My Thoughts On That

“SING LOUDER!” KICK OFF (update 1)

We’re almost a quarter of the way to our goal in just the first few days! Thank you so much for adding your voice to the movement. Please share this link: with any friends you think would enjoy the music and embrace the message. Thank you!

And “Sing Louder” They Did!

Forty-six souls gathered at MorningStar Studios on July 8th to raise their voices, and share their intentions with the world. Many of them stepped way out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a mic. They held signs and shared dreams, they sang with passion, joy and abandon. The energy was indescribable, and that’s why I’m so glad we captured it on tape and on video and we’ll be sharing it with the world on the new record!!Continue reading

The Wisteria’s Growing Like a Weed

…And so are all the seeds we planted last season. Albums and festivals  and even a Broadway musical are busting out all over!

The new CD is almost wrapped, and we’re getting ready to move into the next phase of mixing, mastering and promoting. The tracks we laid back in February through June are coming together, and a record is emerging. But it won’t be complete until we’ve recorded the most important bit this Saturday – a chorus of your voices singing on the title track, “Sing Louder”. (more on that)

For those of you joining us in the studio on Saturday, thank you! Thank you for adding your voices to my music. For those of you who want to be a part of “Sing Louder” but can’t make the recording session, you can still make a huge difference by supporting our crowdfunding campaign when it launches next week. Continue reading

It’s Time to Sing Louder!

We Sang Louder!

It’s happening! We’re recording the most important part of our song, “Sing Louder”…you!!

When I wrote “Sing Louder” I had no idea what the magic ingredient would be: a cool Quint rhythm, a great Peter groove on the keys, a signature Jocko bass line, something brilliant on Stacy’s banjo, something haunting on Bob’s harp…and then you started singing along, and it was clear: the magic of this song is you! So, I want you on the record, if you please.Continue reading

May’s Inferno

Everything happens in May. I say it every year. And every year it happens again.

Green again

The flowers bloom in earnest, and without warning, the trees explode into green again. I awake one morning to the victorious song of birds bringing home early-bird worms to their newly born babes, and I wonder Continue reading

Duct Tape

Duct tape is magic…you can use it to stick anything, fix anything, or make anything. I think our voices are the duck tape we carry around with us wherever we go. We can use them to mend an emotional fence, build a social bridge, and of course, make music. All kinds of music.

Quinn used his voice to teach one of his classmates how to make music with just one word and a rhythm. I think it’s brilliant!

Planting Seeds

It’s a little early in the season to plant flowers and tomatoes, I’m guessing. But, I’m definitely just guessing, because I don’t know anything about gardening, really. I know about growing other things, though: songs, kids, albums, hamsters, homes…and it seems that early spring is the perfect time to sprinkle some seeds around and see what sprouts. There is promise in the air on a sunny April day.

As I sit and listen to the tracks we’ve recorded so far over the short days and long nights of winter, I can hear a whisper of what’s to come when we put it all together to be the new CD, and it’s really exciting. Exhilarating actually. And also scary…what if I screw it up!?! Continue reading

Music Making Mom

I inhabit two entirely different worlds in a given week…or day…or hour. Being a musician and a mom of two kids in elementary school is a balancing act. And lately, I’ve been keenly aware of how important that balance is to my life.

Subway Surfers

Its no surprise that trying to figure out the business of music can sometimes  be pretty anxiety-provoking. How to afford to record, if and how to sell physical albums, and (most important for me) how to get the music out there (live or digitally) so folks fall in love with and want to connect to and be a part of the music; all these things are part of my day to day “day job”.  And then, for me anyway, there is the pressure of the creative side of it all. Yes, even that can be less than peaceful at times. I can definitely suffer from writer’s block, lack of inspiration, over self-editing or just plain self-doubt.Continue reading

“Drive” (part 2)

I pulled up to the Movie Manor in Monte Vista, CO, and was surprised to see that it was a Best Western. I’d imagined it a mom and pop establishment handed down from the booming days of drive-in movies. I’d expected something a little funky, a little broken down, but clean and well run. I pulled up to a long low line of beige cookie cutter rooms running the length of a parking lot. I parked my car in the empty lot, and walked into the office. Hmmm…my car. Yes, I guess it had come to feel like my car not long after I crossed the Mississippi.

I requested a room near the gym because I figured it might be nice to get some blood flowing after the full day of driving. My room, therefore, was all the way down the row of rooms. Second to last door next to the room with the treadmill and solitary stationary bike – the “gym” – at the very end. I slid my key into the lock and immediately the hair stood up on the back of my neck. I looked back over my shoulder across the empty parking lot. The pavement ended in darkness, but I knew what lie beyond. Nothing. Miles and miles of nothing. It was the emptiness that lifted the goose flesh on my arms. I thought.Continue reading