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International Women’s Day is a Sham

In my last post, I chose to dial in light. I’m still pro goodness and optimism. But one way to brightness for me is to be honest, and to envision a time when we don’t need to fix inequity with a token Women’s Day or Black History Month. Let’s...

Light Always Matters

It’s been a busy,┬ádispiriting winter. The big political picture seems very dark; and lots of snow in Boston has added to that squished feeling. So assembling my first episode of Irish Music┬áStories has helped me find┬ásome light in this bleak Midwinter: I went to...

The Power of Writing it Down

After a week in Ireland I came home to a handful of mail. In addition to a bank statement and a Chinese restaurant coupon, I also had a few personal LETTERS. Not holiday cards, letters. Juicy, handwritten, thoughts from a few dear friends. It’s inspired me to...

The Audacity of a Yard Sign and a Pussy Hat

After the Women’s March (I caught the tail end in Dublin, while my husband/son marched in Boston), I’m reflecting on what it means to me to speak out. And on why I’m fearful of NOT putting up a yard sign, sharing potentially divisive passions with my...

Why We Need to Tell Our Stories

After months of interviews, I’m assembling Episodes of the Irish Music Stories Podcast. Here’s why I’m compelled to share the bigger stories behind the Irish tradition. (Hint: it’s not just about playing tunes together): People from all over...

Rocking it Without a Net

December is CREATIVE HABITAT month. I’m looking at ways artistic people manage to make fulfilling lives, despite and also because of structures and limitations. Today I’m celebrating independence, with just a little chip on my shoulder: Alec Baldwin is a...

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About Shannon & Leap

Whether you're a prolific artist or just finding your own expressive voice (and whether you have 4 or no kids), you're bound to have hit some challenges. Please, I can't be alone!

I'm an independent musician searching for balance at home and onstage. Here, on my virtual lily pad, I share successes and failures. Stuff I've learned and tried with my husband and kid on four continents.

By sharing my own thoughts and guest posts from fellow artists, I hope to build a small refuge of reassurance, with strategies for finding serenity and ease.

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