I love music. We all know that, right? I mean, I obsess over it. I can get lost for hours in my Spotify Discovery and New Release Radar playlists. I constantly browse live music shows near me. One time, at Thanksgiving, when my mom asked us all to say something we’re thankful for, I said music. (My brother made endless fun of me for it, … Continue reading Megan Whitmer: The Soundtrack
My friend Nick Flora is an alterna-pop singer/songwriter out of Nashville, TN. Flora has been writing songs and touring full time for close to a decade. His debut solo record Great Escape (2009) and the follow-up Hello Stranger (2011) are both prime examples of Flora’s grasp of dynamics, heart, and humor. His latest release The Reintroduction Of Nick Flora boasts a bold step forward and as fellow … Continue reading An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Nick Flora
Nick Flora is an alterna-pop singer/songwriter out of Nashville who’s been writing songs and touring full time for close to a decade. I’ve been telling Nick for months that I wanted to do an interview with him about songwriting, and I finally emailed him some questions last week. He responded within five minutes, and I was like, “Wow! Note to self: Nick can fill out an interview … Continue reading An Interview with Nick Flora, the Self-Appointed King of Sarcastic Charm
Ben Folds is one of my favorite artists of all time. A lot of people are familiar with him because of his mainstream hit, Brick, from the late 90s. If that’s all you know of him, PLEASE dig deeper. He’s an incredible musician and songwriter, and his songs have fantastic lines such as: “Make me feel tiny if it makes you feel tall, but there’s … Continue reading Be Somebody’s Ben Folds
We all know the One Hit Wonder, right? It’s a term typically used to describe a recording artist known for only one hit song. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby, Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time, Eiffel 65 – Blue (I hate myself a little for even thinking of that song), Macy Gray – I Try, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful…you get the idea. … Continue reading Pondering the One Hit Wonder
We all know that, in my opinion, music is as important a part of the writing process as pen and paper (or, you know, fingers and a laptop). Whenever someone is stuck on a scene, I tell them to make a new playlist. The other day, that suggestion was met with the following reply, “I don’t know how to make a playlist.” STUNNED, you guys. … Continue reading Creating Writing Playlists: Where to Start?
When it comes to music, there’s little I don’t like. My iTunes library is pretty diverse–from Chopin to Metallica to Tone Loc to Brad Paisley to She & Him to Taylor Swift to…..you get the idea. All genres, all decades, etc. I just. like. music. Whatever mood I’m in, I want a soundtrack for it. I like to feel my feels, guys. And as … Continue reading Five Singer-Songwriters You Should Love (Because I Do)
I’m one of those people who’s wanted to be a writer since I was old enough to understand what it meant. Throughout my childhood, I wrote story after story and shared them with everyone I could. And then I stopped. I mean, I wrote all sorts of dramatic emo journal entries and some pretty terrible, angst-filled poetry throughout my high school years. But stories? No … Continue reading I’m a Bust a Move Kind of Writer
I know a lot of writers really love the revision process. In general, I’m not one of them. I love drafting (and I do it SLOWLY), and revisions are typically on a shorter deadline and I stress and I procrastinate and I write and I rewrite and I CRY. (I do not actually cry.) (I mean, not usually.) (Revising makes me thirsty.) I generally get … Continue reading The Write Frame of Mind
Hey guys!! Remember a few months ago when I talked about #WriteClub? That fun little idea has really taken off and become something much bigger than I ever would’ve expected. People join in every Friday night from all over the world, and writers in other countries have even started up their own #WriteClubs to suit their time zones a little better. I’ve seen a few … Continue reading #WriteClub’s Got the WRITE MOVES!