That Time Again

      Oh-oh ... it's time to write my annual "Here are all the fun and exciting things we did this year" post, and I'm panicking, because I can't remember much about 2013.  It went by FAST ... much, much faster than…

Smash Hit

     For those of you following "The Evolution of a Song," and holding your breath to hear the conclusion, I'm here to tell you that the end is near.  "My Name is Romeo" has been selected as a finalist in the…

Searching for Sugar Man

     I went searching for a good video at the library the other day and came home with Searching for Sugar Man, the true story of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter from Detroit who was famous and didn't even know it. 

     My…

The Evolution of a Song, Part 4 (The Final Frontier)

(Go back and read Parts 1 - 3 to get caught up, then read Part 4.  Or not.)

Saturday, August 31, continued:

10:00 a.m.:  We’re in our little home studio, the “Prickly Brick,” aptly named since it’s made of…

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The Evolution of a Song, Part 3

The Evolution of a Song, Part 3

(In Parts 1 and 2, I explained that I’m writing a song for a local contest, and I shared the first few steps of the songwriting process.  Part 3 continues the story, but…

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The Evolution of a Song, Part 2

The Evolution of a Song, Part 2

 

(In Part 1, I explained that I’m writing a song for a local contest to benefit a no-kill cat shelter.  Part 2 gives you a sneak peek at the process I used…

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The Evolution of a Song, Part 1

I thought you might like to peek over my shoulder as I write, record, and submit a song to a contest, and hopefully WIN!

Background:  About 3 years ago, I joined a local songwriter’s group.  It’s a great way to…

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Trip to Birdland

     I’ve just returned from a week-long stay in New York (the city and the state), where I was on my own, missing Chuck, who couldn’t travel with me this time, but feeling a bit like Mary Tyler Moore when she…

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Trying to Find the Words

    

     In case you were wondering what happened to me, I ran out of words.  It's as simple as that.  After making my New Year's resolution in January, and being very diligent about it week after week, I ran out of…

Rx for the World: A Walk in the Woods

            In case anyone is keeping track, I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks.  It’s not that there hasn’t been a lot to talk about.  Between gun control, gay marriage, three wonderful concerts (Arlo Guthrie, Dick Dale, and John Jorgenson)…

Surf King

     Close your eyes and imagine a tall, fit, good-looking Middle-Eastern man with long, gleaming hair pulled back into a silky pony tail.  He’s the picture of health and confidence as he walks on stage.  When he speaks into the microphone…

A Brief Visit

     Last night, around 5:00 p.m., Prickly Brick Studio was honored by a visit from an iconic Easter celebrity who flew in from parts unknown.  He greeted us warmly, right after landing.  Apparently, he had traveled alone, and it’s no wonder…