2016: A Year of Music and Science...


I do hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the new year. These last few weeks I have been mulling over many things; paths, directions, ambitions, goals, and what it is that I hope to accomplish/enjoy/experience in 2016. I have all sorts of grand ideas and plans for the coming year including a new album full of tunes that I have been hoarding but am finally ready to share with the world. I've been recruiting some pretty amazing and talented people to help in this endeavor. It will be a team effort. I have also been working away on an epically long (but hopefully enjoyable) post explaining my fascination with maps and spatial patterns, how science brought me to Vancouver, and the ins and outs of my PhD research. I'm hoping to have that up for you in the coming days - it's going to be a real beast of a post. I've been etching away at it a little at a time. With my doctoral comprehensive exam only a few weeks away and the shimmer of a new record on the horizon, my 2016 is shaping up to be a year of music and science. Here is to hoping that I find that balance between. 

I am quite pleased to kick off this new year with a song that I recently wrote for the Acoustic Guitar Project

I do hope you enjoy. Hello, 2016. 


Good Morning, Vancouver...

I awoke this early morning, threw on a pair of jeans, a plaid shirt, coat, and my waterproof boots. I headed out the door towards Kits Beach hoping to catch the first glimpses of sunrise. The cold and rainy weather that kept me company on the walk hindered my view of the sun and left me with a gray sky I can hardly convey in all its nuances. I'm not a fan of the cold, but some mornings you just have to bundle up and get out in the rain. Otherwise you'll never know the beauty of all of life's gray areas. 

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when the Avett Brothers tune below began playing through my speakers. It's a been a while. 

Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in. Are you aware the shape I'm in...



Merry Christmas Eve...

Christmas Eve has arrived. Across the globe midnight bells will ring, little ones anxious for the sun to rise will struggle to dose off, and the dawn will break upon another glorious day like it always does. Not wanting to break my Christmas video tradition, I spent time in my living room late last night recording my little gift for you. You can hear the pitter-patter of the Vancouver rain and the cars driving by in the background.

My two-year-old niece, Laina, just recently learned the song below. I thought I would play it for two-year-old nieces everywhere. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!


ps: special thanks to Riccardo for his videography skills. 



Thank You, Pensacola...

As I sit here in the DFW airport watching a little bird dance around me, I realize that my week in Pensacola is already beginning to feel like a dream. I arrived last Wednesday and instantly hit the ground running. Family dinners, fishing at the bay house, late night catch-ups with old friends, wanders around downtown, and falling back into the routine of playing with some of my very favorite people. It was a true joy sitting in with so many talented folks at Hub Stacey's, jumping up on stage at Hopjacks, and opening up at Vinyl Music Hall for Big Virginia Sky. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the shows!! It's been so long since I've played to the hometown crowd - I tried my best to soak in every moment of it. 

I should say a special thanks to Billy and Shlee for playing with me at Vinyl. These guys are always on-point even with my last minute key changes! I now understand the distasteful healing powers of listerine and lemon juice. I should also say a ginormous thank you to the fellas of Big Virginia Sky. I would play with/ open for/ be around y'all any time, just name the place! Seriously... seriously :) A huge thank you to Mose Wilson and his awesome band for being part of the weekend, Adam Cooper for his always entertaining sax skills, and to the incredibly talented Brooks Hubbert for giving us an excuse to have late night McGuire's post-show hang outs.

Mmm, such an amazing week. But now it's slowly starting to feel like a dream. A wonderful dream that you hope to have again and again and again and again!

I've posted a few photos and a little video below from the fellas playing a house concert on the last night I was in town. I absolutely love this tune.

Until next time...




Hello December...

Hello December. You've finally arrived! There are so many exciting things happening this month including this Saturday's (December 19th) show at Vinyl Music Hall opening for Big Virginia Sky. It's the fella's album release party. I've been looking forward to it all year! I'll be joined again this year by the amazing and talented Ashley Pennewill and Billy Howell. I can't begin to explain how thrilled I am to be playing with these guys again! I also will be posting my annual Christmas song soon (soon soon, I promise!). AND I'm stoked to say that in the coming week I will be sharing with you a new tune I recently wrote as part of the Vancouver Acoustic Music Project. So much excitement in one month!! I can't wait for it all to unfold. Florida, I'm heading for you soon! 

Wow, that's a lot of exclamation points in one post... :) 

To help us ring in the month I've posted a little Norah Jones and her hauntingly beautiful charm below.