
  9. Raise
  10. Take me Back
  11. Careless
  12. Don't Look Back

And.... Box of Photographs


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17 Septebmer - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Afraid_2 What if you played this day differently,

Who would you be - if you weren't so afraid?


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14 September - Thought from Future Owner #92

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Miracle is the best song since Raise and Going Your Way! The harmonics, the chorus, the vocals mesh so well! Love it.

P.S. I chose the following songs from the list: (in no specific order)

Raise
Perfect
Wherever Love Goes
Angel
Afraid
Don't Look Back
Love Is
Miracle
Going Your Way
Fix It
Good For Me
Will I Still Be the One

Nice. hehe


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13 September - Choose vs Decide

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Some wise words from my good friend Bruce Muzik that I want to share...

We all have dreams, but until we CHOOSE to follow them, nothing ever changes. However, once we choose, there is no turning back and our choice begins to shape our future and ultimately, our destiny.
Most of us go through life making DECISIONS and very rarely making CHOICES. So, what's the difference?

The word 'decide' comes from the same Latin family of words as suicide, genocide, homicide etc... All these words include the ...

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31 August - Voting starts today for Future Owners....

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

If you are a Future Owner of my album then this is the moment you have been waiting for. It is finally time to vote for which of my songs I should record on the album! We are in preproduction already but now is the time for us to know exactly which 12 songs are going to be recorded!

The only way to vote is if you are already a Future Owner as you will the receive the voting link to have your say!  CLICK NOW to buy your Future Copy before the project is over and you missed bei...


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30 Aug - Production Count Down...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

WDecisionsdecisions002ell - two years to the week since my website went live with the Lucky Packet Project I find myself getting ready to pay the deposit for eight weeks worth of producing and recording the album! I sat in a rather daunting meeting yesterday with Peter Lacey from Musketeer Records while he advised me on the album budget and how best to stretch it to the limits.

(By the end of the meeting I was lying down on the floor wrapped in a blanket trying to get my head around everything - ...


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29 Aug - Their Voices

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
<p>Here are some pics from the documentary &quot;Our Stories, Own Voices&quot; that I worked on with film maker Lungiswa Sithole for the SABC2 series Our Nation In Colour. The song I wrote with the four teenage girls from Atlantis was featured on the program including footage of them coming to Cape Town to record the track the live their dream of being in a recording studio. Their local radio station picked up &quot;Our Voices&quot; for their playlist which has made the girls celebrities in A...
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27 August - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Music should not divide,
But unite human spirit
As it tries to give meaning to life.
Music is not about hearing,
But, about learning to listen with your soul...

                   Verity


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22 August - Pre-production in full swing

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Pre-Production in full swing

Paul_thefarmI am back in Cape Town after three incredible days at The Farm Studios in Jozi  working with Paul Mc Iver on four more demos for the album. It is the most amazing process to witness my songs grow from simple piano and vocals to a full production in a matter of hours. I am in awe of the magic that happens when we create anything. We have had so much fun finding drum grooves, tweaking bass lines, sprinkling in percussion and layering guitars and piano ...


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20 August - Thought for The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

   Let not my words disturb,
   Or make profane the sacred recess of your mind.
    But rather let them pass over,
   As swallows in the autumn,
   And in their passing leave a memory
   Sweet in its remembrance
   That fills a place I do not know.
   For in my speaking,
   I would you would remember
   Not empty words, but pregnant feelings
   That birth happy memories in the face of sadness
   And leave the laughter of their children
   To ring through your life when I am gone.

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16 August - Great idea for Album Cover!

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

ChaelicottageI have written quite a lot about Chaeli Campaign and the amazing work they do assisting disabled children. A few months back they ran an initiative for people to pledge R100 a month to help them pay the bond on their new office and I am a proud pledge partner and was thrilled to go to their office warming the other night and sing a song to everyone gathered.

As a gift a friend had drawn a beautiful sketch of the new house but what made the picture spectacular was that all the ...


