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Songwriter takes you behind the scenes of Extra Steps (Donkey Christmas Song) which releases on Dec. 8, 2023 

Songwriter and recording artist, Vickie Maris, based in Indiana, wrote Extra Steps (Donkey Christmas Song) when she was asked to provide music for an event at Christmas Eve.

While out in the barn doing the chores on her Connemara pony farm on a snowy day, she got inspired to write a song that would narrate how Joseph might have interacted with the donkey who provided a ride to Mary on the journey to Bethlehem. 

While it isn't known whether a donkey was a part of the scene or not, she used artistic license to…

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Daydreams performed for the 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest 

Daydreams was written without a guitar, or any musical instrument in hand, however, we usually perform it with my band members rockin' the house on guitars, keyboard, sax, bass and drums!

But, for the 2023 NPR Tiny Desk Contest video, I chose a simple, acoustic approach to my submission video. My hubby, songwriter/guitarist/entertainer Scott Greeson, joined me for the Daydreams video. You'll see and hear him holding down the rhythm and covering the guitar lead work as well as harmony vocals. 

Thank you for…

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Three benefits to listening to music via songs in a playlist in Spotify 

As a musician, it always sparks joy to see that a listener in Spotify has added one (or more) of my songs to a playlist they are curating. It is helpful to other potential listeners as they seek music to collect for their own Spotify libraries and playlists.

Listening to music in a playlist is a great way to enjoy music without having to take additional action after initially clicking the play button!

Here are a few other perks to listening to music via a playlist in Spotify:

  • you can collect songs in a group…
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Vickie Maris performed in the showcase at the Indiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention 2023 

Vickie Maris and her band performed in the lineup of acts, Jan. 6, 2023, during the Indiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Convention. The event was held in the Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She was 7th in the lineup of 9 bands on Friday. Another group of bands performed in the showcase on Saturday.

Vickie's set list for the 20-minute showcase act included:

  • Daydreams - by Vickie Maris (Track 3 on Another Universe)
  • Mourning Dove - by Vickie Maris, Scott Greeson and Michael Kelsey (Track…
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Mourning Dove playlisted in Spotify in "Cozy Christmas Vibes 2022" 

Mourning Dove is the opening track of the album, Another Universe. My co-writers are Scott Greeson and <strong>Michael Kelsey</strong>.

It was both an exciting and humbling moment to see the song appear in this playlist in Spotify, <strong>Cozy Christmas Vibes 2022</strong>.

By adding the song, the curator of this playlist, Low-fi club, with over 18,700 followers of the list, has opened the door to the song being heard around the world. Mourning Dove is in the list with songs by Ed Sheeran, Adele, John…

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