6 Reasons Why a Song is The Greatest Gift You'll Ever Give

6 Reasons Why a Song is The Greatest Gift You'll Ever Give

One of my favorite parts of my job as a musician is writing songs for people. No, not for the greater public to enjoy via Spotify or at a house concert of mine, although I love that too. My favorite part about being a songwriter is...

I Don't Drink Caffeine & Here's Why...

I Don't Drink Caffeine & Here's Why...

This hipster shot of a previously enjoyed mocha of mine exists to tell you that the other day I broke my caffeination fast with a soy latte. I cut caffeine out about 4 weeks ago because I started noticing my essential tremor in MY OTHER HAND. 😳 It's not very noticeable. But *I* notice. I notice very much. The degenerative nature of my neurology is breathing down my neck. and officially down both shoulders.

"Don't Ruin Your Career Before It Starts."

"Don't Ruin Your Career Before It Starts."

Every day for 14 days, the Western Washington University's performing arts building is soaked in Brahms, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and more. There are more kids than practice rooms. and the music and rehearsal schedule is so rigorous that every nook and cranny of the building is utilized to its full capacity... Including this loading dock I stumbled upon while on a coffee break, which @lecalethica has boldly claimed for her practice space. Just imagine harp wafting through the sky and down onto the Puget Sound... 😍

A podcast is born! Bare Naked Bravery launches August 16th!

A podcast is born! Bare Naked Bravery launches August 16th!

On August 16th, a podcast shall be born! and we shall call it, Bare Naked Bravery!

It all feels bigger than anything I can handle on my own... If you want to join us in making this little podcast it's very best, I'm collecting applications to join the launch team!

New Song: Little Bit

New Song: Little Bit

Alternative Blog Post Title: "I Don't Have Time To Write Songs for a Kids Album! ...Or Do I?" I've got a lot going on these days - writing a book and getting ready to release a new album. As part of raising funds to release this album, I've set an album pre-order level for anyone to commission an original or cover song.

10 Terrific Tips for Moving Day (Helpful & Questionable)

10 Terrific Tips for Moving Day (Helpful & Questionable)

I've moved SIXTEEN times since 2004. *headdesk* So many boxes. So many trips. So many apartments. So many houses. So many cities. So many boxes of pizza. So many hours filled with the ear-piercing sound of tape getting yanked off its roll.

So what does one do with all that expertise? Duh. Write a blog post!

I Have a Case of The Hermit Crabs.

I Have a Case of The Hermit Crabs.

Allow me to explain...I spent 10 years (2004-2014) moving a lot.

Sometimes as frequently as every 6 months. College life, new roommates, living abroad, moving to a new corner of the US, new roommates, new neighborhoods, new jobs... I got really good at picking up everything and moving around based on who I wanted to be near. 

Lessons From The Road: Planning Ahead Doesn't Always Work

Lessons From The Road: Planning Ahead Doesn't Always Work

Oh, the innocence! Oh, the hopes! Oh, the inexperience! Ha. It makes me stressed even thinking about trying to do it all again this year.

2015 In Review: You Blow My Socks Off!

2015 In Review: You Blow My Socks Off!

No surprise, 2015 has been a tough but good one and the numbers don't lie...

Must-Have Christmas Albums for 2015

Must-Have Christmas Albums for 2015

So, I've been listening to Christmas music since October and I can't tell you how excited I was to get an early start on all the Holiday bliss this year. Getting for ideas for Midwinter Midnight, Vol. 1's tracklist meant I was voraciously listening to a myriad of different versions of each song.  I've turned that research list into my final selections of 2015's favorite Christmas music...