Feel Good Friday: Wendy Jans doing “Say Say Say”

For anyone who doesn’t know Wendy Jans, she’s an incredibly talented singer and songwriter here in Nashville, and she’s one of the first people Karsten and I met in town six and a half years ago. She’s done vocals on one of our demos, and has been a fun person to watch grow and gain Read more about Feel Good Friday: Wendy Jans doing “Say Say Say”[…]

RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”

Danny Dill has passed away. Mr. Dill wrote “Long Black Veil” with Marijohn Wilkin, a that song has been recorded by Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and a slew of others. His “Detroit City,” written with Mel Tillis, became a standard when recorded by Bobby Bare. Largely on the strength of those songs, Mr. Read more about RIP Danny Dill, co-writer of “Long Black Veil”[…]

What makes a song demo work in Nashville?

The Nashville Feed has a great entry today about the “science” of cutting a killer demo, but the write-up goes on to demonstrate that it’s really anything but science. Several anecdotes from hit songwriters and producers nail the dilemma: music professionals often claim to prefer a work tape, because they say they want to hear Read more about What makes a song demo work in Nashville?[…]

The death of a child is always “tragic,” I guess

I started to use the term “tragic” in the subject of this post, but then realized it seemed redundant to describe a child’s death that way. Found on Shaun Groves’ blog, but he’s quoting the Tennessean: One of contemporary Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman’s six children was killed this afternoon when she was struck Read more about The death of a child is always “tragic,” I guess[…]

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? (In the Nashville area, that is)

I bet there are a lot of posts out there that offer suggestions for how to spend your chilly February 14th, and ordinarily mine would be “stay snuggled up in bed” but since my mom is going to be in town, I needed something a little better suited to mixed company. So here’s my suggestion: Read more about Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? (In the Nashville area, that is)[…]

Celebrity sightings: What famous people have you seen?

Went out to Noshville for lunch with coworkers J & K and my Boss. Much talk of the celebrities they’ve spotted there in previous visits; my hopes were up for at least a minor sighting. But no. I must be the celebrity anti-magnet or something. In Chicago, I saw Studs Terkel in the Treasure Island Read more about Celebrity sightings: What famous people have you seen?[…]