As someone who’s life has been dominated by familial, personal, and genetic mental-emotional health problems, music has always been my greatest comfort, my favorite therapist, and my spiritual healer.
Great songs, by artists across all genres, are what have made my life livable. They stimulate my mind, relax my body, and lift my mood - even when they are sad or angry. Sometimes because they are sad or angry.
Writing my own songs is what I do to to stay sane, release some of my emotional burdens, and connect with the mysterious forces of the universe that are so much bigger than me and my personal struggles.
So I offer my songs to you, in case you need songs like I do. I hope that they may be a comfort to you, help you to feel seen or understood, inspire you in some way, or be the soundtrack to your daydreams.
I share my songs so that we might meet in a space of our shared humanity, where the judgments, constraints, and pressures of our external lives do not define us.
My songs aren’t for everyone, maybe some are just for me, but I share them because they might be for you, too. More…
It’s been a long, curvy journey from Megiddo to here, go back in time and come along for the ride
1. Write great songs. Write every day. Set a schedule, you just need to get organized. Make sure your songs are unique. Speak your truth. Be original. But also, be relatable. Remember, you’re building your brand, so be consistent and recognizable. Stay in your style and genre. But don’t be predictable and boring. Challenge yourself!
Today I added ‘Til It Lasts’ as my Streaming Song Of The Moment. It’s the closing track on my last album Family Ghost (with The Secret Storm) and one of my favorites from that record. For some reason it pops into my head a lot
I was in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA on August 12th 2017, the weekend of the deadly 'Unite the Right' neo-Nazi 'rally'. Really, it was an orchestrated, pre-meditated street-battle attack, not a 'rally'…
I moved to LA about three months ago. It was very sudden, a leap, almost into the unknown. I have always been prone to grand sudden changes, and sometimes in the past, when I was younger and unhappier, they would be destructive.
Recorded in 2003 in Lucknow, India, these recordings were intended to be a tool to network and begin the path towards my 2006 album "Choreography". But I later found out that many people considered The Lucknow Demos to be an album of it's own, one that they loved and would pass around to their friends.
I was a teenager living in Charlottesville Virginia when I wrote the songs on Megiddo. Writing a song was like a magical therapy session for me (it still is). I was what they called an ‘at-risk’ teen, and it often felt like music saved me. From myself.
I've written quite a few songs with lyrics that sound like they are about/for a romantic interest, partner, or lover, but actually aren't. Some of them are about non-romantic personal relationships, like with family members, but in many of them, the "you" is a feeling, a concept, or another side of myself.
This was me late Saturday night after our IX show. Yes, I had been reeeally sick Thursday into Friday morning, but perked up enough by Saturday to play the show. #FreeFall is a relatively big show for me, an outdoor venue that usually draws about a thousand people.
I'm thinking today about the song 'Solipsist' from my 2006 album 'Choreography', and what a long evolution it had to become what it is on the album. I wrote it in the first year that I was studying dance at VCU (2001), on guitar, …