voice of a songwriter

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I write songs. And I write a blog. That’s a lot of writing, but it’s okay. I have a busy mind. Did you stop by to hear my music? To read my musings about music? To learn about songwriting? To book a house concert? To be inspired in your own creative work? Whatever the reason, let’s get started! First, I’d be oh so delighted if you’d join my fan list, found in.. Read More

Songwriter’s Wish List

Last night, I put down my hook book after jotting down some half-way decent lyric ideas. I stopped writing, not because I ran out of creativity, but because my pen sucked. I just can’t write with a sucky pen. I’m not really that much of a priss. I don’t have to wait for the 5th Tuesday in November when the moon is in the 7th house and Jupiter aligns with.. Read More

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Last week, I traveled to the historic city of New Orleans to perform for a crowd of 4000 people. You would think I might have been scared, but I really wasn’t. I was in my happy place. As a fan, you might have heard me say this before. Sharing music is one of the few ways I live into my authenticity. I was a featured musician at the annual Unitarian.. Read More

Streaming Ethically

I need a fan. Just one. Maybe it’s you? My teenagers think I’m a fuddy-duddy when it comes to accessing music. I realize I’m furthering their case with the use of the word “fuddy-duddy.” As a new recording artist, (as well as an old fart), I’m still learning about how to make money from my songs. However, there is one word that can silence any room of hard-working musicians: streaming… Read More

Does this lyric make my butt look big?

I envy my child. She wears essentially the same outfit every day: skinny jeans, a band or gamer t-shirt,  high-top Cons. She might vary up her earrings, but otherwise, getting dressed is a three-minute, dramaless ritual. I, on the other hand, end up with a scattered pile of rejects before I settle on whatever outfit finally feels right. Being rather OCD, I must put it all away, nice a tidy,.. Read More

5 Books I’m Obsessed With

This post covers my top 5 non-fiction faves. Stay tuned or join the fan list for my top 5 fiction faves coming soon! YAY! It’s one of those “TOP 5” lists! So, what books do deep-thinking songwriters read obsessively? Here are the books I turn to again and again. Let’s dive right in. 1. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz If you’ve been a fan for long, you might have guessed this.. Read More

Show Some Respect

I try not to use the phrase, “You’ll understand when you’re older.” I hated hearing this – and I heard it often – when I was a kid. It felt as though grown-ups were hoarding all the good info. Like they knew the answers, but hid them. Like they didn’t trust us kids with the real world. It was a cop out. Kids are capable, but they need a champion.. Read More

Funky Closets

Ugh. Here we go again. I’m in a funk. Why are you even telling people about this? No one cares what you think. You’re the only one who reads your own dumb blog. Go write one of your “deep” little songs. This is such a waste of time. Oh no? Really? Then what do you have to show it? Get a real life. For about a month now, I’ve been.. Read More

What the Hell is This Song About?

I recently took a four-week storytelling class. Each of the five or so folks in the class would get rolling with their story, and inevitably, the facilitator, author and actor Matthew Taylor, would interrupt with the same question: “So, what is your story about?” It seems like such a straight-forward ask, but the answer turned out to be rather elusive. Only with the support of Mr. Taylor and the group did.. Read More

Uncovering Authenticity

A recent email caught my eye: “Here is your free gift! (as promised)” Normally, a subject line like this would prompt an immediate “Block Sender” action, but the source was an organization I had just researched. While visiting their website, I signed up to get their emails. This must be my opt in gift, I thought. Some gift. It was a link to an old article that is publicly available.. Read More