September 11, 2023
Life is a lot some days. Between 4 kids, navigating a blended family, school/activity schedules, jobs, and keeping up with family and friends, making time for myself is last on the list.
I heard of this thing called Patreon, and I checked it out and signed up to follow some local folks whose music I enjoy. I liked the idea of having exclusive stuff sent right to me because I’m not super into social media and actually find it overwhelming at times (I spend maybe 20 minutes a day with it).
I never thought I’d be someone anyone would consider following on Patreon (who am I to think anyone would sign up for a monthly subscription to have more access to my musical stylings?). But honestly over the past several months, I talked it over with some friends, and they helped me realize a few things:
1. I don’t really have many PLACES to play MY music.
2. I don’t really have much TIME to play MY music.
3. I don’t really have much CONFIDENCE to play MY music anymore.
Patreon would essentially allow me to space to engage creatively every month on my time, around the kids’ needs and the day job, and hold on to a part of me that I don’t want to lose and would like to build up, not tear down. It would be healing to share more in a safe space with those of you generous enough to help support my creative passion and also help toward the cost of making some new recordings. It’s also collaborative so you can share with me what you’d like to see ♥️
If you’re interested, here’s more info:
My deepest thanks to all of you who have supported me in so many ways over the years.  xo

Another album?

May 6, 2023

When I think about the idea of recording again, I’m torn. There’s something weirdly comforting about knowing I have the songs outside of myself. Like going through a box of photographs. They’re memories. So that’s the pull that brings me back to the idea of recording… I just really hate the process. It brings out every negative, self-critical, perfectionistic trait I HATE; the parts of me for which I have little self-compassion. And in the ever-consuming, narcissistic, attention-seeking culture in which we live, why should my voice matter.

I constantly question if my songs are worthy. Then I think about how fiercely I connect to certain music, and I wonder if the songwriters of some of my favorite songs also ever grappled with this. What even makes a song worthy of sharing?

10 Female Singer / Songwriters I Love

March 23, 2014

In no particular order…

1. Tori Amos

Tori started it all for me. I remember vividly hearing her music for the first time and thinking, “What IS this?” She is simply one of a kind. I had the fortune of meeting her once and she graciously signed my record. Her style of playing and songwriting is beyond compare. Great article recently published on Buzzfeed. Read it here.

2. Joni Mitchell

Blue was another core shaking album. Joni epitomizes the folk, female singer/songwriter for me. Her voice is so effortless and clean. We also share a birthday. Clouds and A Case of You are two favorties.

3. Patty Griffin

I bought Patty Griffin’s first record on a whim, just digging the cover when I was browsing in the record store. Remember those days when we went to the store to buy entire albums? I have every album she has made. She’s twangy, raw genius.

4. Fiona Apple

The smokey siren. Fiona Apple introduced me to the 7th chord. Tidal is an experience. Again, I discovered Fiona during a record store browse. Shadowboxer was playing over the loud speaker and I asked the guy on duty who it was. He directed me to her CD and I immediately had to sit down and learn that song. Tiny lady. Guttural sound.

5. Alanis Morissette

I love her lyrics. I relate so much to her way of telling stories. She puts so much of the female experience into song. I only wish I could belt like her!

6. Natalie Merchant

Natalie makes me feel comfortable with my voice. She’s such a unique singer. She reminds me that you don’t need to have a huge voice to have a relevant voice. My Skin is still one of my all time favorite songs.

7. Stevie Nicks

If you want to learn how to captivate an audience with your eyes, watch Stevie Nicks. She personifies PRESENCE. She’s an icon, plain and simple. A mystical singer/songwriter. I wanted to be her!

8. Brandi Carlile

A more contemporary/recent discovery for me. Every note out of Brandi’s mouth is like gold. Strong, controlled, and just awesome. I love every record.

9. Kathleen Edwards

Kyle Swartzwelder turned me onto Kathleen Edwards. My guy took me to NY to see her live and I wound up losing my wallet in a cab. A Russian woman found it and contacted me via Facebook, and I was able to get it back in one piece. There are still honest people in the world. Anyway, Kathleen Edwards is another Canadian songwriter I love. It must be something in the water up there.

10. Sarah McLachlan

Sarah is a classic, contemporary singer/songwriter. Her voice is like velvet. I know no other way to describe it. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t heard her sing and thought she was amazing. I’m hoping to catch her tour this summer.