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Turn off your devices, sharpen your pencils and break out a notepad. These days of enforced confinement provide the perfect opportunity to observe, listen,  remember and imagine – all in the service of writing better songs!  

I have won 9 Independent Music Awards and 6 Emmys for my compositions. With nearly a decade of teaching other songwriters, I have created and adapted many techniques to help you break free of inhibitions and tap into your creative source. Click the button to learn more. 

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"You Can’t Kill Light
by Monica Pasqual. Planet Dog Records. 

Known for two decades as a member of Blame Sally, Bay Area folk-pop singer-songwriter Monica Pasqual eclipses much of her previous recorded work with this, her sixth solo album. She jump-started the creative process by issuing a single and video of “You Cant Kill Light” on the morning of the 2017 presidential inauguration. In subsequent weekly sessions with co-producer and multi-instrumentalist BZ Lewis, she added ten more songs that speak from both painful experience and optimistic resistance. The now driving, now dreamy folk-rock and electro-pop settings are conjured from Pasqual’s piano, keyboards, and percussion, Lewis’s guitars, bass, drum programming, and percussion, and, on three tracks, Joshua McClain’s cello, plus a reading by Rosario Sammartino. In lyrical acuteness, Pasqual has outdone herself, and without any histrionics her lovely voice gives the words melodic grace and gravitas. A worthy heir of Laura Nyro, Tim Buckley, and Suzanne Vega, Pasqual creates her own context in a 21st century moment. 

—DERK RICHARDSON, Oakland Magazine



I'm super honored to have won three awards at this year's Independent Music Awards for songs from my upcoming album.  Best Eclectic Song and Fan Favorite: Sun In My Eye. Fan Favorite Americana Song: Feels Like Something

Photo of my co-producer BZ Lewis and myself accepting the award at Symphony Space in NYC.