The struggle to stay on key

My son was singing in the bathtub. This is not new. What was new was what he was singing. There, echoing off the bathroom walls, in his slightly off-key, boys soprano came the classic lyrics of:...more

Broadway Music Workout Playlist

Broadway music may not be everyone's favorite genre, but I personally L.O.V.E. Broadway! Each and every song has so much emotion and energy--it's hard not to get drawn into the moment :)...more

Inspirational Property

It was late summer 2013. I was at a popular brunch spot for a lively celebration of a friend’s 40th birthday. I had just had a baby 3 weeks prior and was feeling a little lost from myself between the sleepless nights, the constant feedings, and the ignited neediness of my other two children, both of them home all the time, waiting out that last hot month before school begins. And I don’t mean to add all that in as though it were a feeling only a new mother could have, as though we had the market cornered on displacement....more

Celebrating the Diverse Women of Indie Music

I—like many of us here at LD—am a big fan of women in indie music. Jenny Lewis, Lady Lamb, and lots of other brilliantly talented ladies with flawless bangs rank among my all-time favorite artists, and were originally to be included when I decided to make a playlist of women in the indie scene that everyone should be paying attention to....more

Must-Hear Phyllis Hyman Interview

Current and future generations have missed so much of Phyllis Hyman’s legacy as the consummate performer and one of the music business’s most respected professionals....more

What Billie and Phyllis Sang About

Community is important. So are loved ones, compatible partners, and jobs or careers to feel appreciated for beyond what you can do for them. For black women, all this is much more important....more

The Truth About Online Dating

After my wife and I untied the knot, I had to put myself back on the market. If you thought adolescence was awkward, try posting pictures of yourself online so people can instantly judge and dismiss you.I’d rather be back in high school and go up to a girl sweating through my Lynryd Skynrd T-shirt with a face full of acne and take my chances.Women say guys rarely look like their picture, but I can assure you it goes both ways. Whoever said the camera doesn’t lie never went on a match.com date....more
I would like a dating app with live chat so you can really see who are you talking to. Just like ...more

The Best Bands You've Never Heard Of

So each month I do a "What's on my Playlist Now" post, but I thought I could spice things up by sharing some of my favorite bands that you've probably never heard, although you should! ...more
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Mary J Blige Reigns Supreme...in LONDON & MANHATTAN too! #tribecafilmfestival

So, I hadn't planned on blogging tonight but Mary J. Blige can change your mind real quick. Tonight, I went to the Beacon Theatre in New York City to watch the new documentary "The London Sessions" which was featured as part of the Tribeca Film Festival series. As usual Mary failed to disappoint.  ...more

Being a SONGWRITER means you have to be a PRODUCER too

I come from a musical family. My father is in a band with his brothers since he was about 8 years old. My sister and I write songs. My cousin raps, and 3 other cousins sing as well. My sister Maria and Alexa can sing, I can sing too but not as strong. ...more