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... for me, my family and the wonderful guide who walked us through that underground miracle. Thanks for your support with the new Release. I’m going to try to enjoy what we accomplished and then start planning my next musical...
...  The holidays are over, the days are getting longer.  We've turned the corner. Time for reflection and renewal and rebirth.  There will be some regret as I look back on the previous year, what I accomplished, failed to...
It feels like a blessing.  Every year I get to hit the reset button on new Year's Eve.  Get to have a fresh start, make different choices, make better choices.  Take stock. Did I...
... album. I'm really liking what we are doing. I have had the real privilege of working with Tyler Hornby to write this new material.  We'll be recording this summer.  We are doing some live shows to showcase the new music and get...
... I am not doing is judging myself. I am writing my first blog of the year. I am breathing. I am making new music. I am making plans to set that music free. I am not procrastinating, well, not...
I am re-starting, re-focusing, re-energizing, spending more time in and on my music and getting that music and any message I may have out into the world. I committed to write a regular blog. I...
I am often asked where the inspiration comes for my lyrics. It could be from anywhere, a newspaper article, a remembered encounter, a timeless regret, or someone else's story. I might get 1...
January 29th, 2017 Earlier in the year, as I swung at a pesky mosquito while vacuuming, I demolished a lovely Buddha in the process. I think at the time, I made a comment about Karma. For...
... really, Stop  it.  It doesn't help, and all it does do, is take the joy out of trying and learning something new. This quote set me free for a second, and, maybe, if I truly embrace it, I will set myself free. I am not that...
... breathing space into my life, and hopefully, someone else's as well. We're in the final stages of finishing a new album. Now comes the "hard work" Now comes the planning, the photoshoots, the art and visual concepts,...
February 19, 2017 I sent out a facebook request for blog ideas, thanks to everyone who pm'd me.  You'll probably recognize your idea in the coming while. I might take it in a...
... I only did the things that I was good at, and there really weren't many. Somewhere along the way, I decided to try new things and I've since made it a practice, and some of them have been hard for me.  Struggling to figure out...
March 17, 2017 A few years ago, my son and I took a road trip He had updated my Ipod with songs from Bob Marley and Johnny Cash to Years and Years, Frank Turner, Neon Trees. We drove for...
... would be nice is to give space to others, to give them a safe place to expand their willingness to risk, to get to new heights, as an artist and as a human. To get closer to their greatness. If you have an artist in your life, love...
... things with our time, tackling massive to do lists, enlarging our spiritual practice, investing time in study for a new goal, practicing yoga.  It all works. Right now, I am getting ready to launch a new album of original material,...
April 9, 2017 I'm multi-tasking.  I'm at the gym, trying to keep much needed cardio in my health and fitness routine.  There's music blaring, and the 5 televisions in front...
... the requisite guilt that comes from ignoring the list. The next morning, on the bike at the gym, I got the start of a new song. I wrote the lyrics down before I forgot and silently hummed a melody line in my head.  I gave a thought to...
... to be flipped. I have at times, wriiten down my regrets, built a bonfire and sent them up in smoke. Only to build a new pile of regret. Is having regret punishment, punishment for a life we don't feel we deserve, or it is just fear...
... of weeds are peeking out of cracks in my sidewalk. Spring will come.  It always does.  With it will come renewal and thoughts of renewal and fresh starts, and clean sweeps.  Spring cleaning. There's the spring cleaning...
I'm waiting for a sign. Then I'll know what to do or know it's the right decision. It's a sign, I knew I shouldn't have tried this.  It's not going to be successful,...
At times in my life, things have not gone according to plan.  Or it felt that way. Sometimes you have a plan, or you are calling it a plan, but, really, it is a loose connection of thoughts...
... it out there. Give yourself the time to improve. Practice, certainly. Most importantly, practice patience. If a new skill doesn't stick instantly, stop overthinking, examine if you are learning it the best way.  Give your brain...
... everyone, send event listings, invitations, texts to people I know well, people I used to know well, people I thought I knew, anyone really. Just in case. In case they are interested, in case they like my stuff, or know someone who does or...
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