Category Archives: Writing

In The Studio with Bird Mancini

Me & Ruby & Billy adding oohs to my song, Reaching For Love.

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Song Writing, Creativity Sessions & Beatle Events

Master guitarist, Lauren Passarelli has been a guitar professor at Berklee College of Music since 1984. • She’s an entertaining Performing Songwriter, • Beatles’ Expert • Creativity & Technology Clinician • Recording Engineer • Music Producer & Music Arranger • … Continue reading

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Questions for Lauren, by Robin Stone

Questions for Lauren, by Robin Stone Bolstered By Blue and many other tunes on this record have arrangements that are very complex, with multiple backing vocal parts and various instruments coming in and out. How do you go about composing … Continue reading

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Blackbird & Bellabye

            I’ve always gotten a kick out of learning songs & guitar parts deeply to sound like the recordings that I loved. That was my measure of how well I knew the music & how … Continue reading

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More on Creativity

Ever since I met Kate Chadbourne we’ve been talking about the creative process & recently on the phone she said three things that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you. We’re all constantly saying many of the same things … Continue reading

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Go To Your Studio & Make Stuff

There’s every reason on earth to enjoy the creative things you enjoy as often as you choose to. We see ourselves in definitive ways & at various times or ages in our lives we allow ourselves to have & be … Continue reading

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Brenda Ueland on Creative Work

I think there is something necessary & life giving about creative work. A state of excitement. And it is like a faucet: nothing comes unless you turn it on and the more you turn it on, the more comes.  But … Continue reading

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Keepin’ On

It’s so much fun to have a new project or song or idea in my head. My brain desires to be captivated & chewing on something delicious as often as possible. As an Artist it’s important for me to have … Continue reading

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7 Thoughts on Teaching and Learning Guitar

Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens. When I listen, I can hear whether my students are ready to absorb what I have to offer. First I need to know they believe in their ability and, at the same time, that they’re willing … Continue reading

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You go forth from time to time, place to place, open & eager for all you can feast upon, dancing with words to have the resources to peal through for things to sing, songs to write, thoughts to share.

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Making the Most of a Spark (excerpt)

“Essentially, I want good company in my creative life, and I want to provide that to my fellow creators. I want to help other people love their work so that they keep going and give it the very best attention … Continue reading

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Life Story

“And now it is your Life Story and it is you who play the leading roll. The stage is set, the time is now, and the place wherever you are. Each passing second a new link in the endless chain … Continue reading

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Dream Machines

When I was a teenager I wanted a “Dream Machine” where I could record all the musical ideas in “me head” & hear them “beck” all at the same time. I was using two cassette players & bouncing tracks while … Continue reading

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Why Music Matters

L Pass ~ my favorite bits from Why Music Matters Karl Paulnack, Director, Music Division The Boston Conservatory   Given what we have since learned about life in the Nazi camps, why would anyone in his right mind waste time and … Continue reading

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Your Life Depends On It

“Hopefulness only makes sense when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.” ~ Paul Hawken

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More Amazing Music

Check out my friends & their music. They’re quite the song masters. Elizabeth Lorrey Jesse Ruben Will Knox Sarah Burrill Anthony Barden  Johnny Nicholson

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Peak

Let’s time eat more When Rise moon sing  Laugh you dance me Smile possess Start wanna clap some doggie’s fun doin’  Mention yours mention ours Heaps jollys Now expect, hearts connect, cheeky doing Peak!

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Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways … Continue reading

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Creative Friends

I worked with a fabulously creative friend & lyricist, Stefanie Mis from 1981-1994. Among our 31 songs, we have a song called “Sad Cafe” that has the line, ” I want to be a part of something, somewhere, now”. As … Continue reading

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Speak To Me

One of my just keep your pen moving blurbs that could almost be a poem Sept. 9, 2002 If I rearrange the letters I can sculpt new words & how delicious it would be to take power over my own … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Gilbert ~ Swallow The Sun

Elizabeth Gilbert is a superb author who’s voice & spirit I deeply enjoy. She has the intelligence, humor & playfulness combination that seriously tickles me. Here she talks about all of us & the creativity we use & the courage … Continue reading

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Natalie Goldberg on Writing

1 Zen and the Art of Writing — Natalie Goldberg 2 Old Friend From Far Away 3 How To Write

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Wild Geese

I love the sound of Geese, like clarinets in the sky. I have recorded them as they flew over head & put them in my song, All The Words. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be … Continue reading

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Creative life

Once you get a feel for being submerged in music & in your self created life nothing compares. It’s always getting better & hard to go back.

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A few great books and films

A Few Great Books Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg The War of Art – Steven Pressfield The Well Of Creativity – Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg & others The Artists’ Way – Julia Cameron The Courage To Create – … Continue reading

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Writing Quotes

I think there is something necessary & life giving about creative work. A state of excitement. And it is like a faucet: nothing comes unless you turn it on and the more you turn it on, the more comes. – … Continue reading

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