Make some noise!

September 10, 2017

Birds have songs. So do humans. Don’t be afraid to sing yours. It’s only natural.

Over the past few days I’ve been immersed in the very inspiring Hawaii Songwriting Festival. The annual fest hosts songwriters of all skill and award levels from around the world. Attendees and staff come to create, collaborate, and learn everything there is to know about music and the business – away from the busy city – in the splendid seclusion of paradise. I had the pleasure of hosting a few workshops and enjoyed listening to many many amazing songwriters share their unique expressions. Here are some highlights based on frequently asked questions:

Q: Where do I start?

My answer:
Anywhere. Start wherever you are. Write about what you know. Even if that means writing about feeling uncertain.

Q: What do I do when I have writer’s block?

My answer:
Write about writer’s block.

Be yourself.
Sing your truth.
Go deep.
Remember to breathe.
And have fun!

Good luck.
And Aloha.

Pic with my brother from the same Earth Mother Derick Sebastian

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    If I could erase the last 5 comments, I would…and I would replace it ALL with just this:

    A better version of the game for you: Because you need to get this message…
    It is personal to your life. It is in the words. It is what it is…Mr. A-Z
    Below are the words within a set of 3 words.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    5 letters……7 letters…..4 letters
    Relevant to your life.

    Moors moor hits gets ETs set met MiG MIG gems germs stir more ores sore sort sigh sight mights me he she shit shot host hot tore store storm mesh rooms grooms smite smote most shore gores ogres grits girts heist him his is it sit shire shim IM rims sim mosh tosh gosh smoot smooth smoother moot roots roost high higher hist. mist mister O.O. stem go got grime time mite grim items or rose Eros ergo ergot ergs ism homes homers Om some goes egos MOT toms tomes soot goose moose rights remits omits emits site this hoots hooters shoot shooter mothers smother others gist riots rots got hogs OG hoes hose toes m.o. mo oh ho eh geo trios meth hoist moist ire tires ties tries rise homo terms homos hems trig IG GI Ig ig Tories motors ghost mires hero tiers sot *eight *eights *eighths so SO os Os OS sire sir i.e. heirs sigher timers rest thermos et tigers re ER Re ethos theirs errs riser Rome stormier hires horse Morse odes adores ads sad dares digs dogs gods goods good God goads soda airs retards teds said star starred stared stare stair stag stage staged edits editors orders Hera Rhea roe doe drams dams dames same grams tams tames mates maters mad maids aids AIDS Od mod marries married med dies dries hid hides shed shame shamed hares hairs hard hearts earths Earth deaths teams tamed hears herds eats ate teas seat east hats hates hated haters arose shat share shared hardest gates gated great grates grated rates rats tars arts smart smarted marts merits shade Hades has had hags shag dose grades raids trades tried tired dire dates daters sate ado doth ASM SAM ma mas master maestro metros retro dots dotes highest REM EM amid mid admire games gamed gamers aims aimed sham steam seam sea horrid rids rides riders doors rodeos soma atoms ago haste hastier hams harms harmed arms armed diets arid ID IDE Eid SID SED stead sear dear dears reads red heads ghosted hosted hoods moods dooms roods moodiest drags rags rages raged sage sager aged ages demos gaits maths sat goodies Thor arrest sighted gas sag armors armored rosier darers mast doo tad raider trader tirade irate orate orators rode roads ashore short shorted taro Torah groomed magi mage roast roasted roosted rooted shored stored gad egad herds Romeos dis aides ideas goriest orgies mooed gooier gooiest motored errors derma GOD homed mash mashed masher ash rash trash dash gash trashed hermits mats roars roared rears rioted raise raised threads treads regards shard rather oaths miters tamers admits aright toed toads terra timed dimes rah ah ha arise Ra rams Mars Amer. mares smear marred mars reams dreams dirges smoothed sooth soothed third thirds terrors terror sharer harts armored righted torso goats gratis grids girds aside stride strode gathers resort marsh rarest shadier drat thighs sorrier sorer stirrer stirred astride tarries tarried satire trashier dasher grad rase hoards

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    I meant 13

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    vicki.kaswen said ...


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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    make that 7… and I’ll just not mention any further escalation

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    I already found 6 more words…but, I’ll let you find those yourself.

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    vicki.kaswen said ...


    A game for you: Below are the words within a set of two words.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    5 letters.. 7 letters
    Relevant to your life.

