The greatest gift an artist could give another artist, taking them on the road and sharing their audience. Natalie Merchant did that for Tracy Chapman.  Fast Car would not have […]

Three weeks ago we screened the film Alive Inside for the songwriting class. It’s about dementia seemingly interrupted by listening to music. Hoping to remind the students, even though schools […]

There was a songwriter who, when she was a teenager, got a job as an assistant to a famous movie actress. Later in life, she became a songwriter and touring […]

Listening to a podcast with Waddy Wachtel (The Everly Brothers, Keith Richards, Linda Rondstadt, Stevie Nicks), when they get to the end and he’s asked if he listens to contemporary […]

Because in the 90s we had to sneak across the border when touring, because the laws required us to prove we were not taking jobs away from Americans, because we […]

After my van was broken into and the equipment stolen, sometimes I thought up slogans for future tour camouflage. 1/ Dirty Diaper Pick-Up Service 2/ Dioxin Disposal 3/ Best Boa […]

I watched Dan, an 18 yr. old singer songwriter explain to the audience that the next song he was about to sing was by so and so who went to […]

At school you are expected each week to read much and understand it as well as if it was really compelling. Most students I become friends with admit to often […]

Looking for an agent. Had some recent exchanges that were pointless, questions like “where do you see yourself in 3 years?” or “what were your sales like for 2015 – […]

When the fan-who-loved-to-gush saw the drummer-who-liked-to-state-the-obvious she told him she was planning to take her vacation at the same time as the band was touring Europe so she could attend […]