Bands November 27

The Most Famous Bands that Never Existed

Because sometimes, you fall in love with a band that you can’t ever see in concert. And that sucks.

Piano-Keyboard November 24

Perseverance and Publishing

My love of music started when I was very young. But singing “Do Wah Diddy” with my dad at the top of my lungs wasn’t enough. Listening to Green Day’s “Dookie” on repeat and memorizing every word to Mariah Carey’s “Daydream” didn’t cut it. No, I wanted more. I wanted to make music instead of […]

In The Mood November 20

In The Mood Again

To be completely honest, I hadn’t played an instrument in front of people in just over 14 years. It all started a couple of months ago, when the musical director at my church came to me one Sunday, her finger pointed straight out at me. “You play saxophone, don’t you, Josh?” I told her I […]

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Why Foo Fighters Are The Greatest Band.

Hi Everyone!! I hope you’re having a great week so far! So, anyone who knows me knows this post was coming, and what better week to talk about my beloved Foos than release week of their new album Sonic Highways!! I’ve loved this band a long time. It started in high school and continued as they put […]

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My Top Five Guitar Riffs

I love me some head banging, horn throwing, frenetic rock ‘n’ roll. The biggest reason I prefer the hard rock genre is because of the shredding of guitars. A few of these picks are classic, a few current. But all are killer. Listen up, turn it up, and check ‘em out. 5. “Sweet Child O’ […]

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Get your #NaNoWriMo on!!!

As y’all know, it’s November. And you know what that means. No, we’re not talking turkey or football or even God-forbid, Black Friday. We’re talking about something way more intense. More soul-searing. Grueling, even. AND IT’S HAPPENING WRITE  RIGHT NOW. Yup, we’re talking about #NaNoWriMo. If you live in a cave, and have inexplicably never heard of […]

Anomaly cover October 30

Tonya Kuper’s ANOMALY Is Coming Out In Less Than A Month — And We Can’t Wait

Do you wish you could control reality? Is the sky blue? Is the grass green? Is “Star Wars” a film that many people enjoy? Yeah, I know, a simple “duh” would have sufficed, but I wanted the build-up to be epic for the answer to the above question, which becomes manifest in ATWN contributor Tonya […]

Creed final cover October 27

Guest Post & Giveaway – Lindsay Currie co-author of Creed

Thanks for hosting me on ATWN! I’m so excited about the upcoming release of CREED (co-authored with the amazing Trisha Leaver) and am thrilled to have a chance to chat music and writing with you guys today.  First off, I have to admit I’m strange when it comes to music and writing. I often use […]

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Unsung Heroes

Last month I went to a Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park concert in Denver and in the middle of the show I had an an epiphany — to be truly successful, something has to have solid support. I witnessed this first hand that night. In the middle of the song Do or Die, […]

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Haters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate

This weekend Kathleen Hale shockingly admitted to stalking and harassing a blogger who gave her book a poor rating. The Guardian gave her a platform to tell the entire internet about it and everyone was shocked and dismayed, even more so because she seems to believe she was justified. In case you didn’t know, you […]

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You guys have heard of Pledge Music, right?

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which brings artists and fans together to share in the experience of music as it happens. (You can learn more about them here.) It’s kind of like Kickstarter for music, but with more of a fan forum feel. And you guys, I LOVE it. I first stumbled upon the […]

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Changing The Tone

Last week, I introduced a guitar playing friend to the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  They had been on my mind recently due to my new favorite online music platform putting them on heavy rotation.  I had done all the prerequisite talking up of the band to my friend, explaining how John McLaughlin was one of the greatest jazz […]

ITDnecklace October 09

Q & A with Author Dierdre Hall (Plus Giveaway!)

Hey, y’all! Today on ATWN, I’m excited to bring you an interview with author Dierdre Riordan Hall! Once you’ve checked out the Q & A (complete with info about her books, road trip discussion, and a couple of impressive playlists) be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an e-copy of the music-inspired novel […]

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Five Songs for Crying

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of using music to help me set the tone for my writing. My last ATWN post, Five Songs for Kissing, listed some of the more recent additions to my kissing scene playlist. Today I’m giving you more songs, this time for those sad scenes where the characters are […]

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Flattery Will Get You Everywhere.

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I got to meet some awesome YA authors so it was fun for me! So The Voice is back and I’m loving this new group of judges. Pharrell is out for blood! If you don’t watch The Voice, it’s similar to American Idol, where singers […]

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Win A Copy Of A New Zine For Teens, SMALLER TOWN — Complete With Limited Edition Cassette

The other week, I wrote about going punk-rock and starting my own small press/record label to self-publish my debut YA novel, PLACID GIRL. Now, I’m ready to announce the first offering from All Ages Press: SMALLER TOWN, the first in a series of ‘zines for teens — the inaugural edition of which comes with a […]

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We’re Looking For A Few Good Writers…

Are you a Young Adult or Middle Grade writer? Do you love music?   Would you like to join our team here at All The Write Notes? How to Apply You must have the ability to blog, talk about music, interview other writers/musicians, do giveaways, make playlists, and the desire to be part of an amazing group […]

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The Compact Disc – Why I’m not ready to quit them just yet.

My family and I recently closed on and moved into our new house. After nine months of displacement in a tiny apartment (with 3 kids and 3 dogs, mind you) I can’t tell you how very exciting this time is for us. We are thrilled to have a true home again. We are also thrilled […]

gilded September 08


As a fan of All the Write Notes, I’m thrilled to be sharing with you my playlist for SILVERN, the sequel to GILDED. Music is a huge component for when I’m creating a world for my stories. I love building an atmosphere and a mood through my words so when I write my first drafts, […]

DIY September 04

Why I Decided To Go Punk And Self-Publish My Debut Novel

I’m jealous of my friends in bands — for a farther-reaching reason than because they’re better at karaoke than me. It’s because they always seem like they’re doing something. They’re releasing singles! They’re dropping music videos! They’re playing shows! They’re having myriad nervous breakdowns via my GChat window. (All y’all are probably thinking that last […]


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