An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Nick Flora

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

Be Somebody’s Ben Folds

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

Pondering the One Hit Wonder

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

Creating Writing Playlists: Where to Start?

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?

Five Singer-Songwriters You Should Love (Because I Do)

  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)

Inspiration in Silence and Space

Sometimes, when I’m feeling completely drained and uninspired, I have to get away from everything. When I moved to Lexington (pop: over 300,000) from Lancaster (pop: under 4,000), I was enamored with Lexington’s abundance. Whatever Lancaster had, Lexington had more. People. Cars. Buildings. Schools. Libraries. Stores. Cars. Farms. Parks. Gyms. Restaurants. Cars. It took about two years for that to get really, really old. I … Continue reading Inspiration in Silence and Space