Justin Bieber and Amanda Palmer

Justin Bieber, that’s 2 words I never thought would be in this blog.
I really don’t know anything about him and I’m not sure if I’ve heard his songs or not. I don’t know if he really writes his songs and plays the instruments or if he has ghost writers and studio musicians.  I know nothing about him yet, if I’m honest, I’ve been going on thinking “my friends and I don’t like manufactured, teen Pop stars.” So, basically  the little part that Justin Bieber has played in my life has been based around the idea….

People like me, don’t like people like him.

Really!?! It’s my Mom’s birthday today and if she were still alive, she’d be so disappointed to know I had thoughts like that.  I’m disappointed to know I have thoughts like that.  But, it’s all too easy to fall into that spiral.

We have allowed people’s lives to be displayed as entertainment.

I know this. If I were given millions of dollars as a teenager, told I was the greatest ever, surrounded by people who did whatever I wanted, had no true friends in my life to say, “Don’t do that, it’s wrong, it’s stupid.  You’re going to hurt yourself or someone else.” I would have ended up a mess too.  Anyone would. Now, of course, there have been people from the record label telling him what to do or not do, but their guidance is directed at Justin Bieber the product to maintain or enhance his revenue stream.  But, it sure looks like he has no strong, guiding figures in his life to help him stay on track.  That’s sad.


I like her. You may know who she is.  (I hope you do!)  You may have seen her TED talk, may have just heard about her TED talk, may love her music, may remember some bad stories about her but not really know who she is.  You should really spend some time getting to know her.

Whether you like her music or not, whether you agree or disagree with what she says and does, you have to respect that she is a person who is always thinking about, analyzing and trying to figure out her world and her place in it.   Spend some time reading her thoughts in her blog and in interviews (and her TED talk if you have not seen it) and I’m pretty sure you’ll like her.

Amanda (and Danny Hillis), I think, nailed it on this post about Justin Bieber.  Personally, it made me examine my views and write this post.

So, please spend some time reading Amanda’s blog post
(brief excerpt from http://amandapalmer.net/blog/20140124/)

“i spent a few minutes on twitter today talking about justin bieber. and wow.

i was in no way defending the dude’s actions…i mean, yeah, he’s doing some pretty stupid, self-destructive (and potentially other-people-destructive) stuff.

that wasn’t what i was addressing: i was looking at the giant pile-on of other people/celebrities: jeering, laughing, joking, and pointing fingers at the kid. i pointed out that this wasn’t actually getting us anywhere and was, in fact, part of the bigger problem in this fucked up culture.

why do so many people enjoy hating this guy so much?
because it’s easy? fun? because it’s standard?

anybody who tried to justify their hate (“i’m allowed to hate him and laugh at him because his music sucks!” “i’m allowed to hate him and laugh at him because he put people in danger and that’s SO NOT COOL”) just sounded silly. trying to justify being mean to anyone always winds up failing.”


Choose compassion over hate.
Think before you let the media tide pull you under.
Consider that these are real people and real lives.
Consider how you would end up put in the same surroundings.


Free Music Book For everyone (that wants one)


Free Music Book

Musicians, and people in the Arts, tend to be big hearted souls.  We want to share these beautiful creations with as many people as possible.  We tend to want to help people in need.  Musicians and music educators want young people, and “old” people who never had the chance, to experience making music because we know the change it make in someone’s life.  We want to “save the music” and bring as many people as possible along for the ride.

I’ve been involved with playing music for… Wow… over 40 years, writing music for almost that long and teaching music for over 30 years.  So, I have a lot of first hand experience at the joy music can bring to the life of a wide range of people; from beginners to pros, from young to old.  I’m not going to spend time reviewing the studies on the impact music has on people.  Playing music has numerous positive benefits and it’s fun.  That’s enough for me to want more people to be musickers at all levels.

FreeMusicBook.com just started this year (full disclosure- was started by a company I’ve worked for many years) and is bringing together; music publishers, music supporters and people who want to learn music.  Anyone who wants a free music book can get one.  We are, currently, the only publisher offering a free book since this is just at the start.  But, we forsee many music publishers and music app developers joining us soon.  We’d love to give people a number of free music books and apps to get them started.

