voice of a songwriter

Trips Trip Up the Schedule

PRE-SCRIPT: “Open to the World” will be released mid-late June. Join my mailing list to be the first to hear it! You know that great feeling when you’re all productive, crossing stuff off your list, every day just plugging along? Me too. Love that. Then, you go on a little trip. Or your spouse goes. And everything gets all wonky. Trips trip up the schedule. I know that’s a good.. Read More

Making Magic in the Studio

Every Sunday evening, I have a little ritual. Well, almost every Sunday. My definition of discipline isn’t all that hard and fast. But the ritual works, so I’m sharing it. After all the dinner activities, I sit down at my desk and do some prioritizing for the coming week. I’m an uber organized girl. I find it thrilling to peruse my calendars (yes, I have two) and make time to.. Read More

backSTORY: Open to the World

I drove into Colorado from the east for the first time in my life in August of 1995. Driving in from Nebraska, the Rockies are a distant gray crumple in the horizon. Approaching the formidable Front Range – stretching all the way north and all the way south – you have to make a decision. Either stop or find a pass to plow through. I’m guessing part of the reason.. Read More

Hippie Meditation

I was raised in a culture and time during which meditation was only for hippies. My parents, just old enough to miss the real hippie movement, were rebels of a sort, but not the meditation sort. More the Brooklynites-move-upstate sort. My father is a Vietnam vet. I grew up confused by my intrigue and respect for “Oriental” peoples, which my father spoke of sparingly but reverently, and my nebulous inner.. Read More

Ready For a Game?

Ready for a game? OKAY! Let’s play! Use these five words in any order, adding other words if needed, in one, rational sentence: hippity pleasurable dog fight partisan consultant Here’s mine: Somehow, she found it pleasurable to witness that hippity consultant cheering on a dog fight between the head honchos, exposing the partisan behind the beard and flip flops. That sentence took me like seven minutes to write, but it.. Read More

Songs for Demons

She’s talented, adorable, deep, sweet, and young. She plays with amazing style. She sings in her own powerful, unique voice. She writes from her heart, moving and transformational songs. She’s cut numerous CDs. She’s got a big, fat growing fan base. I wish I was her. Hero worship gets confusing with you idolize someone 15 years younger but with 15 more years experience. There’s this feeling that I should be.. Read More

Big Fat Feeler

My son, who is 11 and a half years old, is a spitfire. He is snarky, quick-witted, sarcastic, foul-mouthed, and smart. He wears his heart on his sleeve and rides his emotions like tornadoes and tidal waves. His face can turn four shades of red before a minute goes by. My boy can go from the height of panic to a “nothing happened here” calm in the flash of a.. Read More

Roll With It

Go Google “How do you write…” and guess what’s the #1 Google guess on autofill?   “…a song.” There are hundreds of resources to learn to write a song! Who knew? I swear, I never thought to research it. I figured it was just something that burbled forth organically. You’re either blessed with the divine power or not. You either got it or you don’t. I had no idea people actually.. Read More

What’s my WHY?

As of this writing, I have spent 27 hours in the recording studio. I won’t tell you how much it has cost, because that’s between me and Luke, but let’s just say I’ve made a substantial investment. Many hours and dollars. No song. Yet. This is a new arena for me. Since my first babysitting gig at age 14, time = money. Like you probably did, I started with hourly.. Read More

Killer Taste – Sucky Songs

I took a seasonal job at the Carousel Mall in Syracuse over Christmas break while I was an undergrad. I worked at The Gap. Little did they know, they hired the Regional Champion Jeans Folder in the lightweight 20-25 year old age bracket. Folding laundry has always been my favorite chore. Everything warm and clean, folded the right way, stacked into the correct pile for the specific family member, then.. Read More