voice of a songwriter

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


I’m a snoop. Newsflash….we all are. Hasn’t everyone taken the time to ask around about that someone who caught our eye? C’mon, you’ve lurked on an email list.  Who among us hasn’t scoped an old friend’s Facebook page to see what they’re up to? Well, I’m no exception. I spent a few months searching and lurking and scoping out other songwriters’ websites. I looked at their branding, their logos, their.. Read More

backSTORY: Hand in Hand

Love usually inspires songs of despondency or delight. My love inspired something entirely different. Hand in hand Stone by stone Help me build Our sacred home I was sitting in my bed on a lazy Saturday morning in late summer 2011, my favorite sage colored comforter mussed up around me, musing about the man I was then dating – or more accurately, I was sizing him up to my newly.. Read More

A Little Melissa-ness

I feel like I’m a split personality these days. There is all this DUALITY going on. Do I sit down with my computer or my guitar? Do I reach out and make connections or do I insulate and crank it out? Am I a marketeer or a minstrel? It’s a trip being a creative spirit AND a powerhouse business woman. I am blessed with a left AND a right brain… Read More


I have a gift. Okay – that was weird. It gives me the heebies to state that I have a gift. I have always had issues with being described as gifted. But I am. Last March, I hired a life coach. After being remarried for over a year, my financial situation was more secure, and I could explore my choices without fretting about bills. I interviewed three coaches. The first.. Read More

If I Didn’t Share It, It Didn’t Happen

On the recommendation of my dear friend, Phyllis Lundy, I’ve been reading Austin Kleon’s books, Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work. It’s confirming for me that the right things come to me at the right times. In a conversation over coffee and tea, Phyllis and I discussed what was to become this website. In our co-processing, she about her new book and I about my music ventures, I.. Read More

Off the Cliff

Today is February 14, 2015. My website is not even ready yet, but it is time to start writing. My name is Melissa Monforti. I am a singer/songwriter. This website is about my songs, my writing process, my recording adventures, and of course, me. But it’s also about you. Part of my vision is to open my heart and share with my fans and followers the ins and outs of.. Read More