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... and travelling and well, Christmas. That’s what I thought of when I started to choose the songs for my Christmas album. Listening to Christmas CD’s in the car with the air conditioning on and singing along. I read all the...
Every January, I STOP, stop watching television, checking social media, going to movies. I take the time to rethink, refresh, reset. I have the time to do the things I say are important,...
I am often asked where the inspiration comes for my lyrics. It could be from anywhere, a newspaper article, a remembered encounter, a timeless regret, or someone else's story. I might get 1...
January 29th, 2017 Earlier in the year, as I swung at a pesky mosquito while vacuuming, I demolished a lovely Buddha in the process. I think at the time, I made a comment about Karma. For...
Embarking on this weekly blog journey has been enlightening: a mini-discovery of what I spend my time thinking about and if any of those thoughts bear sharing. Texting a close friend this week, I...
... space into my life, and hopefully, someone else's as well. We're in the final stages of finishing a new album. Now comes the "hard work" Now comes the planning, the photoshoots, the art and visual concepts, the...
February 19, 2017 I sent out a facebook request for blog ideas, thanks to everyone who pm'd me.  You'll probably recognize your idea in the coming while. I might take it in a...
March 5, 2017 There is a thing that happens when I'm performing sometimes, the set starts, the singing starts, the solos are effortless, the timing is perfect, everything works and time stops...
... play at least 1 song from every artist. And it was amazing. Often we'd hang out with an artist and play the whole album. Every kind of "modern music", from the 1920's to whatever was current. Sinatra to...
I've been noticing a phrase that I'm using in my blogs and conversations when I talk about art.  I talk about releasing art in the world and setting it free. Whether we are creating a...
... time in study for a new goal, practicing yoga.  It all works. Right now, I am getting ready to launch a new album of original material, the first one in a long time. I'm choosing cover art, writing liner notes, setting up gigs,...
April 9, 2017 I'm multi-tasking.  I'm at the gym, trying to keep much needed cardio in my health and fitness routine.  There's music blaring, and the 5 televisions in front...
I've got a list. Some of it is still in my head. Some of it is written down. I keep thinking if I accomplish everything on it, I'll be ok, successful, valuable, have actually...
... my seemingly lifelong commitment to regret? Would that taste like freedom? Love,   M I have a new album coming out soon, I am not going to regret telling everyone about...
April 30, 2017 Spring keeps teasing us this year. The refreshing rain turns to sleet, freezes, turns to snow.  It's been overcast, seems like the sun has been hiding. The buds are...
... started to ignore some of those signs that put roadblocks in my way. When I was getting ready to record my first album, I bought a brand new Apple laptop so that my arranger/producer could work on the project while on the road....
At times in my life, things have not gone according to plan.  Or it felt that way. Sometimes you have a plan, or you are calling it a plan, but, really, it is a loose connection of thoughts...
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