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

How to Write a Song

#1 question at any house concert: So, what’s your writing process? Like, how do you do it? The short answer is, it’s a mystery. But here’s my process, in no particular order. Get an idea. Or receive an idea. Or be open to an idea. A song says something, so figure out what you want to say. More directly, what is your song about? Is there a moment you want.. Read More

Soft Spot For Angry Songs

We, as a culture, have a schizophrenic relationship with anger. On the one hand, we are a nation quite comfortable with anger. Observe a youth soccer match, for example. Ask anyone who’s ever worked in customer service. Try going the speed limit. In the fast lane. On the other hand, there is an underlying judgment around anger. We shun those who can’t control their anger. There is a general disgust.. Read More

When Songs Won’t Come

Ugh. What a heart-wrenching time it’s been. Yes, I’m talking about Charlottesville and the aftermath. Often, at times like this, I’m drawn to my guitar, pulled by my hook book to sit down and write. Writing songs is one of the ways I process the baffling world around me. But sometimes, songs won’t come. My heart is broken, my tears are flowing, but the creative way is blocked with too.. Read More

This is Not an Improvement Plan

You are going to be so happy you found this blog post. I’m sharing a very cool practice that has allowed me to truly incorporate life lessons. You can try it too, and tell me what you think. It’s adapted from a Benedictine tradition of reading scripture very intently, with pause to allow words to sink in, stir and move. The traditional practice is called Lectio Divina. It does not.. 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