Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

I've been struggling for some time about what to make my main priority - writing or music. When we evacuated to Nashville during Hurricane Irma, I hadn't been there since I started songwriting and joined Nashville Songwriter's Association (NSAI) so I was very excited about it. May as well make the most out of a … Continue reading Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

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Can’t Stop the Music

While we're living in temporary housing during the house building process, I made a deal with myself that I'd put music on hold and focus on writing my novel-in-progress. That music is too challenging for me right now and writing a novel is therapeutic. The problem with that is I love music too much, and … Continue reading Can’t Stop the Music

Who Needs You and You Can’t Get a Good Girl Down

I've been a bit frustrated with my music lately. I mean, really, who does it sound like, what genre is it, and must I always be so outside the box? Not sure what direction to take, I've been working on my craft, learning new production techniques, drum programming, and even got a new electric guitar. … Continue reading Who Needs You and You Can’t Get a Good Girl Down

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

Writing Songs Lead to Writing Scenes Lead to Writing Songs

I keep saying I need to choose between writing fiction and songwriting but there is no choice - they work together. When I'm thinking about writing a song, I see a scene and writing that scene helps me then write the song. And when I listen to music on SiriusXM as I'm driving around, I … Continue reading Writing Songs Lead to Writing Scenes Lead to Writing Songs

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

Social Media for Introverts

I saw this posted by @StrongIntrovert on Twitter. Do you ever go out, and while you're out, you think, "This is exactly why I don't go out"? After working at home for several years, I sometimes miss rubbing shoulders with other people. It sometimes feels lonely working at home with my cats all day. But … Continue reading Social Media for Introverts

New Original Song, Bad Boy Crushes, Now Available on iTunes and cdbaby

I released my first song, Everybody Lies, last year on iTunes and cdbaby, and have started off this year with a new song, Bad Boy Crushes, available for download on both iTunes and cdbaby. Bad Boy Crushes grew organically from one of the songs I wrote in my Pat Pattison songwriting class, Candy Apple Red, … Continue reading New Original Song, Bad Boy Crushes, Now Available on iTunes and cdbaby

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