Tuesday, December 20, 2005

i'm only half listening

i got hand-me-down floor speakers from brad 2 years ago. i love these speakers. i think they sound great. they're like the ones my folks had when i was growing up singing along to the flashdance soundtrack and pretending to be irene cara live in concert every night in the living room. all the connections on the back of one of the speakers got ripped out during the move, so for a month i've been listening to music completely panned to one side. at the same time i'm learning how to record with Logic Express software and getting really interested in how songs are mixed- what goes where in a sonic landscape- and how our ears perceive it. this month has given me a completely different perspective on records i'd heard a billion times before. brad talked about having "big ears" for listening. i think mine are growing and i would definitely recommend half listening for a while...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

my eyeball is not a happy camper

i went back up to my apartment twice for things i had forgotten. i took wrong turns both going to and coming home from work. i didn't have my access badge. i dropped a fruit cup on the ground and it exploded. i broke a string on my guitar and the replacement string assaulted my left eyeball. i didn't know eyeballs could bleed like that. today wasn't all bad, though. i got the skeleton of a new song recorded, got a massage, watched the tribalistas dvd, and took two long baths. when the day starts at 6:42am, one has all sorts of time. and i'd rather be half blind than half deaf, given the choice.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Search

"The search for wholeness is counterintuitive and requires us to let go of what we so long to take hold of..."

-Erwin McManus

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

grown up life

"easy doesn't enter in to grown up life
to get anything of value, you have to sacrifice"

The Weather Man

Monday, November 28, 2005

at my funeral

Berliner Messe: I. Kyrie please play this

Berliner Messe: I. Kyrie
Berliner Messe: VIII. Agnus Dei
from Arvo Pärt's composition I Am the True Vine

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Singing in the dead of night

I have fallen in love with a song I never meant to listen to. I am on the edge of an empty page, in a cold, dark place. I understand broken wings and my hands are full of broken things. Learn to see. Learn to fly. I’ve always been waiting for this moment to arrive.

Monday, November 21, 2005

my new sport

in several cities
and all over town
dining alone
party of one

        -- a violently windy atlanta, ga

Friday, November 18, 2005

all i really need (waiting for a moving van)

5 blankets
2 pillows
2 laptops
2 guitars
1 mandolin
4 books
some clothes and toiletries
1 towel
2 plastic cups
a plastic spoon
Martha Wainwright's debut album
a karaoke machine

they say they'll be here on saturday, but that's what they said about wednesday and friday...

Saturday, October 22, 2005


touring with Aimee Mann

played at Hogg Auditorium (University of Texas) where a musician must transcend the reality of the terrible sound there to capture their audience

just a boy and his guitar gave me goosebumps all the way through


Sunday, October 09, 2005


Jimmy Scott Love: when a hole is cut from the skin on your chest directly to your heart and love pours out incessantly

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Life is a Festival

What do you get when you put people, music, and dust together in 108-degree heat? The Austin City Limits Festival. There’s something totally disgusting about black snot after a day of baking in the sun, but I got a free ticket for Sunday (thank you Sabrina!), so I went to see the St. James Band (the fabulous Brad Gilley on drums), Ruthie Foster (clear, soulful voice and strong presence), and The Decemberists.

The Decemberists began just as I finished a strawberry snow cone- perfect timing. From what I can remember, they played The Sporting Life, 16 Military Wives, Youth and Beauty Brigade, Red Right Ankle, and The Chimbley Sweep (not a typo). They had us all wrapped around their maritime-story-telling finger. At one point, lead singer Colin Meloy conducted the entire audience to crouch down and not make a sound. At another, Chris Funk (guitar, mandolin, keyboard) brought out a huge cardboard “whale jaw” – it was like something from a bad elementary school play – that was our signal to make noises like we were being eaten by a whale. I must admit, we did a good job. The Decemberists are worth suffering black snot. You can quote me on that.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

My Guilty Pleasure

Sure, it's trite radio pop, but it's trite radio pop en espagnol! Since I only know corazon, amor, and bailar in Spanish, the lyrics are always just right. I'm able to pick out voices a little, like in a duet that Nelly Furtado sings about "fotografia" with Columbian hottie Juanes. See, I'm already adding new words to my floundering vocabulary, but I still have no idea what they're talking about. Sometimes I think they're taking pictures of each other because they're so in love. Other times they just can't stop dwelling on the past looking at those tired pictures. They must play that song 187 times a day, so I've got time to get it figured out.

My recommendation? 104.9 FM - Pop en Espagnol


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Friday, September 16, 2005

love at first listen...

i took a walk downtown today. a pretty lady in a car waved me across a driveway. it was patty griffin. i could have scooped my heart out right there and given it to her.

Monday, September 12, 2005

It Was THAT Good

Last night I left the club and my legs were shaking. It was THAT good. I went out on a school night to check out Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at The Parish on 6th Street. This was the funkiest thing I've seen in Austin in a long time.

Sharon and the band blew the roof off of her own tunes, like "How Do I Let a Good Man Down", "Your Thing Is a Drag", and "How Long Do I Have to Wait for You". They played "This Land Is Your Land" and "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" (released this time last year). She danced out her interpretation of how the movements of Africans and Native Americans mixed together to become moving to Gospel music. Sharon Jones bled her heart out to us from the moment she stepped onstage until after her encore was over. During the encore, she did dances from the 60's. At 49 years old, this woman hiked up her thigh-high dress and tore up the stage. Find out if she's coming to your town and GO!
In a desert of computerized over-produced faux-R&B, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ "Naturally" is a cool glass of water for anyone thirsty for Real Soul and Funk Music. On this, their sophomore release on Brooklyn’s own independent Daptone Records, they have succeeded in transcending the boundaries of time to bring us face to face with the naked body of vintage Soul. Link to it.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Most Downloaded Song

My track from the Dallas Music Labs is the most downloaded song on Austin Online Music. That rocks.

YOU... who bookmarked the page, you who downloaded the song, you who send me encouragement, you who are reading this right now, thank YOU. You are making this a wonderful and fulfilling experience for me. I hope the journey and the music will be even slightly as fulfilling for you. Once we get this thing off the ground it will help so many others, too. See some of what you are affecting at this site.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Featured Song

Hey there! I just found out that the early version of Gone is a Featured Song at Austin Online Music. Considering it's the only track I've submitted, my numbers are good! They've recognized me as a Founding Artist, too, which sounds very official. I'll take it.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Rundown on What I'm Up To

Writing- about breaking up, about making space, about holding my tongue, about letting it all out, about jumping in with both feet

Recording - figuring it out, trying not to rush, learning what i’m good at and how to let others do the rest better than i ever could

Biz plan- researching market data, developing weird promotional concepts through word association, absorbing advice, finally- a constructive obsession

Prayer- trading ambition for humility, i can’t do this alone, it’s not about me, is this really where i’m going? thank you thank you thank you

Thursday, August 25, 2005

My First Time

Yes, it's true, after many months of holding out on you, I'm finally joining the Blog Bandwagon.