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16 August - Great idea for Album Cover!

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

ChaelicottageI have written quite a lot about Chaeli Campaign and the amazing work they do assisting disabled children. A few months back they ran an initiative for people to pledge R100 a month to help them pay the bond on their new office and I am a proud pledge partner and was thrilled to go to their office warming the other night and sing a song to everyone gathered.

As a gift a friend had drawn a beautiful sketch of the new house but what made the picture spectacular was that all the ...


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14 August - Woman in business...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Wib_2Who would have thought two years ago when I started the Lucky Packet Project to sell my album way before it existed, that the subsequent journey would result in me becoming a speaker on innovation and thinking out the box?  Well that is how it has unfolded and on the 1st of August I found myself as one of the main speakers as the Women In Business Conference run by the Graduate School of Business at UCT!

I shared the stage with women who are CEO's of companies (Yolanda Cuba, Patricia Norris)...


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13 August - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
The bumblebee newborn,
Not knowing it should not fly
Spreads its wings and takes to the air
And flies in the knowledge that it will,
And it is that unwavering belief
that makes it so.
If we could but for an instant,
Believe in a fraction of ourselves
As the modest bumblebee of itself does,
We to could do what science says we cannot,
And the sky could not con
tain our potential expressed,
As we spread the wings of faith,
And flew high and far.

                       Verity

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10 August - TV or NOT TV

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

TV or not TV?

Some exciting news on the acting front for me is that I have just landed a small role in a new MNET Mini Series "Ella Blue". What is great is that I play a pianist so will get to combine music and acting for the first time ever!  For those of you who have ever seen me play live you will know it is a rare occurance, so this is going to really stretch me to bring out my old classical training tricks! The series is being shot out in Arniston and is set in 1960's SA de...


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5 August - Project in Pictures and Footage

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

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1 August - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
A friend exults in your success,
Despairs at your failure,
Holds your hand through the good times,
And carries you through the bad.

                       Verity


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30 July - Scrapbook Memories

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

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26 July - Live @ The Baxter 4th Aug

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I am stoked to be sharing the stage with such special artists at this one off event for Levis at The Baxter Theatre on Sunday 4th Aug. It is going to be a wonderful evening - unplugged and unparalleled! Hope to see you there...

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25 July - Launching a dream, the first stp

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

I was sorting out my computer the other day and came across this clip that captured the first time I ever shared with an audience my idea about the lucky packet project to raise the recording budget of my album. It seems appropriate to share this 'taking off' of the idea as we are getting ready 'to land'...

As I find myself about to go into studio and start recording - watching this made me realise just how far I have come. From this clip where I am quite shy in telling people about the proj...


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24 July - Coming In To Land

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

The other day I was flying back to Cape Town after a few days in Joburg starting the pre-production work on the album with Brian O'Shea and Paul McIver and was feeling really excited that I am finally seeing my project translating into an actual album!  The plane was scheduled to land at 6pm but at around 5.20pm the pilot announced that we were commencing with our descent and about 15 minutes after that he asked the cabin crew to prepare for landing.

While I sat there waiting for th...


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23 July - Eden Campus keeps on 'Shining'

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Check out this clip about Eden Campus in Karatara and get a little more insight into their amazing vision. I am thrilled that they have used 'Shine' as the music in this!

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July 20 - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Things that are too far from us become obscure,
Just as things that are too close.
If you would have clarity,
Take two steps forwards or back,
And put your world into a perspective you can see.
Observe life clearly as a whole,
Do not miss a detail,
And remember that where you are looking from,
Will determine what you see.

                      Verity


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17 July - Some of my INTEC Bursary Recipients

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

The last year of being able to award INTEC bursaries has been incredible! Just being in the position to give someone the chance to further their education is humbling and a massive priviledge. I am slowly collecting pics of the people I have awarded bursaries to, and these are what I have so far. Each of their stories is humbling and I am so excited they are getting to study further!


