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I Can’t Make You Love Me

I Can’t Make You Love Me took eighth place in Mojo’s ranking of the 100 Greatest Songs of All Time for good reason. It’s the pinnacle expression of unrequited love. Sans the anger, sans the argument; just the pain, the acceptance, and the inevitable goodbye. It’s so heart wrenching and raw that one needn’t be...

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Wicked Game

  I was young young in the 90s, and not yet conceived in the 80s. Therefore, Wicked Game didn’t belong to my parent’s generation, nor to mine. In spite of what I would say was limited exposure – heard over the din of a shopping center or otherwise in passing – the melody managed to...

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Personal Branding: The Real Deal

Personal branding is all the rage. Influencers from Tai Tran to Ann Bastianelli have chosen this topic for TedTalks and op eds, and a simple google search of “personal branding” will assure you how vital having a proactive command of your own personal brand is for success in any and all industries. Even before personal...

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Songwriting 101: Take One

I was recently approached about teaching songwriting. Though I teach often and really enjoy it, I’ve never taught songwriting. The thought appeals to me, but the truth is, I wouldn’t know where to begin! I’ve never de-mystified the writing process. I’ve always written out of inspiration. The idea of a song hits me and consumes...

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Little Girl, Get Up

Are you familiar with the term “tortured artist?” I was referred to as a tortured artist (lovingly, of course) recently, and it was a bit of a shock to the system. Why, I don’t know. I could have put that together myself. Musician with troubled past creates art therapy = “tortured artist”, plain and simple....

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Going Insane

Today, I write. It’s been too long since my last post, and while I’ve been keenly disappointed in myself every day since my scheduled posting date, I haven’t felt safe to speak. I still don’t, but today I write. The truth is, sometimes it’s paralyzing living with mental illness. Sometimes it consumes you. Sometimes you...

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Missing: The Criteria for Contentment

Every moment is a balancing act. Every day is seeking “correctness” in pursuit of contentment. That which is “correct” at any given moment is that which will “balance out” my life. In spite of my diligence, contentment under this system is rare and fleeting. As soon as any correct thing is accomplished, it ceases to...

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Five: “Sweetheart”

Pause. This is supposed to be part 2 of my blog within a blog, “struggling artist” series, but I’m needing to address something a bit more right this very moment. These are my strengths as a musician: song writing, performance and education. Things I can do for you include compose a song, perform my ass...

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Four: The Struggling Artist Path, Part I

The struggling artist lifestyle is everything it’s cracked up to be and more. I’m listening to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson for the umpteenth time. It’s been a biblical source of grounding for me over the past year, facilitating the kinds of insights that are both instantly welcome and...

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Three: Calling All

Social and political unrest has become, for better and worse, a sign of the times. Yesterday I saw a musician’s call to arms that urged songwriters “not to let Uncles Neil and Bob have all the fun.” This was in reference, of course, to the time honored tradition of the protest song. It’s origins in...