This is the big question that a lot of people ask, “what inspires you to write a song, IzzI"? This is a huge question to tackle, because I could go on and on for hours about what my visions are...but instead of doing that, I just respond by saying "LIFE"! I'm inspired by someone I meet, with a story I can learn from.

While on my trip to Europe this summer, and visiting Lake Como, Italy.... all my friends were asking, “have you seen George yet”? (George Clooney has a home in Lake Como and lives part time).  Ha!  No.  But, somehow our driver knew were he lived and offered to drive by George's home, why not?...sure. But, along the way, I had noticed an older Italian man dragging a large rock on a piece of round plastic, pulling it down the hillside.

Winemaker/grapegrower and me in Lake Como

I was much more fascinated by this man pulling a gigantic rock and asked the driver to pull over.  I was curious what in the world was he doing? (I have always been inquisative as a kid, so this wasn’t unusual for me to do)...  As I got out of the car, I first asked the man if he spoke English, which he responded "very little", but we managed to communicate the best we could.  He told me that by pulling this rock, and many more down his hillside, it would give him room to plant more grapes. He was a grape grower and made wine.  He told me to stay and he would be back.  As he walked closer, I noticed he was carrying a large wooden box with small little red grapes that lay in this case.  He handed me a grape, and I kid you not, it tasted like I was eating red wine.  Beyond heavenly. Unlike anything I had ever tasted! We sat for over an hour with a translator and I was able to hear all about this man's life growing up in Como.  This was one of the most memorable moments of my trip.  Inspiring in so many ways, and this amazing grape grower taught me that sometimes you have to pull heavy rocks to make way for new grapes to grow (or new songs to grow)!

If my goal was to only want to see George Clooney’s house and have blinders on, and not see this sweet man planting the thing he loved most, I would have lost the opportunity to taste a piece of heaven and meet a really inspirational person.  I would have lost a huge experience in my lifetime.  

I always just want to keep my eyes and ears open because I may lose a great story!

The world has so many inspirations right in front of us! Look around and take it in. Open yourself up to new experiences and take a risk to try something new. You are sitting in a pot of gold!!

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

I had a very strange and vivid dream about 5 years ago. It wasn’t a normal dream, that you just wake up from. I woke up from this dream and felt like something was different and that I had to respond to the what had just happened in the caverns of my slumbering mind. Somehow, this odd dream awoke something deep inside of me. I dreamed I was playing a guitar and the sound woke all my senses like no other dream ever has before. It felt more of a peak into the future, more than anything else. Although I have been a painter and creator for many years, I have never picked up a musical instrument in my life and played it seemed to come out of nowhere. When I awoke, I couldn’t shake this dream. I felt like I had to answer to it. I couldn’t let it go.

In my slumber, my eyes were opened to new horizons. The curiosity was so strong, I needed to investigate this idea further and the next day I found a guitar teacher and immediately  started on this journey. After that, I was hooked. It was as though I had discovered a whole spectrum of colors to paint with that I didn’t know existed. I continued learning this new instrument, diligently, and eventually couldn’t stop there. I felt something more was brewing.   

I sat in my backyard and put pen to paper and wrote the first song of my life: “Push and Shove”. Inspired by some events that seemed to mark the beginning of a new season, breaking away from the old and exploring the new, and loving it. My friendships were changing and the landscape of my life was moving from the familiar and safe, into plowing into new territory and forging new paths of creative expression. 

This new season has been both exhilarating and frustrating, and some of those around me noticed a change (for better or worse in their mind, I don’t know?), but the question was asked, by a friend at lunch,   “why are you doing all this, IzzI? I think she was wondering why I was working so hard, starting from scratch as a musician/songwriter, and doing this in a season where most of my peers are relaxing in their  accomplishments & accolades.  I thought “why not”? I don’t want to sit around and be safe with the paints and brushes I know so well, I have got to explore untrodden paths and maybe even open doors to new  friendships in a world where I am an obvious student. It is an invigorating adventure to me, and I want to find others who feel the same.  As I plow this new field, I will be sharing my ups and downs with a new blog world...and hope to find those who also long to be students of life and respond to their dreams!