A couple weeks ago, my songwriter friend, Sarah Jane Nelson, introduced me to this organization called The Beat of Life. They have a program here in Nashville called "Redemption Songs." They pair up professional songwriters with an inmate from a nearby correctional facility during a day-long songwriting process and concert.
The goal is to use songwriting as a tool to process the feelings and events that have happened and are happening in their lives.
I was pretty nervous, having never been to...
Here's the email I just sent to my list:
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Someone from back home (Washington state) asked me the last week, "How's the book tour going?" my response was, "I'm on a book tour?!?!" Even though I've been doing really wonderful things like book readings and debut corporate speaking events while here in Atlanta, I've spent the majority of the last 6 weeks caring for my elderly grandfather -- the same grandfather I lived with for...
This has been the general sentiment while preparing the Bare Naked Bravery podcast launch over the last couple weeks: "Why The Hell Not?!"
I mean, yes, there are always great reasons to not do anything, but when it comes to making the birth of this weekly show as big a deal as possible, I'll gladly crank it hard to the right and yell, "Why The HELL Not?!"
Part of this leads me to something which I'm floored to announce. As I was telling Siolo Thompson (one of our soon-to-be...
Well, last week's news was absolute garbage, wasn't it? Everything hit me hard. I think it was all just compounded upon a month of, quite honestly, one really crappy news delivery after another.
I wrote a blog post about it.
and then I ugly cried about it live on Facebook.
I considered taking the video down, but decided to keep it up because in light of all the recent news tragedy in the world. We really do need the rawness. and simply deleting all the pain is NOT the...
If technology is on our side, I'll reach through the span of the internet and make your music-lovin' self feel like this little guy...
Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! I’ll play NEW songs, answer your questions, play some favorite cover songs, and give a taste of the new album too!
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I love this photo so much.
It's the visual embodiment of what it's like to be a part of a recital with the Coda School of Music. Teachers laughing, kids trying to look super cool, big smiles, and so much love.
For those of you that don't know, my friend Lacey Brown and I started a community music school with another friend Ivar Hillesland. Earlier this month, we completed our first year of official nonprofit-ness and also therefore (successfully) submitted our first round of nonprofit...
This might shock you as much as it does me.
Allow me to explain...
Nathan Hollifield is a friend from way-back. His story and mine intersected about 7 years ago but just for a little bit and from a distance. In between that time he moved to the East Coast, got married, had a kid and became a Methodist pastor.
I, on the other hand, left the church. I was told I asked too many "toxic" questions. I got hurt one too many times. So when it comes to church, I'm more than jaded....
(piece by piece this book will be finished!)
Well, the month of March certainly just flew by, didn't it? I spent it doing the following...
- Moving into my new little house in Tacoma, WA.
- Going on a short little tour of house concerts in Spokane, Leavenworth, Whidbey and Orcas Island.
- Celebrating my 30th birthday!
- Hosting my mom visiting the Pacific NW from Wyoming.
- Telling her how high I wanted the pink velvet curtains hung in my living room.
- Collapsing from exhaustion while she nailed...
I've moved around a lot. The other night I counted.
Since high school I've moved, get this, SIXTEEN TIMES.
I've moved SIXTEEN times since 2004.
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! ;)
Here's my list of ten somewhat helpful yet questionable tips for your...
Full Disclaimer: I Was Homeschooled.
It was pretty okay.
I got to take the classes I wanted to take in the places I wanted to take them from the teachers I liked best. I spent all but one class of my senior year in college classrooms, which allowed me to graduate high school with about 15 college credits. (Possibly the only reason why I have a minor in French.)
Homeschooling through high school afforded me the aforementioned discovery of my LEAST FAVORITE PIECE OF LITERATURE. EVER. and...
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