Songwriting (Pt 1)

I’ve discovered that there are a lot of artists out there who aren’t writing their own songs. When I ask them if they write or why they don’t write they usually shrug their shoulders and say something like “I don’t know how.” Oh my friends….I’m going to tell you a secret….No songwriter knew what they were doing when they started! …

Album review: John Mayer "Born and Raised"

Y’all. I’ve loved me a good Johnny Mayer song since high school. Like, 2001 or something. I own all 5 of his solo studio records… Room For Squares Heavier Things Continuum Battle Studies Born and Raised I even own a live record (Any Given Thursday). I was pretty excited he’s come out with his 5th full length studio record. But …

Album Review: Johnnyswim- "Home Vol. 1"

I must like male/female duos. Y’all remember when I reviewed the Civil Wars album last year? Well, allow me to introduce you to Johnnyswim, a married couple who merged their ridiculous gifting into a super power. It would be like if Ironman and The Flash had a baby that could stop nuclear warheads and it was REAL LIFE! Except these …

Cultivating your Craft Part 1: Collaboration

In no particular order, I want to discuss several aspects of cultivating your gifts or craft of music. Like most things in life, this requires a balance. It’s not all just practicing scales 24/7. Today I want to explore collaboration. This can mean a lot of things. Songwriters or those aspiring to write songs: When was the last time you …

Allergy Season!

I know we have talked about getting sick in the winter and what to do to help the process along, but I want to share a few tips for allergies. Honestly, allergies should be treated just a little bit differently than the common cold/flu virus. I like to go “au natural” for this stuff. Here are some helpful remedies! Neti …

Music Education

Even though we don’t always need to try and sing in different genres for performance, practicing other genres can be a helpful exercise. But before we just let it rip, we first have to educate our ears in the new genre. Today, partly due to my own educational background, I want to talk about the underappreciated genre of musical theatre. …

The Season of Sickness

This is on the brain because I am sick as I type this. I was pretty proud of myself for not picking up any junk from all the sickies out there until last week when I got smacked with a nasty sinus infection. I frequently get asked (especially this time of year) what to do when you get sick and …

New Year's Resolution for Singers

I never make New Year’s Resolutions. Not so much because I don’t think I can’t keep them, but because I just don’t care. Before you think I never make efforts toward self-improvement, I do challenge myself, but for some reason have just never cared about resolutions. But this year I’ve been gestating a few vocal resolutions for the New Year. …

Tis The Season

I love Christmas music. But I can’t listen to it until after Thanksgiving weekend ends. Cause I stinking love Thanksgiving. But once it’s over, it’s a free for all. And today I set my Pandora station to “Nat King Cole Holiday” and it was LOVELY. I would like to submit to you all my top 3 favorite Christmas songs of …

When To Go on Vocal Rest

A lot of singers toss around the phrase “vocal rest” like they are talking about their daily shower. I think it’s time to address this. Years ago I remember hearing about how Celine Dion goes on strict vocal rest the day of her shows, and sometimes more often than that. I always thought that sounded really dramatic. I mean, does …