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Feng Shui
Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
  Karen Kingston
Reviewed by Jace Carlton
Originally published in
The Songwriter's Connection  -  September 2001

Yes!  This IS for songwriters!

When Susan Tucker
of The Songwriter's Connection approached me about reviewing books dealing with another area of our lives, self-improvement, I eagerly accepted!  While songwriting is my PASSION, it's also important for me to have a balanced life in order to keep the creativity flowing.  As a songwriter I need to keep an open mind to other ideas / cultures in this world of ours to help me be as creative with words and music as I can be.  So, in addition to reviews of songwriting books, I'll occasionally review books on self-improvement.

When I was 16, in the midst of developing my craft on writing songs and poetry, I became interested in psychology, specifically in the area of motivational behavior.  (I know, quite a mixture, but hey, it worked for me!).  It ended up being one of the degrees I earned in college, and the "business" part of me served as a consultant / trainer in Leadership Motivation & Personal Inspiration early in my career.  My personal library is overflowing with books on the subject, which led me to read "Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui" (pronounced Fung Shway).  My bookshelves and filing cabinets were beginning to bulge under the load of more and more (but NOT necessarily better and better)!  Along came "Clear Your Clutter ..." and I'm having a GREAT time lightening the load ... AND becoming more creative!

Our "writing space" is probably one of the most precious places we have, and yet how many of us have sat down to write and found our desk cluttered with papers, magazines, letters to reply to (right away!), bills to pay (whenever we darn well feel like it!), and post-it-notes galore to remind us of a myriad of other "important" things to do or people to call.  I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE!!!  "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" helped me organize my desk, and in general, my life, and I'm already receiving the benefits.

If you think feng shui isn't for songwriters, give Kenny Loggins a call.  He ABSOLUTELY believes in it, and what an amazing career he's had!

Copyright © 2001 by Jace Carlton

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Jace Carlton is a Nashville based songwriter, music publisher, artist manager, and freelance writer.  As a songwriter and collaborator much in demand in the Country market, he also enjoys writing for A/C, Pop, R&B, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Christian, and Cabaret.  As a Freelance Writer he has contributed reviews on new CD's to online newsletters and artist websites, and occasionally  ontributes book and concert reviews along with personal commentary on the music industry to Nashville's Songwriter's Connection e-Zine.

He was recently honored by being selected to be a part of Nashville's Shine On Foundation, assisting talented songwriters, artists and musicians.

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