Dancing in the Dark: Today’s Rehearsal Vocals

As a songwriter, I think it's important to take some time out and record some cover songs to see how your voice works for it. It can clue you in as to what types of songs you might want to try writing. So when you hear a song on the radio and you wonder if … Continue reading Dancing in the Dark: Today’s Rehearsal Vocals

Turning to Music in Times of Grief

The vet called and Lovey's remains were ready to be picked up, which created a little setback in our grief. It took Rich by surprise because he'd been so busy at work that he hadn't had time to really grieve. I, on the other hand, spend the day in Lovey's house and see her everywhere. … Continue reading Turning to Music in Times of Grief

Remembering the Day I Met Debbie Reynolds

Like the rest of the world, I'm saddened by the sudden passing of Debbie Reynolds, the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died suddenly and way too young. Debbie Reynolds also represents the glory days of Hollywood and the stories that held my heart captive ever since I can remember. I'll never forget the day … Continue reading Remembering the Day I Met Debbie Reynolds

2017 Writing Goals or The 3 Best Things My Father Ever Told Me

Last night I had the most amazing dream about a spectacular book with awesome binding with table of contents, index, and other back matter. I have a background in print and electronic publishing, and so I admire the details. It was done so beautifully and written in a style that I really love that I … Continue reading 2017 Writing Goals or The 3 Best Things My Father Ever Told Me

“I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

In this week's songwriting workshop, the leader reinforced the idea about songwriting that I've heard others like Mary Gauthier say (see letter on the main page of this web site) that you should be honest, real, and authentic in your songwriting. Dig down deep to who you really are, not who you present yourself to … Continue reading “I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

Free Christmas Gift for the Fans of “Real Women Wear Red”

I'm already having second thoughts about writing a blog post every week day in December - lol! Maybe because we've just returned from a trip to Florida and I'm still writing up the trip report. And I've enrolled in a couple of music classes. And I'm working on my wip. So that all counts, right? … Continue reading Free Christmas Gift for the Fans of “Real Women Wear Red”

Lucky Stryker’s Guide to Wine and Men

"I can tell what kind of man he is by the wine he drinks." - Lucky Stryker International Wine Sales Rep Lucky Stryker believes she can tell what kind of man he is by the kind of wine he drinks. Italian: Sexy (40 percent) and stylish (37 percent) French: Pretentious (76 percent) and high-maintenance (65 … Continue reading Lucky Stryker’s Guide to Wine and Men