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How to Overcome (Song)Writer’s Block

Nerissa and Katryna debuting new songs at the Parlor Room in Northampton, October 12, 2013 A few months ago, I was struggling to write songs. This fact totally shocked me. I have been a songwriter from the age of 13, … Continue reading

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Snow Day

As part of February Album Writing Month, Johnny and I wrote this song. The lyrics are: The wind blows The snow falls It piles up on the ground Big flakes, small flakes It falls without a sound And I can … Continue reading

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“Mary Wore a Red Dress”

  Hoot of the Week is “Mary Wore a Red Dress.” Wonderfully simple (another 2 chord song!) and infinitely adaptable. The lyric is: Mary wore a red dress, red dress, red dress Mary wore a red dress all day long. … Continue reading

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The North Wind Doth Blow

Our first Hoot of the Week post! I just taught this song to my guitar group, and it’s really the perfect song for beginning guitarists. It has only two chords, D and A, and they are both among the easiest … Continue reading

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Inching Through Twinkle Variations with Non-Pareilles

Johnny has had four violin lessons and one group class. It’s so strange to see how different two children can be. After years of telling friends that my kids were more alike than not, as violinists at least they show … Continue reading

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Suzuki from a Pop Musician’s Perspective

Nerissa: My niece, with her band, has recorded her first single, which she wrote, sings lead on and plays bass on. It’s a rocking song called “Speak Up!” and my kids just got their mitts on a CD of it. … Continue reading

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Alignment Enlightenment

Nerissa: Each week, our violin teacher gives us a practice plan, a sheet with a grid on it with the days of the week horizontally across the top and various items listed vertically on the left hand side of the … Continue reading

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Nields Scream for Liverpool Legends

Nerissa: Much has happened since last we visited our heroes. Mostly the mom in the family has been overwhelmed with a new CD coming out, which has wrecked havoc on all other members of said family, but the innate musicality … Continue reading

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Missing Ringo and Hard Conversations

I just went on eBay to buy a Ringo doll but was deterred by the fact that Ringo not only costs $49.95, but that to have him shipped to me from Canada will cost me an additional $17.95. I love … Continue reading

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Suzuki, The Beatles, and the Secret Beetle of Abbey Road

Shinichi Suzuki was one of the great thinkers of the 20th Century. His lifetime actually spanned the 20th century (he lived from 1898 to 1998), encompassing two world wars, Imperial Japan and the atomic bombing of his homeland. He emerged … Continue reading

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