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

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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

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

Writing Poetically

Some people are very literal and they take what you say literally. But some of us speak more in principles or generalities or poetically or romantically or we create a montage of people/experiences in what we say. Sometimes I forget that when I express myself on the internet, I'm no longer talking with like-minded people, … Continue reading Writing Poetically

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

Writing from the Heart or Writing for the Charts?

Mary Gauthier tells the story of how she started songwriting and that she'd taken a couple of songwriting classes but they didn't really work for her. They were teaching how to write songs for the charts. She was/is much more interested in writing from the heart.I know how she feels - I do everything from … Continue reading Writing from the Heart or Writing for the Charts?

Thanksgiving at the Prison (Song of the Day)

The best part about what I went through - admitting I wanted to know my father, searching for him, confronting those who needed confronting, rejecting the lies, embracing the truth, risking and losing family relationships - well, the best part was that I gained compassion for others.In last night's Survivor, Will attacked another person for … Continue reading Thanksgiving at the Prison (Song of the Day)

Your Sister Cried

Two songs I'm working are "Half Sisters" and "Lost in the Middle." This may be the same song. I hope I can do justice to the topics, although I'm such a new songwriter, it's gonna be mighty difficult. Mary Gauthier's honesty inspires me, though.I'm going to listen to Your Sister Cried for musical inspiration.I'm going … Continue reading Your Sister Cried

Collaborator or Solo Troubadour

"I have travelled alone for most of my career. Out of financial necessity, and personal preference. It’s a suitable way to present my songs, and I’ve loved living the life of a solo troubadour. Driving from town to town with a guitar, a harmonica, bar stool, a bottle of water, and a spotlight. Selling CD’s … Continue reading Collaborator or Solo Troubadour

Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes

The song that lured us to buy Ronnie Dunn's latest album was "Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes," which is a metaphor for longing for his younger self. Ronnie Dunn is one of my favorite singer/songwriters because he writes and sings about whatever I seem to be going through at the time.I love this verse:We were … Continue reading Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes