July To-Read List

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Songwriting Without Boundaries - Pat Pattison

Writing Better Lyrics - Pat Pattison

Last Call - Daniel Okrent

The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs - Ransom Stephens

Strong Poison


MHK Public Library Book Sale

  1. North by Northwest (DVD, starring Cary Grant) 
  2. Amelia's Family Ties - Marrisa Moss 
  3. Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel 
  4. The Midnight Raymond Chandler 
  5. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 
  6. Daniel Deronda - George Eliot 
  7. The China Governess - Margery Allingham 

40 Books to Read in 2018

  1. Music and Mantras: The Yoga of Mindful Singing for Health, Happiness, Peace & Prosperity by Girish, Rolf Gates 
  2. You Are Enough: How To Elevate Your Thoughts, Align Your Energy & Get Out of the Comparison Trap by Cassie Mendoza-Jones 
  3. The…

Top Albums of 2017

In no particular order...

  1. Aubrey Logan - Impossible 
  2. Camille - Oui 
  3. Sarah Slean - Metaphysics 
  4. Jennifer Knapp - Love Comes Back Around 
  5. Bjork - Utopia 
  6. Dhani Harrison - In///Parallel 
  7. Kate Dowman - Whispering Tides 
  8. Halsey - hopeless fountain kingdom 

Christmas Wishlist

Here's a little peek at what I asked Santa for this year!

[Left to right, top to bottom]

  1. Sprouted Kitchen cookbook
  2. QI DVD set
  3. "Leatherbound" tea blend
  4. SodaStream Jet
  5. "Cool Story, Poe" mug
  6. "The Leonard Bernstein Letters"…


Lately, I've been obsessed with the Danish concept of "Hygge": a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.

Here are


Chantelle's Songwriting Tips

Don't take my word for it, because I beat my fist against the blank page as must as anyone. But here are 10 of my personal songwriting tips. 

  1. Write songs you would listen to. Pretty self-explanatory. 
  2. Write as someone

Shave it Off!

A few weeks ago I shaved my head. It's the most liberating thing I've ever done.

Today, as I re-buzzed it down to nothing, it occurred to me that shaving my head is a kind of self care…


Van Gogh Blues

I've been reading "Van Gogh Blues" by Eric Maisel, and already I have several paragraphs of quotes copied! This is the first book I've read that accurately portrays the relationship *I feel* between my depression and creativity (with a nod