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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.

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.

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.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

There's been a lot of scaling down over the last decade, and it's hard to say where things are going. But one thing's for sure...I feel lucky that I got a chance to go to that party. To have a taste of that cake, dance on the tables, and drink from the champagne fountain on Grammy night.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Second Guessing the Hits

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Sheryl's performance made me want to hear more. Such was the function of a single back then. It made you want to hear the rest of the album because chances were there would be other songs that were just as good. Maybe even better.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Say Cheese

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

One day I took a picture of my daughter and her first love. She looked so happy in it, like the sun bursting through the clouds. I gave the photo a name. I called it, "This is how you make me feel."

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

Shelly Peiken | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I'm a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Generation Gasps

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

These days, I catch myself pretending to know what my young colleagues are talking about when they refer to some hot new topliner (that's new school speak for lyricist) with a perplexingly random moniker such as Catnip or Carpeting.

The Linda Perry Project: Breaking the Old, Making the New

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

It's fairly common knowledge that Linda Perry is the super-producer who reshaped dozens of careers from Pink to Christina Aguilera to Gwen Stefani. But I was first introduced to Perry as the lead singer for 4 Non Blondes.

Summon Your Inner Songwriter

Tom Sturges | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Tom Sturges

Successful Songwriting is not a science by any means. It's an art, by every means. Everyone who practices it practices it very differently. It appears in different forms through myriad channels and inspirations.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Hashtag Hiatus

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I ran into Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) at M.Fredric clothing store on Ventura Boulevard last week. I was killing some time before my mani-pedi. My daughter had just dropped me off. That was a first.

Sarah McLachlan on Music and the Industry

Quora | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"I think any musician who can take a piece of music and not just play it but can put themselves and all their passion into it becomes an artist even if it's only them hearing it."

Sarah McLachlan on Her Influences and Inspirations

Quora | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"I wrote 'Angel' after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained."

There's No Song Like The First Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

The first song you write with someone is like a first kiss. The songs (or the kisses) that follow might be better for other reasons, or you might never want to write another song with that person again. Either way there's no song like the first song. There just isn't.

Shelly Gets Her Groove Back

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Yesterday my 16 year old daughter and I had plans to get together with our mother/daughter friends in Westlake, a 45 minute drive from our house.

Jae Jin's House of Cards

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin Meekhof

In May of 2013, Jae Jin was a 28-year-old doing community outreach for a Baltimore non-profit agency when a friend encouraged him to audition for a sm...

Songwriter's Pie Anyone?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still having trouble paying their rent.

Suspend Your Search for a Savior

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.02.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

You have volition. You can make changes to your work. You have a say over your artistic output. You have the ability to exercise your will. Hanging around waiting for someone else's approval takes you out of the driver's seat and causes you to mistrust yourself.

An Interview With Alanis Morissette: When I Take Care of Myself, There's Always Inspiration

Omega Institute | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Alanis Morissette shares how she remains creative after more than 20 years writing award-winning music.

The Art of Y: Redefining the Music Industry

Alex Schattner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

On Jan. 30, I spoke with singer/songwriter Lily Virginia. After several years in the making, her self-titled EP is debuting on March 8t...

The Grammys and Us

Dennis Welch | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Dennis Welch

Writing can be a lonely job. We, for the most part, write alone. Occasionally we bring in a co-writer, but most often it is just us, sitting in a room somewhere, sweating over a keyboard or a pencil and paper, hoping to fill the page with words that matter.

12-Year-Old Singing Her First Original Song Is Amazing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.28.2014 | Teen

Portland resident Nora Burkhartsmeier may only be 12-years-old, but she's already honed her singing and songwriting skills with the help of voice teac...

Mike Ryan

How The Catchiest Song Of The Year Was Made

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 12.02.2013 | Entertainment

Right smack in the middle of "Inside Llewyn Davis," Joel and Ethan Coen's ode to New York City's folk music scene of the early 1960s, the audience is ...