Category Archives: songwriting

I Will Stay Awake With You – The Making of a Song

Sometimes making a song is like making a stew. Disparate stories, ideas, and phrases all go into the cook-pot of my imagination. Somehow with time and the heat of attention, those elements coalesce into something coherent and nourishing to the … Continue reading

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Music as a mode of travel

September 2, 2009 was a perfect day. And by some miracle, I found a way to share it. That day I was on a songwriting retreat at a tiny, beloved island in the border waters of Minnesota and Ontario. The … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Yes

I was taking an afternoon snooze one lovely afternoon in the summer of 2009.  In that delicate place between wakefulness and sleep, a song started unspooling into my mind. This rarely happens to me as a songwriter.  The inspiration for … Continue reading

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My “Grammy Awards”

Though I’m open to the experience, I’ve yet to win a traditional Grammy Award. My Grammies emerge from the stories people tell about how they use my music in their everyday lives and work.  I’m deeply touched when something I’ve … Continue reading

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