Please join FreeMusicBook.com as a; Publisher or Promoter. Or, just stop by to get your Free Music Book.  Please help, by spreading the word and join our initiative by signing our petition to get a free music book to everyone that wants/needs one.

Not necessarily a songwriting post, or interview, today.  But, the more people we have involved with music the more music supporters we create.

As always, thanks for spending some time here.

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Kaela Sinclair Songwriting Interview


Kaela Sinclair

Connections. Students pursuing MBAs often choose the school by which program will lead to the most connections for their future career.  Film students do the same with film schools.  The value of the contacts, most often, surpass the value of the education. (No offense meant, NYU/UT/USC). It’s the same in music.  Often, seemingly casual acquaintances can lead to career-changing moments later on.  So, it’s good to reach out and connect with musicians in and on the edge of your network.  It’s so much different, and maybe even easier now, from when I was growing up.  I went to see Marian McPartland play,when I was in High School in the 70s, and talked with her after the show.  I let her know I had done an arrangement of her song “Ambiance”.  She gave me her address and asked me to mail it to her.  This lead to a long-term friendship over several decades

About a month ago, I got a friend request from Kaela Sinclair.  I recognized her name.  Wasn’t sure exactly where from, but we knew a lot of the same people.  She thought we had met when she sent the request.  But we chatted and she seemed like a good person. Then I listened to her album and really liked it. I was thinking it would be fun to interview her on her writing and the album. It’s pretty different from other releases coming out in the area.  Suddenly, in the end of 2013 music reviews the local press was picking “Sun & Mirror” as one of the best releases in the area. Kaela is also friends with Jessie Frye, who I interviewed last August.  I’m glad to be able to share this interview and her songs with those of you who have not been fortunate enough to hear Kaela Sinclair yet.

Kaela Sinclair
Current City- Denton, TX
Most Recent Release- “Sun & Mirror” 11 song LP


I grew up in Sarasota, FL – a sunny, Gulf coast beach town. My parents settled down there when I was a few years old after traveling the country in the Air Force as linguists. They homeschooled me until 6th grade and instilled in me a deep appreciation for learning and creating. I was an avid reader, and loved to draw and paint. My mother says I was singing as soon as I could talk. I started piano lessons around the age of six, and never stopped playing. Songwriting was a natural progression from there.

By the time I finished middle school I was fully engrossed in music and had decided that I would be a professional musician. Luckily, there was a high school in Sarasota that had a pretty serious magnet arts program. There I discovered my passion for music theory and was exposed to jazz and classical music. This introduction to the intellectual, technical side of music was a catalyst for much deeper musical growth.

I moved to Denton, TX in 2008 as a freshman at the University of North Texas, where I majored in Jazz Voice performance, with a minor in Music Theory. It was an intense program which required hours of practice and study a day. Though I was studying jazz, my peers exposed me to other interesting sub-genres of music. I experimented in all of them – writing songs that ranged from fusion and funk, to neo-soul, to brazilian jazz, to avant-garde pop. By the time I graduated from UNT in 2012 I felt I had to make a decision regarding the direction of my musical career. In the end it was obvious that I should return to my most natural state of creativity and write alternative, indie pop music – but I’m still greatly influenced by the chords, rhythms, and melodies of jazz, soul, and classical music.

I released my debut album of original music, Sun & Mirror, in October of 2013, after almost two years of intense self-discovery. After years of listening to and learning how to play such a wide variety of genres it was a challenge being consistent in my writing style. I spent a lot of time listening to music and searching for new artists. I would listen to an artist and ask myself, “Do I want to sound like this in any way?”, and if the answer was “No,” I stopped listening. In that regard, listening to music became more of a desperate search for identity, and less of a means for pleasure and entertainment. It didn’t help that I was making a living playing Top 40 cover band gigs on the weekend and teaching Taylor Swift and One Direction songs to kids during the week.

