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Songwriting Tips for Inspiration: Find Real Stories on StoryCorps.com

August 31, 2015

This is SUCH a cool project. StoryCorps is an organization that has collected over 50,000 interviews and narratives, as told by the Americans who lived them. Every single story has been burned to a disc, and is preserved in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. There are some…

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On Being Ready, and Never Really Feeling Ready

July 24, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I was invited by a friend to play in his writers round at the Bluebird Café. I was going to perform in a round with absolutely killer musicians, writers, and singers. And I was going to be bringing my dorky little pop songs. I practiced every day in…

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How You Know You’re on the Right Track

July 1, 2015

You’re tired all the time. There aren’t enough hours in the day. You’ll always feel guilty, like you should be doing something “productive” with every free second you have. You’re playing out every night you have the energy to. You’re writing all the time. You hate your songs. Except when you…

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“The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” is your New Inspiration for Sad Songs

July 1, 2015

Y’all know I love me some sad songs. It’s what got me started writing. If you’re into ballads the way I am, then you’re going to love this website. Found out about it this morning, courtesy of the ASCAP Daily Brief, a music business and tech newsletter put together by…

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Inspiring Writer’s Rooms We Want in our Own Homes

April 22, 2015

My writing room is my sanctuary. Unfortunately, right now it’s also the laundry room, the studio, my fiance’s office, my office, and a guest room when needed. So it goes when you choose to live in a tiny house. If you’ve got cabin fever, here are some cozy writer’s rooms and music studios…

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A Songwriter’s Pep Talk

January 12, 2015

As I write this, it is January 7th. The last day of the first week of the new year. January 1st at midnight is always magical – everyone’s slate is wiped clean and we’re given a metaphorical chance to start again. There’s insurmountable hope that this year will be your…

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Paying Your Dues, Gracefully

December 14, 2014

This past weekend was my birthday, and my amazing boyfriend took me to see the Blue Sky Riders play at the Cumberland Caverns. (Best gift ever! He’s a keeper :)) For those not familiar with them, the band is made up of superstar artist/writer Kenny Loggins, and hit songwriters Gary Burr…

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Why Writing Highly Personal Songs can Work in Your Favor

November 29, 2014

The other day, I was surfing Quora looking for conversations about songwriting, when one caught my eye. Someone had asked (to the extent of), “I write highly personal songs. How can I do this and continue my career as a professional songwriter? Should I stop?” That last part nearly choked me.…

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If You’re Scared to Death, You’re Doing it Right

November 18, 2014

Allowing yourself to do what you love can be an incredibly scary thing. For some people, this might seem strange. But for anyone who is artistic, creative, or right-brained, you know the feeling. If you’re shy, introverted, or anxiety-prone, then finding the strength to do what you love, completely uninhibited, is…

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Inspiring Songwriting Techniques: Use Pinterest to Tell a Story

November 18, 2014

Hey Fanciers! Today’s post is a quick songwriting tool to help you get the inspiration you need to write your next song on days when you’re just not feeling it. This technique usually works really well for me when I’m in a creative slump and good ideas just aren’t coming…

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