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For those of you who feel broken or abused, down and out or downright mad, I know I can't change your situation, your life or your outlook. But you know what I can do? I can get you to dance your heartbreak away for 3 and a half minutes! Hope "Heartbreak Hang-Up" gives you a little lift in your day.
Get the song on Spotify and iTunes HERE.
Also, check out this behind-the-scenes video of the band and me recording LIVE at Pentavarit Studios in Nashville, TN!
This song is for all you two peas in a pod out there. When you're together, anything is an adventure. Sometimes you might feel like you can't stand each other, but that's only because you suit each other so well! Laughing comes easy and the memories are endless.
Click HERE to get "Navigator/Aviator" on Spotify and iTunes, or click below to buy now!
A few years ago I was in Henderson, KY enjoying a beautiful summer day at my in-laws’. Richard was on the far side of the yard at his meat smoker, faithfully turning a batch of ribs. I closed my eyes to take in the scent of charred sweetness when I hear Dorothy’s infectious laugh, all full of life, coming from the sunroom.
That day in Henderson the sun laid lightly on the skin and the breeze drifted through like we were seaside. I let blades of grass go through my toes and listened to the birds happily chirping away…
Well maybe the City Girl in me is getting a little sappy here, but you get the picture: it was a really nice day. It was the type of day that inspires a songwriter to write a Summer Song.
I had my guitar with me and started picking out some chords. I wanted the song to sound like it had a porch swing built right into it. I wanted it to feel like that little smile you get as you’re drifting off in the hammock under the shade of a tree.
“Piece on Earth” is an ode to loving your Home. It's about accepting what you have and being happy with your life for what it is. No frills needed, just your own backyard.
I think that’s just how Dorothy and Richard have lived their lives. They’re still in the house my husband grew up in and have made a lot of history in that house! It’s also a house with a strict open door policy: you can expect friends and neighbors to stop in on the regular just to say hi. They have an open refrigerator policy, too. :)
So here it is: "Piece on Earth," my Summer Song, written in Henderson, KY. I hope it’ll make a nice companion to your summer days ahead!
That's right! I've posted two of these babies over the last couple of weeks so I thought it was time to call it what it is.
You see, I've been exploring my beautiful city of Nashville for the tucked away (or not-so-tucked-away) places that inspire me to find my muse in Music City. I hope you'll come along with me...
All I got for Christmas was this holiday album called...
A couple of months ago my friend Ford Heacock with Firebreath Media asked me to be a part of this fun 'lil holiday project he was putting together. The result is 10 eclectic and colorful Christmas songs by many talented artists (read more about them here!) - all yours for FREE!! But if you would like to give, all the proceeds will be donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Hope you'll check out my track, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," fea. Duane Borba on percussion and Laura Vance on background vocals. Thanks for sharing it with anyone you think would enjoy it!
Has anyone ever told you to let go of your inhibitions? When are you actually able to do this? Or are you? It's a nice thing to say or think about doing - but can we every fully let go?
These are the thoughts running through my mind after my co-write this weekend with my friend Robert LaSalle. We finished a song about a wealthy man whose spirit is getting crushed by his lifestyle. He drives a long distance to the ocean and leaves everything behind as he transforms into a Beach Bum (ever wonder where beach bums come from? well, now you know.)
Admittedly, it's an extreme example of letting go of inhibition, so much so that this character gives up possessions, social norms and loved ones. But I think the idea is something we can all relate to.
Falling from grace
Falling out from the Great Unknown
(The Great Unknown is calling me.)
After writing this song, the presence of my own inhibition is clearer than ever. I feel it in my own songwriting. You see, I love collaborating, but it's as if I mentally block myself from the flow of inspiration when I’m sitting next to a co-writer. I feel the most comfortable coming up with lyrics curled up by my lonesome where I can crawl into the caverns of my mind.
But I long to be open with others with my thoughts and creativity - I just don't know how to get there yet. How do we work ourselves out of these unconscious patterns? Robert says drink more alcohol - ha, I’m not buying into that solution yet. For now, my uninhibitor is a strong cocktail of therapy and acupuncture with one of those umbrella thingys for good measure.
I'll be posting the finished song soon!
Thank you to Ugo Paradiso, a talented (and super friendly) artist who made this kicking' painting of my image:
Ugo is working on a series of musicians and their instruments. Personally, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Also, thanks to fellow blogger and painter Mary for introducing us. This is the meaning of strengthening the Creative Communities around us!
