#32 - Time for Everything

I'm recalling the Camp fire, and this yet unpublished song I wrote right afterward.  I'd been hearing inspiring stories of people's kindness to one another, helping one another during the emergency.  Then, and now, I felt like we're all in…

#31 - Closer to Grace

I'm cleaning out closets, and everything that looks like a lyric gets thrown onto a large pile of papers.  It's getting pretty tall, half scraps and backs of envelopes, 95 percent handwritten.  Not sure what I'll do with them, but…

#30 - Thoughts on Fire 

Making and tending fire is something I’ve done for almost as long as I can remember. It was our only heat source during my upbringing. A huge amount of time was spent felling, chopping and stacking firewood, building fires, and…

#29 - Finding the Gem

Alas, I missed last week’s post.  I was up to my neck in writing a song, with a deadline, and hitting wall after wall.  The walls were my own creations — rebuttals, critiques, mountains of rejection.  Nothing I could come…

#28 - The Tuolumne Winds Free 

I played this little tune at a few shows before the pandemic hit, but haven't made any recordings of it.  I know at this time many are seeking out rivers for summer relief, so it makes sense to place it…

#27 - Call Her Wild 

Since I call this a creative journal, here's another rough draft song sketch.  I teach songwriting via Rivertunes At Home this weekend, so I'm trying to get my circulation moving for those quick, 5 minute song starts. You know, just…

#26 - Two Poems - Glory and Better Half

This is a poem written for a friend who suggested the title, "Glory."

 

Glory 

I know glory. 

Once, fruit of my mother, we bloomed to soft meadow breezes, 

bees bowed to our offerings. 

With time, we withered. 

She dropped me…

#25 - Doodling?

I believe this is called doodling -- though I usually associate doodling with doing something else, like listening or talking, while one doodles.  In my case, I'm not doing anything else at all.  Earlier I mentioned physical work, digging holes…

#24 - The Keepers of Canaan 

This song has been wafting through my head lately, it's from my first album, Are You Ready?.   It's tough to listen to that record sometimes, as with some others of my recordings, because I hear things now that I would…

#23 - Wide Open Road 

I wrote this tune yesterday, and I like it okay so far.  I've been walking and working out how I'd like to sing it, and looking for any natural bridges.  Walking with a tune in my head is one of…

#22 - Wétiko 

I'm inspired to write about the song Wétiko, off the Frankie and the No-Go Road album, because of a post someone made on Facebook recently.  The person linked a live video of Wétiko and asked "sound familiar?"

My instinct, which…

#21 - When You Just Need to Wield a Pickaxe

Per my usual in times of stress, I've been finding some physical work to do outside.  It's always been something my overactive brain appreciates and craves -- when my body says "shut the hell up and work on this."  It's…