Within the course of six months I had written about fifty new songs, but it wasn’t until August of 2012 that I finally began to find my sound. That’s when I wrote the first couple of songs from Sun & Mirror. “Without” and “Coral Castles” came first. I scrapped the dozens of songs I had written up to that point and began a more deliberate approach. Just a few weeks later I happened to meet McKenzie Smith – a remarkable drummer with impeccable taste and a great ear for production. He’s the drummer for the band Midlake and has worked with artists like Regina Spektor, St. Vincent, and Sarah Jaffe. I asked him to work with me on the album and he immediately said yes. I was floored by the passion he put into the project and felt he truly shared my vision for the album. I continued to write as we began recording at Redwood Studios in Denton, TX (owned and operated by McKenzie and Midlake guitarist, Joey McClellan) and found a great band.

The recording process was emotionally and financially strenuous, but one of the most rewarding experiences in my life up to this point. Sun & Mirror is the first successful realization of my artistic vision, but it’s still just the beginning. I have a lot more to say.

Our Scattered Words: What is your songwriting/composing process?
Kaela Sinclair: There isn’t one single way I write songs, but a typical approach starts at the piano. Most of the time I improvise until I find a chord progression or instrumental hook that I like. Once I’ve got a little bit of music I’ll start writing lyrics in tandem. Sometimes I write lyrics separately, but more often I write the chords, melody, and lyrics together and move section by section. The first verse and the chorus are the hardest part to write, but once those are finished the rest of the song is generally easy to write. Sometimes if I’m feeling stuck I’ll try writing on guitar. Two songs from the album were written on guitar – “Run” and “Better.”

Our Scattered Words: Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
Kaela Sinclair: Honestly, my best songs come very quickly. In one or two sittings. I do a lot of small lyrical revisions, but I most often find that if they need heavy re-working they simply aren’t working. But I save most of my failed lyrics, and sometimes use old lyrics in new songs.

Our Scattered Words: Where do your stories come from for songs?  Are you influenced by books you read or movies?
Kaela Sinclair: Like many songwriters, I often draw from my own life experiences, relationships, and daily adventures. I have a passion for philosophy and have spent a lot of time exploring and developing my specific worldview, often with the aid of books written by great thinkers. Psychology and internal conflict play into my writing a lot. I write about the elusive qualities of happiness, and the dangers of introspection. I’ve alway been an eager consumer of adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi books, so from a young age I had a dramatic, sometimes dark sense of imagination. I think you can hear that in my music.

Our Scattered Words: You went through the Jazz program at North Texas which is intense.  But, it’s not really a true songwriting program like Berklee.  How have your music studies impact your writing?
Kaela Sinclair: It’s true, I never studied songwriting in college. I’m glad I didn’t. There is something about music school that can make musicians very formulaic. There are songwriting “formulas” that the hit songwriters use to make the songs that top the charts, but most of those songs are incredibly bland. They use the same chords, lyrics, production tricks, and lyrical hooks over and over and over again. It bores me to tears. That’s not what I’m interested in.

What music school did give me is technical abilities and musical comprehension – a skill set that is invaluable to my writing. Music theory and ear training skills, sight-reading abilities, and good vocal technique are the best things I got out my schooling.

Our Scattered Words: Your album “Sun and Mirror” is getting incredible attention and feedback. “one of the best albums to emerge from the DFW area thus far in 2013.” – DFW.com”  Has that surprised you?
Kaela SInclair: It’s been incredibly encouraging and validating. I knew when I released the album that there was no guarantee that it would get noticed, but I certainly hoped it would. It’s a huge personal accomplishment when someone says to me that they’ve had the album on repeat. I don’t need everyone to like it, but I want some people to love it.

Our Scattered Words: What will you do different or change on the next album?
Kaela SInclair: I’m already excited for the next album. I had to go through a lot of growing pains for my first album…it will be nice to start off with more self-assurance and a solid foundation to build upon. I’ve already written a couple of new songs and have started imagining the sounds I want to create. I have a lot of ideas that I want to experiment with. The next album will be even bigger, sonically.

Our Scattered Words: What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Kaela Sinclair: Oh, I have so many! But the lyrics to “Marching Bands of Manhattan” by Death Cab for Cutie have stuck with me for a long time.

