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

Screamie Birds First Song When I was 11 and She was 12

When my agent said I had a "poetic, almost lyrical rhythm" to my writing, I wondered what that meant. But when I heard my paternal grandmother wrote poetry and the rest of my dad's family played instruments, I wondered if it meant I should pursue songwriting. Then I remembered writing my first song with the … Continue reading Screamie Birds First Song When I was 11 and She was 12

“Tell the World What They Need to Know”

Lionel Ritchie tells Berklee College of Music grads: 'Tell the World What They Need to Know." Todd Rundgren adds: "The most important thing you can take advantage of in the world of music is to see yourself. I eventually got to the point where music meant self-exploration [to me] more than anything else." (For inspiration … Continue reading “Tell the World What They Need to Know”

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

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