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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

Substance Over Fidelity

I was talking to a friend of mine a while back, a film and music producer named John Moessner, whom I admire and respect, about some SongLever videos I’d made to use in a presentation. Out of necessity, I’d been capturing footage with an out of date camcorder, and with no experienced film/video people around, I was a bit self conscious about what we were watching. As we got to the end of the video, I found myself throwing out disclaimers about the lack of fidelity, although I was surprised…


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

SongLever Milestone

Earlier this week, I had the honor of closing out a SongLever class at Chapman Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama. It was somewhat of a milestone for us because it was the first class that I had nothing to do with regarding teaching. It was also the first middle school where SongLever was taught. The music teacher, Ellen Williams did a remarkable job, and the kids wrote some of the strongest lyrics we’ve seen! Although Mrs. Williams is highly capable, I’ve always said that I believe anyone…


Added by SongLever on April 30, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Chapman Middle School SongLever Class

Thank you Chapman Middle for an amazing experience! Incredible songs—that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Check out City:Huntsville, Al./School:Chapman Middle. They’re really great!!!!

Added by SongLever on April 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

SongLever In The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – You know the faces of winners you see on awards shows? The ones who can’t believe they really won?

They have nothing on Sophie McRoy. She turned beat red and clapped her hand over her wide-open mouth when she heard the first syncopated riffs of “Planet Shoe,” the song she had written with Anna Grace Keel and Abby Gipson.

“Let’s clap for those writers,” said Monroe Jones, as the crowd in the music room at Whitesburg Christian Academy screamed and applauded…


Added by SongLever on March 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kids Are Brilliant!

Just want to say, after closing out classes in two schools in the last week, I continue to be blown away! Kids are so brilliant! I’ve said it before, but they have a different agenda than we do (us adults who’ve been in the industry). They’re so freed up to say what they want, just how they want to say it. It’ s a huge honor for me to get to do this! Thank you teachers and parents!!

Added by SongLever on March 11, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

How Did I Get Myself Into This?

Man, you never know what’s around the corner. I’ve always considered myself to be wired pretty much one way. A one trick pony who does one thing—produce records (CD’s) for artists. And that’s been great. I’ve always considered myself one of the most fortunate people on the planet to be able to do what I have a passion for. So, as much as I’d love to say this spirit of philanthropy came over me and there was this selfless decision to teach kids, of course that’s not the way it happened.…


Added by SongLever on December 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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