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


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

Upside Down (Song of the Day)

As I work on a project for one of my clients this morning, I listen to Pandora. One of my favorite stations is Devil Doll. I'll be forever grateful to Pandora for introducing me to eclectic, fabulously exciting music. Far better than commercial radio. And while I know I'm not there yet, I'm inspired to … Continue reading Upside Down (Song of the Day)

The Songwriting Journey

I was reading the NSAI Forums this morning and I ran across a thread encouraging us to keep moving forward toward your dreams and celebrating each accomplishment, no matter how small, along the way. That is also a common thread in the fiction writing community, too. Sometimes I'm not sure where I belong - both? … Continue reading The Songwriting Journey

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