NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 5. Barbarians!

I don’t know how to play piano or how to read and write music on a staff, yet I’m doing both today! (I got ambitious about how quickly I could work on the previous Thank You Nature song. It’s still percolating on a back burner. So I’m turning...

NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 4: Revision.

Just now, typing this title, I see that the word “revision” means a little more than I’ve always considered. It clearly says “re-vision,” as in take another look, give it another thought or two. Good to keep in mind.I find song revisions...

THE NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 2.

I am posting daily about my new song <untitled> and my writing process as it moves along:I said before I like to write with paper and pen. Once I have something roughed out I take it to the computer to revise. I print it and start marking it up.It’s neater...

THE NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 1.

For me, songwriting is like getting a new baseball glove – it needs to be broken in, gotta get the pocket just right before it’s ready for the show.You can see I write with pen and paper. When I use the computer I obsess about fixing typos and other errors...

More John Prine stuff. Ya, I’m a fan.

John Prine is an alchemist – turns a voice like gravel into a song of pure love. He’s so inspiring to me – nothing fancy, nothing flashy, no tricks, what you see there is John Prine pure and simple. He sings from the heart, and it infuses his music...