Songwriting Sessions: Falling

Welcome to Part 2 of our "Songwriting Sessions" series! If you didn't catch the first podcast, CLICK HERE to hear the birth of our song "Kiss Me" and to get a more in-depth explanation of what this series is all about. 

In our second podcast, we go back to Taylor's very first voice memos from our song "Falling". In it, you will hear an alternate verse and bridge before Taylor revised them, along with our commentary.


To hear the finished song in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

Posted on October 5, 2015 and filed under Music, Podcast, Songwriting Sessions.

Songwriting Sessions: Kiss Me

The other day while I was songwriting, I decided to go through all my voice memos for fun (little snippets I record on my phone when I get an idea for a song). I found it rather entertaining going from clip to clip, hearing how each song progressed. And I thought, what if I just uploaded these to the Internet? The idea intrigued me.

Which raised another question—were there any voice memos saved from the Unbridled EP songs? Once a song is finished and memorized, I usually delete its corresponding memo to free up space on my phone. But if I wanted to show the evolution of my songs from inception to their fully-produced form, finding these recordings would be crucial. To my delight, a quick scan of my computer found those little treasures still lingering in my iTunes! I'm guessing the "Cloud" must have automatically transferred them from my phone to computer....still not exactly sure what the "Cloud" is or how it works (LOL) but in times like these I'm grateful.

So to kick off the Songwriting Sessions, we're starting with our song "Kiss Me". Chloe and I compiled the voice memos together with commentary to give a little backstory and make it cohesive.

Again—to be clear—these are voice memos I recorded while writing the song. It's the equivalent of an artist doing a rough pencil sketch on paper. So expect them to be a little silly, pitchy, imperfect. Then you can listen to the final version on SoundCloud to hear the full metamorphosis! 


Posted on September 28, 2015 and filed under Music, Podcast, Songwriting Sessions.

Dealing With Writer's Block

So I have this irrational fear: that I will never. Ever. Write another good song again. Ever.

Sure, it sounds a bit melodramatic (but that's not an all-together inaccurate descriptor for me). Writers have big imaginations, and it's when we let our imaginations run wild that we generate our best ideas.

Failure is inevitable. Every songwriter will, at some point, write a bad song. Even seasoned songwriters have off days. They may not be writing BAD songs, but every now and again they will write "not as good" songs. Trying to avoid failure is

a) impossible


b) highly discouraged

because failure is valuable. It keeps your ego in check and teaches you what not to do.

Knowing this doesn't make failing any easier. Each time I sit down to write a song, I want it to be great. There is nothing more defeating than finishing a song (or attempting to finish a song) that doesn't inspire you. I say "attempting to finish a song" because sometimes I feel so unmotivated by my lack of 'creative genius' that it seems pointless to continue channeling my efforts into a lost cause. But instead of scrapping a song before I see it through, maybe I need to adjust my perception. When you accept the notion of a "lost cause" you close yourself off to countless possibilities. Start by keeping a verse and trashing the chorus. Then rewrite the chorus. Afterwards, you may suddenly feel inspired to change the verse. By the time the jigsaw puzzle is rearranged, the original "failed song" is but a faint whisper, slowly drifting into the abyss of your subconscious as a reminder that powering through obstacles only leaves you more enriched than before.

After several (unwelcome) encounters with writer's block, I have finally come to a personal realization about myself (drumroll, please). Part of what makes songwriting so satisfying for me is the challenge. It makes me uneasy when things come too easy. When I don't have to work for it, it doesn't feel like my best work. You can't be passive about your art; you must throw yourself into it. Throw yourself violently, passionately into your art. And doing that requires  E F F O R T .

Keep that in mind the next time you're faced with a roadblock. You'll feel so much more proud of what you've created—and the person you've become—when you blaze through to the other side.


p.s. This blog post is not just for songwriters! I simply used songwriting as an example. The ideas can be applied to all types of artists, creatives (and anyone, really).


Ways To Combat Writer's Block

Create a "distraction free zone"

Lock yourself in your room (so it's just you, your thoughts, notebook, pen) and attempt to write and generate ideas. Force yourself to be "in the zone" for a couple hours. Even if you don't come up with anything worthy or usable, it's never a waste of time to exercise your brain and simply TRY.

Call in help

Seek out assistance. Phone a friend. Co-write! Talk to somebody about your struggles and ask them for advice. They may have solutions you never thought of.

Take a day trip

Free yourself from your usual surroundings. Sometimes a change of scenery can inspire you (or at least make you feel less stifled). Take a walk. Take a drive. Observe passersby. Do all of this while keeping a notebook handy—this is an intentional exercise, not a vacation.


Go out and live your life! Sometimes you encounter writers block because you LITERALLY HAVE NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT. Change that. Be open. Do something that scares you. Try to say "yes" more often. Read a book. Watch a movie. Gather inspiration. And to make sure you're not just watching movies under the guise of "finding inspiration", challenge yourself to write something directly inspired by each film/book/poem/article.

Have other ideas for ways to combat writer's block? I would love to hear them. Share with me below! :)

Posted on September 6, 2015 .

Caitlyn Jenner, Noah Galloway & The Danger of Competition

Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair and Men's Health

Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair and Men's Health

It’s been over a month since Taylor and I packed up our Hyundai Accent and departed from Nashville. We’ve spent a scary number of hours together, and while enjoying brunch yesterday, we did not exchange many words. This isn’t uncommon for us when we’re eating alone together on tour. We spend all day with each other and experience much of the same things, which frankly doesn't leave us with a whole lot to say. But a couple young girls sat down at the table next to us, and our lack of conversation allowed me to overhear theirs. 

