creative focus

Drawing by Jessica Abel

When you juggle day job and music (especially if you enjoy more than one music project), it's a challenge to keep things going. There's gigs to book and rehearsals (to power through after a…

happy birthday, cyril!

Today's the birthday of a dear friend we lost way too soon, Cyril Barrett (also known as Larry). He is to this day one of my few models of total integrity as a person and an artist. He was…

SCX at PsychOut 3!!

I'm in a band. It's with my husband, Jamie, and it's called Silver Cloud Express. We used to be The Modeens, a band we'd formed during our years in Venice Beach and migrated to Tucson just about ten years…

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marvin gaye and what some executives don't understand

Did you know that the record label HATED "What's Going On?", the seminal masterpiece put out by Marvin Gaye and co-written by Four Tops member Renaldo "Obie" Benson  in the wake of police brutality against anti-war protestors?  Barry Gordy of Motown Records called it…

across time: before & after

Across Time is another tune I wrote with my dad, Tom Williams. It was the first time since he taught me to play guitar when I was 10 that we actually collaborated on a song. I love to geek out…

little pieces of string

One of my recent songs, "Across Time", is actually a collaboration with my Dad. The first verse is "This is me, across time. I have changed. I've lost, then I've gained my little pieces of string." And…

saguaro spring

Shot of this month's calendar photo (from my trusty Sierra Club calendar that I get as a donor) with one of the feather totems from Daddy. He collects feathers and then turns it into wearable art inspired by Native American…

Blue and the Desert Spiny Bunch

Got some questions about ol' blue from the newsletter I sent yesterday. Here's some fun facts:

  • He's the patriarch of a large lizard dynasty living in our walled-in backyard.
  • He's a Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister) native to the…

our minds... (a tinypost)

Something that came to me as I was lying in bed last night:

Our minds can play the hero, the victim AND the villain.

(Turns out this is referred to as the Karpman triangle, or the drama…