Writing Advocates in Heaven

One of the first songs I wrote in my songwriting class was "Advocates in Heaven." The idea of the song is about losing those closest to you as life moves on until one day you feel as if you have few, if any, advocates on earth, which could feel devastating until you remember you now … Continue reading Writing Advocates in Heaven

“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”

Time to Retreat

This has been a hellish day and I was already feeling under the weather before I got the email that blindsided me. It reminded me of all that I disliked about publishing and why I walked away from it to pursue music. So when I gathered the troops by listening to "Stronger," I was longing … Continue reading Time to Retreat

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

White Room, Laith Al-Saadi, Voice Finale

My top choices on The Voice changed over the the last few weeks. At first, Alison was my #1 pick and then she dropped below my top two choices: Adam Wakefield and Laith Al-Saadi. But after Laith opened up the finale with his version of White Room - WOW! He moved to #1. In fact, … Continue reading White Room, Laith Al-Saadi, Voice Finale

Songwriting: Too Real for the Radio

We were eating Shrimp Fajitas and sipping Cucumber Margaritas at Chevy's this weekend, and I was listening to the music playing. I started noticing a pattern and thought, "Okay, I see now what my NSAI mentors were trying to get me to do." I thought about reworking the latest song they were excited about. I … Continue reading Songwriting: Too Real for the Radio

Love: It’s Dangerous (Spinning Revolver: Song of the Day)

Finally, this season of Nashville has returned to making some great music! Last week's episode had 3 wonderful songs. But the one that really hit me was Spinning Revolver sung by Luke. Check out the opening lyrics:Love ...It's a really big wordBut haven't you heardIt's dangerousSuch appropriate lyrics for right now. The world is tossing … Continue reading Love: It’s Dangerous (Spinning Revolver: Song of the Day)

Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes

The song that lured me to buy Ronnie Dunn's latest album was "Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes," which is a metaphor for longing for his younger self. Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes Luke Laird, Lori McKenna & Barry Dean (BMI) I wish I still smoked cigarettes Light one up and travel time When a stiff … Continue reading Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes