Blue Bird Leaving the Nest

Lately I have been thinking a lot about home, and the role it plays in giving us a spiritual center. The apartment where I live in the West Village of NYC has been my dwelling for over thirty years; I have come to think of it almost as an extension of myself–like my arm or…

Today I watched the snow falling…

 winter solstice mandalas Today I watched the snow falling outside my window in my NYC West Village studio.  I was engrossed by the huge whirling snowflakes, and the beauty of their motion. With white icing the nearby rooftops, the pink building in the courtyard in the background, the stark branches and the slate-grey sky, the…

Stop Creating Limitations

For whatever reason I’ve had this stigma about raising money online for my projects–like I’ve had some success: publishing deals, hit records. It makes me feel like I’m starting from scratch. Then I look and see all the amazing artists who are doing crowdfunding and I realize I have been limiting myself by judging myself….

To Weave a Web of Song

Spiders get a bad rap. Consider their fascinating origin according to Greek mythology: Arachne, a talented but mortal weaver, challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest. When Athena, who rules over crafts as well as wisdom, won the content hands-down she decided to punish Arachne by turning her into nature’s first spider. So spiders…

The Fluidity of Love

Going into the New Year has always been a very vulnerable time in my life especially regarding my career and relationships.  They both intertwine for me. True to form, leading up to January 1st I began to access my personal and career relationships as I refuel and prepare for the New Year.  Decisions made, feelings…

A Holiday Melody for All Faiths!

When I was living in L.A. with my partner and my dog, Caesar, for the first time in my life I had a Christmas tree. Growing up Jewish, Hanukkah was menorahs, dreidels and potato pancakes. I loved having a Christmas tree. It was nature in the house, in a big way, nature with lights–and when…

KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR TRACKS

As a songwriter it is important to keep track of your song catalog. This is your intellectual property. ASCAP, SESAC and BMI handle the performance end of a song’s activity (radio, live & internet) in the USA. Publishers (you can be your own publisher) are responsible for handling the mechanical (sales) licenses for songs which…

Let’s Give Thanks for First Times

Giving thanks in a very profound way this Thanksgiving! It is my favorite holiday after all. This year I am grateful for so much including all the support I have received for my new project THE PASS. When I do anything for the first time, it’s a big deal. There’s the initial idea, the process…

Facing the Spotlight: Tips on Bringing My Best Self to the Game

My whole life, singing has been as natural to me as breathing. Now that I’m getting ready to perform my one-woman show “The Pass”  I have to prepare for a more rigorous performance schedule. When you’ve been doing something your whole life naturally how do you discipline yourself, especially as you get older, to keep…

Album of the day ” The Wave” Tom Chaplin

Originally posted on cavanwoodcouk:
Tom Chaplin is the lead singer of Keane. This solo album is really a record that feels like a diary, revealing the demons that he has struggled with including food, drugs and the pressures of fame. There is also the way forward – his partner and his new child have helped…

THE PASS, a Sense of Euphoria & Praise for Public Libraries

OK so I did it. At yesterday’s concert on 10.16.16, I read a few vignette’s from my show THE PASS interspersed with songs at yesterday’s concert. I really did it and I am excited and also feeling such a sense of euphoria. Here is a photo of me, Brendan Litttlefield and my new Behringer Europort…