Writing Songs Lead to Writing Scenes Lead to Writing Songs

I keep saying I need to choose between writing fiction and songwriting but there is no choice - they work together. When I'm thinking about writing a song, I see a scene and writing that scene helps me then write the song. And when I listen to music on SiriusXM as I'm driving around, I … Continue reading Writing Songs Lead to Writing Scenes Lead to Writing Songs

Screamie Birds First Song When I was 11 and She was 12

When my agent said I had a "poetic, almost lyrical rhythm" to my writing, I wondered what that meant. But when I heard my paternal grandmother wrote poetry and the rest of my dad's family played instruments, I wondered if it meant I should pursue songwriting. Then I remembered writing my first song with the … Continue reading Screamie Birds First Song When I was 11 and She was 12

“Tell the World What They Need to Know”

Lionel Ritchie tells Berklee College of Music grads: 'Tell the World What They Need to Know." Todd Rundgren adds: "The most important thing you can take advantage of in the world of music is to see yourself. I eventually got to the point where music meant self-exploration [to me] more than anything else." (For inspiration … Continue reading “Tell the World What They Need to Know”

Sublime Morning Reading “Penny Poet of Portsmouth” and Practicing the Keys

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm reading the delightful Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir of Place, Solitude, and Friendship by Katherine Towler. This morning I picked up where I left off but not before I played the opening chord progression of "Sign of the Times" after watching Mark Isaiah perform this on "The Voice" last … Continue reading Sublime Morning Reading “Penny Poet of Portsmouth” and Practicing the Keys

Changes and a 5-Star Review

In my last blog post, I wrote that when you change something, everything changes. Often, we just want to change one thing and then are surprised by so many things changing, things we didn't really want to change. But that's what holds people back from changing anything. After a brief halt to the life-changing events … Continue reading Changes and a 5-Star Review

Everything Changes X-Posted

Cross-posted from Screamie Birds. During this process, we remind ourselves that "if you change nothing, nothing changes." What's also true is that when you change something, everything changes. I awaken at night, my head spinning with potential changes. Sometimes I blog. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I write or play music on my iPhone (with ear … Continue reading Everything Changes X-Posted

Freebie Friday: Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon (Beware the French Martini)

Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon Nikki Durrance escaped the worst nightmare of her life when she fled Las Vegas for San Francisco, leaving her husband behind at the Blue Diamond Saloon. So when the perfect Dr. Mike Fischer proposes, she accepts. But when her new Mr. Right begins to transform into a guy … Continue reading Freebie Friday: Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon (Beware the French Martini)

Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon 2.0 is Live Now

As promised, Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon version 2.0 is now live. Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon Nikki Durrance escaped the worst nightmare of her life when she fled Las Vegas for San Francisco, leaving her husband behind at the Blue Diamond Saloon to build a new life. So when the … Continue reading Déjà vu at the Blue Diamond Saloon 2.0 is Live Now