Dalzell House Show

I’ll be opening for McDean, a singer-songwriter duo from Pensecola, FL, on Nov. 10 for a house show on Dalzell Street in Shreveport. These folks are 2 great friends of mine and 2 of the best musicians I know. It’s always an honor to play with them, and I’m so excited that YOU might get to hear their magic this time. Mark those calendars, folks.

(Free tickets, suggested $10 donation at door)

Music for Well+Fed Dinner

I had a blast playing tunes at Well+Fed Louisiana’s “End of Summer Dinner” recently! I’m so proud to be a part of the crew there. The meal was 4 courses of all gluten-free, vegan food & wine, and it was magical. There will be many more of these to come in the future, so make sure to grab a ticket next time if you missed this one.

Also, I’ve got a couple hours of music put together and am always looking for places to play it, so let me know if your event or venue needs some tunes!

Enneagram Creativity Workshop! (Tickets now available)

I'm teaching a brand new workshop on August 11th in Shreveport! Here's why:

It breaks my heart to hear people say, “I’m just not creative.” It actually pains me. 

I’m tired of hearing the Enneagram 6s in my life (all of whom perhaps are more talented than I am) say “I’m not an artist,” and hearing 9’s say they’re not creative when they have some of the most natural creative gifts of us all. Or 3’s wanting excellence in their work but being unwilling to risk vulnerability in the process, or 7’s with brilliant ideas left unfinished, or 1’s too afraid of making mistakes to even start. The list could go on with an example for each Enneagram type (and will at the workshop).

In a basic sense, creativity can be thought of as a way to express who we are. So knowing who we are with the help of Enneagram wisdom can allow us to better express ourselves, which can lead into being known more fully by others and ourselves! Creativity isn’t ever only about expression, but also about discovery. We learn about ourselves, others, and our world in the process of creation. To me, creativity is the art of knowing and being known.

I believe that creativity is an innate human capacity, and we are better off when we’re using it. As Brene Brown puts it, “Unused creativity is not benign. It metastasizes. It turns into grief, rage, judgement, sorrow, shame.” In other words, neglecting to use our creativity is not without consequence. It affects our overall health and well being, the quality of our relationships, and the ways in which we contribute to the world.

In this Enneagram Creativity workshop, we'll look at Enneagram basics with an emphasis on how personality influences creativity for each of the 9 types. 

  • Why is it important to make time and space for creativity in our lives?
  • What sort of content do you naturally gravitate toward making? 
  • What are the gifts and challenges that your personality brings to the creative process?
  • How can self-awareness help in overcoming creative obstacles and freeing you up to make the work and life you envision? 

This is just as much for anyone who has ever said I’m just not creative or I’m not an artist as it is for working artists looking for tools to help get past creative blocks and discover new aspects of your work and talents. Prior knowledge of the Enneagram is not required, but familiarity with your type would be helpful...click here for a brief overview of the 9 types.


Want to come? Grab your ticket now...

There will only be 50 seats available, so make sure to reserve yours early!

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When: Saturday August 11 , 10am-5pm

Where: The Agora Borealis

Ticket Cost: $55 (Artists of Agora, use your discount code for $5 off.)

*Ticket price includes a local vegan lunch by Go Greenly, a class workbook for note-taking & further study, and discounts on brand new Enneagram products.

**BYOB to enjoy throughout the day!

Hope to see you there!

More info at sarahduet.com/enneagram or feel free to shoot me an email!

Yoga + Music

Photos courtesy of Melissa Stephens (melissastephensphotography.com)

I thoroughly enjoyed playing live music for a class at Breathe Yoga Shreveport earlier this month! The connections between yoga practice and making music abound, and I experienced these tangibly during the class. Both yoga and music require:

  • awareness of one's body,
  • attention to the breath,
  • openness to the feeling and energy of the environment,
  • centering in the present moment,
  • allowing discomfort,
  • and receiving one's thoughts, emotions, and sensations without being controlled by them.