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28 June - Some Future Owners @ Kirstenbosch

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

I love this clip - a huge bunch of my Future Owners after our show at Kirstenbosch. It is awesome to see them all clutching their free demo's of my album 'yet to be'! I am stoked to be capturing moments like these to remind me of this incredible journey and all the amazing people and friends who are making it possible!

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27 June - Meet Some Future Owners

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

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26 June - The moments that define us...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I wrote this in my journal on May 10th and thought I would put it out there to share how I sometimes feel on this journey on the days when it isn't easy....

It is such a priviledge to be meeting some of the greatest teachers in the world and working side by side with them and seeing that my songs have credibility and add meaning. Yet, in the midst of all that I am feeling small and scared today. It doesn't stop me from getting up on stage and doing my job, but once I am off I am feeling like...

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25 June - Thought For The Week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Letting go does not mean losing,

It means setting free

Whatever holds you back.

                     Verity


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23 June - Shining in Karatara

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

In April the band and I headed off on a tour of the Garden Route and got to stop in at www.edencampus.co.za at Karatara on our way up to St Francis Bay. I have told the guys so much about the students and the magic they are creating there and that they have made Shine their school song. It was awesome to finally get Helder, Nelson and Tony there and to put on a concert for the students and town residents in the fading light of day playing on the porch of the old town hall. It was one of those...


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22 June - Picture Perfect...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
For a few months now I have been saying I need new pictures taken as I keep having to send magazines and papers a choice of the same three photos - very boring. Things have been so busy that I kept forgetting to organise a photographer and a day to shoot on.

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So imagine my delight when I was on the Lisa Nichols tour, that I was approached by a photographer Gary, who offered me a free shoot as his studio Picture Perfect in Durbanville.

Free photo shoots are like winning the lottery! I mad...


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20 June - HELP THEM BREAK A WORLD RECORD...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Break the Silence, Break the Cycle and Break a World Record

GOAL: 25 Million Names in support of one single cause:

our campaign: " Enough is Enough" aims to help end abuse against women and children in South Africa and globally

To Enter Please Select Link Below

http://www.thewillow.org/record_enter.htm

to add your name to the world’s largest registry

Please forward this email to everyone you know and help manifest change in South Africa

The Willow Foundation...


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19 June - I am singing with Mike...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Great news - another of the teachers featured in the hit DVD The Secret and father of the doctrine “Thoughts become things!” will be touring South Africa and I am singing at one of his talks!

Mike Dooley’s powerful three-word philosophy that Thoughts Become Things is the essence that lies behind the manifestation of one’s dreams. “Because whatever it is that you most want most truly, lies only a thought away".

Dooley reaches people across the world every day in over 169 countries with...
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18 June - Thought for the week

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
The world is your oyster

And you are its pearl.

                Verity


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13 June - Joburg, Durban, Cape Town...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I have just gotten back from singing Shine and talking about The Lucky Packet Project to Robin Bank's Mind Power group in Durban. There were 260 people in the room and it was my first time to ever sing in Durban which was awesome.

I was on a complete high already as on Monday I sang and spoke to Robin's group in Joburg and had 25 new future owner join the project! We then jumped into a chauffer driven car at 11.30pm and were driven for 4 hours to the Drakensberg Sun where Robin was scheduled t...

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31 May - Crazy Sexy Cancer...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
A friend of mine sent me this link the other day and I was blown away by this story. To think that when life gives us lemons we always have the choice to make lemonade!  The word crisis can be divided into two words - cri (fear) and sis (opportunity). So, basically when we are faced with fear/danger at that very moment we have an opportunity. I am so inspired by this story of how a woman has taken a serious crisis in her life and turned it into an opporunity - not only to do things differentl...
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28 May - Getting Down with Lisa Nichols

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Lisa Nichols getting down to "Take Me Back" when I performed at her "Motivating Teen Spirit" seminar in Cape Town to 750 screaming teens last week (a whole lot of them had made it onto stage by this song)! It was an incredible experience, especially since it was my birthday and 12 years to the day since I wrote my first song. I felt very present to the journey I have been on that has taken me from those first words written in my father's car overlooking Noordhoek beach to now easily jump...

