A Song About How Hard Life Can Be...

It's so obvious to me how leadership gets created in a kid.

The end goal? Having the courage to say what you feel -- despite what others might think.

But that's not where it starts.

It starts with facing the fact that you might get laughed at. 

You might feel ashamed...

I mean, don't we go our WHOLE LIVES running AWAY from feeling shame?

You might be told you're wrong -- by a friend, an authority figure, or a troll on the internet.

Over time, all these things stifle our voice. 

It becomes too much effort to keep speaking up.

Our all original kids band The Fade wrote a song about how hard life can be:

It can be dark, it can be tough
It can be hard, to be enough
Lucky, lucky to live this life
Lucky, sharp as a golden knife
Your life, your life, your life

These are our Superstar Songwriters, and their song has been released around the world.

watch them perform it live
at their album release show:

 

Pretty awesome, right? Join our kids record label.

Apply now for the 2019-2020 school year. We meet in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and we start September 2019.

These Kids Know Our World Needs To Change...

I know we’re both exhausted by the heartbreaking news shoved in our face lately. The assault on children, the assault on women, the assault on immigrants… it’s just too much.

At my darkest, I wonder:

Why do I get to have an amazing life when so many are suffering?

Not only the children in cages at the border, but the women I stand shoulder to shoulder with:

  • The girl who's scared to break up with her boyfriend (after all, he might get a little too angry)

  • The woman who can’t keep a relationship because deep down she resents herself

  • The chica who doesn’t know how to ask for what she needs - she doesn't think she deserves it

It’s moments like these when I realize: art is going to save us.

This Free Spirits Music band totally captured it in their song "There Is A Choice."

Read their lyrics:

We could all be together
But we choose to be apart
Harmony is our priority
And I think it's time to start

There is a choice / we have to make
To make the USA a better place
There is a choice / we have to make
It's not our place to separate

You can choose love and you won't be alone
A million people call the earth home
Treat each other with wisdom and love
And we'll all be together
As one
As one
As one

These are our Superstar Songwriters, and their song has been released around the world.

watch them perform it live
at their album release show:

This is what we want for your child:

The freedom to KNOW THEMSELVES as powerful artists whose voices matter.

Join us in raising the kind of children who are going to alter and elevate our planet.

They will do this by believing in themselves. They will do this by knowing their voices matter.

They will do this by learning to be big. They will do this in the face of their fears.

They will do this by becoming the artists of their dreams.

XO,

 
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Pretty awesome, right? Join our kids record label.

Apply now for the 2019-2020 school year. We meet in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and we start September 2019.

2 Time Management Systems For Creative People (Digital AND Paper Planners!)

Big dreamers need big game plans, and I'm here to share with you the two tools that keep me grounded in my visions.

Next year's dreams, goals, milestones, and big accomplishments are waiting for you -- and I want you to accomplish all of them. 

These two tools are Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map Planner (which is great for people who like to write their life on paper) and Megan Minn's Asana HQ (for people who want to map out their projects and access them anywhere in the cloud).

GET DANIELLE LAPORTE'S "DESIRE MAP" PLANNER:

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GET MEGAN MINN'S ASANA HQ:

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How To Make A Songwriting Schedule

I am a master procrastinator. Whenever I block out time to write music, it's like cleaning the bathroom floor suddenly becomes URGENT.

I'm on my hands and knees, scrubbing the floor and thinking about the writing I'm not doing. And then I have to deal with that naggy little voice in the back of my head that whispers:

"You're no good, so why bother trying."

It's an old, familiar voice that's been around since piano lessons at the age of 9. And putting a songwriting structure in place that's juicy instead of demanding has made all the difference.

That's what I want to share with you on today's episode of "Songwriting Surgery: Deconstructing Your Terrible, Brilliant Creative Process."

After you watch, leave a comment on the video and share, in just a sentence or two:

What kind of routines do you have to keep yourself writing consistently?

You LOVE Your Writer's Block (Here's Why)

In this episode of "Songwriting Surgery: Deconstructing Your Terrible Brilliant Creative Process," I talk about why you secretly love your writer's block, and how it lets you off the hook form creating the music you truly want to make.

Take a listen to the episode and share in the comments: how do YOU handle your writer's block?

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