It's been a little over a week since the release of "Runaway" and I can't thank you enough for your support of my music, We really had an amazing night at The Saint on March 23rd. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the guys who played alongside me for doing such a kickass job on short notice. I have a tendency to get things done last minute and these few can hang. Ro, Erik, Santo, Alex.... thank you guys. Couldn't have been what it was without your skills and great energy. Also special hugs for my two lady friends, Tara Dente and Pam Flores, who contributed their time and talents to make the evening a success. Having other strong and silly women in your life who can relate to the process is an unspeakable gift. Blessed by their friendship in my life!
Asbury Park! You're such a fun community. I love how the musicians in this town are all so active but find the time to come out and support the local scene. There's something so special about being near the ocean whilst still having this strong community energy here in town. There's nothing that beats the subtle acknowledgment and sigh from a fellow resident on a busy, summer day. We complain about the crowds, but we also know we always have the undercurrent that is alive and well to enjoy.
I am working on some new material and have a few new shows lined up on the books. I can't wait to share them with you and continue to do what I love. Thank you to Charlotte Nagy of Life of Yar for capturing the evening and sharing the photos below. May we all do what we love while we can. Life is too short to be anything but brave!
It's always interesting to see how long I have taken to write another post on here. Needless to say lots has happened in the time since I wrote last. For one, I am currently working on a new EP at Chapel Hill Studios up in the woods of Northern Jersey. So far, has been a great experience with some guys who really believe in me... And I think whether we admit it or not, as artist, it really helps to work alongside others that compliment your talents and don't hold back an opportunity to share their gratitude. And it goes both ways...
I'm stoked about the three songs we've tracked so far. Its only been a few weeks since our initial meeting so things are rolling. Just last night after a full day in the studio, I was invited to play a show at my favorite local venue, The Saint, here in Asbury Park as an opening act for Linda Draper. Thanks for a great set, Linda! I'm glad my songs inspired you because the feeling is mutual! I also got to play with some talented and equally interesting ladies from the local scene. Was even able to get a show in the works... So stay tuned.
As for life, well, I always like to bare it all. I am working a bunch and trying to save up some money. I am heading back out to the farm in mid-September.. Currently debating just flying into San Fran or sticking to my initial plan of playing a few shows on a cross country road trip. I know which of the two sounds much more interesting... but many more obstacles to make that happen. For one, I've got to make sure the Camry is still kickin!
Otherwise, I feel myself growing into many areas other than simply music. My interest in the field of health, spirituality, education, and entrepreneurship has grown immensely over the last year. I want to be a multi-faceted individual with different areas of interest and income. I am starting to fully understand and appreciate the level of opportunity that living on the east coast brings. I do feel I belong in or nearby a major city at this point in time. I love tapping into the energy and riding the wave of productivity... And I appreciate the times that I've taken to myself that have further clarified this for me. Even with hard work, and even in places that others deem harsh or darwinistic, I know how to come home and get back to being me. And that's something I know I've worked hard for and appreciate. Hard work definitely promotes amazing self loving time. You deserve it.
In the next few months, I'm hoping to solidify this next album, start mapping out a plan of travel in the early months of 2017, make a business plan and execute a small business idea that involves one of a kind goods and designs, and hopefully launch a site that includes a more multi-faceted representation of my heart's desire. Examples might be recipes, herbal remedies and how to guides, music and jewelry and travel goods for sale, travel photos, and articles about anything and everything that is present in my heart and in my life's experience.
Always trying to stay outside of my comfort zone and continue growing on this journey. Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this and to tune in. All good things..
2015 has been one for the books. It's hard to look back and recall all of the things that have gone on in one year. I think the highlight would have to be having the opportunity to release my first, organized collection of music. Although I wouldn't regret a thing, I certainly learned so much in the process. I learned a lot about what goes into every detail, how to keep one foot in front of the other, but also what I can do differently next time around.
Honestly, It was such a joy for me to release Atlantic but I was surprised at the amount of sadness that came with it, too. You know, I had created that music in collaboration with those that profoundly impacted my artistry, and in many other ways, my entire life. When I had to go it alone, I think I was able to bury myself in the tangible workings of it all to deal with some of the loss I felt. I relied on my support system, old and new alike, to get from one step to another, and in hindsight it has awarded me a completed project that I am so proud of. On the other hand, it was truly time for me to allow myself to take a step back and really think over everything that has taken place. It took a lot of reflecting...
It's crazy to think that six months ago to the day, I released my first EP "Atlantic" and had the release show at The Saint in Asbury Park. Time flies.
Working on Atlantic was an incredible journey for me, one that wasn't always easy. I am so happy that I was able to achieve that goal of mine. To go ahead and get those four tracks together and arranged with my friends in spite of a lot of changes that were taking place in my life throughout its completion.
I learned so much about dedication, and in Asbury's absence, I have learned that nobody is going to take my music more seriously, and more to heart, than me myself. It brings out another level of focus to know what can be accomplished if you believe that something you have to say is worth being said and shared with others, but I now realize what it truly takes to make it all come together.
I look forward to sharing some of the new things I've been working on, but as of today, I am offering the Atlantic EP in its entirety for FREE on my band camp site. It's more important to me that my music hits the ears of others than anything else, so go ahead and click the link "Atlantic Download" to grab a copy. Thanks again.
This past Sunday, Phil and I took off on our cross country roadtrip with the ultimate destination of Eureka/Arcata California. Easy to say, we had the best time exploring new places together and Phil got the chance to visit some places he hadn't been in awhile.