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Aug
12
2015

New Song: Just Words

Author Paul Cwalina

Just Words  is a collaboration with writer Paul Cwalina. I “met” Paul Cwalina online at Blip.fm at least 6 years ago, maybe more.  I first joined the site to promote my music,  but soon  found myself hooked on listening to other people’s music and wasn’t making time to write my own. Eventually I got off…
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Jun
04
2015

88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life

Keep Music ALive

Whoohooo! I am among the contributors to the newly released book 88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life. Its a great book for a great cause. Check it out! Here’s the Amazon Book Description: “88+ Ways” is filled with over 150 inspirational stories & quotes from musicians, music educators and music lovers from all over…
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Jun
01
2015

Held Together By The Love It Grows

Love It Grows

I love that songs can be inspired anywhere, anytime! My new friend , artist Vicki Thomas, hadn’t yet been to my home, and wondered about the decor of my home. I laughed and replied  “nothing matches but everything goes.” My own words got me thinking about what my home holds.  Most folks say they feel…
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Jan
27
2015

Almost Didn’t Say

"Release" Waterlogue Digital Art

What an amazing chain of inspiration! This new song was inspired by a conversation I had with songwriter Jason Shepherd, about sharing our creative work. Shepherd wrote For His Love about Lorenza Andrade Smith’s journey  to help the homeless, but he was not so sure it was polished enough to share. Thankfully he went ahead…
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Jan
06
2015

New Song, New Tune

Treble Cleff

I was thinking about what sort of story I would like to write for my life for 2015 and beyond. And as I did, I thought about how there have been times when, instead of focusing on the positive, I focused on what I didn’t want in my life I started this song on New…
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Nov
21
2014

Need To Cry

Yosemite Springs Lake

Last week the rhythm guitar part of this song came to me out of the blue. I recorded a snippet so I wouldn’t lose it  but I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Yesterday I sat down to see what the music had to say, but it didn’t feel like…
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Oct
23
2014

Skinny Jeans

Pocket

We were out for breakfast not long ago and our waitress was an adorable young  woman dressed in skinny jeans. What popped into my head was, “Wow, they look great on her! Skinny jeans don’t work for me. All my excess needs to be free.” I jotted down my song idea on the napkin and…
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Aug
19
2014

That’s Not The Story That I Want Told

Old Soul

I wrote this song as a response to someone who said should sing sweeter. As I type this, I’m grinning. I might be a fairly sweet soul but I not a sweet singer. I’ve got a gravelly, soulful voice, and I don’t think I could sing sweetly even I tried. And that made me think…
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Aug
18
2014

What Else Can You Do But Continue to Play?

Uncommon Senses Shannon

I just received the videos back from the May and June West Coast Songwriters Competitions, televised live at the Media Center in Palo Alto. The performances for those two months were especially challenging. Two of my family members were gravely ill, I was closing down my art studio in Hollister, and it was my first…
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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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