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

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

Let Me Out, Set Me Free

I read this today, "Songwriting is a process, not an event." It certainly is a journey. And I'm enjoying the next leg of my songwriting journey. I've recently enrolled in an eight-week course that builds on what I've already learned about songwriting. But whether songwriting or writing in general, you must set yourself free to … Continue reading Let Me Out, Set Me Free

Know Who You Are As a Songwriter

I've written quite a bit about Mary Gauthier and her adoption story. And sometimes I get the feeling that it's far more acceptable to speak out as an adoptee than it is to speak out about being somebody's step child. There's so much more pressure to accept the step dad or the step mom - … Continue reading Know Who You Are As a Songwriter

Drag Queens in Limousines

Catchy title but it's probably the only album of Mary Gauthier that I do not have... yet. On it is Our Lady of the Shooting Stars - she tells the story of her early days as a struggling singer/songwriter in the story behind that song.Drag Queens and Limousines reminds me of my early days in … Continue reading Drag Queens in Limousines

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

Reviewing Songwriting Accomplishments for Q1

As March comes to a close, I figured it was time to review my accomplishments in the first quarter of 2015 and to set goals for the remainder of the year.In the first quarter, I recorded, produced, and uploaded my 5 original songs to Reverbnation Even though Candy Apple Red (Shoes), Does Everybody Lie, and … Continue reading Reviewing Songwriting Accomplishments for Q1