Tuesday
Feb022016

Steinbeck, Lewin, and Kennedy...

Rainy Vancouver weekends call for Walter Lewin physics lectures about sunsets and rainbows, scoring Steinbeck works at the used bookstore up the street, and continuing with comps exams studying. Also, Operation Box of Sunshine is back in full swing. This box is Texas-bound!! Perhaps it's just the calm before the storm that is the doctoral comprehensive exam, but a sense of balance is settling in. Here's to hoping it makes a home and sticks around for a while.

My good friends Big Virginia Sky submitted their entry today to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. I just love hearing these fellas make music. 

Enjoy!

Friday
Jan292016

Follow Your Stupid Heart...

My dear friend Brandon Hoffman (aka Blocktreat) is a true musical wizard. He recently released the first single off of his latest album Exciting New Ventures in Fucking Up. Brandon takes bits and pieces of songs and sounds that he hears, breaks them down, builds them back up, and creates all sorts of ambient goodness. The ethereal vocal in the tune below are from a track we recorded years ago. I'm honored to be part of his new project in some capacity. You can slice me to pieces any day, Brando Mando :)

geez, he is so good.

enjoy.

Tuesday
Jan262016

Late Night Laundry with JJ Cale...

 

A few evenings ago, what was intended to be a quick trip downstairs to transfer my laundry from the washer to dryer turned into an impromptu musical lesson of sorts with my basement suite neighbor. After being welcomed in for a little guitar jam session, we began talking about some of our favorite songwriters. It was then that I was formally introduced to the records of JJ Cale. I've heard remakes of his tunes before, but the originials are pure genius. 

I reckon I should pop down and say hello to my neighbors more often.

Indeed I should.

enjoy.

ps: I had a blast last night playing at the Yale Songwriters Sessions (above).

Lydia Hol sure does know how to put on an event!

Thursday
Jan212016

Equal, Even, Balanced...

 

A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions...

I've been finding myself in late night talks with dear friends and loved ones. Mulling over love and war and the sea in-between. Conversing about actions and reactions; gives and takes; opinions and ideas; yins and yangs. Finding that magical balance where your soul feels at home. I'm learning that it doesn't happen by chance; that it takes a fierce amount of work, patience, space and time. But it's worth it. It's worth finding the balance.

I stumbled upon this Josh Ritter song this evening. Oh, the articulateness.

And those socks. 

And give your love freely to whoever that you please, don't let nobody tell you bout the who you oughta be. And when you get damned in popular opinion it's just another damn of the damns not given...

Enjoy.
 

Monday
Jan112016

Lost in the Light...

These past few weeks I've been reminded that though I may be tucked away up here in the Pacific Northwest, friendship knows no distance. I'm incredibly grateful. Thank the good Lord for Skype calls, text messages, snail-mail, octopus dinners, face-time, phone calls, long walks in the park, hikes in the forest, sports bars that serve hot-tea, and emails. And chocolate. AND music. We should always praise God for chocolate and music. Amen.

Let them see you, see you through all the hard things we've all got to do...

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