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27 May - On Being YOU

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
POWA does invaluable work with victims of woman abuse in South Africa. Frighteningly SA has some of the highest statistics of abuse in the world.

My philosophy to "be you" is easier said than done. Only when we have a valued sense of self worth do we even begin to know who we are. But, if you are in a situation that is harmful to you, and you don't know your own worth, you may tolerate it far longer than is good for you.

No-one deserves to be treated with disrespect or malice in this life &amp;...
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25 May - POWA says Thank You

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Nehwoh from POWA says a BIG thank you to all my future owners for making it possible for me to buy them 3 fax/copiers for their offices in Joburg to help the work they do getting women out of abusive situations. Thanks to all of you who have bought my album and are making these kind of moments possible in my journey.

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24 May - About "Raise"

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Growing up in the political climate in South Africa exposed me to how little people actually listen to each other. We are so often caught up in making ourselves heard that we ignor those around us. It is the same in families - everyone is so busy trying to get their point across that they never 'hear' anyone else and at the same time feel that they are being unheard.

RaiseI wrote this song while driving through Germany with some friends back in 1999. There we were - two South Africans, a German a...


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22 May - Women Who Know Their Place

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Women who know their place...

I love this story...
Barbara Walters of Television's 20/20 did a story on gender roles in
Kabul, Afghanistan , several years before the Afghan conflict.  She noted
that women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands.
She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind
their husbands.  From Ms. Walter's vantage point, despite the overthrow
of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even
furthe...

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21 May - Note From The Univers

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Notes from the universe I subscribe to an awesome site www.tut.com that sends me daily personalised notes from the universe! It is really great, because when I joined I had to fill in my goals and dreams and then every now then one of the notes has my big goal included in it. I love it when Mike Dooley's (creator of TUT) mails pop into my inbox as they always put a smile on my dial. I thought I would share this one cos I loved receiving it... Having a dream...................................
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30 April - A Very New Song

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Footage of our first performance of my new song "Miracle". It is more for a reference of the song than anything else as the venue was very badly lit and we had only had one rehearsal of workshopping it so just took a chance on trying it out on a live audience. The first line I was horribly flat - still learning the melody - but hey this how all songs start out and we just have to let it grow from there.

It needs a lot of work and but this should be enough to give you an idea...


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27 April - Lisa Nichols is in SA & I am singing with her!

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
YIPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I am so stoked to have been asked to sing Shine and other songs and talk about The Lucky Packet Project for Lisa Nichol's tour of SA in May. If you haven't seen The Secret - then what are you waiting for? If you have, then you will know exactly who she is and will be as excited as I am to attend one of her fabulous talks or courses! I will be at all her Cape Town & Joburg appearances and after my experience of working with Dr John Demartini I am certain this will...
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26 April - 'Shining' With Dr Demartini

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

This is one of Dr Demartini's talks where I got to sing Shine to his audience at the end of his seminar. We weren't sure if we could film it or not hence the bumpy footage in the beginning but you can hear him telling the story of how I approached him & can have a good listen to Shine...

I promise to learn to edit these video soon!!!!


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25 April - On Meeting DeMartini

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
This is me sharing about how I got to meet Dr John Demartini and what I learned from saying 'screw it just do it'!
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24 April -About my song "Perfect"

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Perfect"Perfect" is my saddest love gone wrong song. It was a heartbreaking moment to realise that who I was just wasn't enough for the person I was with. It was a process for me to realise that I didn't need to fit someone else's idea of what they wanted and be happy to just be me. I hope I never put my expectations on anyone and leave them doubting who they are. We are all 'perfect' the way we are. Don't change to keep someone's love. Love is a gift - not a condition.

