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Thanksgiving Reflections

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Gratitude is a uniquely human attribute. When done with intention it represents the perfect antidote, not only for the tragic things we're assailed with in the media hour by hour, it is the perfect cure for our tendency as human beings to revert to our most base instincts.

The Chair and the Man on the House

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

The other thing that happens when we sit down to write (or accomplish any creative goal) is that whether or not we previously had something to say becomes completely irrelevant. Sometimes having "something to say" actually becomes an impediment to our getting closer to a work of truth and value.

Embracing Discontentment

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Striving to be constantly content is like striving to eat only ice cream; both will leave you feeling miserable. I say this because most of us, if ...

Lessons For & From the Un-Young

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

A friend of mine commented recently that everyone looks good at twenty-two. He's (almost) right. There's no denying it. There's something captivati...

Going Silent (Installment Eight)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

After five weeks of total vocal rest, a necessary part of healing after a vocal cord surgery, I've started to speak again. My voice is weak and only s...

Let the Songs Come To You: An Interview with Dar Williams

Omega Institute | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Omega Institute

Dar Williams is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician with 10 critically acclaimed studio albums. She has also taught at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival song school, published two novels, and led the "Give Bees a Camp."

Going Silent (Installment Six)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Just to catch you up. If you haven't been following the previous installments in this series here goes: I was singing and talking too much and I got...

Could This Be Hip-Hop's New Marketplace?

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 10.28.2015 | Technology
Shane Paul Neil

The idea of lowering barriers (both financially and technically) to market entry, while providing a more desirable royalty split, seems unreal. That's why Wix's new product launch, Wix Music is interesting.

Going Silent (Installment Seven)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

This is the part where the novelty wears off. The start of every journey is full of energy, whether that energy is derived from joyous expectation o...

Going Silent (Installment Five)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

At this very moment I'm sitting at my kitchen table writing and it's a good thing I can write - not only because I have an enormous number of things to say - but because I had surgery on my right vocal cord to remove a hemorrhagic nodule little more than a week ago.

Going Silent (Installment Four)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

Aside from not being able to speak for three weeks due to a surgery on my vocal cords (one week down as of today), I'm also forbidden to exert myself ...

The Happiness Mark

Cynthia Catania | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

It seems to me that the human brain is wired for dissatisfaction. Exercising gratitude for where we are, and what we have can be a challenge.

Going Silent (Installment Three)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

This past Monday I had a small surgery to remove a hemorrhagic nodule from my right vocal cord. As medical procedures go, this one's not particularly ...

Politicians: Respect And Protect Copyright

Steven Tyler | Posted 10.14.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Tyler

This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump's campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. Now is the time to show us some love by supporting the effort to reform outdated copyright laws.

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).