News, Updates, and Ramblings...

WE SHINE (SHINE ON)! The podcast feature AND Bandcamp release happens TODAY! 

The day is HERE and the time is NOW!  So excited to share this track with you - it's been in the works for more than a year!  Featuring Eric George on drums, and Jesse Prentiss on bass, this is a song that uplifts & inspires - so SHINE ON!

To hear today's podcast feature on the Women of Substance Radio podcast (ep #1159), go here:

To stream/buy "We Shine (Shine On)!" click the image!


After a slow summer THINGS ARE HAPPENING! 

Coming Up!

  • OCTOBER 12:  "We Shine (Shine On!)" is a featured song on the podcast! (the 'songs of conscience' series - uplifting songs episode).
  • OCTOBER 18-24 unreleased songs "Summer Haze" and "Let it Rain" are featured in a session, and I'll speak about them -  at the 2020 U2 Conference! (registration open at the link)
  • NOVEMBER 6: "Let It Rain" is a featured songs on the podcast! (still the 'songs of conscience' series - this time with immigrant issues and themes)



Days 13 & 14 - better late than never! 

Okay, here are the clips from July 13 & 14th's songs!  I've been distracted, lately, because lots of decisions being made about my kids school year, and my part-time teaching situation is a thing, too, but still - week 2 songwriting is complete!

Days 11 & 12 - Livestream schedule in the works! 

Still behind on the mileage, but there's a template ready for my livestream weekly schedule!  Will spend some time planning & filling in those empty squares. 







In the meantime, clips are READY for days 11 & 12 of the still-perfect songwriting challenge! 

Days 9 & 10 - a mixed bag! 

I need to schedule days of the week for livestreaming, or I find they fall by the wayside completely... During week 2, look for a livestream weekly schedule & catch some short sets on my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube accounts! 

I've gotten worse at the mile-per-day thing!  Week 2 will see an attempt to up the mileage JUST ENOUGH to make up for days missed (by end July, I'm determined to average 1 mile per day, even if the active times are inconsistent ;)

Where I'm still PERFECT is on the SONGWRITING!! *dances around in victory*  What really helped keep this moving along during week 2 is the 5-in-5 Songwriting Challenge group by Sarah Spencer on Facebook!  If you're a songwriter (pro, hobbyist, or "thought-about-it-once-what-do-i-do-now"), I can't recommend a group like this enough!  Check out the group and see when the next challenge happens.  You won't believe the songs that can be spun into existence in a day when you make it fun & pressure-free (as in:  "it's okay to suck - not every tune needs to be perfect" ;) )

Here are the snippets for Days 9 & 10!

Day 8 - STILL PERFECT on the songwriting front!  

I'm so psyched that after today I have 8 NEW SONGS to show for my first 8 days in July!  (If only the exercise was that consistent - lol!)

Today's song challenge was to write the song to a drum loop, so thanks to Garage Band, and here we go:








Days 6 & 7!  

I'm still writing a song a day!  Haven't missed one since July started :)  The mile-on-foot still tends to be a one-day-on for 2 miles, and one-day-off, but I'll keep working on that part ;)  Gonna venture into YouTube live and Twitter Live this week (because I've never gone live on either of those!  Although I did try out Periscope when it first started, but...) 

I'm planning a full livestream concert in August to debut the favorite songs from this month's challenge (yours and mine)!  Want to get full-length song access, and have a vote for top songs on the concert?  SUBSCRIBE today & you're IN!

Check out clips of songs 6 & 7 here: 


Days 4 & 5!  

Because of the holiday yesterday, I'm combining 2 check-ins into one!  I admit that I skipped the mile on foot yesterday, but did 1.7 the day prior and 1.99 today to makeup for it :) 

Also, I'm amending my livestream challenge - daily was feeling tedious and it was hard for people to catch them all SO - I'm committing instead to a weekly livestream (with a possibility of more) instead.

Here are the new song segments from July 4 & 5!

Day 3! An acapella mystery... 

Got outside before it was too crazy-hot for my mile today (but tried a livestream from the porch in the sun later, which was maybe a mistake - lol

Today's song segment is acapella!