The name of “Pollyanna,” the child heroine invented by Eleanor Porter in 1913, is often used (by people who haven’t read the book) to mean shallow, blind optimism. But a careful reading of the book holds a different story. Continue reading Ten Hardships to Embrace
Some of us are tasked with fighting an illusory sense of social rejection. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Existence Precedes Acceptance
Never trade your passion for certainty; the moral compromise might just poison your soul.
Continue reading The Moral High Ground of Uncertainty
If we never experience need, we never get to experience the joy of seeing it mysteriously met. Continue reading Poet Maeve: The Blessing of Need
There’s a balance to be maintained between individualism and unity . . .
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Being One, Being Many
Rebel Rampage is a California-based power trio with an outspoken rancour for the current American leadership. Continue reading The Rebel Rampage Interview
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Matthew 6:21
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Where Your Treasure Is
Back in early November a friend from Brazil wrote: “This is an outburst of a Brazilian friend who is struggling to one day see his country free from fascism.”
Continue reading A Letter From Brazil Just After the 2018 Presidential Election
It’s better in the long run just to let certain things go. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Don’t Make an Issue of it
BlissBliss is the husband-and-wife duo Lang and Renee Bliss, music industry veterans known for a sophisticated jazzy pop sound that’s the perfect vehicle for their upbeat, triumphant-sounding lyrics. Continue reading The BlissBliss Interview
What’s not to love about Saudi Arabia?
We lose touch with the sacred when we try to bring it down to our level.
Continue reading Poet Maeve: Dumbing Down the Transcendent
“Things just happen, without worries, without anger or obsession. Seasons change and leaves change color. It’s nice to realize that and apply it in our lives to give it more fluidity and less stress. Because when you look at nature it’s always incredibly peaceful and flowing.” Continue reading The Lavender Fields Interview
“I’ve cried to the sounds of technically horrendous musicians who give their whole heart to a performance. The heart is the most important part.”
Continue reading The Calvin Arsenia Interview
“I recorded all the vocal and guitar tracks on a cheap Shure mic, then brought in my band for overdubs. Had a wonderful engineer named Josh, and we did it all in my apartment. I love the fact that it’s imperfect. It’s organic and raw and true.” Continue reading The Steven Blane Interview
” . . . one of the things I love most about music and playing live is being able to play with other people and how you play off each other. ” Continue reading The Hamish Anderson Interview
A word to the wise (at least those wise among you who are living with artists): Try to be encouraging. Continue reading Crois Tu En Moi
“And you know what doesn’t make me feel naked? Actually being naked.” Continue reading My Personal Privacy Quest
If life loves me so much, why does it force me to live on pogey? Continue reading Poet Maeve: Loved by Life
a tree has fallen,
silent in the arms
of loving companions . . . ” Continue reading Waking Up From the Dark Night of the Soul
It’s the hole of my inner need.
So why are we stopping?
Continue reading Poet Maeve: The Unfillable Chasm of Inner Need
“In a world where people are overstimulated by love, peace, compassion, and hope, it is more important than ever to remember the fundamental values that once made this country great. God bless the music industry, and God bless the United States of America. Thank-you.” Continue reading “Hippy Dance Church:” In Conversation With Bourgeois Mystics
When we think about becoming one with objects of desire we try to take those things into ourselves, or to own them. Continue reading Poet Maeve: Look to the Sky
Back in 1995 Gary Chapman published The Five Languages of Love . . .
Continue reading The Dysfunctional Love Languages of Musicians
The Split Seconds is a punk/rockabilly band that formed in Washington, DC in 2015. Recently lead vocalist Drew Champion took the time to answer our questions about the band, his musical influences, and “covfefe.”
Continue reading “Escaping Persistent Digitized Confusion:” In Conversation With the Split Seconds
Sometimes relationships that are good at weathering hardship have a harder time getting through success. Continue reading Believe in Me
Yes, of course, the music was amazing, the zenith of a network of crossroads where dark men wait . . . Continue reading No More Rockin’ the Casbah
Old lovin’ is good lovin.’ But you have to get old to figure that out. Until then, here’s a song. Continue reading Oh Boldest Star
“By the time I got into the navy I was making real songs. I was in a situation that forced a lot of blues out of me — sorrow, depression, anxiety. You wanted to sing through it, to do something to try to make sense of it.” Continue reading The Poet and the Deep Blue Sea: In Conversation With Emay Holmes
Toxic relationships present us with a Catch-22: This person is hurting me, but they’re the only one who can heal my hurt.
Continue reading How Do I Stay Gone?
Another page from my book-in-progress, All the Music Be Happenin’ Now Continue reading Has there ever been a pure musical genre?
Chantal quickly produced a great text, as she so often does, but after reading it a few times I thought, Wait—this theme is rare enough, but what if we were to write a song about a woman who refuses to start an affair in the first place? Has that even been done? Continue reading Don’t Try to Talk
“My town is so peaceful, so perfect. Growth is never easy, especially in the early phases. I went through my share of lessons, as we all do. I’m grateful for every single occurrence, especially those of my childhood.” Continue reading Mia LJ: Wise Beyond Her Years
Written and directed by Agnès Varda
“Yes! Got it! This is a happy family! Can we move to the next scene, please?”
Continue reading Happiness (Le Bonheur)
“Sally’ll say you look like a chunky mutt in that dress, but don’t you listen!” Continue reading Love Languages in Toxic Friendships (comic)
“There is only one reason that you ever fail at anything . . . and that is because you eventually change your mind. . . . anything and everything you have ever decided to do, you have succeeded, or will succeed, at doing.” ~Victor L. Wooten in “The Music Lesson” Continue reading Zen and the Art of Guitar Mastery