5 Reasons Creative Types Need Vacations

There is nothing more gratifying than the anticipation that comes with nearing a few days off from work. It is an exhilarating feeling — and the good thing is that it sticks around for a little while. Those who are particularly creative or work in a creative field, such as music, art, or graphic/digital media, … Read more

The Importance of Self-Expression


Several months ago, I watched a YouTube clip of an octogenarian dance the tango with a man at least half her age, complete with aerials, flips and spins.You may have seen this same video — it was an important example of pure self-expression. It was inspiring and also frightening at times, as I was just … Read more

7 Time Management Tips for Busy Musicians

Do you ever feel like you’re living a double life? In one life, you’re a musician; in another, you’re a fill-in-the-blank. Whether you’re a solo performer or part of an ensemble, whether you’re working full time or part time, whether you’re raising a family or just trying to take care of yourself — leading this … Read more

5 Books Every Creative Should Own


We met Ellen McSweeney at The SAVVY Musician in Action at the University of South Carolina in June 2015. Immediately, we were so impressed by her leadership, creativity, and encouraging attitude.She is a multi-faceted musician and creator, as well as a brilliant writer. After SAVVY ended, we became big fans of Ellen’s weekly newsletter, The … Read more