Co-writing with Kids!

Another summer has come and brought opportunities to co-write with kids at local libraries and camps.  Most of these songs have come from less than 2 hours of being together.  In that time we have a crash course in melody, creative writing, song parts, and teamwork...

 

 

Support

I've been using the word "support" so much lately.  Once I launched the Kickstarter campaign I had to start asking folks for their support.  It's big and scary to set a goal, make it public, and ask for help.  Everyone is watching and there are so many stigmas about asking for help, especially when you're asking for money.  

 

 

 

 

Patience...

For the past few months I've been writing, working on guitars, and resting up a bit.  I've been recovering from a case of tendinitis in my wrists since November.  I've sought advice from massage therapists, osteopaths, and patient house plants...

Read on for wild softball game in the desert and a giant rock in the road...

 

 

Is it ever enough?

Happy December everyone!  I'm nesting in Ohio for most of the winter.  I've done so much traveling this year that staying in one spot feels like a great new adventure. 

There's a new album in the works, and for now I offer up this single. "That's Enough"...

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The Long Road Home

After many miles, I am happy to report that I have played some great shows, driven some long hours, seen some beautiful places, and safely landed back in Ohio...

wild horses, oceans, deserts

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From the Tallest Dunes to the Oldest Trees

Beautiful places, spontaneous events, and lovely people...  

 

 

hippie busses and more!

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Things I've learned...

What a journey!  Here I am in Fort Collins, Colorado after a cross-country drive, a week at Rocky Mountain Song School, and a string of shows.  The trip has been full of lessons learned...

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Songwriting with Kids!

This month I wanted to share a few projects from my recent Songwriting Workshops for kids.  These workshops are a haphazard dive into the creative process.  I meet with 8-15 kids, we come to some consensus of what to write about, we do creative writing exercises, and ultimately write a song.  We share ideas, cross out words, move them, work on rhythm, feeling, melody, and record our creation.  All of this happens in 2-3 hours depending on the workshop format.

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Land of the 17-year Cicada

Southern Ohio is vibrating with 17-year cicadas.  I couldn't be more delighted.  I've always enjoyed their drone, buzz, and siren-like eeeeerrr.  They are everywhere.  Here's a little story of one...

 

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Back to Ohio...

 

 

 

 

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