voice of a songwriter

Quick! Gimme a Song Idea!

Quick!  Gimme a song idea! Seriously, what songs do you need me to write? Something with a little “Kumbaya?” A pop song about pussy power? A chant you can repeat over and over, just to get you through the day? I’m open, people. And I’m kinda in a hurry, because I need a new song by next Friday. Remember that songwriter’s circle I told you about? That’s coming up soon… Read More


As a planner by nature, January is sweeter than Christmas for me. Before the tree even goes up, I’m already pining about the new year and all its promise. I completed my year-end analysis, looking back on the successes and mistakes of last year. I dumped my brain into a notebook, listing a ton of creative ideas for the coming year. Then I pruned it all down to just a handful as.. Read More

Life is Suffering, So Let’s Sing

I was recently seated on the new and comfy couch of my dear friend, Phyllis Lundy. Phyllis’s living room is one of the most beautiful home spaces I’ve ever been. Surrounded by handsome paintings, sculptures, and travel treasures, I have spent many an hour – I usually camp in the same corner – basking in the glow of the soft uplighting of her glass cabinets, setting my teacup on her.. Read More

Words Matter

What’s the word, y’all? Word on the streets is that this blog explores words. Word? Word up. We’ve just come through many months of trauma. You. Me. All of us. The trauma took the form of words spoken. There was no filter. No protection. No one, not even young children, was spared this trauma, and life in the United States and throughout the world has forever shifted, a little or.. Read More

Rehearse. Repeat.

You make it look so easy. I’m not too proud to confess that a few years ago, I went to see the One Direction movie, This is Us. At the time, my stepgirl was swept into the boy band craze of her generation. We joined a few dozen other mom-daughter pairs, including a family friend, watching as the clean-cut singing troupe traipsed about the world touring, performing, and wooing crowds.. Read More

Taken Under Wing

Sometimes I feel so discouraged, and I think my life’s in vain, in vain… These are the first words I sang last Sunday, the first words of a song by Unitarian Univeralist (UU) singer-songwriter, Nick Page titled “We Pray.” Let me tell you, I owned those words after a few strange months of personal struggle. I owned those words, not just for my own current state of confusion, but in witness.. Read More

Baby Steps or Art is Grueling and Costly

Finally, I’m back in the studio this week after a LONG hiatus during which I saved up some funds and Luke, my recording engineer – and also half of the duo, Bettman & Halpin – was on tour. We hit it strong this past Monday. Okay – not that strong. We got one song tracked, but it was progress. I realize I have, so far, been going about this whole.. Read More

Working Up a Sweat

In the last few weeks, I have written three new songs, pulled off my first two-set gig, begun some serious voice training, put in a dozen or so volunteer hours, written a whole year’s curriculum for my Forte KiDS GUiTAR program, and started working out at the gym. I’m feeling my inner rock-star, people. Behind the scenes, my personal life of motherhood and wifehood has been, let’s say, colorful. This.. Read More

How Much Suck is Too Much?

This blog is more than just a plug for my next show, promise. But let’s just get it out there. I’m playing at La Dolce Vita Coffee House in Olde Town Arvada, Saturday, August 27, 7:00pm. Free and kid-friendly. Links below. Self-promo out of the way, this blog IS about doing my best to enjoy the best parts of performing and dealing with the parts that suck. This summer, and.. Read More