A couple of months ago I posted a song in progress and now I'd like to share the finished piece! One of my most favorite feelings in the whole wide world is to call a song done, and "Navigator/Aviator" has been an idea laying dormant in my head for 8 years now - so the "done" feeling is REALLY a great one in this case!
My ritual is to take all the wonderfully messy scribblings I've been working with and to neatly type out my lyrics. Kind of like when you get a brand new wardrobe and you get to toss out all the stuff that always made you look frumpy anyways.
Also, I want to dedicate this song to my big brother Nate, who is my very favorite Air Force Pilot ( he likes my song, even with the obvious logistical inaccuracies - creative license!)
Last week I was talking about this kickass jam session I was a part of and the importance of being OK with making mistakes in these types of situations. (well, hell, when is that not relevant?) Here’s an example of the beautiful music we made, mistakes and all. This is Zach from Fable Crysinging one of his songs as we were all listening and learning:
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Our fearless ringmaster and cellist Josh Dent weaved effortlessly between being a thread in the musical fabric and directing the creative energies of his guests. Without his leadership, our music-making could easily have turned into a chaotic wall of sound.
Josh humorously describes himself as an old man most of the time, but not tonight. He's giddy as a little kid:
What I found extra impressive is that he encouraged us to have dialogue about the music we were making. So often musicians stay confined inside the walls of unanswered questions. Maybe the perfect groove was just an eighth note away, but if we aren’t willing to risk letting everyone know that we don’t know everything in the world, then we’ll never find that perfect groove.
I can safely say we found our perfect groove together.
Here's Ally Brown singing one of her tunes with everyone jamming with her. So much fun!
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"I'll be Home for Christmas" - I've always loved this song. Something about the easy-flowing melody, the nostalgic lyric and the deep emotional content captured my heart from the start. Naturally, when I sat down with my guitar to play through the tune a few weeks ago, it poured out like it's always been in there, waiting for its moment.
Being a musician who focuses on songwriting, I don't do a whole lot of covers - I only do the songs I really really really like - which is the way it should be, I think! My motivation for playing covers is 100% to perform it in my own style. The process for learning the cover is basically this: play through as much of the song as I possibly can without referencing sheet music or a recorded version, put aside any thought of the original rhythm and chord structure, and play what comes out.
And that's exactly what I've done here! My hope is that you find it as fresh and unique as it is familiar and comforting!
Hope you enjoy my 3rd annual Christmas cover - I'll be Home for Christmas
P.s. - If you have to be away from home for Christmas this season, or have had to in the past, leave a comment and share what you miss most!
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I was driving 45 mph on the busy street when a woman pulled out in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, narrowly missing T-boning her car. Here’s the weird part: I knew this event was going to happen hours beforehand.
It was just another day of teaching piano lessons, except for the fact that I knew that something big was going to happen in my life. It was an intuition. The space in which I existed felt different. I felt the urge to prepare myself. I kept imagining a car crash. Something inside me told me to be vigilant, to BE PREPARED. That day, I decided I would be extra careful as I drove from lesson to lesson.
We are grounded human beings with limitations. We become complacent to run the same track we’ve tread for so long. But underneath our routines and self-inflicted boundaries, we long to have a connection with the heavenly wave lengths just beyond our grasp of understanding. Once in a while, an event happens that wakes us up. That says, Yes! we are more than just a body running a course. We are spiritual beings with a connection to a greater source!
My spiritual intuition saved me and the other driver from physical injury, damage to our cars, and possibly even our lives. After avoiding the crash, relief obviously overwhelmed me. Then, disbelief that my intuition actually became a reality. There was no logical reason for me to know that this was going to happen. I surpassed the laws of space and time dictating the order of events. I was allowed passage into information that was not rightfully mine to know, at least according to the idea of linear thought.
I wrote “Ethereal Convention” six years ago. It’s a song about longing to have a connection to the ethereal – a transcendence where space and time don’t follow the same rules with which we are familiar. It’s a song about feeling the burden of our limited scope as humans, and it’s about getting a glimpse into this spiritual ecstasy or, as I refer to it in my song, a glimpse into the “ethereal convention.” After my intuition experience, this song has taken on a much deeper meaning. There’s a place for all of us at the ethereal convention. We get small glimpses of it every once in a while. And when that does happen, “the certainty’s serene, somewhat sobering, but mostly somewhere in between.”
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