“If I could open my arms

And span the length of the isle of Manhattan,

I’d bring it to where you are

Making a lake of the East River and Hudson

If I could open my mouth

Wide enough for a marching band to march out

They would make your name sing

And bend through alleys and bounce off all the buildings.

I wish we could open our eyes

To see in all directions at the same time

Oh what a beautiful view

If you were never aware of what was around you

And it is true what you said

That I live like a hermit in my own head

But when the sun shines again

I’ll pull the curtains and blinds to let the light in.”

Our Scattered Words: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Kaela Sinclair: Learn all that you can – be good at an instrument. Listen to good music and dissect it. When you hear a song that you love, figure out why you love it and incorporate it into your music in small ways. Be genuine and strive to make music that you would listen to.

Our Scattered Words: If you could go back and be part of any album session what would it be?
Kaela Sinclair: I would have loved to be behind the scenes during the making of Kimbra’s album, Vows. She has extraordinary pop sensibilities, but she’s creative and eccentric. She also had a great team behind her. There’s a lot of fascinating production on that album and I would have loved to peek over the shoulders of her producers.

Our Scattered Words: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Kaela Sinclair: Three people come to mind. Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, and Sia. Jeff Buckley because his music was so original and wholehearted, and swept people off their feet with just one album. Thom Yorke because he is a genius and one of the most prolific indie rock musicians ever. Sia because she writes hit pop songs for people like Britney Spears but still manages to write unique, eccentric music. She seems to have found a way to balance conventional and unconventional.

Kaela Sinclair on the Web
Sun & Mirror is available for purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp. You can stream the whole thing Here
OFFICIAL SITE: www.kaelasinclair.com
LIKE: www.facebook.com/kaelasinclairmusic
FOLLOW: www.twitter.com/kaelasinclair
SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1kx3FC2

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Mark Geary Songwriting Interview


Mark Geary (photo by Sioux Nesi)

Mark Geary is the type of person I hoped to interview when I started this blog.  Someone that several friends have referred me to listen to through the years, but I still don’t really know enough about.  A writer with great depth in his storylines and lyrics with a passionate delivery.  Someone that’s hung out with Jeff Buckley and Glen Hansard. A person that gives truthful and interesting answers to the questions.  Mark also answers almost how he write lyric phrases. It’s interesting and I like it. This was fun.  You’re gonna enjoy it.

Mark Geary
Hometown- Dublin, Ireland
Record Label- sonablast records
Most Recent Release- Songs Vienna

Mark Geary is a Dublin born musician who has split his time between Ireland and New York City over the last 20 years. He spent his early years performing in NYC at the famed Sin-e Café alongside other up and coming musicians, including friend Jeff Buckley, garnering respect and attention from both audiences and fellow artists. Of Mark’s time in New York, Time Out NY magazine said “His delicate songs about love and defiance…recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon….one of the East Village’s favorite adopted sons.”

Touring and performing live is Mark’s lifeblood. He has been featured on bills with musicians as diverse as Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Coldplay, The Frames and The Swell Season among others.

Since 2002, Mark has released 4 studio albums and 2 live recordings. His second album, the acclaimed Ghosts, was named 2005’s Album of the Year by the Irish VoiceBillboard Magazine said Ghosts “evokes Van Morrison, particularly his early-1970s era,” and called it “a collection of superb songs delivered with a quiet intensity that will endear itself to listeners.”

To capture Mark’s talents as a performer and storyteller, the 2009 live album Live, Love, Lost It NYC showcases some of his best songs performed in front of audiences at various venues around New York City. Mark’s second live recording, Songs: Vienna was just released in December 2013. It was recorded over one night at Casino Baumgarten in Vienna with Mark’s band Grainne Hunt and Mark Penny.

In addition to his own albums, Mark has composed the score to several films; 2005’s Loggerheads, 2006’s Steel City, and 2010’s Sons of Perdition, a Tribeca Film Festival favorite and one of the first documentaries featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Club. His songs have also been featured on various television shows including One Tree Hill and Bones.

In 2013 Mark toured throughout Ireland, the UK, New York, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. In November of 2013, Mark collaborated with Glen Hansard on a new version of his song Christmas Biscuits as a charity single for St. Vincent DePaul of Ireland. The song hit the Top 40 and was made the song of the week on TodayFM Ireland’s largest commercial radio station.

