December 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Whatever Happened To Authenticity?

OK, I’ve got to rant here for a minute. Why can’t there be more authenticity in pop culture? Especially when the things that “pop” and have more longevity, are the things that are the most original! Why are we so scared? Why don’t we want to “think” a little bit? The obvious cases in point: Some recording artist has a hit song, and every other artist, label, and advertiser follows suit in seeing how close they can get to that artist’s sound without being sued. And then they all proceed to…


Added by SongLever on December 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Christmas Songs Are Like Time Machines

Songs have such a powerful way of transporting us to another place and time in our lives. How many times have you heard people say “I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when this song was a hit”? And none are more powerful than Christmas songs. For me, there’s Happy Xmas (War is Over), by John Lennon. Although it was actually released in 1971 as a protest song against the Vietnam War, it wasn’t on my radar until the mid-to-late 70′s. And for me it’s about being a kid…


Added by SongLever on December 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What's Your First Love?

Before I ended up with a marketing degree from Belmont, and doing the music thing, I was in architecture at Auburn University for almost three years. I love architecture, I really do. And my father was an architect, as well as my godfather. But—it wasn’t my first love. And fortunately of me, one of my professors recognized that. He knew that I would go back to my apartment at night, and write and record until the “wee” hours on my little 4-track, and that I was going back and forth from…


Added by SongLever on December 21, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

What do you really want to do?

What are you really passionate about (constructively speaking)? What’s that thing you love, that thing you find yourself drifting off about, that thing you really dream about doing? Even if it’s a hobby. Maybe you should take a look at it. Maybe it’s your heart telling you something you should listen to. Who was it that said  ”Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life”? There’s an element of truth there, but I find that, if I’m doing what I truly love, even the…


Added by SongLever on December 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Learning From A Song

A song can be a study of the heart. Even the writer can learn something about themselves by taking note of it.

Added by SongLever on December 18, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Ensworth SongLever Class

So, just wanted to say thanks to the Ensworth faculty, staff and students, especially Ms. Lang. You guys were so great! I really wish I could have recorded every song. Maybe we can eventually work up to it some how. I still have these songs in my head and am playing them for friends—so great. Keep writing!!!!

Added by SongLever on December 16, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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