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

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

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

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

The last two or three days I've had those "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger" life lessons. For one thing, my publisher behaved a bit dishonestly and tried to blame it on me in a classic "CYA" move, voiding the contract. The result is, I'll be looking for a new publisher for that book. … Continue reading What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Dancing in the Dark: Today’s Rehearsal Vocals

As a songwriter, I think it's important to take some time out and record some cover songs to see how your voice works for it. It can clue you in as to what types of songs you might want to try writing. So when you hear a song on the radio and you wonder if … Continue reading Dancing in the Dark: Today’s Rehearsal Vocals

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

“I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

In this week's songwriting workshop, the leader reinforced the idea about songwriting that I've heard others like Mary Gauthier say (see letter on the main page of this web site) that you should be honest, real, and authentic in your songwriting. Dig down deep to who you really are, not who you present yourself to … Continue reading “I Told You I Was Mean” (Song of the Day)

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)