How To Kick The Ultimate Creativity Killer

Today, Holly and Kari over at Dreadlocks and Goldilocks are returning the hospitality and having me over for a visit. They are in a series on creativity, so join me over there, will you? My mom used to tell me she wasn't creative, but no one believed her. She finished a Master Gardener program about … Continue reading How To Kick The Ultimate Creativity Killer

#NewMusicMonday: Elenowen

At a concert this weekend I discovered a delightful new folk rock band, Elenowen. Elenowen is comprised of husband-wife duo, Josh and Nicole Johnson, along with their best friend, Park Avery. Folk music is probably the music of my soul, so I always resonate easily with the strums and sways and front porch feeling. But … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Elenowen

#NewMusicMonday: S’ambrosia

Say hello to S'ambrosia, veteran singer-songwriter, raised out here in the Midwest. It might surprise you she's not some fancy girl from one of the coasts when you hear her giant, soulful voice, full of commitment, grit and passion. But now that I say it like that, it sounds an awful lot like the Midwest. She's … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: S’ambrosia

#NewMusicMonday: Vineyard

Today's feature is Vineyard, a Midwest-based, folk-rock band, fresh out of the studio with their lively, experimental E.P., Other Girls. The album displays the group's versatile skill at blending musical styles. Sound of Reminiscence features a driving rock rhythm that sweeps you up in the moment. The record's first song, Used, however, croons melancholy break-up lyrics that don't bum … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Vineyard

#NewMusicMonday: Bird Call

Today's new music comes to us from Bird Call, a New York artist described as "heart-burstingly lovely" by The Guardian. And rightly so. Her scratchy, jazz vocals sail along atop synthetic keys and floaty percussions, beautifully designed and layered. Her debut album releases on September 3rd this year, but you can listen all you want while … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Bird Call

#NewMusicMonday: LP

Hello, everyone. Let me introduce to you this week's artist, known simply as LP. I actually thought that was part of her album name, you know, the abbreviated album artists often release, short for Limited Play. But no, LP is her name. I know, what's it stand for, right? I already checked for you: Laura Pergolizzi. (Check … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: LP

#NewMusicMonday: Anna Meredith

Goosebumps, tingles and sheer awe: my reaction to today's featured musical presentation. Let's get this out of the way: you've never seen anything quite like this before. Unless you've already seen this extraordinary performance. Meet Anna Meredith, composer and performer. As the composer in residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Anna's usual creations are … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Anna Meredith

These stories pump water

I love brand new ideas, really good ones I wish I thought of. Don't you? Well, here's one for you. Have you heard of CausePub yet? If you haven't, you're about to. I just wrote a story for CausePub, an organization creating books for a cause through group-publishing. [Click here to read the story and … Continue reading These stories pump water

Unafraid

Yes. To all of the above. One of my big goals this year is fearlessness. I was afraid to commit to it. (LOL.) But seriously, I really was. Being unafraid means potential loss, pain and other things we religiously aim to avoid. So why put ourselves out there? Whenever I choose to risk, it's because … Continue reading Unafraid

#NewMusicMonday: Drums of Death ft. Yasmin

Found these two paired up over at Planet Notion this week. To be honest, though, I hadn't heard of the individual artists until today. The song matches luscious vocals with bouncy house beats perfectly, like they were made for each other. The video adds another beautiful visual dimension, with dancers in black and white. Just … Continue reading #NewMusicMonday: Drums of Death ft. Yasmin