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Pretty Girls Learn To Work It Early

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My new single “Pretty Girls” drops today! Get it on iTunes!
Watch the original MV on Billboard.com April 7th and YouTube worldwide April 8th. 

     I’m thrilled to have been a part of every stage of this song, from its conception to songwriting to recording to composing a video treatment and producing the original MV to monitoring visual effects hours before release. Nobody except those who dig for information will know the arduous, taxing process, the sleepless nights and troubleshooting, the money spent to improve quality, the tremendous stress and even greater gratification of seeing a dream to fruition, and the complete and utter release of letting it go to the world. Regardless of what happens with this song, I know that I gave my all. And that feels good as an artist. The opinions and feedback don’t even feel that crucial. I just hope people enjoy it when they listen. 

     The song itself is actually a very strong social statement hidden in polished production. “Pretty Girls” is about the power of Beauty in culture and how women use it to get what they want. It follows a woman who’s explaining very plainly to someone that if they get too close, they will be blinded by her beauty, even if she doesn’t mean to affect them. There are so many facets of Beauty that we use to seduce, entrance, manipulate, and persuade. And they work. In the boardroom. In the bedroom. What we can do is become aware of the difference between artifical/superficial Beauty and authentic Beauty, embracing Beauty and exploiting Beauty. I hope when you hear the song, you love the beat, you love the message, and you’re not afraid to call it for what it is. No spite, bitterness, complaint or envy. Just recording my observations through my chosen medium.

Who are we kidding? “Pretty girls learn to work it early

Find Roots, Take Flight

Stream of consciousness this morning:

If anything, 2014 has been about setting aside excuses and also ceasing the search for short-cuts.  I have admitted that I do not transform overnight- with any sustenance, at least.  I have begun assimilating to the patient, stride-by-stride reorientation of self-management, incorporating learned principles while allowing a mist of grace to cover the remaining blemishes.  And boy are there are imperfections.  But it’s funny how someone can be standing in one place, and depending on which way he’s facing, find every fault as another shovel of dirt over his head, or every challenge as a fertilizer for his personal growth and story.  Attitude is everything.  Compassion for self is critical to our well-being and progress.

This year my sister checked me for being out of line.  A first.  I’m usually not the troublemaker/-seeker, or out of touch with my values.  And she was very bold for risking the placidness of our relationship by reprimanding me.  But I’m so grateful.  It struck a chord or truth in my gut and reminded me of my roots instantly.  The roundabout victory of this all was that I, the rigid perfectionist, had allowed such flexibility and risk into my life that I needed reining in!  And, I trusted my core group to let me experiment in the wild without reaching the point of no return.  It’s important we watch who and what influences us, and that we set up an infrastructure of unwavering values and truths, so when we grow curious, rebellious, and stubborn, we can return to these timeless building blocks.  In the journey of self-discovery, it gets messy. But don’t get so wrapped up that you think it’s your destiny to stay in the chaos.  You can venture far and wide and still return home in your mind, body, and soul.

And those little whispers… Whew!  Grow sensitive to those whispers.  Seek consciousness, wakefulness… Work with your parasympathetic nervous system, be creative…

Find roots before you take flight.  Find roots and take flight.  Roots, flight.



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Alyson Stoner was born in Toledo, OH on August 11, 1993. Her acting career took off soon after her move to L.A. when she booked commercials for Mattel, Hallmark-Disney and McDonald’s and then two ABC TV pilots in the same year. Her “big screen” career includesthe movies Cheaper by the Dozen, Camp Rock, Step Up & Step Up 3D.
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