These ladies happened to be discussing the courage award ESPN gave to Caitlyn Jenner, and how many folks are upset that it was given to her over Noah Galloway—a United States veteran/double amputee/Crossfit athlete. People are upset that Jenner received the award, while Galloway was overlooked. It has become a competition of: who is more brave? Who is more courageous? Who’s struggle is more valid? Who is more inspiring? There is a serious problem with this kind of approach. Competition can be poisonous when it leads people to discredit someone else’s bravery, achievements, or talent in order to validate the bravery, achievements, and talent of whomever they support. It becomes a 'You vs. Me' or 'Us vs. Them.'

It’s ridiculous to pit these two against each other. You're comparing apples to oranges. While following both sides of the conversation, I’ve heard:


“There are tons of transgender women who go through this everyday, what makes her so courageous?”

“Caitlyn Jenner is starting an entire movement, and this guy is just another vet...I mean, who's making the real impact here?"

“Oh great, Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgendered! Literally everyone is supporting her. How is that brave?”

“Veterans come home and have so much support, why is it such a big deal?”

These massive generalizations are entirely dangerous and absolutely false.

The truth is, in one in TWELVE transgender people are murdered.

The truth is, approximately 50% of transgender adults are survivors of violence or abuse. 

The truth is, veterans are TWICE as likely to become chronically homeless than other Americans. 

The truth is, 19% of Iraq veterans reported a mental health problem. 


The truth is, our society isn’t great to either of these groups. 


Yes, we celebrate Veteran's Day and fly American flags and have organizations working to help veterans who come home from war. But there is still a massive population of veterans who do not have support from their family, from their government or from the public. And despite all the tweets and blog posts and parades supporting the transgender community, there is also a massive population of transgender people who do not have support from their family, from their government or the public. 

So again I ask: why are we trying to pit these two against each other? Why can’t we recognize that it takes serious bravery to be a member of the United States military while also recognizing the immense amount of courage it takes to live your true identity when your inner self does not match the physical body you were born into? Can we accept that they are two completely different things and stop trying to validate one by illegitimizing the other? If you want to share your admiration for the bravery of American armed men and women, by all means do so. But do it without discrediting the struggles of the transgender community and the strength it has taken them to accept and reveal their truth. And if you want to support Caitlyn Jenner and the transgender community, please do. But do it without discrediting the struggles of Noah Galloway and our armed forces, and the strength it takes to endure the hardships of war. 

Whether you support the transgender community or not, there is no denying that it cannot be easy to wake up each morning in a body that does not feel like you. To reveal yourself to a society who will publicly shame you and hate you and try to hurt you requires bravery—whether you agree with the choice or not. And whether or not you support the United States military, there is no denying that it cannot be easy to wake up each morning with a body that is missing an arm and a leg and decide to keep going—to keep pushing on and not allow the hardship to take over your life. 

They can both be heroes. They’re on the same team. They’re both fighting a good fight. The way they are living their lives is an inspiration for others.  U2 said it best, “There’s no them, there’s only us.”



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Posted on June 4, 2015 and filed under Life, Chloe.

Not That Kind Of Girl


Kimono - Len Druskin // High waisted jean shorts - American Eagle // Black tank top - Dry Goods // Heels - DSW (Calvin Klein) // Purse - Kate Spade // Sunglasses - Free People  // Necklace - Pangaea

It's officially shorts season in Nashville!!!

CORRECTION: it's officially shorts season for Nashville transplants from Minnesota who believe anything above 50 degrees is tanning-on-the-beach weather. Which means my enthusiasm for high waisted shorts, sunglasses and kimonos is in full force. 

Speaking of Minnesota, I got these big, wonderful bug-eye sunglasses while we were touring there last month. I saw a similar pair at Urban Outfitters for a couple bucks less, but decided to keep my FP sunnies because the temples of the glasses are much thinner. Glasses give me a headache pretty easily, which is why I wear contacts most days instead of my prescription lenses. But if thick temples don't bother you, ZeroUV has a nearly identical pair for $9.99! 

TBH, 90% of the shoes I own are from DSW. I am obsessed. They've got a fantastic sale section and deals up the whazoo (as in $20 OFF COUPONS have been known to show up in my email inbox). I'd been on the hunt for a pair of black summer sandals, when lo and behold, I fish these Calvin Klein beauties out of the clearance section. The gold detailing on the heels won me over.

Now to address the anomaly in this fashion post: I am holding a book. I live five minutes from a hair salon with pink and white walls, so it seemed perfect to showcase my current read: Lena Dunham's Not That Kind Of GirlI'd been wanting to read it for the longest time, and waited patiently until I spotted it at Target with a 30% off sticker (which made it cheaper than Amazon, my go-to "book store"). I like owning books because I can take my dear sweet time and pass them onto friends afterwards. Plus, there's nothing like a leafing through the pages of a crisp, new book...ahhhhh :) Not That Kind Of Girl is chalk full of blunt honesty, little nuggets of wisdom, and feels like the conversations you have with your girlfriends that remind you you're not the only one experiencing these strange, beautiful, confusing situations as you attempt to navigate this crazy world.


xo Taylor


What I'm listening to: Budapest - George Ezra

Photos taken by Chloe with an Olympus PEN camera

Posted on April 5, 2015 and filed under Fashion, Taylor.