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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 the world come together to...

How I Hope to Leap Through This Tainted New Year

Since January 2009 (just days before Pres. Obama was sworn in to his first term), I launched Leap Little Frog. I needed a place to chronicle my own personal successes and failures, on and offstage. Today the stakes are higher. It's time to look beyond my own creative...

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 great...

Intellectualism and Oatmeal Are Not Un-American

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 (re) constructing my own world view, which seems in opposition to prevailing rhetoric: It's been...

How One Singer Manages Career and Family

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. Guest blogger Zara Bode shares her story of touring with a kid. You don't need to be a touring parent to be...

How to Help Kids Soar at Factory School

December is CREATIVE HABITAT month. I'm looking at how artistic people make fulfilling lives, despite and also because of structures and limitations. Guest blogger Clare Tallon Ruen shares her story about how and why she balances public school for her kids with...

How to Make Your Own Music

November has been all about Kid Music at Leap Little Frog. For this last November installment, guest blogger Matt Heaton inspires readers to dig in and make their own music. It doesn't matter how it sounds. It only matters that it's fun! Got the music bug? Love music?...

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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.

Please leave comments. Join the newsletter. Share your own ideas. Ask for advice. Tell us what ails you, and let us all weigh in. Like frogs, it's more fun when we leap together.

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a musician's musings on nesting, being creative, traveling, and parenting