I took a week off from social media, it felt amazing. Folks are always telling me I need to post/interact more to help create a social media presence that will help me sell my music, and they’re right, so now I’m always evaluating everything I’m doing or thinking and wondering if I should share it online. It’s a huge waste of brain time.
After a couple of days away, I noticed my mind became a bit quieter, I was able to focus more on making things rather than thinking of things to type to people. Bliss.
Anyway, that’s my holiday story. I didn’t go someplace tropical and play in the ocean, but it was still a restful vacation. I’m back now, and even though I appreciated my break, it’s super lovely to see you again!
Dear friends around Kitsap County, I’m singing this eve (Wednesday) at the Dugout in Bremerton from 5:30-8, no cover, all ages, and it’d be lovely to see you there! I’ll have a couple of new tunes to try out on you, and during my breaks we’ll be playing Galaga and/or Ms Pacman, if you beat me, you get a slice of my pesto pizza.
I was arguing with a conspiracy theorist the other day and became very frustrated and decided to stop wasting my time and wrote and recorded a song on my phone instead. The chorus has a bit of potty-mouth in it, so you may want to cover your ears during that part, although it’s super fun to sing it.
I’m pretty sure I’ve performed well over 1000 shows, especially considering how many I’ve played over the past five years around the Pacific Northwest, and I decided to try to compile a list of types of venues I’ve had the pleasure (usually) to experience so far:
Cannabis shops & 4/20 Events
Strip Club bar
Super Bowl Parties
Streets in over a dozen countries
Dive Bars/Classy Bars/Biker Bars
Popup clothing shops
I’m sure I’ve missed a few, this is just a quick and dirty list, but it feels good knowing I’ve written songs that fit every situation, and it’s been wonderful to meet so many people from a gorgeous broad spectrum of humanity. I hope to see you at a show soon, wherever it might be.
In the Summer of 2008 I was getting my first record mastered at Capitol Records, it was my first time there and the engineer gave me a tour of the studios. We walked down a hall and one of the doors was shut but I could hear a voice singing that I’ve heard thousands of times before. I turned and said “Is that…is that Aretha?!?!?”, the engineer smiled to confirm and I almost spontaneously combusted in excitement. On the other side of that door was one of the best voices in rock & roll.
Throughout the day I kept walking down the hall hoping the door would open and I could get a glimpse, and sure enough it was wide open later that afternoon. I peered in, but no one was there, and the studio was covered with Christmas decorations. I figured it out quickly, Aretha was recording a holiday album in the middle of Summer and was using the decorations to get in the “spirit”, she was such a pro. I didn’t get to meet her, but knowing I was working down the hall from one of my heroes was truly inspiring.
I heard Aretha left us today, I hope she knows how much we all love her for sharing her voice.
Last night at Murphy’s was amazing, thank you to everyone who came out and sang and danced and howled along! We’re looking forward to seeing you at the High Dive on Aug 26 with some new tunes and a new band member. Fun.
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One of the arms broke on my tea strainer a couple of years ago so I’ve been using a twisted used guitar string as a replacement arm. Used guitar strings appear a lot in my DIY fixit projects.
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If your data doesn’t exist in two different places, it doesn’t exist. All storage devices fail, so back up your cool stuff. I’m spending a couple of hours to back up our recent recordings.
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Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved listening to music on the radio. I used to sit in the kitchen with my portable radio and call up local stations to make requests for Depeche Mode and the Smiths and others, sometimes the DJ or staff would ask my age and laugh. I recently found this relic, and although I usually stream radio over the WWW now, nothing can replace the delight of tuning static breaking open to a clear signal of music. I mostly listen to @nicharcourt on @885fmsocal and various @kexp DJs these days, keeping FM alive.
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We always have such a great time singing at Murphy’s Pub in Seattle, join us for a fun night this Friday! You may want to bring your dancing shoes, it’s a good spot to get loose and shake it a bit. 9PM, no cover, 21+. @murphyspubseattle
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The committee has concluded there was no way to emotionally plan for the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Petty, all in such a short timespan. Please grieve at will. The committee also found ‘Purple Rain’ on a vinyl single.
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I performed two shows yesterday, this photo is at the second one w/Oliver on drums, Tracyton Public House, a night of live tunes and cool people. Thank you very much to everyone who came out and made it a very fun and special night! @tracytonpublichouse And thank you @homebaseseattle for the photo!
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