Things Successful Songwriters Never Do

Things Successful Songwriters Never Do

Download your FREE Album Budgeting Planner ($15 value). I'm the kind of artist who HATES numbers... can you relate? I used to just kinda cross my fingers and hope for the best when it came to budgeting. But when you're planning an album, that DOES NOT WORK!! So I started getting serious about my numbers because I wanted to feel the freedom that comes with financial power.

How I Record My Albums For Only $600

I got really tired of saying, “I don’t have the cash for a studio album.”

All my friends were heading into the studio, crowdfunding $15k, $30k, $100k to make their dream albums with their dream producers. I had done that, but it created a lot of stress and anxiety that I wasn’t really willing to have again.

Honestly? I didn’t like the producer rushing me along with my vocal overdubs because we only had 48 hours left in our session. I like to go slow, and it doesn’t work to force magic.

And quite frankly? I didn’t care for the low hum of frustration that dripped off me every time we botched a take. “Time is money,” the asshole in my head gently whispered to me.

I thought big money meant a big studio with a big album and big success. But it was just a big headache.

While I won’t completely scratch it from my future plans, I decided I didn’t want to be held hostage to that ideology. Plenty of friends labored over building their lovely home studios, but I wasn’t looking for a project. I was looking for results.

So I built this simple home studio for myself for $600. And recording in it makes me feel so good.

5 Mantras For Writing Music (Every Damn Day)

5 Mantras For Writing Music (Every Damn Day)

Energy follows thought. Energy follows thought. I sit down to write a song and the melodies kind of drip off my fingers as I pluck the guitar. I brim with gratitude at these sacred moments (hell yes, they’re sacred) but I know that this. didn’t. happen. overnight.

 It took some serious life shifts, mind shifts, and heart opening to be unstoppable as a creator. And there are some rules of thumb I know to make the difference in easing me into my creativity.

2 Tips For Buying Your Pre-Schooler The Perfect Guitar

2 Tips For Buying Your Pre-Schooler The Perfect Guitar

True life: Thom Yorke's guitar isn't built for a 4-year old.

Just for a minute, picture yourself going to an art class. You wouldn't bring your No. 2 pencils to a pastels class, right? No way, Jose - you need some pastels!

If you brought the wrong materials, it would be useless. Even though pastels and No. 2 pencils are related, they are used in two totally different settings, with two totally different methodologies.

The two art tools are just not the same thing. And the same goes for guitars. And this is exactly what young students (and their parents) do with their guitars. 

A Songwriting Crash Course for Kids and Parents

A Songwriting Crash Course for Kids and Parents

Music theory is a complex language. It often left me cross-eyed all through high school.

Despite being the first chair flutist, lead vocalist in the jazz choir, and bandleader of a 7-piece funk band, I had no freakin' idea how to unpack the depths of Music Theory Land. 

Now that I run Free Spirits Music, I've devised a super-easy way to deliver this information to my students in our first lesson together.

The Busy Parent's Guide To Getting Your Kid To Practice

The Busy Parent's Guide To Getting Your Kid To Practice

For five days straight, I tried to get my boyfriend's son to practice the drums.

Oh dear god, it was like pulling teeth. And this is my job.

By Day 5, he was rockin' his drum part like nobody's business.

Mammas and pappas, I feel your pain. Parents flock to Free Spirits Music, desperate for coaching around getting their kids to practice at home.

I've spent some time exploring the psychology of practicing and what I've realized is: it starts with you.