18
Sep

Resurrect Your Past Ideas

Here’s something you can try: take the song ideas you’ve discarded in the past — including melodies, chord progressions, and beats — and resurrect them. Give them another chance. See if they contain anything useful. Perhaps they found themselves on the receiving end of your past frustrations.  See if there is anything that can be […]

1
May
Guitarist

What to Do When Performing Turns from Joy to Dread

For me, performing the music I love with the bandmates I consider friends is one of the greatest joys of my life. You can probably imagine, then, how strange it felt after years of performing week-to-week, night-to-night, to suddenly sense that subtle but palpable shift in anticipatory sentiment.  One weekend, seemingly out of nowhere, I […]