    Moors moor hits gets ETs set met MiG MIG gems germs stir more ores sore sort sigh sight mights me he she shit shot host hot tore store storm mesh rooms grooms smite smote most shore gores ogres grits girts heist him his is it sit shire shim IM rims sim mosh tosh gosh smoot smooth smoother moot roots roost high higher hist. mist mister O.O. stem go got grime time mite grim items or rose Eros ergo ergot ergs ism homes homers Om some goes egos MOT toms tomes soot goose moose rights remits omits emits site this hoots hooters shoot shooter mothers smother others gist riots rots got hogs OG hoes hose toes m.o. mo oh ho eh geo trios meth hoist moist ire tires ties tries rise homo terms homos hems trig IG GI Ig ig Tories motors ghost mires hero tiers sot *eight *eights *eighths so SO os Os OS sire sir i.e. heirs sigher timers rest thermos right goo moo too {shroom}

    *As for “numbers”…I do not know how those would calculate…but, they are so so there as 8 in the WordPlay…Can’t quite recall the exact “other” numbers involved. This shouldn’t take you long at all.

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    rodica said ...

    Lovely smiles! Really contagious :)
    Thank you for the advice!
    Have a wonderful Sunday, sunflower!
    Much love,
    <3 :)

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    salient … oops … that was 2

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    Oh My GOD…in Heaven…just 1 more:


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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    now what do you suppose comes after genial in celestial beings???
    Yes, Jason, you must have already known…

    & now, I really should stop

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    vicki.kaswen said ...


    OUR Father in Heaven’s:

    ~Living waters~
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    Definition of VIRIAL
    plural -s
    :half the product of the stress due to the attraction or repulsion between two particles in space times the distance between them or in the case of more than two particles half the sum of such products taken for the entire system


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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    ~Celestial beings~
    be bees see seals ceases ass lass last list best beast beats it sit sat sate sale stale tales legs lags gals gills all balls bails ails sails tails gales gains gins genes scenes scents bent begins bile lies least steals teals tells tills stills elates scales scats cats acts enacts bases tines calls cells bells steins gees glees glass class libs bi sings sang stings slings slangs isles aisles tiles bills big gets ETs set et sent lent lint Lent silent listen silence instills tingles gas sag clans cleans beans gabs slabs eats ate teas eaten eating beating begs signs signals seeing seen clines cants cents incest insects inlets insets bleats elites beetles Beatles blasts clits bangs casings cases laces aces ices lice sine sites cines cites cities bastes tall stalls stalling balling clings saline aliens liens alit lit lite tinsels been legal beagles eagles snags nails slain snails belies El telling stilling tilling able enables Abel gleans lean lanes leanest cleanest bites bit signets angels angles lets let eels lees bless bliss ness gels nil cists tables cables siblings liable labels sins tins tans ten teens tense entails gall gnats cast casting bleating blasting agents cages cig Nile lines aligns neat sills ill gilt Celts ISIS Isis sis tees teeing being clients albeit lances glances castles bestial gents gentle genies cabs nabs bans labs san saint stain bane bates leant Cain can cans scans scant nests nets nice nicest nieces besets séances asset slices slits tassel assign teases eases easiest leases cleats lilts etc. iciest besting lest else scaling sailing ailing tailing bailing glib incites enlists listings glistens citing siting billets snits nits ties gables sables stables binges sic sacs gist ingests sells selling ceils ceilings bangles tangles singles began blessing lessen blissing scabs acting seating east seats ascents satin Latin ages sages stages genial

    Gratefully received and acknowledged…

    I’m doing this out in the OPEN because My FATHER in Heaven guides through Faith and Good Will to ALL.

    Serving GOD … Working with Jesus CHRIST.

    Did you get my message???via
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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    ~The American Dream~
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    …law suit underway…

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    vicki.kaswen said ...

    into gone ego got groin rite site sieve seven Eve even event serve verse rise risen strive strove over ovens rove rives striven see seer seen yet ETs set et terse tiers veins vest sing song strong string stringy votes voters singer singe tinges rings grit girt insert inters entry inert sting stinger ties tries tires toes rose Eros sore snore snort store story veg resin never sever trees tees tines tones toners notes not OT rots orgy orgies gory goriest irons irony siren stingy veers ere inverts inverse vertigo got gets et goners nits snit overt govern gov. grieves groves sort stir sir sire gentry sentry vestry nets nest sent ER Re reset resent teens greens green invest investor vigor IV vee vetoes vets ret res sin son stone stony Sony tore ores riots reigns reins Erin gist groins ions Sion eons NEO nos nosy noise nosier noisy toys nerves ingest energy tense tenser ten rinse gees vis Norse tenors IG GI Ig ig version steer steering treeing teeing seeing veering toying soy envoys envois sneer sorting is tins tons gents rents en EN regents tigers Niger genes eyes eying try tries trying sovereign Nero teensy ogres reinvest goriest troves so SO os Os OS ergo ergot erg seventy seven or yore yens verity roving yes ye

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    sailucie said ...

    Isn’t that the truth, be truthful to yourself, i like it.