interviews, Music, Writing

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… Continue reading An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Nick Flora

Music, Pep Talks, Writing

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… Continue reading Be Somebody’s Ben Folds

Music, Writing

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… Continue reading Creating Writing Playlists: Where to Start?

Five Favorites, Music, Writing

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… get the idea. All genres, all decades, etc. I just. like. music. Whatever mood I’m in, I want a soundtrack for… Continue reading Five Singer-Songwriters You Should Love (Because I Do)

Kentucky, Writing

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… Continue reading Inspiration in Silence and Space