In 2014 Mark will be touring in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic while also working on his 5th studio record.

Our Scattered Words: What is your songwriting/composing process?
Mark Geary: I guess it changes. From song to song . But generally . After a bucket of coffee I pick up my guitar . And play. Humming melodies or looking at bits of paper I’ve scribbled on .. And just kinda join the dots . Sometimes just for the joy of playing or singing to myself. When songs come they seem to come very quickly . Almost fully formed  like the 90% perspiration. 10% inspiration . Thing . You have to work on it.
File down the bits. They don’t quite work . Etc

Our Scattered Words: Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
Mark Geary: They can be both really. There’s a feeling of toil . Sometimes and a feeling that . The hard songs . Are a channel to get the other song out .

Our Scattered Words: You’ve had a true career music.  If fact, you’ve been in music longer than some people I’ve interviewed have been alive.  What do you wish someone told you about the music business hen you were starting out?
Mark Geary: I guess I would be a little less hard on myself as opposed to seeing each show . Opportunity as something fearful.
To choose my battles better.
And to be a little more forgiving on where I was at the time .
Those years of playing the shittiest venues . To uninterested people . And wondering what it was that I was doing badly . Etc.
To give myself a bit of a break.

Our Scattered Words: What is the biggest change in your music career now from 20 years ago?
Mark Geary: The challenge is . To be heard . And noticed .
Over the shrill of constant bombarding of media . We are all shouted at . In a lot of ways . From the moment we get out of bed.
Facebook and Twitter . ” you have to see this video . You have to watch is . Listen to this ..”
When a lot of times . It’s a kitten sitting typing on a computer 🙂
So the challenge is . To believe in the beauty. do what it is you’re doing and trying to achieve .

Our Scattered Words: What was it like doing shows with Jeff Buckley following you and in the audience for your sets?
Mark Geary: He was a friend of mine . My brother had opened the Sin-e cafe . So it just happened a lot . That I was playing before him . In guess in a lot of ways . I was aware of the buzz around him, and justified of course . So when I played there was usually a crowd waiting for him to play . That’s a challenge in and of of itself. So I remember . Just trying to make an impact on a crowd that had no idea who I was .
It’s a great experience to try silence a room that . Honestly have no interest . Or thought of you .

Our Scattered Words: Where do your stories come from for songs?  Are you influenced by books you read or movies?
Mark Geary: Yes . A lot of songs would be autobiographical . Or an essence of me .
A little phrase that I say . Or have heard . Sometimes just a stand point . Or an aspiration

Our Scattered Words: You’ve done a few Film Scores which is a totally different world.  How is your writing process different on those scores?
Mark Geary: Well the difference is you’re serving the film you’re working on .
Watching a piece of film and trying to serve it in some subtle way. To capture the mood of what the director has in mind .
I really like doing them . As it’s not songs as such .
Little pieces of music . Where you can really . Dig under the film. And create unsettling dark music.

Our Scattered Words: What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Mark Geary: Mmmm. I have a song called the  ” volunteer ”

I’ve always loved how it happened and the song just flowed out . With these little stories in each verse . Also there’s a song on my recent record ” take me home “
” your a fire , sparks fly off your  bones… Take me home ..

Our Scattered Words: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Mark Geary: Oh always to find your own voice. To capture the essence of e song . The little melody is far more effective than . Lots of complicated chords and tricks of singing .
Sing about what yu know . And sing things that yu believe are true .

Our Scattered Words:
If you could go back and be part of any album session what would it be?
Mark Geary:
Anything. That David Bowie and eno . Fripp. Might have done .
Heroes . Etc... The Berlin sessions

Our Scattered Words: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Mark Geary:
Well Bob Dylan would be one .
I got a chance to talk to the edge about what he did . I found it truly a privilege .
So humble was he . And this constant seeker .

Mark Geary On The Web

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Mercy Bell Songwriting Interview


Mercy Bell

Happy 2014!  Sorry I dropped off the map there for a bit. Work was really busy the last couple of months with a new exciting projects, lots of gigs, a music consulting project with Disney and just some needed family time.

