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Five Questions with Diana O’Brien

In the next of “Five Questions” blog posts, it’s my distinct honor to introduce you to my friend, Diana O’Brien, the Global Chief Marketing...

The Power of Vulnerability

As a songwriter, vulnerability has been my stock-in-trade for the past thirty years. Plumbing my emotional depths to write a song that is both moving...

Five Questions with Dan Roam

Welcome to the first in my “Five Questions” blog posts. In order to demonstrate the power of using songwriting to explore ideas and enhance...

Welcome To My Blog

Hi and welcome to my blog! I thought I’d start with the preface to my book, “The Reason For The Rhymes.” “In these days of...

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The Seven Essential Skills of Innovation (and how songwriting makes you better at all of them)

The requirements for effective innovation can be boiled down to seven...

A Hundred Dollar Pair of Pants

For as long as I’ve been playing music, I’ve been a fan of the blues....

Lateral Thinking Through Metaphor

Thinking laterally (aka differently) about your products, services or...

Creativity Through Verse Writing

Kevin Ashton, in his inspiring book on creativity entitled “How To Fly A...

Communication Through Chorus Writing

Innovation teams have a larger responsibility than just coming up with new...

Empathy Through Observation

The skillful use of empathy is critical to the innovation process. By...

Collaboration Through Co-Writing

Collaboration as a skill improves innovation in several essential ways....

Risk-Taking Through Vulnerability

Innovation, by definition, requires you to create something new often in...

Diffusion Through Performance

In order for an innovation to take root and ultimately succeed, it’s not...

Commit To Your Cause

To accurately summarize what it means to pursue a career in songwriting,...

The Unexpected Benefits of Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Anyone who knows me knows that I love routine. I adhere to a ridiculously...

My Co-Write with Grateful Dead Drummer, Mickey Hart

As I’ve mentioned previously, the act of co-writing a song is a perfect...