I've known the importance of these things for years, as it's nearly impossible to record or perform music and not bomb terribly without these abilities. Eventually I found yoga as a form of literal practice that strengthens the metaphorical muscles (and more precisely: the neural pathways) needed for this sort of attention.

Of course these skills are valuable in most areas of life, and not everyone learns or practices them via music. I'm grateful to get to put music and yoga together in this way in hopes that it may contribute to other folks' practice––whatever form it takes.

I so enjoyed this experience, and the response has been so positive that I have decided to record an album precisely for this purpose...

I'm working on a collection of ambient, instrumental songs intended for the accompaniment of yoga, prayer, & other meditative practices that will be released in the near future.

I hope it'll be valuable to many of you in your pursuits of health, meaning, & connection.

-sd.

BIG MAGIC Giveaway!

Here's the Deal

I love reading this book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, to kickstart a new year with extra doses of bravery, curiosity, & creativity! I love it so much that I want to share a copy so it can hopefully offer the same to you as you embark on your new year...

How?

This is so simple. Just subscribe to my email newsletter list before January 28th here:

Subscribe to my email newsletter. #BigMagicBigYear

Why?

I've recently made some adjustments that have opened up a whole lot more time for creative work. It'll be a big year ahead, and I've got lots I want to share with you. To that end I'm reviving this monthly newsletter, which I've been away from for about 2 years. I can't wait to reconnect with those of you already on the list and to welcome new folks into the  fold. Writing these used to be one of my favorite things to do, and I'm stoked about getting back to it!

What?

As a part of my list: You'll be among the first folks to hear about new projects and have access to perks like free resources, new music, early pre-orders, discounts, and exclusive material sent just for you. And best of all, you get priority access to my inbox...I look forward to the conversations we all might have this year.

You'll hear from me once monthly at minimum (the last Monday of each month) and occasionally about special happenings in between. I promise I won't waste your time...I know everybody gets too many emails these days, so I'll only send you what I think might be most valuable for you.

Details:

  1. If you're already on my newsletter list, you're automatically entered into the drawing!
  2. I'll announce the winner on Monday Jan. 29 via that day's email.
  3. BONUS CHANCES: If you really want the book (or you just really want to help connect me with folks who might be interested in my work...which I greatly appreciate, by the way)...you can get your name put in up to 3 times! Here's how. After subscribing...
    1. LIKE my new business page on Facebook at: facebook.com/sarahduet. (It's under construction but will be fully up & running later this month.)
    2. SHARE a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook talking about the giveaway with the hashtag #BigMagicBigYear in the caption. (Feel free to copy the one at the top of this post or download one here or here.) 
    3. **#'s 1 & 2 each get your name put in the drawing 1 more time, up to 3 total.

Thanks for playing! Here's to a curious, brave, & creative 2018...

sd.

 

Enneagram Introductions at Broadmoor UMC (SHV, LA)

I'm excited to report that I get to start off 2018 by doing one of my favorite things...talking with you about the Enneagram!

Interested in starting the new year off with learning more about yourself and your loved ones? In being a better version of yourself? In having healthier relationships? lAre you ever perplexed by yourself, loved ones, or coworkers? Are you ready to explore deeper levels of spiritual practice?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Enneagram could be a valuable tool for you! I'll be leading a 5-week study on the value of self-knowledge and the role of personality in our relationships with God, one another, and our own selves. You can expect to gain valuable insights and practical tools with which to grow and mature in your spiritual journey.


Where: Broadmoor United Methodist Church

When: Jan. 10 - Feb. 7 (Every Wednesday @ 6pm)

Cost: $25 (Includes a study guide & printed resources; Scholarships available...don't let cost be a barrier!)

Sign Up: Register online at broadmoorumc.org/discipleship OR call/visit the church (Contact person: Laura Vaughan)

Notes: Childcare is available upon request. 

 

Hope to share these valuable conversations with you!

-sd.

