I wrote this song, called “451”, in honor of Banned Books Week. I blogged about the process here. It is set to a C Minor 12 bar blues. Cm, Fm, Cm, CmFm, Fm, Cm, CmG7, (Ab7, G7), Cm, G7 First repeat: Call the firemen, RayWe’re gonna have a burn Call the firemen, RayWe’re gonna have…
Embrace the Fear
In honor of Halloween month, today’s post is about fear. I’m a proponent of doing things that scare me. I don’t mean watching horror movies or walking alone at night through dark alleys. I mean doing things that are outside my comfort zone, in the hopes that I can make that zone a little wider…
Using a Claw Hand to Avoid Ukulele Injuries
Illustrated guide to how to adjust your playing position to avoid fretting hand injuries on ukulele or guitar.
The Easy Way to Write Your First Song
Have you always wanted to write a song? Learn how to get started and write your first song the easy way.
Free One Line a Day Journal
In my last two posts, I’ve written about journaling methods that take under 10 minutes a day, and longer journaling methods that offer deeper benefits. While writing about quick methods, I became intrigued by the idea of the One Line A Day Journal. Sure, I could go back into my visual journals or my morning…
Tired of journaling? Try this (Part 2: Go for Depth)
Does your journaling practice need a reset? Is it no longer helping you with your goals? Try one of these 6 different ways to dive deep into journaling.
Tired of Journaling? Try this (Part 1: Quick ideas)
Try one of these seven ways to journal in less than 10 minutes to revitalize your journaling practice.
10 Reasons You Should Have a Songwriting Journal (even if you’re not a musician)
My previous post describes reasons why journaling is a helpful habit in general. Today’s post builds on that foundation to describe why you should create a songwriting journal. Starting a journal is not hard, but it does require effort and persistence to keep it going. Writing a poem and then setting it to music would…
The 10 Best Reasons You Should Journal
Journaling has been a common practice amongst writers, scientists, artists and other creatives for centuries. While the form your journal takes may be very different from Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452-1519) notebooks, you will be continuing a time tested tradition of writing down your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Mental health experts today widely recommend journaling as…