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Christmas Songs in March: A Lesson in Collaborative Songwriting

Hello Crazybravers,

Since we last spoke, a lot has happened.   In December, I came through my hip-hop surgery with flying colors, thanks to a great surgeon and an even greater husband and family who nursed me back to health.   At first I was on a walker, then graduated to using my pimp-stick (otherwise known as a cane) and am now walking nicely on my own – thank you very much.    I feel great and although I still need to take it easy, I am feeling (almost) back in full swing.

As if on cue, I was handed a blessing from God.   Back in October, Joey and I received an invitation asking us to attend a week-long songwriting retreat in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The objective: to write traditional Christmas songs.  So, at the top of March, we packed our bags and said YES to the offer. 

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Your Superhero Strength is Music

Hello Crazybravers: 
Today I was slotted to talk about the three voices of Barbra Streisand, Sam Smith and Ariana Grande, but my spirit had other ideas. 
I am gearing up for what feels like a life changing event.   A few weeks from now, I will be going under the surgeon’s knife to get a spankin’ new hip (left hip to be specific).  I call it my hip-hop surgery since I choose to keep it real by connecting all future difficulties to some musical reference – makes me feel better somehow.  I’ve given up the ghost, so to speak, made my peace with it all and am ready to walk, or even run, into a bright and productive 2018.  My hip is my new crown jewel, measuring the closing of one chapter of my life as I move into another.  I’ve been feeling the energy of new things coming for a while now, a mystery that only life can offer and the timing seems optimal.  


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Hello Crazybravers!

Welcome to Part II of The Singer’s System.

Last week we talked about the Horizontal Axis where we broke down 5 elements of the voice:

#1 Head Voice

#2 Upper Transition

#3 Middle Voice

#4 Lower Transition  

#5 Chest Voice 

This week let’s talk about the Vertical Axis of the Singer’s System. The Vertical Axis is where the fun stuff happens - style, uniqueness and where the singer has an opportunity to put some secret sauce on their chops. 

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Hello Friends,

Welcome to Part I of the Singer’s System.  

Okay...we are gonna get technical in this 2 part series, so bear with me.   

Contrary to popular belief, great singers work very hard at the technical side of singing; and so here’s the goal - to have CONTROL over your entire voice. You want to be sure that when you need to hit any note in your range, your voice will be there and you will feel in control. With a greater sense of vocal control, you have the freedom to let the spirit of your voice fly so you can reach across the globe to touch people everywhere.

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Wabi-Sabi Perfectionism

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything with all of you - and now I’m so glad to be back! For most of this year, I’ve had my head down, hand-to-keyboard busy crafting my 1st book titled, The Crazybrave Songwriter: A Spiritually Courageous Approach to Creative Songwriting.

The journey of writing a book has been like all creative journeys: a twisty road of exhilaration, stoplights, and at times, emotional confusion.

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