Monday, December 18, 2006

that's it

"if you can sing what's in your heart and keep time... that's it."

ray charles

Friday, December 01, 2006

snow girl

staying inside forever

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


"A musical profit can put you way ahead of a financial loss."
Duke Ellington on why he payed musicians well

Sunday, October 29, 2006


a MUZAK version of Jay-Z's "H to the Izzo????" WHEN WILL THE ATROCITY OF SMOOTH JAZZ END?

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Things should be changing."

"if Jesus is just here to help me cope, there are plenty of alternatives."

from The Ink

Listening: Disintegration (The Cure)

Friday, October 06, 2006

when you're really into it

I was telling my brother that I caught myself making my first "guitar face" yesterday...

and he said,
"Have you drooled yet?"

Obviously, I have a long way to go...

Monday, October 02, 2006

blessed riddance

"When we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves - blessed riddance."

Aiden W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Predict the Future

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." Alan Kay

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I see you in me.

"The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates."

Vincent Van Gogh


a bit about the James Taylor concert (i can't even tell you what a slammin' band he had exept to say "steve gadd on drums and michael landau on guitar") in the "Take 5" section of the Peoria Journal Star newspaper:
4. The crowd's most die-hard fan undoubtedly was Denise Kinman of the Mississippi River town of Hamilton. Kinman, 54, drove more than two hours to see her first concert by Taylor. She almost didn't make it, as she just completed her second round of chemotherapy for colorectal cancer. But her son Travis Surprenant, who lives in Washington, cajoled her into making the trek.
"He said you haven't been out in a while," Kinman said.
And it might be her last concert for now.
"It's spread to my lungs and my liver," she said, "so I don't have a lot of opportunities like this left.
"Live one day at a time."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


I love it when Adam Gerik takes my picture.
This one was taken, quite appropriately, where I wrote "Rooftops."

Monday, August 21, 2006

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Ink

I've been a fan of The Ink for a long time. So, now I have two reasons to share it with you:

1) Thought-provoking, beautifully written monologue about life and faith
2) Shameless self-promotion

... and John gets a shout-out, too!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Nails in My Feet

"Your skin is like water on a burning beach."

Neil Finn, Nails in My Feet

I slept with Brad Pitt

in my dream last night...

and then we went on a talk show to tell the world.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

it was 6:30

in the past month, i've been to oklahoma city, new york city, and petoskey, michigan. of all the people i know and love in these places, no one makes me laugh more than my brothers. (take the death chat, for example.)

in michigan, Jack (the 6 year old) woke me up painfully early. when i asked him what time it was, he replied, "7:80."

"7:80?" i said. "come back at 9."

he ran downstairs and told my dad to wake me up at 8.

i think 6 year old boys are so loosely acquainted with reality that only their imaginations exist.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

It's hard to be so far away.

Clifford Antone, 1949-2006

"I feel like the heart of Austin music has been ripped out."
Drummer Chris Layton

"He loved the music so much. Like nobody else I've ever known."
Singer Delbert McClinton

Listen to KUT's recent programming celebrating Clifford's life and influence on the Austin music scene.

(...and get your funky freaky dance on with Maceo Parker at Antone's June 9th and 10th!)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

A little brotherly death dialogue

Starring my brothers John (24) and Jack (6)

Jack: When you die, can we bury you in the backyard?
John: I think there are laws against that.
Jack: How come?
John: I think for sanitation purposes. I think I’d like to be cremated.
Jack: What’s cremated?
John: That’s where they burn your body and dump the ashes someplace. It’s a little bit easier and less expensive.
Jack: Can we dump your ashes in the backyard?
John: There might be laws against that, too.
Jack: When I die, I wanna be nailed to something.
John: Nailed to something?
Jack: Yeah, you know, like a cross…
John: You want to be nailed to a cross AFTER you’re dead?
Jack: Yeah.
John: I’m quite sure there are laws against that.
Jack: Well, maybe they could just make a cross out of something and put it on my grave.
John: Yeah, that’s a little more common.
Jack: Having a cross on your grave means you mean more to Jesus.

(long pause)

Jack: So… you should probably find a girlfriend.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Beatle Bob

Check out this great documentary teaser about music icon Beatle Bob. All the footage features Austin venues and musicians, along with national acts in town for SXSW.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


I live in a small city where there is very little original live music, certainly none above the radar; where the lone music magazine reviews cover bands; where touring acts can’t make money unless they can sell out the arena. Knowing this, Kirk Franklin came to Peoria. His new album, Hero, is a bold statement of faith, honesty in life’s trials, and solid, creative musicianship. It is a tight, soul-baring gospel record. Kirk and his band consciously decided to bring their tour into money-losing markets like Peoria BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. Not just about Christ, but also about the value of music and art in a community that needs inspiration.

The Civic Center arena “end stage” was half full at best and the sound quality was terrible everywhere. Why doesn’t Peoria have a venue appropriate to making a profit fostering lesser-known talent and a discerning audience?

Thursday, May 18, 2006


the mess in my room
is the mess in my head
in clothes

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

When you're on fire...

"When you're on fire, people will get out of your way"

Richard Pryor

Monday, May 15, 2006

Let yourself shine

...even if it leaves some people blinded.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Saturday's Scorpio Full Moon

a few words from North-Node:
Scorpio is penetrating, intuitive, sexy, and very, very deep. Even obsessive. It’s the energy of life and death, energy that can heal or destroy. It’s a great Moon for healing, for tearing things down, clearing things out.

Scorpio likes control. So during this Moon, you may become aware of aspects of your life that are beyond your capacity to control. Perhaps something that has shielded from feeling some weakness or vulnerability, your shadow side. Oddly enough, it’s these shadows that we really need to face and embrace in order move beyond them and to live up to our potential.

