every SINGLE year I spend this day getting ready to honor allll of the songs from our ASCAP writers. I iron my shirt, I drink my coffee, I reflect on my community and how I can help us become more connected, not less connected. I care so deeply about music and its creation. I care about creators and their health and well being. That doesn’t pay a lot but I will still show up tonight for something bigger than myself. #ascapawards2018
Putting episode 1 here for purchase today as a way to test what you want to hear and talk about. Be sure to let me know your thoughts… there will be more episodes coming.
I started writing full time in 1997. I have been with several amazing publishers through the years... Universal, Warner Chappell to name a couple. I started with Words & Music Administration back in 2008 and just ended my time with them in June 2018. Ten years of catalog is a long time. It has been fruitful and beautiful.
Our business is changing so much and I am working hard to keep up with the way a publishing business model can look for optimal success. It feels, to me, that the more lean and focused a publishing house can be the greater the chances they can make fast and strategic changes to fit the market. We NEED music. We need creativity. How do we provide that and still pay our bills? This is my mission. Find the answers to these questions.
I am ready for chapter "next". Come with me?
Find this on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes!! I'm very proud of this track. Steevie and Jon and I were sitting in the writing room and she mentioned how she feels like people don't ACTUALLY see her. I was all too familiar with that feeling so we created a story around that. One of my favorite choruses I've ever written. I'm not a wall paper girl... blending in to my surroundings... in some wasted heart world... falling for the boy who found me.
It's time for us to speak up and let the world know we have opinions and thoughts. Hey 2018... I'm loving it.
new single: WIDE AWAKE is on iTunes!!!!! #1 Rock song in Canada!
and on Apple music
Pandora, Spotify and most music distributions.
Heaven / artist: pops&b / feat: katrina elam & jeremy lister
I love great music like 99% of you do. I have my earbuds in this morning revisiting Keane because I love, love everything about them. Every day i wake up setting my intention to write / produce the best music that I can that speaks to me but also to a whole lot of people out in the world. Just returned from a week of writing / producing in LA with some crazy great artists. I hope new music will be ready for consumption SOON.
Create something that I love today... that is my biggest wish!!!
Hope the holidays bring lots of rest of comfort and getting ready for 2017. Here is my songspace account to look at a few new songs for the end of 2016!
New music coming February 2017...
The first camp happened August 23-27 in Chicago. The amazing Katrina Elam and Ryan Petersen were kind enough to join and do some writing!!!
Summer in Nashville is always hot but this year is different... Making time for being close to the water, making time for family, making time to use fresh garden vegetables and turning them into amazing meals with the help of the whole family... makes the summer feel fun again.
The same is true for my work. Sometimes I feel burned... when that happens I am learning how to step away and breathe and have FUN. Fun is no longer the f-word for me. It is beginning to be exactly what I need and I'm not afraid to have it.
Check out my online class with SongTown.com. Hope to see you, hear you soon.
ASCAP Expo was amazing and I met some talented, wonderful humans and I am grateful to see the passion for quality music is alive and well!! I met so many of you in LA for the EXPO and I appreciate the feedback and the emails.
In Nashville I just finished filming a new teaching series for SongTown and that should be on their online site very soon. It is an in depth look at creative living and how to navigate being a creator (which we all are) which includes being a songwriter. Look for that...
I will be back in LA June 8-11 for some work with an amazing artist... hope you are hearing from her soon. Can't wait for you to hear this voice and this soul. She is one of a kind.
Please stay in touch with me but also with each other!! Creativity and community are very important to each other. We matter.
Check out Bailey Alexandra... brand new artist with her first single hitting iTunes this morning. Connor Kaos did so much of the programming and Alena Moran did an amazing job with these vocals and then to top it off... Jon Kaplan in LA did the final mix / mastering!! The bottom line is Bailey Alexandra is a true bad a$$ and we all love working with her...
My process begins with crossing paths with the creative genius that lives out in the universe. I put my thoughts into neutral and open myself up to what is sitting there waiting. My blank canvas starts every single morning. If there are too many "to do" things in my head I don't achieve what I want which is a blank, beautiful, open canvas.
If I have emails to answer... I do those. If I have dishes that need to be cleaned and put away... I do that. If I need to eat or have my coffee... I do that and then settle in. The creative genius isn't something inside of me... it lives out in the wonderful unknown. I just invite it in every day to visit for a few minutes... and when it does I want to be holding the pencil.
Having a creative head space... you need a creative physical space. It can be a corner of your apartment, your favorite coffee shop (with headphones!!), the kitchen table, a closet, a spare bedroom, living room... where.ev.er.
Make it yours. Make it comfortable. Make it peaceful. Make it open and inviting... then walk into it every single day!!
I wanted to create a space where I can share with you what I'm working on during 2016. I have been writing and working in Nashville since June 1992 (that's a really long time!!)
I have learned so much in these years and have spent many hours teaching and talking about writing and creative living. I am a big believer that EVERYONE is creative we just have to find our "thing"... our outlet... our strength. Motivation is sometimes our greatest weakness. Finding time to write or sculpt or paint or (fill in the blank) is a lot of time last on our list. We are told to get a "real" job and stop chasing fantasy or stop being a dreamer.
Don't do that. Ever.
It's going to be fun... and hard. What do you say we dig in and find our creative best lives to live?