Before the death of Leonard Cohen, I was only casually aware of his work and music. He is best well know for writing and recording “Hallelujah,” which has been covered by over 200 artists including 2 versions (John Cale & Rufus Wainwright) featured in the Dreamworks Film “Shrek”and it’s soundtrack. Here is Leonard himself performing […]

My Music: NPR Music, All Songs +1

John Paul White Sings The Song That Changed His Life This past week I was at the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, listening to and having conversations with musicians. One songwriter and singer I’ve admired from the world of Americana during this decade is John Paul White, whom you may know […]


How I Started Writing Songs Again | Sting’s early life was dominated by a shipyard—and he dreamed of nothing more than escaping the industrial drudgery. But after a nasty bout of writer’s block that stretched on for years, Sting found himself channeling the stories of the shipyard workers he knew in his youth for […]