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surprise wisdom

Sometimes, we surprise ourselves. And if you’re in the Song Club, you know that I do most of the exercises along with the participants, and one of my own answers to the question surprised the heck out of me. I didn’t even like it, and at the same time – I loved it.

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Songwriting Tips in Unlikely Places

Today’s tip is a sort of confession, really. I’ll start by confessing that since I’ve been in much closer quarters to my 8 year old given the closing of schools, I’ve been listening to a lot more of the music that she likes. Ariana Grande, Frozen 2 (curse you, Disney for making a second movie at the very moment we were starting to break free from the chains of your first one), and Justin B–I can’t even speak his name…

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A Clarity…That Happened.

What does community mean to me now, here? And what sorts of interactions, especially around my creativity am I wanting right now? So let’s say that I was a musician and I was walking down the street on a chilly spring day in upper Manhattan and I was feeling sad and confused about why I would make an album in these uncertain times when the promise of sharing music in concert venues seems so tenuous. And then let’s say that one very wise woman in the group said that her intention for the day was to “prioritize doing over thinking.” And then everything became clear…

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Structure and Porpoise…you’ll see.

I realized last week that I need a new metaphor. If I had a dime for every time in the last 2 months that I’ve used the phrase “emotional roller coaster,” I would be able to fund the prosperous return of the Lion King to Broadway. And you might disagree with me about whether that’s the best way to spend those funds, but you probably wouldn’t argue that I could use a new image for describing the ups and downs of my own emotional state from day to day, hour to hour.

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