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

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