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

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.

When Flying High No Longer Scares Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I meet with Stowe at the house she and Peter had built together. She still lives on the same gorgeous property south of Nashville, but in a guest house now that she moved into after their amicable divorce.

Eli Conley's Music Opens Spaces to Connect the Queer and Trans Communities

Sue Kerr | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Eli Conley came to my attention through a conversation with a mutual friend. I was immediately struck by his words and his awareness of the issues that matter to me. Then I listened to his music. I had to talk with him and he was gracious enough to make some time for me.

Speaking With Somi: A New Appraisal

Craig Carpenter | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Last year I had the pleasure and honor to become acquainted with Somi, an amazing jazz singer who was then about to release her album, The Lagos Music Salon. I found her to be thoughtful, sincere, and an awesome talent.

Peter, Paul and Theo in Concert and Discussion

Brad Schreiber | Posted 03.04.2015 | Entertainment
Brad Schreiber

When Andrea Grossman of Writers Bloc booked Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey from the folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary and Theodore Bikel to boot, it was more than a concert and discussion.

Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.27.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.

Artist Development: A Key to Unlocking Your Purpose in Life

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

What makes an "artist" an artist is actually in their point of view, their intention, their approach and in the way they live their lives. In this light, becoming an artist isn't a destination; it's a way of traveling.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Decisions Decisions... What Song Changed Your Mind?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.19.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Thank you Joni. Thank you Neil. Thank you Carpenters. Thank you Carly Simon. Thank you Santo and Johnny. Thanks to Music Supervisors who get it right. Thank you to everyone who wrote a song that changed my life or changed my mind.

The Kim Kardashian App and the Quantitative Life

Peter Himmelman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

While it's fair to say I don't live my life out on a four-inch screen, I do believe that at times I have created an equally small frame for myself.

Flip-Flops

Cynthia Catania | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

The longboat dropped us off at the debris-riddled Tonsai coast. The beach was covered in sharp coral, sand bags, garbage and wood pieces from the Tsunami destruction ten years ago. We climbed out of the boat with all our luggage on our backs and waded through the water to get to dry land. The four-star treatment stops here.

Confession of a Serial Songwriter: Why a Passion on the Side Is a Must

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Things happen mysteriously when we're not trying so hard to make them happen. Rain falls. Hits go up charts. Babies are born. Podcast get syndicated. Why does it feel like water boils so much faster when we're not tapping our foot and holding a tea bag.

Copyright is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

William Buckley Jr. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media
William Buckley Jr.

With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976.

A Freedom Seeker's First Impressions of China

Peter Himmelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Peter Himmelman

Becoming more open, more free, is always a risk to a democracy. And by democracy, I don't mean simply giving residents of a fascist regime some voting mechanisms as we've seen in the Middle East and elsewhere, I mean creating the open pathways of expression that are the hallmarks of a truly free society.

Leap of Faith

Cynthia Catania | Posted 04.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Cynthia Catania

While on a "bucketlist" style adventure from South East Asia to Melbourne, Australia, I decided to document my experiences and exercise my writer's brain.

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

Peter Himmelman | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.08.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 03.01.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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...