Where Do We Begin? Sketches.

once I was wanting to accumulate (just) stacks of papers and notes as I busied myself with more writing and creating and letting the stacks of papers grow like towers & skyscrapers in a white city as I busied myself like Hephaestus deep in the fiery trenches grinding out work after work But now you …

Lift the Lamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtVSrBRmGQM&feature=youtu.be   Music & Lyrics by Ren Michael, Copyright © 2017 As I listen to your wisdom and all the things you hold dear I hear the persistence of your resistance and your fears Though I’m just another daughter, just another son Grown old, grown young, I’m not the only one Well we’ve heard your …

Born or Made (con’t)

Out in LA, one of my acting teachers would often remind me, along with anyone in class venting any sort of self-frustration, that Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Though it was an obvious point, it was easy to forget.  Few of the greats, if any at all, were incredible by day one.  As a …

Born or Made

I'm a man deeply suspicious of creative how-to’s.  That is, any book that advises me on how to approach anything creative.  How to write well.  How to act.  How to draw.  How to sing.  I woke up this morning and worked on “The Morning Pages”, a daily writing exercise that demands three pages of whatever …

Back Home Again

Broward County.  I’ve known that name my whole life.  Broward.  Such a strange sound as I think about it and say it out loud, just a little under my breath.  Broooowwwward. To me it’s always meant home.  Even though, as I’ve said many times over the course of many writings throughout this young career of …

House of the Rising Sun

I first heard the song many years ago and like most people, I most often associated it with the Animals.  Then I discovered they weren't the original writers and that Bob Dylan recorded the song before they did.  But it wasn't long before I realized Dylan didn't write it either.  He only recored it because …

Debut Album Available Now!

The self-titled debut album "Ren Michael" is now available for download on all digital platforms. The story begins with a girl.  She looks, casts one glance in the mirror and is gone no sooner than she arrived, her voice but a whisper as it echoes down the street, leaving the hero alone in the cold …

Old Glory Reloaded

Every issue in politics, I once said, typically boils down to the fundamental, opposing forces of fear and faith. The faith I’m talking about isn’t religious faith, and that’s why I am skeptical to even use the word. To me, it has nothing to do with religion or even God, at least not the God …

St. Petersburg

In the wild cathedral evenings On the St. Petersburg canals Near the church at midnight they call 'Spilt Blood' I met a woman singing a song I knew too well She looked at me Her skin stark white a ghost alone, in the dark of the night She smiled at me Her eyes they gleamed …

Guns a’ blazing (Introduction)

  If there’s anything that I try and avoid writing about, its writing. That being said, I’ll keep this beginning part short. For starters, I really don’t even think of myself as a writer at all. I’m no Hemingway or Kerouac or Walt Whitman. I don’t know how any of those guys fell into the …

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