Monthly Music Video Double Feature

Mark and I just played our first official live show at The Eddy in Saxapahaw! We worked for six months writing, learning, and perfecting our set. We’d had some great dress rehearsals, but you never really know how you’ll sound playing live until you do it. I’ll admit I was a little worried I would […]

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This Is What Our Rehearsals Look Like

I know I said I’d be posting videos just once a month, but Mark and I had an EPIC rehearsal last Sunday that resulted in a pretty cool video of us playing “A Grace You Don’t Deserve.” I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. Although the video’s a little blurry, it gives you a taste […]

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Introducing … Monthly Music Videos!

This week, I’m introducing a new blog series: Monthly Music Videos! Before you get too excited, let me be clear: these “music videos” will be videos of me  playing music. Don’t expect weird artsy costumes and choreographed dance scenes just yet (though who knows, I might do something like that in the future.) For now, […]

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Am I Turning Into a Crazy Cat Lady?

(or: Why I Love Talking Animals) I just finished writing a new song. Woo! But … it’s sung in the voice of my cat Sally:    (who, as you can see, is super fluffy and adorable.) This is the second song I’ve written from the perspective of a cat this year. That’s more cat songs […]

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Why I’ve Never Written A “Real” Love Song

I’ve written my fair share of songs about love (“Shells”, “Letter”). But in my songs, the love is always entangled with some other topic or theme. In “Shells”, for example, I’m exploring what it means to know a person, and how its possible to love people even if you only know a part of them. […]

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End of the Movie

Hello again! I’m back after a little hiatus in which I went to Brazil (!!!), got sick, and started a new semester of teaching at my college. I hope you didn’t miss me too much, but if you did, I offer you these adorable coatis as an apology for my longish absence:   (aren’t they […]

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3 Reasons To Follow My Songwriting Motto

Ever since I was fourteen and I started writing songs seriously, I have had this songwriting motto: never be afraid to write crap. It may not be refined, but it has served me well for three reasons: 1. Crappy songs can be hilarious. Sometimes it’s good to write crap purely for the entertainment value. Whenever […]

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I’ve Got Treasure …

I’m starting a blog about songwriting and posting my songs on the internet for the whole world to hear. For me, this is pretty weird. I’ve always been a private person, especially when it comes to my songs. But then I wrote this song: Dragon’s Song   You might think “Dragon’s Song” is a straightforward […]

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