Grief, sadness, or loneliness are often harder to bear during the holiday season. I miss the loved ones that I’ve lost the most during the transition from December to January. I wrote this song to express that and folded a (read more
This is a series of chants/songs that I am writing based on poems by the 13th century Sufi mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi, now known most often as just Rumi.
Don’t Look for Love
Rumi’s poem: “Your task is not to (read more
Writing Class: Exploring The Antagonist
Explore the archetype of the antagonist–creating opposition characters and discovering how they enliven novels, short stories, plays, songs, and more. Each class will be a mix of instruction, exercises, and discussion.
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I wrote Carpe Diem Credo while I was teaching songwriting at Carpe Diem Arts camp on the Eastern shore of Maryland. My goal was to write a simple one-chord song that would not only enable beginning instrumentalists to have (read more
Ukes are accessible, affordable, and can be life-changing.
Want to try the uke? If you’re already playing, do you want to grow by learning more or by writing your own songs?
Author, songwriter, and musician Mary Amato teaches private lessons (read more
Enjoy this work-in-progress that my shadow-theater partner Andrea Caspari and I created at an artist retreat. Special thanks to Jenny Hersh and Busy Graham.
This is a first stab at a new Firefly Shadow Theater production. After reading an article (read more
An after-school session with students and visitors at Franklin High School in MA was a chance to share my writing process and hear interesting questions from readers of different generations.(read more