Art, Passion, & Purpose...

Lost in "LOST" 

In August of last year, my husband Mark and I pulled the first season of the TV show “Lost” off our DVD shelf. It had entered our lives via Ashley  --  a sweet, but unreliable babysitter we’d had a few summers ago  --  who thought we might like it and had brought it over for us to check out.   The set of DVDs became marooned on our media bookcase when she inexplicably stopped coming (and answering texts) one day.

So, with our three-year-old asleep (and both of us surprisingly still awake and alert one…Read more

The Agony and Ecstasy of Durable Creating 

Daisy and I have been drawing pictures on the iPad before she goes to bed at night. She loves to turn off all the lights and set the background to black on the Fingerpaint app, so the bright lines of our drawings are the only illumination in the room. My mind wanders as we make our digital fingerpaintings. Isn’t this amazing? Isn’t it wild, how the tips of our fingers can create an image as they glide across the sensitive screen? Could we have imagined even a few years ago how easily we might save,…Read more

Confession: CHAOS 

My life is a mess.   Okay.  I've said it.   Is a music/creativity blog the right place to let this spill out?  I'm not sure.  But the theme here is "Art, Passion, and Purpose," all of which are being heavily affected by the current tornado-like state of my life.   Ohhh honey.  There's a big old mess going on.  

Environmentally, mentally, emotionally, physically. . . everywhere I look, there is STUFF needing action, consideration, resolution.  It's like a paper monster has thrown up all over my life,…Read more

Making the Hard Stuff Look Easy, and the Easy Stuff Hard 

I saw singer/songwriter guitarist Michael Kelsey play at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City a few weeks ago, and the experience is still resonating with me. We went on a last-minute whim, invited by friends who had extra tickets. Front row tickets, as it turned out! -- Thanks M & K!

If you're not familiar with Michael Kelsey's music -- or should I say, The Michael Kelsey Experience? -- he's a force majeure. With incredibly skillful guitar-playing, percussive popping/slapping/tapping on the guitar,…Read more

Summer shows, letting it flow. . .  

I'm practicing up for the summer shows that start on Saturday night at The Homestead in Midway, thinking about how much my hands and voice retain in muscle memory, how much I need the work and polish that practice brings. . . 

I miss my old piano friend -- I haven't been playing very much lately.  Daisy seems to sense the importance of the piano in my life and respond accordingly to the attention which shifts away from her when I practice.  She'll usually immediately ask that I play her a song that she can…Read more

Movin' and Shakin' 

At the "Movers and Shakers" workshop in San Francisco with Cheryl Richardson and Reid Tracy. . .so much info to think about.  Nice people!  I've met such nice, fascinating movahs and shakahs so far.   Great to meet you Erin, Maggie, Maureen (Reeny), Joy, Carol, and Michelle.  

I got the book cover from Greg for "Kick-Ass Creativity" last night -- so exciting!  It looks great!  I'm carrying it around in my purse like a nerd, pulling it out to show anyone who looks even possibly interested in it.  I'm pretty…Read more

girl without her piano! 

Getting ready for tomorrow night's ArtTalk with the Kimball Art Center.  It's funny how different this feels than when I prepare for a show.  I've been putting together setlists and players and gear checklists for so long that it's second nature.  This feels a lot harder!

Mark's experiences with Toastmasters has made me really sensitive to things like how many times I use 'umm' or 'uhh' in between real words.  And Tim Koegel's (great) book on presenting that I read awhile back is making me wonder if I will…Read more

ArtTalk next week! 

I'm pretty excited to be speaking at the Kimball's Art Talk series next Thursday night.  It's only supposed to last about 1 to 1.5 hours, so I have some serious compressing to do in order to cover what I'd like to do.  

Turned in the final galley edits to my book today.  It looks amazing.  Not too many last minute changes, which will make a whole multitude of people in the production editing office happy, I think.  It's tough, though, letting go of your babies . . . sending them off on their ways to become…Read more

Mad Men and New Moons 

For a new moon Sunday, I can't say things kicked off to a stellar start.

Lillian kicked my butt at Scrabble.  Three games won, she spared me more trouncing by packing up the board and calling it a night. Meant to get over to Ulta to check out the latest step-up-from-the-drugstore cosmetics, but fell asleep during meditation instead and slept for two and a half hours.  In jeans.  (But it was a nice nap!)  Daisy's calling me right now -- sweetly, but loudly --  "Mommmmmy.....Mommmmmmy...."   I remember when…Read more

Why Blog? How often to Blog? Blah Blah Blog?? 

Mark and I were talking on the way down in the car yesterday about blogging, and where it shakes out in the big picture of stuff to do and ways to connect with people.  I've decided that I might do better to write more often with less fanfare, less wring-the-depths-out-of-my-spirit about the whole thing.  So that's the new plan. 

Sometimes I read too many blogs/tweets/facebook posts in a row that have no apparent cultural or newsworthy value, and I start wondering why why why? are all these people feeling…

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Shine Shine Shine This song was inspired by the power of women when we uplift and empower each other. Perhaps we all need a little help shining up our rougher diamond edges from time to time. 4.26 MB
The Good Life Riding in a convertible, top down, on a beautiful summer day...hanging out reading on the perfect shady porch...enjoying a great meal with wonderful friends and laughing all night...these are the elements of 'the good life' as we tend to see it -- and this song was inspired by the vibe of what really makes us feel thankful and free and light. 4.79 MB
Be Better There are, for most of us, periods that weigh you down, trip you up, mess with your idea of who you are and who you believe you can be. This song came from a deep consideration of the very hard work it takes to emerge from those down times. Finding the faith, the desire to 'be better', seems to drive the ability to move forward and reclaim life after depression, addiction, abuse, or whatever the cause. 6.61 MB
We've Been There A dear friend has told me such great stories about her family over the years. . . I'm constantly laughing and shaking me head with amazement at their adventures and faith and depth of devotion for each other. As she approached her 27th wedding anniversary, she asked if I'd consider writing a song for her and her husband integrating personal stories from their lives. This one emerged, and like so many special moments in writing, kept me hanging til the LAST second to see how it was all going to tie together. (I whooped from the living room with relief and delight when it clicked into place!). I swear sometimes I'm just a witness, not the writer. I hope to be able to share as full and loving a memoir of marriage and family when the time comes. 7.01 MB
Cover of "Close to You" by The Carpenters This song is such a treasure. . . it always felt kind of heartbreaking to me -- sung upbeat and with a smile by the ever-graceful Karen Carpenter, who later was revealed to be suffering so much privately through most of her career. We recorded this take on a reel-to-reel and were about to run out of tape when we decided to try to get this track down. Thankfully it clicked 'off' RIGHT after the fade of the last note was coming to an end. Though I was in a pensive, reminiscent mood while recording it, upon some listens it has a little bit of a spooky stalkery vibe. Which is always interesting :) 3.02 MB