A Key

It’s raining outside right now. Earlier, the water was dripping into a puddle, and there was a key in the puddle. It was kind of an amazing discovery, like a fish suddenly spotted. The key to it all is hidden, isn’t it?! The key to the song, sometimes that is hidden too, you just have … Read moreA Key

Reflections on Memory: Don’t Forget How to Use it (Thoughts on Lessons from Ralph Covert)

In Ralph Covert’s video, “4 Simple Steps to Writing a Song” he brings up a point that I forgot: memory. Memory is easy to forget when we have devices that can record every idea we ever had and play them back to us within seconds. Recording devices weren’t always around. When I wrote songs “back … Read moreReflections on Memory: Don’t Forget How to Use it (Thoughts on Lessons from Ralph Covert)

Backing Drum Tracks Adding Magic to Songwriting Process

What would this sound like with a beat in reggae, with brushes, as a rock ballad, an island song, or a rumba? Normally I roll my eyes at how Internet-based the music world has become, but during the COVID lockdown, Youtube is becoming quite the resource. By searching backing tracks in various styles on Youtube, … Read moreBacking Drum Tracks Adding Magic to Songwriting Process

“Love Songs” Series: Four Singers & the Many Facets of Love (2/6, 2/13, 2/20/2020)

“Love Songs”: Four Female-Fronted Acts Team up for Three Thursdays, Bringing a Mix of Styles: Songwriter, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Torch February 6, 13 and 20, 2020 at Uncommon Ground Edgewater   Chicago, IL — Music is one of the most emotional art forms and love is the perfect subject. Hear Chicago vocalists and songwriters … Read more“Love Songs” Series: Four Singers & the Many Facets of Love (2/6, 2/13, 2/20/2020)