There’s some great interviews coming up this year, that I’m excited to share with you.  Mercy Bell is a great one to start the year with.  My first introduction to Mercy was a Gummy Bear playing her, since she was sick, in a promo video for friends show at the Living Room about 3-4 years ago.  How many times have we all met someone in that same exact way?!

I found Mercy to be someone who loves music and songwriting.  She searches out people to talk about songwriting. She proudly shares her love of musicals.  She’s a kind and compassionate person who sincerely likes people and looks for the good in all people. We all need more Mercy Bells in our lives.

Current city- Nashville
Most Current Release- “All Good Cowboys” – too long ago, 2011

Brief introduction
Born in Boston, lived in San Francisco briefly as a kid, moved to San Diego and lived there for a decade, then moved to New Bedford, MA and lived there for 11 years until I moved to Brooklyn, NYC after college. Spent time in Arkansas, and now live in Nashville with my beautiful girlfriend. I’ve been singing in choirs, theater, or as a musician since I was 8 years old. I studied history at UMass Dartmouth. I’m part Filipino! I’ve had a lot of weird jobs to support my music career. Worked in corporate and non-profit offices, written textbooks, walked dogs, have been in a dunk tank, sold hot dogs, watched chickens, cleaned houses, fed cows, counted foot traffic, handed out snacks at concerts.

What is your songwriting/composing process?
Usually starts with either a hook or a sentence and then blossoms from there. It’s pretty organic.

What are you most proud of?
Probably my song “Black Dress”, it’s the most personal for sure.

You have a great love for musicals. Have you ever considered writing one?
Only every year since I was 8. The first song I ever wrote was for a Civil War musical when I was 10. I made my brother sing it. I also wrote a short film musical with my siblings and cousins one summer, it’s on YouTube somewhere. It was based on a found note on the ground that literally had the line “Armpits, stop the madness!”.

You spent time in several great musical cities (San Diego, Boston, New York and Nashville). How would you compare them as musical environments?
I can really only speak about New York and Nashville, as my time in San Diego and Boston I wasn’t focused on music yet. New York really taught me how to be an artist and how to hustle, you sing at dive bars with nobody there and you learn not to care, just sing anyway, learn how to do it for the love of it. In Nashville, in the indie/Americana scene at least, it’s easy to make a big splash fast. They’re so music hungry here and it’s easy to access the movers and shakers since the industry is here. You never know who will be in the audience. That was true in NYC to an extent, but Nashville is so much smaller.

Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
Both! I usually have to play it out a few times. I can’t remember lyrics to save my life. I change them often because I forget them! If it sticks and flows, I use it.

What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Just off the top of my head

Patty Griffin’s “Top of the World”:

“But I’d pretend to be sleeping
When you’d come in in the morning
To whisper goodbye
Go work in the rain
I don’t know why”

Also Johnny Cash in Folsom Prison Blues,

“I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.”

Pretty much anything Jenny Lewis or Sufjan Stevens writes (particularly “Casimir Pulaski Day”).

Music Reality shows have become very popular. maybe too popular. You’re a strong believer in musicians supporting each other rather than competing. Talk about your views on that.
I don’t see anything wrong with those shows. I know people who’ve gone on The Voice, AI, and America’s Got Talent, and they put everything they’ve got into it and deserve the exposure. I don’t do it because a) I don’t like signing contracts unless I really have to and b) I am not competitive. I’d be a really bad athlete. I can’t even sit through a board game without wanting to quit.

What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Just do it. Show don’t tell.

If you could go back and be part of any album session what would it be?
Probably sing back up on one of Sufjan Steven’s albums. I’d say Patty Griffin but she doesn’t need any help.

If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Does Leonard Bernstein count?  I’d probably just want to hang out while he was writing West Side Story or On The Waterfront or Candide. I wouldn’t say a word, just watch. Can you imagine? Max Martin or Carole King. Those two can write pop hits and I love pop. I’d say Patty Griffin or Sufjan Stevens but I’d rather just sing karaoke with them and hear them talk about life.

Mercy Bell on the Web

Twitter @mercybell

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