The Music Of Shannon Grissom - Soulful Sounds in the Key of S


 

Jul
22
2014

Blowing Dreams To Smithereens

No Trespassing

This song was inspired by a walk in my neighborhood. A local golf and country club has restructured it’s facility, and will be building homes where there once was a golf course. People who bought golf course view homes will soon be looking at new homes instead. As I looked at the dry greens and…
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Jul
08
2014

AARP Boomer Superstar Contest

Shannon Grissom AARP Boomer Superstar Contest

Well, I thought about singing something sweet like Stars Fell From Alabama, and I thought about singing something sexy I Just Want To Make Love To You, but  in the end I picked something soulful and fun for the AARP a capella Boomer Superstar Contest. I first fell in love with  Keb Mo’s Crapped Out…
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May
29
2014

West Coast Songwriters Competition April 2014

Shannon Grissom WCS Songwriting Competition

  Here are the clips from the April 16, 2014 West Coast Songwriters Competition filmed live at the Media Center in Palo Alto. It’s a scary thing for me to do, but I feel that I grow each time I perform and I so love hearing the work of the other songwriters! Hope you enjoy~

Apr
10
2014

Uncommon Senses

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This week’s prompt for the #SongGame was “Smells like roses…” I brainstormed about senses, common and otherwise and , and this trippy little tune emerged.  It was fun to play with the piano again… Enjoy~ Uncommon Senses She feels smiles from a hundred miles And knows they were sent her way He sees files from…
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Apr
07
2014

Bringing Sexy Back: Shannon Grissom Music Review By Linda Freeman

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This is my very first music review. I am so grateful that it was positive, and very humbled by her kind words. Thank you so much Linda Freeman! BRINGING SEXY BACK Music Review: SHANNON GRISSOM By Linda Freeman, TIW Music   Lately, I’ve been fascinated by Americana and pop music that has spare arrangements and…
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Apr
01
2014

WCS Competition: The Road To Tennessee

Shannon Grissom WCS Competition 3/19/14

I was incredibly inspired by the other songwriters during the West Coast Songwriters competition on 3/19/14! Their music was phenomenal and all the folks there were incredibly supportive. The event was televised live from at The Media Center in Palo Alto. While it was not one of my better nights there, I persevered. I played…
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Mar
25
2014

What Would You Keep? Inspired by Derek Sivers

Eggs

It all started with a thought/feeling provoking article by Derek Sivers entitled “What if you didn’t need money or attention?”  Sivers poses the questions, “But what if you had so much money that you couldn’t possibly want any more? What would you do then? What would you stop doing?” Me? What would I keep? The…
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Mar
20
2014

Thank God For Wild Hairs

Wild Hair

I just got the video back from last month’s West Coast Songwriters Competition at the Media Center in Palo Alto.  Huge thanks to WCS and the Media Center for putting on this monthly event! I get the entire show  2 1/2 hour show on a DVD, and I edit out all the other performances. During…
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Mar
04
2014

#SongGame: Fork In The Road

Forks

The prompt for this week’s #SongGame was “Someplace Beyond”. (If you are new here, the only way to stay in the SongGame is to write a song a week, using their prompt.) Sometimes the song works out, other times, not so much. No matter, each song is a success in that it keeps me writing. …
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Feb
24
2014

The Power of Suiting Up and Showing Up

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Friday night was a wonderful example of the power of suiting up and showing up, and doing the best you can with what you have.   I’d had an especially busy week with a lot of late nights. (Ask anyone who knows me, I am sooooo not a late night person.) By the time Friday…
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Feb
20
2014

January WCS Songwriting Competition

West Coast Songwriters Competition 01/22/14

West Coast Songwriters Songwriting Competition Here are the videos from the January 22 West Coast Songwriters, Songwriting Competition. I sure was scared but I did it anyway. For me, that in and of itself, is a triumph! All in all I was happy with my performance. Especially  considering I’ve only performed in front of an…
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Feb
07
2014

The Brink: The Road To Tennessee

Happily Ever After, Oil On Canvas 48" x 72" by Shannon Grissom

The prompt for this week’s #SongGame was “The Brink”. It worked perfectly in the bridge for a song I had in progress, The Road To Tennessee. It started off as a look at my songwriting journey but turned into a profoundly spiritual piece for me about all aspects of my life. There are so many…
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Feb
03
2014

No Shoes No Shirt No Service

Feetloose, Oil on Canvas , By Shannon Grissom

This new song was based on something that happened on Facebook over the weekend. Here’s the Facebook post… So I get a questionable friend request and I tell Dwight I’m thinking of writing a new song that has this theme…”Ya gotta keep your shirt on if you want to be my friend on Facebook.” Dwight…
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Jan
28
2014

New Music #SongGame 1/28

Uke Dreams by Shannon Grissom

This week’s prompt for the Song Game was “to bend”.  (If you missed my earlier post, we get a phrase each week that must be used in a new song. The only way you can stay in the game is to write a song each week, using that phrase. )   I wrote two songs…
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Jan
27
2014

Free Music Licensing Opportunities: Part 2

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Free Music Licensing Opportunities: Part 2 Songwriter Jason Shepherd has been doing more research,  and you reap the rewards! Here are 7 more places to submit your work without paying a submission fee: Music2 Licensing Position Music, Inc. MySonggram O’C Company Music   Music Supervisor   Blue Buddha Entertainment   Music Dealers     Wishing…
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Jan
24
2014

Wrong Train

Restoration of the 805A, 24" x 36" Oil by Shannon Grissom

I knew I was going to take the wrong train so I left early. Yogi Berra I was tweeting Yogi Berra quotes, and when I read the above quote, I laughed out loud. It reminded me of my wild youth and inspired a song.  I’ve got a feeling that I could do a whole series…
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Jan
21
2014

When I Wake Up

Days End

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London I was running on empty last Thursday. I’d been up late the night before participating in the West Coast Songwriters Competition, and was feeling really foggy.   I hand an email exchange with songwriter Jason Shepherd about his…
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