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The Unfettered Dream: Finding and Pursuing Your Passion in Two Simple Steps

Peter Himmelman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

The fundamental problem for many of us is that we aren't even aware of what we want in the first place. We are tremendously unskilled at letting our dreams flow up from our subconscious minds. It's sad because being in touch with our desires is such a basic building block of happiness.

All About That... Grammy

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

The Grammys are upon us. As I ponder the nominees in the category of "Song of the Year" on my Recording Academy voting ballot I'm happy to report that all five compositions were written by no more than three songwriters. Why does this make me smile? 

TopTune Is L.A.'s Most Fun Live Music Game Show

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Los Angeles is a city rich with live music, but there has been no live music event that pays tribute to the songwriting talent in this city quite like TopTune, part talent showcase, part songwriting competition, part improv comedy - a "Circus of musical alchemy" and a rollicking good time.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

Bitter Beer and Burning Whisky: An Interview With Musician Jeremy Mage

Court Stroud | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Court Stroud

With the release of his latest music video, psychedelic singer-songwriter Jeremy Mage offers up a year-end toast to the "hell of a year" of 2014.

4 Practical Steps (You Can Do in 12 Minutes) to Start Making Your 2015 Dreams a Reality

Peter Himmelman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

The four steps I'm going to show you now, while ridiculously simple, are actually the basis of something incredible: taking pure thought and bringing it into reality. Let's get started.

60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

I credit Annie Lennox as being the artist who first turned me onto the joys of pop music in the dawning of my teen years. So to celebrate Lennox's milestone 60th birthday (she's born on Christmas Day), I'm spotlighting one non-single from each of her 15-plus albums since 1981.

An Interview With Sofia: John Mayer Meets kd lang

Tristan Higgins | Posted 12.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I recently sat down with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sofia. We had so much fun talking that I lost myself in a few places. What? I'm not a professional journalist. I am a butch lawyer who writes a blog, and I can count on one hand how many times I have actually sat down with another butch. What follows is (most of) our conversation.

External Deflators: How to Deal With the Naysayers

Peter Himmelman | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

You need to be careful about who you share your goals with, especially when they're in their early stages. Because they're still under-developed, these nascent ideas are like gossamer, very fragile and susceptible to discouragement.

And the Winner Is...

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I h...

Unrelenting Gore

Peter Himmelman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

In the end I suppose, the greatest single reason to stop sharing the brutal images on Facebook is because they become less moving over time. When we've seen enough of them, our humanity will leech away -- just as it appears to have done in the minds and hearts of our enemies.

Yuna at Stage 48: The Sweetest Taboo

Craig Carpenter | Posted 01.11.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The increasingly globalized world we're living in certainly includes the pop music scene, and perhaps Yuna is amongst the best of it. Her style of music -- a melange of folk, jazz inflected R&B and a decidedly electronica backbeat makes this a world classed EDM for the adult listener.

Elephant Ropes: Our Continuing Attachment to Fear

Peter Himmelman | Posted 01.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

In India, elephant handlers often train baby elephants to be submissive by chaining them to a post. They'll fight with all their will to break free. D...

So Your Kid Wants to Write Songs

Shelly Peiken | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

When parents ask me how they can help their child be a songwriter, I pause. I don't want to hurt their feelings. Sometimes I'm afraid to tell them what I think. It may not be what they want to hear.

A Mermaid In BDSM Gear And An Electro-Pop Chanteuse Are A Match Made In Musical Heaven

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices

French singer-songwriter Owlle earned a spot on our autumn playlists with her catchy single, "Ticky Ticky," and we're happy to say her full-length alb...

Tell 'Em I'm Gone: A Conversation With Yusuf Islam Plus A Hey Rosetta! Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Yusuf, let's talk about your new album Tell 'Em I'm Gone. It seems like you're saying something larger with it overall.

Rising Pop Star Megan Nicole Talks About Her Debut Album 'Escape'... and Batman

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Megan Nicole is probably on your kids' music playlist. If you're a kid and she's NOT on your playlist, then hello, it's time to check her out! Adults, you should also be checking her out. Here's why...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: iPhone Wrist

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've noticed a dull ache in the base of my right hand at the end of the day. I have iPhone wrist. It's like tennis elbow. Except it's not from tennis and it doesn't involve an elbow. I can't be the only one.

'Queen of the Clouds' Tove Lo: "I Sing Things I Wouldn't Say"

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 12.21.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I find it really cool when people have this artist persona they can put on," admits singer Tove Lo. "They can go out and act like this other person; I can't pull that off...I can't censor myself."

Folk Stalwart Loudon Wainwright III Offers "Lots of Family Material"

Christopher Murray | Posted 12.20.2014 | Arts
Christopher Murray

Saying the unsayable in his wickedly funny, well-observed folk songs, Wainwright is profane, smart, poking received wisdom in the eye and then grabbing your heart with a tender and devastating truth about life and love, mistakes and mystery.

Finding Your Motivation: How Internal and External Rewards Work Together to Synergize Creative Work

Peter Himmelman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Fear, and not lack of self-discipline, (or lack of organizational skills) is what prevents us from making our dreams manifest. We are often motivated to create to derive a sense of validation and purpose: to bring forth a sense of belonging.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Shouting out to a Teacher Who Changed My Life

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Shelly Peiken

He humored me and assigned me to the right (as opposed to the left) side of the bleachers with the sopranos. I strained to reach the notes.

Conor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain in Los Angeles

Lindsey Best | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

After finishing the first leg of his tour with backing band Dawes, Oberst embarked on a West Coast tour that included a new backing band and three very special shows in Los Angeles.

All About That Bass -- Or Is It?

Shannon Cutts | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Shannon Cutts

I just don't quite get what so many feminists and bloggers and all-purpose haters are so up in arms about. So Meghan says she isn't a feminist. Does a person have to be a feminist in order to write and sing about her perspective of body love?

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: The Urge to Purge

Shelly Peiken | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelly Peiken

Since I started writing this I've filled up four big blue Costco bags with clothes I haven't worn in years, which I'll drop at Goodwill later this afternoon. And then I'll get started on the makeup drawer. I feel 10 pounds lighter just thinking about it.