Relax, fall back. retreat, do some easy ooohs and gentle well placed eeees – resist the temptation to panic and consider your antihistamines and environment. Listen to the people around you. So many of the workers in my office have raspy sounding voices at the moment and my best buddy told me she couldn’t even sing the hymns in church on Sunday. So I know it’s related to the environment and to rely on my understanding of my instrument and careful technique.Read more "Singing in Sacramento’s Spring"
If I could have been in two places at once I would have put myself both at Old Ironsides and the Fox and Goose…Read more "Friday Night Music in Sacramento"
Oh I’m a happy gal these days! I worked my booty off over my two week break from my med center job and during that time I worked with a fervor I didn’t even know I had. I went deep and at times felt like I was cliffhanging- my Craigslist super iMac kept crashing and […]Read more "Happiness"
we started talking about Kentucky and she said, “Oh, what I wouldn’t give for some KY bourbon. Just a taste would be sooo good.” and I said, “Granny, I can take care of that for you right now. There’s no good reason why you can’t have yourself a little swig of bourbon if you want it.” You could see her eyes just light up at the thought and then she said, “Oh, no…no. I just couldn’t,” “Yes, Granny, yes, you can. It’ll only take me a moment to run to a package store and get you some!” She refused. It was a funny moment that stuck with me. So this song is for her.Read more "Bourbon on my Deathbed"
When I wrote this song, it was with the intent of writing the “complete” country-blues song. It had to have certain elements (I think I even collected a list of these words before finally writing the lyrics), trains, a gun shot, lightning and a shack, red clay roads, Alabama and Memphis, family drama, someone in jail, someone in heaven, a bar, a hotel and a twenty.Read more "Two Days Gone"
I spent Saturday working on this piece using Logic Pro X, my Ipad and IMac and my Blue Yeti microphone. Composing brings out my OCD. I love nothing more than delving into edits and continually fine tuning the instrumentation and mix and getting it out of my head and into a solid format. The scandalous […]Read more "I’m Gonna Run"
I work in academic medicine during the week and my evenings are packed with workouts and band rehearsals so Saturday and Sunday are ideal for composing and getting deep into my craft. I’m coming down to the final process of my instrumental CD, 12 songs are mixed and ready to be looked at for line […]Read more "My Songwriting and Producing Process"