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Why Money Matters and Why You Should Value Your Craft


2019-05-02 Essay

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Earning a living as a creative is difficult no matter what area of creative arts you pursue. My experiences with creatives have produced more heart-breaking stories of artists and others not value the artist’s work more than, I believe, in any other profession. I have never gone to a grocery store and expected them to give me my food for free. I have never taken my car into the mechanic, called a plumber, electrician, or any service professional and expected them to do their work for free.

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Three Heavy Metal Lyrics You Need to Hear


2019-04-04 Essay

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In popular thinking, “metal music” and “great lyrics” don’t usually go hand-in-hand.

Heavy metal has a reputation for being all pomp, speed, all shred and very little else. But, behind the walls of guitars, wailing and fast tempo drumming, you’ll often find some surprisingly sophisticated stanzas and sentiments.

Today I’m running through three of my all-time favourite metal lyrics, and why I rate them.

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Why You Need to Stop Being Good at Everything


2019-02-05 Essay

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Recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing American acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, Tom Faulkner, perform in a small intimate venue in Texas. When Tom played and sang, angels and muses stopped to take notes. I closed my eyes and watched as his words and intricate strumming created memories not my own and awakened moments I never lived in vibrant color. Tom was good, very good. He was good at Folk. He was good at Blues. He was good at Cajun. He was good at Rock. Even folks without rhythm found rhythm and those without a song easily merged into his and claimed his tune as their own.

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What Makes a Great Christmas Lyric


2018-12-03 Essay

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The holiday season is upon us again. As a result, you’ve probably been bombarded with Christmas music on the radio, on television and in shopping malls.

That’s certainly been the case for me. And, so much exposure to Christmas music over the past few weeks has got me thinking: what makes a great Christmas lyric?

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Made Up Words in Song Lyrics… and Why They Work


2018-11-08 Essay

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Sometimes, when writing a song, it’s hard to find the exact word to convey what you’re feeling.

For some, that means rifling through the rhyming dictionary. For others, it means going back and rejigging the lyric to change the meaning.

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