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Going Silent (Installment Two)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Given that speech is one of, if not the primary distinguishing feature separating we human beings from animals, isn't the thought of losing the capaci...

Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums.

Going Silent (Installment One)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

My Nom De Guerre is Peter Himmelman. That's the name everybody calls me, everyone with the exception of my mom, who will, in moments of extreme te...

Damaged Childhood Helped Liz Graham Become a Musician With a Purpose

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

I often wonder what's behind the words of a song. Most lyrics have some sort of meaning. I love when a story teller musician shares personal things. Liz Graham does just that.

Former Obama White House Chief Releases Record (the Musical Kind)

Roxane Assaf | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.

A Better Place to Be: Induct Harry Chapin into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

Chapin's untimely death in 1981, undoubtedly robbed the world of some of the most prolific and beautiful songs that he sadly was never able to write.

Live As Though You're Living a Second Time

Peter Himmelman | Posted 09.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist born in the early 1900s. He wrote a classic called, "Man Search for Meaning." If you haven't read it, you s...

Healing Through Creativity

Kat Reinhert | Posted 09.02.2015 | Divorce
Kat Reinhert

Within the creative process of writing and performing this music I found the courage to be vulnerable, and as difficult as it is to share these feelings with the complete unknown, I know it is worth letting go of the fear I have in sharing.

Realtime Popcorn-time

Cynthia Catania | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

Citizen Mars is a documentary about five Mars100 finalists from all over the globe, their intimate stories, and their personal calling to this unique opportunity.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Juno Award-Winner Sean Jones

Jessica Young | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Jessica Young

Jones is now flying solo and with it, he recently released his debut album titled Waiting For Midnight. I got to spend the afternoon with the star and here are 5 discoveries I just had to share.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Dear Bob Lefsetz--Please R.S.V.P.

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).

This Is the One Question You Need to Ask Yourself

Allison Geddie | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Allison Geddie

I hope that with each of the days you have, you'll chase your goals, your dreams, your fire. That you'll act with that urgency of life in mind. Life is short. Don't count the days. Make the days count.

The Hubris of Self-Sufficiency

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

I was in a nasty bicycle accident about 10 years ago. My wife and I were in the midst of an extensive home remodeling project at the time, and I'd g...


Darden Smith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Darden Smith

When I started out as a singer/songwriter, the last thing I wanted to do was collaborate. I saw it as a sign of weakness, the inability to do it on your own. My musical heroes were all solo artists - people like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine - one man alone in the spotlight. They were like Marlboro Men with guitars.

What Creativity Is Not

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

As an artist and musician I've been through countless periods where I'm just repeating the same thing over and over again. Just because I wear a porkpie hat, and have a little goatee, doesn't make me creative. Oftentimes, in spite of my job title, I'm the most dull, uncreative person in the world.

Golf and the Music Biz with Steve Rennie

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Corey Ferrugia

Steve Rennie is a former record label executive, talent manager, concert promoter, entrepreneur, and not to mention, an incredible golfer. In a recent article, Billboard Magazine ranked Steve No. 1 on their music industry golf leaderboard.

A Song About How to Be Brave and Beat Bullying

Ally Del Monte | Posted 06.15.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

There are a lot of things I have been in my life: But the thing I am most proud of, is that I decided to be Brave. Brave enough to stand up to the bullies, stand up for the bullied, and to finally, thankfully, stand up for myself.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Play Me

Shelly Peiken | Posted 07.07.2015 | Media
Shelly Peiken

I've been thinking about the innovation of interactive streaming--how versatile, convenient and instantly gratifying it is. Interactive, however, means that before I take off for a drive to the mall or a run on the beach I have a decision to make: what do I want to listen to?

The Last Father's Day Gift I Gave My Dad -- An Excerpt From the Forthcoming book: Let Me Out (A Practical Guide for Bringing Your Ideas to Life)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Love can make you a more creative person. Understand that when I use the term creative, I don't mean that you'll suddenly have mastery of any partic...

The iPhone Graveyard

Cynthia Catania | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

There's a Balinese song on loop/repeat at the dining area of our modest, Sanur Beach hotel. It could be the soundtrack for an insane asylum. Frantic wooden flutes and vibraphones, playing a hectic, repetitive pattern.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.

What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Zak Smith

Apathy is a privilege. A great many people do not have the luxury. If you feel your life is in danger, if you feel your family or your loved ones are in jeopardy, if you feel attacked and diminished, the odds are that you will not feel indifferent about it.

All About That Bar: Bemelmans Hosts Kate Davis

Roxane Assaf | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

The celebrity boîte in the Hotel Carlyle enshrining today's only public mural art of Ludwig Bemelmans is a fitting incubator for the blossoming musical talents of multi-instrumentalist/singer Kate Davis.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: How to Find That Magic Line... or Not

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.07.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've learned from experience, the best way to recharge my brain is to turn it off -- for a half hour at least. When I wake, my synapses will be fresh. The word or the line that eluded me before, will reveal itself voluntarily. And I will feel like a fool for not having seen it sooner.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Broadway

Shelly Peiken | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I took my 17-year-old daughter to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, over spring break. Before we went to New York, and in anticipation of the show, I'm happy to say she "pre-acclimated" herself with Ms. King's music and all of its non-Auto-Tuned perfect imperfection.