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“The Bee Hive” is now “Sticky Songwriting,” but it’s all still Honey Bowtie Music

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

We’ve changed the blog name to better reflect the renewed focus on songwriting and music and hoping to attract fewer visitors from Google looking for advice on how to care for bee hives. (Yeah, I mean it.) Now to write some more posts for those visitors who ARE coming here looking for songwriting content. :)

You may see other changes afoot here, as well. Just trying to tidy the place up a bit. Pardon our dust.

Update: Such as an even NEWer name. “Sticky, Sweet, & A Little Overdressed.” Might still change. But that’s OK. :)

In the meantime, here are some links to some of our best / most popular songwriting posts in months and years past:

  1. Why I’m abandoning MasterWriter
  2. Purity vs. technique in songwriting
  3. Best songwriters, via Paste and NPR
  4. What makes a song demo work in Nashville?
  5. Should I write a song about it?
  6. Cross-medium inspiration
  7. Songwriting and politics

Might as well kick the tires on this thing

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

I’m not finished uploading old content yet, and I don’t quite have the layout and functionality I’m planning to have, but let’s go ahead and get this show on the road, shall we?

I’ve moved, and the majority of my blogging will now be done at The Bee Hive over at Honey Bowtie Music. I’d claim that you can expect a tighter focus on songwriting and music, but if you’ve read me at all you probably know I’m going to talk about whatever I feel like talking about.

Setting up a blog at has been in the plans for a while. I’ve wanted to tie the time I spend on blogging back into an area of my life that I’m passionate about in a meaningful way. And I wanted to give Karsten the opportunity to contribute in a way that would be relevant and interesting to him. Don’t expect to see too much from him — he hates typing. But if anything could get him to contribute anyway, it’s having the discussion take place here, in this context. We may bring him around yet.

Even with genuine motivation to get started, though, I was pretty put off by how much work I thought it would be. It helped so much for me to be so involved in setting up Music City Bloggers so I could get some heavy exposure to the inner workings of Wordpress. I wasn’t really wrong about the level of effort — I’ve spent the entire weekend getting this thing set up and migrated. But so far I’m pretty impressed with the flexibility of this platform. I think I’m going to like it here.

Anyway, for the time being, I will be replicating content and comments between The Bee Hive and High Holy Mass of Contradictions, but that may not be the case for long. I’m still deciding how best to use the LiveJournal account — it has a pretty respectable presence for a blog I never really put much effort into promoting. That may come in handy.

In the meantime, though, the main action is now at The Bee Hive. Please update your feeds and your blogrolls. Speaking of which, if you read me regularly but haven’t had me on your blogroll, now might be a nice time to add me. I could sure use the link love while I’m getting this thing rolling. Thanks!

Song demos up on

Saturday, November 8th, 2003

I spent a good chunk of time this morning updating, and specifically linked several demos to the Songs page. Since I mentioned to some folks I saw a few weeks ago that I would be sure to send a link to some MP3s of our Nashville demos, I thought I’d go ahead and post it here.I only got three songs added (one was already there), so here’s what’s up there right now:

  • Get It Wrong, a pop-py tune we co-wrote with our friend Lair Morgan. The demo is sung by Dawn Martin.
  • Traces of You, a slow- to mid-tempo ballad. Demo sung by the lovely and incredibly talented Wendy Jans, who is also a wonderful songwriter.
  • You’ve Lost Me, a sorta raucous country-bluesy tune. Sung by Susan Clinton, who happens to manage Bayou Studio — where we recorded the demo.

And there’s also Mango Sun, which is a reggae tune we demo’ed in Chicago last year and pitched last August for a film placement. Nothing ever came of it, but some of our friends have told us stories of waiting more than 18 months to hear news on a pitch, being sure it was dead, and then getting a cut. So I guess ya never know.

More demos: Get It Wrong & It Works

Monday, July 7th, 2003

Two more great demo experiences with “Get It Wrong” (sung by Dawn Martin) and “It Works” (sung by Kim Parent). They were both fabulous. Thank you, Dawn and Kim.

First Nashville demo!

Thursday, June 12th, 2003

K&K recorded their first demo in Nashville at Bayou Recording Studio. Susan Clinton recorded the vocals for “You’ve Lost Me” and did a wonderful job. Thanks, Susan.