Lessons from the Whiteboard

Lessons from the Whiteboard

I share my music with my middle school students. In the corner of my whiteboard I write “Extraneous Solutions has a new single out”. Sometimes the students will ask me to play it for them, just proof that kids will do anything to get out of doing school work. I enjoy...
Write Songs Even If No One Is Listening

Write Songs Even If No One Is Listening

I was picking up my daughter at a comic book drawing club and over heard an older boy acclaim “wow, that’s really good! I could never draw like that.” And it struck me how many times I have heard that mantra repeated by countless others, including myself, when we are...
Who is Going to Sing it?

Who is Going to Sing it?

When you are writing a song, you need to answer this question –   Who is going to sing it? Answering this will effect many of the other decisions that follow. Many of my songs start on the guitar as a riff. And though I can comfortably play guitar in any key, my...