Music: Your Best Friend

When you get a piece of really bad news, get your heart broken, are sick, or someone you love dies, do you pick up the phone? Or do you turn off the phone and turn to music? 

When I'm down…

Quality vs. Quantity and Being Present

I am home from a whirlwind trip, one in which I tried to fit a month's worth of sights into a few days. When I have time off, it seems that I try to always do way too much. In…

Creating a Time Capsule

A familiar smell can bring back forgotten memories with remarkable clarity. For me, listening to a song I have written long ago somehow takes me back to the moment it was written, with all the thoughts and feelings that went…

Singing When You're Sick

Many singers I know (including me) can actually enjoying singing while they're sick. Even though talking is nearly impossible through all the sniffling, sneezing, and other unpleasantries, something about singing itself seems to sometimes help. Maybe it's all that extra…

The Never-Ending Balancing Act

We'd all like to have all the time in the world to make music — after all, that's what we came to this planet to do. But life often throws a wrench into our best-laid plans — a child gets…

Playing "Out"

One of the coolest things I own is a Martin Backpacker guitar, which comes with me on many an outing. It's a tiny, light version of the original, and when you sling it over your back, it's virtually weightless, allowing…

The Youngest Listener

I was featured on WMPG's Podcast Open Mic recently, which was a lot of fun. When your music is played on the radio, you never know who will be listening, or what their opinion of your music will be. But…

The Sound of the Road

Some people seem to always have to be listening to music, from the time they wake up to the time they go to sleep. 

A friend asked me recently what my favorite thing to listen to while driving was. My…

The Breeze or the Storm?

As the remnants of Hurricane Isaias blusters through, I feel fascinated by its dark power. Its forces, which overturned cars just a few states away, is now but a pleasant, blustery breeze, a welcome change in our days of constant…

The Future of Indy Music

As many of us are trapped in our homes for the forseeable future, I have to wonder: Where do we go from here? 

I think fondly back to the now-bygone days open mics. They were usually in some dark bar…