Week #5 – Mell OH Dee

This week’s lesson was all about the melody of words, the natural arc of the language, stressed and non-stressed syllables, etc. I got my assignment done in the final hour and recorded the quiet vocals with my daughter sleeping in the same room, but at least the idea is captured in it’s current “in progress” state. I couldn’t help thinking…   …read more.

Week #4 – Rhyme Time

While week #3 focused on number and length of lyric lines, this week focused on rhyming and the varying effects of different kinds of rhymes. It was a bit of a review of my first year of university when I was enrolled in the linguistics program: fricatives, plosives, voiced and unvoiced consonant pairs, etc. I admit that I tuned out…   …read more.

Week #3 – Song Stability

Happy Belated St.Patrick’s Day! As the third week of the free Coursera songwriting course comes to a close, I find myself thinking the words stable and unstable a lot. (I’ve also stared at Pat Pattison enough in these past two weeks that he’s appeared in my dreams a few times, but that’s an unrelated personal instability issue!) We’ve been learning…   …read more.

Week #2 – Songwriting Boxes

I’ve completed the first week of the songwriting course and it’s already been really interesting. The first assignment–to write out the structure of a song’s lyrics based on the idea of boxes that fit into boxes until we reach the ultimate, overarching message or the largest box that contains the others–is based on first deciding on a song’s title. That…   …read more.

SAC: Songwriting & Blogging Challenge

I’ve joined the online course with Pat Pattison of Berklee School of Music through The Songwriters Association of Canada. I have a musician friend, Jess Meider, who also lives here in Beijing and she was a student of Pat’s at Berklee. She has often passed on his songwriting wisdom in casual conversation. I decided I should see for myself! What’s…   …read more.

Art & Children

Newsletter Final Thought: October 2012 Thanksgiving has just passed in Canada. I am here in China where Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated. I had to remind my in-laws and partner that the holiday even existed. While that would have made me irritable and homesick before, now I take these moments as an opportunity to just reinforce my culture with them… as I…   …read more.

Fascination With Light

Newsletter Final Thought: April 2012 The spring rains have come to Beijing. For at least one day every spring, it rains all day long here and then leaves puddles, like in Canada, for the sun to glint off of the next day. I love it because it reminds me of home. A puddle of yesterday’s rain water on the roof…   …read more.

Light A Candle

Newsletter Final Thought: December 2011 I honestly don’t have much to say this month. As you all know, I’m about to pop a human here and I’m conserving my energy! LOL! I’m 37 weeks pregnant and the baby could come anytime. When the labour begins, when there’s still a few moments in between contractions to breathe and think straight, I’m…   …read more.


"11:11": Part 11: The Final Chapter

So, TAH DAH!!! Today is the day that I can finally talk about the new record. And it’s up on iTunes!! ENGLISH LINK ~ CHINESE LINK Also available in its physical form on My Website and through CD Baby,  I really hope you’ll check it out and make it part of your collection! Now, I’ll step back into my storytelling/MC…   …read more.


"Lentic": Part 10

  Lentic, 2009 So, as some of you already know, China truly changed my life. When I arrived in China in the spring of 2007, I had this distinct feeling like I had been here before. The land and its vibration felt familiar, perhaps like a past life memory. Even though I had studied the language before, the more I…   …read more.

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