Fresh Wave of New YouTubers Covering Grace’s Music

I am most delighted to report a marked uptick in the number of YouTube posts made by musicians who are covering Grace Vanderwaal’s music. This is the trend since three weeks ago, around the time of the release of “Stray”. Then, with the release of movie “Wonder Park”...

“Why is Your Name Dutch?”

Modern Dutch surnames, for example the Vanderwaal family name, have interesting historical origins. If you have never thought much about names with ‘de’ or ‘van’ in them, you might still have encountered such names in high school classes. Molecular chemistry has ‘van...

Let’s Write a Song

Grace Vanderwaal held an instagram live stream event in which she casually suggested to streamers “Let’s write a song.” What unfolded was truly remarkable. Here are my notes from watching a recording of that event.   What did we learn about songwriting? That...

So Many Smart Decisions

The number of smart decisions Grace VanderWaal and her team have made in the past two years (since, say, Autumn 2016) is quite impressive and worth making a few remarks about. I cannot do justice to all of the wise choices made by Grace and her support organization in...

The Wonders of Travelling Abroad

A great way to learn one’s place in the world is to travel to other countries and observe how the people there live. A great way to learn how to be a giving person and to have empathy for others is to volunteer time and labor to a humanitarian cause. This past week...