Click here to ema...


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22 April - Taking A Chance

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Recently, Dr John F Demartini (The Secret) was in SA running his Breakthrough Experience and promoting his new book Heart of Love. I headed off to one of his public talks with some friends and was blown away to see over 800 people turn up to listen to him. He is one hell of a speaker who really moves and inspires people and it was great to soak up his story and energy. He spoke often of us allowing ourselves to shine and be the best we can be, and I kept thinking 'man, I should be singing to ...
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20 April - The night we sold copy #1000

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

On Thursday 12th April I hit 1000 future copies of my album being sold! I was playing a gig at Roosevelts in Cape Town and the editor of CapeTownMagazine.com was in the audience and bought the last 4 albums we needed to hit 1000 copies.   While I was still performing Donna set herself the task of getting to the magic number, and unbeknownst to me was charging around the crowd signing people up as Future Owners. CapeTownMagazine.com set her a target that if she hit they would buy four CD's an...


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19 April - Lucky Break with The Business Network

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Tanya_fpWhen I sang at The Women's Show back in February, I didn't know that in the audience was an incredibly dynamic woman who is the founder of the Business Network in South Africa (www.businessnetwork.co.za), Tanya Jovanovski. She got chatting to Kirstin - from my management team - and asked if I could be a guest speaker at the various Business Network breakfasts around town to help promote the album and boost sales. 

Preparing a 10 minute talk to deliver to a room full of business o...


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11 April - French Revolution vs Inconvenient Revolution...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
A few days ago I went to watch Marie Antoinette and while I found it a rather slow movie, it did capture the opulence and frivolity of the era in a tragically beautiful way. With my knowledge of the history of that time, it was disturbing to watch the lifestyle the royals adopted with no apparent awareness of the plight of the common people. The film is very clever in the way that it never reveals the other side of France, as at the time the royals most likely never saw any of the poverty the...
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10 April - Show with a cause this Sat 14 April...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Aids_concert This will be a special evening to enjoy some great acts all raising their voices for AIDS awareness in South Africa.

For those of you who don't venture past Century City, it is a good opportunity to make your way to The Belville Civic Centre and join the magic.

I will be awarding an INTEC Bursary worth R5000 on the evening as well which I hope will help someone along their path.


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23 March - New Video for "Wherever Love Goes"

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Check this out....

I received this incredible video show from a fan in the States who put this together for my song "Wherever Love Goes" with some pics off my site and other pics he included. I am blown away that a complete stranger on the other side of the world would take the time to support my music and album project in this way! This is the magic that happens when you just start something...

Thanks so much Noel. Verity


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17 March - 27 Dinner

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I recently talked and performed at a 27Dinner in Cape Town. It was a great evening with some of SA's best bloggers and marketting geeks all in one room networking and sharing ideas. I felt priviledged to be there and that they all were so interested in my Lucky Packet business model.  They put together this great video of the evening and it really gives you an insight into how powerful blogging is for businesses to build brands and connect with their customers through the web. It makes me eve...
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15 March - Are Labels a thing of the past?

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
I recently was interviewed for the ZAShow Podcast and asked whether I think record labels are a thing of the past - given that I am choosing to pursue the independent route and use the internet as my strongest ally in the process.

It got me thinking about that and I have to say that I think labels are very necessary for creating 'pop stars' of the Britney and Christina caliber. Artists like them need a marketting machine to drive their success coupled with access to brilliant songwriters an...


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11 March - Foreign Currency

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
A few months back I was absolutely blown away to discover an article in Spanish in an Argentina newspaper about my project – amazing! All of a sudden I had a Future Owners from Argentina! I then received an email from a guy named Alejandro, telling me how much he loved the story of me selling my CD before I record it, and how he really wanted to buy one but didn’t have a credit card. He promised me that he would make a plan.

Argentinamoney_1The weeks went by & I forgot all about Alejandro’s promise. O...


