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I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

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What makes a great story song?

What makes a great story song?

Skyword recently interviewed a number of songwriters about storytelling. I made the cut along with songwriters for Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin, Jonas Brothers & Selena Gomez! Here’s the piece by Jon Simmons on what brand marketers can learn from songwriters, with tips from eight troubadours (David Pack, Air Traffic Controller, Alexa Weber Morales, Joshua Hyslop, Jess Domain, Emily Hecht, Ed...
Book review of 'The Insanity Hoax': You don't have to be a nutty artist!

Book review of ‘The Insanity Hoax’: You don’t have to be a nutty artist!

I recently read Judith Schlesinger’s book The Insanity Hoax: Exposing the Myth of the Mad Genius. What a relief! With a gallivanting, witty writing style, Schlesinger doesn’t just debunk, she pulverizes that annoying meme that mental illness is more common among artists than the general population. Interestingly, every time I’ve brought the book up to...
We did it! So how the heck did PMO go from zero to Grammy-nominated in 3 years?!

We did it! So how the heck did PMO go from zero to Grammy-nominated in 3 years?!

I was taking a break from a private jazz gig at the De Young Museum in San Francisco when the text messages began flowing. I couldn’t help whooping with pleasure, even though I was standing in an art gallery being watched by a guard. Pacific Mambo Orchestra had done it: We were nominated for best...
Story Passage interviews Alexa Morales on why musicians shouldn't ignore Soundcloud!

Story Passage interviews Alexa Morales on why musicians shouldn’t ignore Soundcloud!

Corey Fischer recently wrote an article on Story Passage that grew out of his experiences with the online community SoundCloud, which is where he’s been sharing songs, spoken-word pieces and digital compositions. Among others, he interviewed me about my SoundCloud profile and postings. With his permission, I decided to post our complete interview here, but...
You don't have be a freak to master music! Q&A with mastery expert K. Anders Ericsson (from my new book!)

You don’t have be a freak to master music! Q&A with mastery expert K. Anders Ericsson (from my new book!)

Since the release of my album I Wanna Work For You, I’ve been writing a book about practicing. More specifically, I wondered how I could finally get better at things that had eluded me despite a lifetime of effort. Were there keys to motivation, method or memory that the virtuosos knew? After much research, I...
Why I left Facebook to find the fractal side of life

Why I left Facebook to find the fractal side of life

I’m afflicted or blessed, depending on your point of view, with the quest for the meaning of life. Maybe it has to do with my moods. I’m always trying to find ways to stay productive and/or keep my head above water. Running long distances makes me happy, but for some reason I procrastinate it (I’ve...

The truth about barefoot running and the Schumann Resonance

I started barefoot running about a year ago, trying to work around a pesky IT band injury. After hurting myself in a marathon, I changed my stride. First, it changed in such a way that transferred the injury to my opposite hip — even when I was sleeping. Then I began reading about avoiding heel...
For artists only: Lies your day job tells you

For artists only: Lies your day job tells you

I was feeling very San Francisco, frighteningly SoHo, awfully hipsterish. The multi-act show was packed, the fashionable audience sat in rapt attention. An aerialist was suspended above the band at one point. Later, a singer-songwriter told stories while a slide show splashed art up on the stage backdrop. I’d been hired to perform with one...
Forget about time and find the rhythm instead

Forget about time and find the rhythm instead

  Time is infinite, ever flowing, on-ungoing. The six-year-old running barefoot at dusk with his mommy wears a watch for the first time. He calls out the time constantly, in time with the innocent slap of his feet on the pavement. He has no concept of measuring time. Yet wearing his big brother’s big blue...
The Singer's Survival Guide: 12 Ways to Save Your Voice

The Singer’s Survival Guide: 12 Ways to Save Your Voice

After the gig, you never see a sax player toss his $5000 instrument on the ground and let it get kicked around by the sound man a few times before throwing it into a garbage bag and dragging it to the car. Gigging singers often treat their instrument like it’s a $5 kazoo. Broadway singers...