voice of a songwriter

Divine Intervention

Would you think I was weird if I told you that I sometimes hear voices in my head? I’m not kidding. Once in a long while, a little phrase or word pops into my head and somehow I know it’s not my own thought. Just like there are aspects you just “know” about a scene or person who shows up in a dream, when it comes to these moments, I.. Read More

Mixed Tapes, Bootlegs, Streaming and Other Ways Songwriters Get a Whole Lotta Nothing

It’s done. I’ve recorded my first single. I love listening to it. The harmonies. The pretty chords. The meaning in the words. I am proud of this song. I’m ready to launch. “Open to the World” is ready for the world. This week, I’m meeting with my web designer, choosing the clip to post on the site, setting up the back end and testing the purchase process. Once all is.. Read More

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