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7 March - SA Blog Awards - pls vote!

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Hi all,  my blog is up for Best Music Blog for the SA Blog Awards 2007.It is incredible to think that I started this blog as a way of keeping all my future owners informed of how my album project and music is going and here we are at a point where you can vote for it as best music blog!  It would be awesome to win so please take a moment to vote.

Thanks!  Verity


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4 March - Be Inspired To Help

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 


Please visit www.edencampus.co.za to see how you can help this incredible free business campus that is helping disadvantaged students on the Garden Route in South Africa. I am very priviledged to be involved with this inspiring project and to have had them take on my song "Shine" as their school song. My band & I will be up there in April to perform a concert as a fundraiser for the campus and to hopefully shoot a music video for "Shine" with all the students.

This amazing video was shot by...


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15 February - A bit of Suga for my Project

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Suga_ghfm While performing at The Women's Show I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Suga on Good Hope FM. She was broadcasting live from the show so I popped into the mobile unit for the interview. We had never met before so I was blown away when she started telling her listeners all about my Lucky Packet Project and how it has been empowering women and uplifting artists in SA.  It was really great to feel so supported by another woman who has carved a very successful career for ...


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9 Feb - Women's Show...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 

Womenshow_hiphopI have just finished performing at The Women's Show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre  from 1-4 Feb and loved it! It was an incredible event aimed at empowering women with information about their rights, products for women, companies that support women in the work place and lots of other fun things to learn. It was all about connecting women with powerful networks that support, uplift and inspire women and it was awesome to see that over 10,000 women came to the exhi...


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7 Feb - Their Own Voices...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
In June last year I started working on a documentary for  SABC2 about teenage survivors of abuse. I was called in to go and work with the four girls from Atlantis just outside Cape Town to help them write a song that would reflect their experience of living where they do and issues they deal with. The most prevalent issue for them is the problem of Tik in their community and they brought me poems they had written about their feelings and fears. Over the course of a few visits out to Atlantis ...
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Jan 29 - Trust 22, a movie about making something out of nothing

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Check this out. The director Oren Stambouli came to Cape Town last year and filmed the work we are doing to create my album. He happened to be there the night we sold 200 albums at one show and the magic started showing up as well as coming to Karatara with me to see the amazing work they are doing there to create a free business school out of nothing.

Check out www.trust22.com
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26 Jan - Come & Rock The Farm House...

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Farmhouse_rocks_flyerOn Sat Feb 10th the band and I will be playing at a very special new venue in Cape Town! Come along to the Cape Farmhouse Restuarant in Scarborough (at the bottom of Red Hill) and enjoy an afternoon on the grass with good food and friends while we entertain you from 1.30pm onwards!

It is a smaller version of Kirstenbosch and lot more intimate - a wonderful way to enjoy this spectacular city we live in!

Call 021 7801246 to book or visit www.capefarmhouse.co.za/rocks

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Jan 23 - Women's Show 2-4 Feb

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Womensshow I will be playing unplugged on Sunday 4th Feb at 2pm.... CTICC

The Women’s Lifestyle Stage Programme will be jam packed with over 60 live events including Arno Carstens, CODA, Louise Carver and Verity, fashion shows, business presentations, dance performances and lifestyle discussions.

Interactive exhibits by over 100 participating companies will appeal to all your senses - showcasing products and services for women!

This is a show for all women and smart men – send it on!

2 – 4 Februar...

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Jan 12 - Happy 2007!

Posted by Verity on Thursday, February 3, 2011, In : 2007 
Well it has been a long while since I posted anything on my blog. I have to admit I took December off to rejuvenate and relax and only got back to the real world about 2 days ago. I feel like a whole new person and am excited for all the possiblities 2007 holds!  I love the beginning of a year - everything feels ripe with potential. A new diary to fill, a list of intentions to get out there and do, and lots of exciting things to plan.

2007 is the year when my album is going to be recorded! ...


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