For Music Lovers


9 Song Playlists to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions

Playlists to Meet Your Resolutions

I've written about goals for songwriters (here) before, but I want to discuss songs that can apply to ANY New Year's Resolutions! Whether you need a motivational boost or need help creating goals, this playlist will help you get there. New Year's Resolutions Playlists Whatever your New Year's Resolutions are, there are plenty of songs to help you achieve them! If you're work[...]


All 133 of Whitney Houston’s Songs, Ranked from Worst to Best

All 126 of Whitney Houston's Songs, ranked from worst to best

Alright, so I’ve seen magazines do this with Taylor Swift, Madonna, Michael Jackson and a few others. I was waiting for the Whitney Houston one to come out (so I could discuss my opinion of it, obviously). For some reason, no one has written it yet, so I figured ‘why not just make mine right now?’ So, here is my totally scientific list of the definitive ranking of Whitney Houston’[...]


My New Music Video for My Song Find Me

  This is a video about my fosters and pets! I had so much fun making this video and remembering each of them. I can’t wait to get back into fostering once I have my studio established. Find Me is a song from my album Zebra Stone. I wrote it from the perspective of my own dogs. Here are the lyrics: Find Me I don't know how long you've been gone now and I don't know when[...]


Yay! My New Book is Here and Ready!

An ebook on music communication: Plus Free Worksheets!

My new book is finally out! It actually out several days ago, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update this. Here is the link to check it out: You can also buy it directly on my website here! So, this means several things! 1). I will be regularly updating this blog to expand on the terms listed in the book, and 2). I have free copies of the[...]


Searching for a Home for Our Studio

We’ve been in Nashville for a couple of weeks now and the search for the perfect spot continues. We've been searching for home for quite some time now and it's becoming frustrating. There are so many factors to consider. On one hand, we need a space that is far away from neighbors (at least enough distance that recording sessions won’t bother them). I need space for my dogs and any fos[...]


A Terrible Start in a Wonderful Town – My First Day in Nashville

Mella's first day in Nashville was pretty terrible.

I have now been in Nashville a whole week, and I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful place. We've felt so happy, excited, and welcomed here and we love it. But I want to talk about my first day here because it was pretty awful. Some time has passed now to where I can find the humor in it, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about it. Let's start with my dog. My dad came to[...]


My New Book is About to Be Released!

New book coming soon by Mella Barnes

I have a new book! I’m really excited, but also really nervous, because it is about to come out shortly. It’s only 35 pages but I put a lot of time and effort into it so it’s “my baby” and I’m just nervous to release it to the world. In short, it’s a book about how to communicate with studio musicians. It's called Way Less Cowbell: How to Communicate Your Musical Idea[...]