Singer, Songwriter slash Mom
23rd Jul 2014 Posted in: Blog 1

Hey everyone! Last night I asked on Facebook which cover song folks would like me to sing. Here’s why. I’m about to launch an Indiegogo campaign for The Shopkeeper, my documentary about Mark Hallman and the Congress House. I thought it would be fun to have some stretch goals, which are  incentives that make the campaign better for everyone. When I reach 100 backers, 200 backers, etc., everyone who backs the project gets a bonus without having to pay anything more.

(And btw: you can be one of the backers for only $1.)

I thought recording and releasing exclusive cover songs would be a blast. I will be launching the campaign in about a week. So here’s the scoop. If I get 50 backers on Day 1 – at $1 or more – I will record Cover Song #1. Once I reach that goal, I’ll announce the next goal.

So now I need your vote! These are the suggestions I received on Facebook and boy, there were a lot of them – 70! In the comments section, please list your top three choices, in any order. You have until Saturday night to vote – deadline is July 26th. And of course, now that I’ve announced this, the comments are not working on my website. So while I’m sorting that out, please email your vote to me at Thank you!

Rock Me Like a Hurricane – Scorpians
Try A Little Tenderness (Sinatra version)
Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond
Hurt – NIN
Brooklyn Owes The Charmer Under Me – Steely Dan
Julia – The Beatles
California – 2Pac
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
A house is not a motel- Love
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
Listen – Navarro
Closer – NIN
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
In My Life – Beatles
Breathe – Pink Floyd
Freebird – Lynrd Skynrd
Hemispheres by Rush
21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Sidewalks of the City….. Lucinda
Promise, by Rome
Sidewalks of the City – Blondie
Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees
Love Hurts by Nazareth
Angel from Montgomery – John Prine
Black Coffee (various)
We Belong, Lowen and Navarro
What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
What a wonderful world – Sam Cooke
Love, Serve, Remember – John Astin
Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
I’m The Man – Joe Jackson
Closer – NIN (that’s two suggestions for that one)
What a wonderful World This Would Be,” Sam Cooke. 
The Waiting is the Hardest Part, Tom Petty
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Bill Withers
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Hot Child In the City - Nick Gilder
Angel From Montgomery – John Prine
Hey Bartender – Lady Antebellum
Killing the Blues – Shawn Colvin or Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
True – Spandau Ballet
Now Will Be The Time – ??
Summertime, from Porgy & Bess
Helplessly Hoping – CSN (&Y?)
Walk Away Rene – Drifters
I’ll Follow The Sun – Beatles
Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
Shooting Star – Bad Company
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole
Amazing Grace – traditional
Please Come To Boston – Dave Loggins (related to Kenny?)
If You Go Away – Dusty, Shirley, Barbra, Frank etc.
Rumour Has It – Adele
‘Restless’ – Alison Krauss
‘When You Say Nothing At All’ – Alison Krauss
 ‘Right Hand Man’. – Joan Osborne
Twisted!! – Joni Mitchell
Black Crow – Joni Mitchell
Heartless – Kanye West
Love Lockdown – Kanye West
“Love At First Sight” – Kylie Minogue’s 
“We Can’t Stop.” – Miley Cyrus
Love Vigilantes – New Order
Waiting for the Sirens Call – New Order
Only You – Sonny James



8th Jul 2014 Posted in: Rain Perry 0

flyer for recidivists 7-8-14

15th Apr 2014 Posted in: Blog 0

songwriting for civilians crash course 4-16-14

10th Apr 2014 Posted in: Blog 0

Hello there – okay, April 6th was the fourth Song Game of the year, and it was as fun and inspiring as ever. The crowd was a little bigger than last time, and the feedback was just sooo positive. Hearing a batch of unique, freshly-minted songs is special. It always surprises me the range of songs that can come from the same prompts. We had Motown-esque love songs, an Irish Tall Tale, a song about the F-Word, all from the minds of our brilliant songwriters Shelby Figueroa, James Graham, Jim Lashly, Eda Maxym (and me)!

Next month, the Song Game will be on May 4, and these are the prompts we are working with: “red sky at night” and “enlightening you.”

And here are the rest of the ideas the audience came up with, which the songwriters are free to use for extra credit…

mental illness

to the moon and back

i have no one to pass it to

stand up and do what you promised

someone let the donkeys out

close call – wrong number

consider me gone

i’m remaining available

all that glitters

lost in the ruin

gently fold in the egg whites

god at the speed of light

switch it up

you only live twice

give it to the taxman

The next Song Game is on May 4. Come join the fun!



10th Mar 2014 Posted in: Blog 0

song game

That is what a bunch of happy songwriters look like! As one attendee said, “Something truly magical about hearing a song live for the first time — can’t explain, you just have to see it (and hear it) take wing for yourself.”

Alrighty! The next Game is on April 6th, and the prompts will be “Do not enter – wrong way” and “only you.”

Here are the rest of the awesome ideas our audience threw into the hat:

You’re aces with me

Divine intervention

dawning realization

god at the speed of light

walking backwards

elemental my dear

kiss my frog

jupiter and mars

walking through time

get your mojo on

she/he was just temporary


Now remember, the songwriters have to write two songs. But if they want to, they are welcome to write from any of the other prompts too.

Come to Kim Maxwell Studio on April 6th and find out how much fun we’re having!