Notes From My Phone* Reading Event

I had the privilege of participating in this event with 2 of my favorite people/writers at Centenary College here in Shreveport, LA on October 24, 2017. Music was played (by me), poetry recited (by Jennifer Strange), and books read (by Michelle Junot).

Below, listen to the audio of Michelle reading from her most recent memoir (a self-portrait constructed entirely from content in the Notes app on her iPhone) and from the panel discussion among the 3 of us about all things art-making, vulnerability, work and "real" jobs, the value (and confusion) of liberal arts education, health, etc.

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah Duet performed original pieces at Michelle Junot's book reading. Sarah graduated from Centenary in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: New Media. Song Titles: 1. The Times They Are A-Changin' "by Bob Dylan (cover) 2. Allow 3. Lover of Leaving 4. Mercy Make Acquaintance. Sarah is a writer, artist, and musician.

Alumna Michelle Junot reads from her newest book, "Notes from my Phone*." Michelle Junot is the author Notes From My Phone* a self-portrait in her twenties, and of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays exploring childhood and memory. Her writing has been published in BmoreArt, Welter, Industry Night, The Avenue, Reject, and Baltimore STYLE.
Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot majored in Communication: Professional Writing as well as Dance at Centenary College and then headed to the University of Baltimore where she earned the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing arts. She did the writing, design, and publishing of her first book, and the floor was always lava. Then she slacked off and only did the writing part of her more recent book, Notes From My Phone*, published by Mason Jar Press. She has also published essays in several magazines and currently teaches graphic design and works as Director of Alumni Relations and Assistant Director of Communications at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Sarah Duet

Sarah Duet

 

Jennifer Strange

Jennifer Strange

"River (Acoustic)" Featured on Noisetrade's New & Notable!

Sarah Duet

River (Acoustic)

"The ever-emotive sound and deeply thoughtful lyrics we’ve come to expect of Sarah Duet’s music are as present as ever in her new single, “River (Acoustic),” which is available now exclusively through NoiseTrade. “River” was born of personal reflection on current events woven together with wisdom from many of the world’s great spiritual traditions on the essential sacredness of water. All tips will go to support the Standing Rock Sioux resistance efforts."

Genre: Singer/Songwriter : Acoustic


A song I recently wrote & recorded––“River (Acoustic)”––was chosen by Noisetrade.com as one of their New & Notable features! The song was promoted in one of their email campaigns Wednesday morning and the album will be featured on their homepage all week. I’m amazed that as of Wednesday afternoon, it was the 5th most downloaded album on the site! I’m really grateful that the song is making it into more ears than it ever would have otherwise.

You can grab it for free, but 100% of the proceeds from any tips I receive will go to support resistance efforts at Standing Rock. I'd love to send them as much as we can.

If you’re one of the many who have downloaded it already, thanks so much! I hope it’s meaningful for you in some way.

Songs for Standing Rock (Coming Soon)

 "River (for Standing Rock)" coming in March/April 2017!

"River (for Standing Rock)" coming in March/April 2017!

The Scoop

I wrote a song reflecting on the situation with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the Dakota Access Pipeline. I am finishing the tracking, mixing, and mastering now, and it is set to be released in March/April of 2017! If all goes as planned, soon thereafter I'll share a B-side cover from the Civil Rights Era catalogue...as these songs are needed again now more than ever. 

The Stories

There's a grievous history of the native peoples in our country that we must face, that we may lament it, and learn to go forward in a new way. Mark Charles, Native American author & activists, paints a picture of that history as it relates to the Christian church, the present political moment, and proposes a pursuit of "racial conciliation." Watch the lecture below. It is worth every minute.

In this lecture "Lamenting the Mythology of a Christian Empire", Native American author and activist Mark Charles unravels the hidden history and moral myths that lie at the heart of the systemic injustice and division persisting in America today - and proposes a way forward. This lecture was given at Saving Justice: Night of Lament, a citywide event hosted by Imago Dei Community and Bridgetown Church, on January 23rd, 2017.