When things get revved up, hold onto your awareness of the hurricane, and stay in the eye!

Monday, May 08, 2006

like wine through water

I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
Emily Bronte

Friday, May 05, 2006

and on that farm he had some

if i had a clothing line, i'd call it Erin Ivey: Erin Ivey Originals. or EIEIO.

'cause LAMB seems to be working fine for Gwen Stefani...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Greem: use it, love it

my sister megan (4) and i created a new word this weekend.


it's what allows you to fly in dreams and can sometimes come in the form of a medallion.

use it with aplomb. love it like it's real.

Monday, April 24, 2006

"...during the time of your stay on earth."

This is from a tiny cemetary in Mossville, Illinois. The graves are from the mid-1800's and most are children. People live so much longer now. Do we still count the days?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

28 and Other News

Thank you for the cards and flowers. A full recovery is expected for my little PowerBook after its recent brush with death. While it was teetering precariously between two worlds, I moved on... finding solace in a guitar effects processor for my birthday (28. finally!) and checking out amps that are way out of my league. It opened up a whole new and exciting world of things to break. I'll post new songs from my recent midlife crisis on as soon as I can get them recorded on my trusty PowerBook.

Friday, April 14, 2006


i have this site bookmarked and look at it when i need inspiration. thought i'd stop hogging it and share...

Monday, April 03, 2006


i am most afraid
of a cryptic abandonment
a note by the door
a cookie jar with your hand in it

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Kicked in the Head

i came home with a headache today and that was BEFORE i got kicked in the head. but, let me explain...

i was helping a neighbor, let's call him Mark Bucheit, move a box spring into the basement of our lovely house. said box spring somehow made it halfway downstairs, but would not go any farther. we resolved to put it outside, but then we couldn't extract it from the stairwell, so it was stuck, and we were stuck. i rested my head against a board on the bottom of the box spring as Mark, on the other side, decided it would be best to break that board (for easier box spring portability) by kicking it as hard as he could.

this sort of thing happens to me inordinantly more than to my friends. couldn't i have been thrown from a gilded merry-go-round or fallen off a ski lift in switzerland or something instead?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Everything Is Breaking (haiku)

the microphone stand
oh please not the powerbook
and my headphones too?

i'm back to recording onto cassette tapes after all.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

An Edict Against Smooth Jazz

Would someone please tell me why this dreadful phenomenon of "smooth jazz" keeps invading my life in places where I can't turn it off? I hereby institute a Smooth Jazz Free Zone within a mile radius of my body at all times. Seriously.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


"There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self. Uniform development exists, at most, only at the beginning; later everything points toward the center."
Carl Jung

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Why do today...

It's National Procrastination Week. I feel so honored.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

more music lab

In Chicago, Paul and I worked on dueling improvements to Gone and I liked his track about a billion times better, it actually made my jaw drop, so I scrapped mine and set up recording gear in the basketball court. The first soundcheck is available on my website. For that take there were two mics set up at one end of the court opposite me. The reverb is crazy. Later Paul added a third mic for a closer sound.

I stayed at the freaky R. Kelly house to work on tracks for Dallas through Wednesday and Thursday nights. It had a shower that sprayed sideways from the wall out of six heads and built-in stereos everywhere. All the windows and skylights had remote control shades. There was an XLR input jack built into the wall of the basketball court, but I couldn’t make it work. It also had a terrible creepy feeling about it. I should have worked on Take the One there, since it’s got that Addams Family thing going on.

Thursday night we went to see Scouts Honor, but got there as they were finishing the last song, I am the Dust, which is my new favorite, so at least I heard that much.

By Saturday night I was really tired. I packed up my stuff and retired to a restless night of drinking wine and taking pictures in the hotel room, which reminded me of somewhere Charles Bukowski would stay, with sirens and strippers milling around.

I saw the Mary J. Blige video for Be Without You, which was beautiful, so I bought the album today. It is so tight. She is amazing.

Many thanks to the phenomenal DJ Kali, for playing me records and loaning a computer monitor to my cause! To Paul, Craig, Lorin, David, and Dave, who made this a great learning experience on a lot of levels. To Cassie, Darren, Koko, Nico, Jaime, Mark, everybody there was so talented and motivated. I can’t wait to see and hear what you do in the future!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Music Lab

After two days of getting reacquainted with each other and my recording gear, Paul Anthony and I drove to Chicago for the Red Bull Music Lab. We're in R. Kelly’s notorious former playpen, complete with a lap pool and basketball court (both indoor). When I answered the door, the pizza delivery guy told me he liked my house.

In Peoria, Paul and I started recording guitar and vocals for a song called Dallas (one of my Air Guitar Championship-winning brother’s favorites). We recorded in the tower, then in the dining room, which had a great reverb off of vaulted ceilings and slate floors. I recorded a couple of vocal takes sitting on the floor wrapped completely under a blanket and we’ll track in the basketball court here, too… I've started working again with the Music Lab track I made last year in Dallas (Gone), to clean it up and get it arranged better. I’d like to finish tracking for a third song by the end of this week, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll put pictures up as soon as I can.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Air Guitar Championships

My brother John is competing in the Austin Air Guitar Championships on Tuesday. Go support him if you can!!!

Check out the video on the Alamo Drafthouse site.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Study in Separation

see the Present like a memory
and hold it just as delicately

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

tiais tislts eoic ambtm

there is an infinite sadness
that i so long to see
emblazoned on indestructible conviction
and mirrored back to me

Sunday, February 19, 2006


Sound attaches itself to experiences. Like Proust’s madeleine. Music is tainted and infused. Never the same for anyone.