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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...

Collaboration

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.

When Flying High No Longer Scares Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 05.20.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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.