“Trust” Featured in Good Cause Video

I was recently asked to have a song I wrote called “Trust” (produced by Juno composer Mateo “Matt” Messina) featured on a video for the Pacifica Malaria Campaign to help raise funds to provide mosquito nets for the people of Africa. I hold a special place in my heart for this region of the world, and know intimately how devastating mosquitos are and how a simple net can save so many lives. I spent about a month traveling through Western Africa some years ago and instantly felt a love for the land, the animals, and the ancient beauty of this country.

Watch and listen and, if possible, help in any way you can.



Chain Smoker

Here’s something I “brainstormed” today. I’ve been getting up into my head so much, (that’s why I didn’t blog last week…was a bit overwhelmed and recovering from the auditions), so I decided to open the cage door and write for writing’s sake, with no particular format or formula. Below is a video and the lyrics of the FIRST run-through of a song I call “Chain Smoker“-again, this is a BRAND NEW tune, so, it’s got a ways to go.

You’ll notice, to help inspire and explore other ways of thinking, I have a few “key words” along with the 6 senses at the top of the page. Did I use all 6? BTW-it’s prolly a good idea to read along while you listen…

chain smoker, running through the airport, early morning


Chain Smoker

Written by Skaie Knox

Don’t care much ‘bout what the weather man says,
The sun will shine or not, and nothing’s gonna change that,
Ah, damn, the wall clock’s off again,
Battery’s low, and now my car door, well it won’t open…

With a jerk and tug I slide on in,
Shove the shifter into drive, I got a funny feel’n,
Traffic lights help me make up time,
Hurry now to wait in line.

My gate,
I’m choking,
No smoking,
Four hours in the air,
Jones’n pull’n out my hair
Insane attack,
I panic,
Eyes all pasting over,
Tongue fuzzier than ever
Bang, bang,
We fall,
Light up,
Shut up,
It doesn’t matter any more.

Lyric Writing…it’s a balancing act

Today, I thought I’d share this writing exercise I did recently: To write from your gut instinct…no thinking. Then identify what words you chose to use as INTERNAL (describing thoughts or ideas) or EXTERNAL (describing how someone/thing looks, sounds, tastes, feels to the touch, or any action):

Idea boost: Who: Barmaid; When: the morning; Where: driving to work

A sheet of frost on all my windows blocks my vision making it impossible to pull out from my driveway.  The unforgiving cold is incredibly bold; movement and comfort mean nothing to itExhaust overcomes any remnant of my perfume and takes yet another hint of beauty from my day.  There are no flowers, no green, and color is but a crushed memory where dirty snow now livesThe stickiness of my vinyl steering wheel reminds me of the barstools I’ll be serving tonight.  The music circa 1989 mixed with second-hand smoke takes me back to my gigging days.

The PURPOSE of this exercise? To create a balance between INTERNAL and EXTERNAL lyrics. Vwala!

Artwork by fantastically talented artist/illustrator Dave Catrow.


Fail Big!

My cousin Heide has been sending me homework assignments in preparation for “The X Factor” audition (Sunday, March 27th). This week was titled “Fail Big!” Immediately, it calmed me down as I’ve been stress’n about the whole process. The best part of the email for me was this:

Ultimately if you fail, you still really succeed because big failures usually result in something equally interesting and often reveal something you weren’t expecting.  Besides, it’s always interesting to see the result of going all out, regardless of the final outcome.

I have already met and connected with some amazing people, stirred up some  old personal “muck” (which has lead to some great healing), and faced fear. Pretty cool way to fail big!!!

Sooo…I hold my arms out wide and continue to flyyyyyyyyyyyyy!


Photo: hipmonk.com.


SkaieBird & Byrd Sing!

I had the honor of rehearsing with world class vocal coach Debra Byrd (known as ‘Byrd’-okay, how cool is that!?!). She has sung and recorded with the world’s best recording artists and is the vocal coach and arranger for American and Canadian Idol (…and this is just the tip of her talent iceberg!). Yup! I am going to audition for Simon Cowell’s new show “The X Factor” on March 27th and, I must confess…I am scared shi*less!!!

Still…my journey to the LA Sports Arena, where the auditions will be held, has already been amazing. I will continue to share the steps I’ve taken, including the highs, lows, cools, and woes, but will now leave you with this pearl Byrd shared with me during our session: “Bring the joy!”


Okay…well…at least it’s a start.

Skaie & Byrd

Oh, an awesome “shout-out” to my cousin Heide for getting me into this mess…haha…just jiv’n. In all sincerity, I am very touched by your thoughtfulness.  Heideeeeeeee-ho!


Where I Belong?

Here’s a quick vid where I’m describing where I’m at working through a new song. Notice, too…I just got a cut and new color! Back to my dark roots!…uh…that’s not punny!



Hello. My name is Skaie (sky) and this is my very first post on “SkaieBird Sings”, an on-going digital journal of my songwriting and the mental “pulling-my-hair-out” process to getting something real out of my head, on to the computer and into a song. Sighhh…breathe. I PROMISE to keep these entries SHORT and SA-WEET, and hopefully interesting. I’ll post all kinds of crap that inspire me and fun stuff that makes me giggle…damn, I love to giggle and LAUGH!

These are a couple photos of my inspiration board (thank you, Oprah!), and on it,  is a new quote (“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterward),”by the hilarious heroine Tina Fey in an article titled “Tina Fey’s Aha! Moment” sent to me by my wonderful cousin Heide (thanks HO!). By the way…that’s me and Matty sliding down the mountain of money. Cha-ching!


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