In between

I love going to the refugee center each week. Every single visit is unique, and I always feel better about everything after spending time there. I highly recommend paying close attention to the experiences in your life that completely shift your being in a positive way. It took me a long time to find the…

The best is yet to come

In January 2016, I began volunteering at a refugee asylum center near the center of Brussels. I did a lot of research and contacted many places and organizations before happening upon one that gave a positive response to my request to offer songwriting from stories. When I participated in an entrepreneur accelerator program in Lowell,…

Never give up

I knew that I was going to be more on the spot at my second visit to the refugee asylum center. As I walked from the metro to the center, I could hear the voice of my inner critic, chatting away in my ear.   What if you aren’t able to come up with a…

2015 in review

It’s been a year of transitions (they seem to all kind of be that way), and I am so very thankful to all who have followed along and supported me in the journey. I am in the process of recreating my songwriting business and continue to discover and create the kind of songwriting I wish…

No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition

My music life has shifted a great deal in the past few months. Plans and expectations are such funny, fickle things. When I began to work on my business “Story-to-Song” full-time, it became clear to me through the stress that was rising in my body that big business is not my goal. At least, not…

More about Story-to-Song

A friend recently asked me if I could explain the Story-to-Song process to them in a little more detail. I had asked if they might like to work on a song, and they wondered what kind of story makes a good song. This question seems to come up time and again in my songwriting work,…

It’s getting serious!

For the past couple of years, Malcolm and I have been meeting once or twice a week via Google Hangout or Skype to talk about getting our songwriting business going or to work on compositions. In the past month, we started meeting every day. We would check in and discuss business strategies, potential products, who…

More of a good thing

In my mind, more music in the world is a wonderful thing. Combining music with the sharing of stories from real people and their lives is even better. The more songs I write from the stories of human lives, the more I want to spread those songs far, wide, and everywhere in between. This is…

In the light of justice

I have been incorporating songwriting into my day job in every and any way that I can this past year and a half. Recently, the word went out through the National Park Service for park sites to find creative ways to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington for the 50th anniversary. In a conversation with…