Perfectionism finally lost. Here, for your listening pleasure, is my brand-spanking-new “Start to Finish EP.” When people release an album or EP, they often say “I’m proud of this” or something in that vein. Instead of saying that, I’m going to say that “I’m proud I’m releasing this into the world.” The bigger challenge than creating something that I liked was saying to myself, “This is good enough to release into the world.” It’s annoying being a perfectionist, and although there will always be things that can be tweaked, “Done is better than good.”
Not that it’s not good. It’s pretty great.
I recently played at The Talking Stick in Venice, CA. All because of the most courteous geek-nerd-folk artist ever, Hello, The Future! If you like funny and poignant story-telling songs about Robots, Monkeys, Dinosaur Comics, Firefly, and so many other sundries that parallel our lives, I suggest you check out her stuff. She’s a great songwriter and a fantastic singer. So you’ve every reason to check out Hello, The Future!
Secondly, Jason Brain’s continued hosting a night of music, comedy, and poetry entitled Soapbox SWEET NOISE, and had me drop in and play one song as a guest.
Exciting freaking week!
This Saturday I had booked two shows— And to help me take on this Herculean task, I enlisted the assistance of Elizabeth Hayhurst. She’s an amazing pianist, and sings the hell out of any harmony. She crammed four song’s worth of practice into three rehearsals and even re-worked a couple songs, making them more sophisticated than I could have ever hoped for.
First show— The inaugural SWEET NOISE show. This show is organized and hosted by Jason Brain, the same awesome dude who brings you Soapbox Sessions open mike every week. Jason is an entertaining host, and great poet in his own right. And Sweet Noise will continue to showcase all sorts of awesome artists (musicians, poets, and comedians, all on one bill), once a month.
Second show— The Tomorrow Show! with Ron Lynch is a comedy-variety spectacular of bizarre proportions. Ron’s a very funny man, and also a very humble, gracious host. And he was nice enough to give Elizabeth and me the privilege of being the musicians who opened the show. Special thanks also to Jordan Mills, the most attentive audio mixer I’ve ever met. Probably attentive because he, too, is a singer/songwriter/musician.
Well, that as a lot of fun. Now, off to lazing around and drinking Mai-tais on the beach with Bono… As ya do…
First of all welcome! This is my new site. I know it’s not much, but trust me, it’s got great infrastructure. If you know what I mean.
I’ve been participating in Song Fu 2012, a year-long song-writing challenge hosted by ASiteCalledFred. Once a month, a celebrity gives a prompt, and then you have two weeks to write and post it for the world to enjoy. It used to be a competition, but it isn’t anymore. I missed January’s prompt, but hopped on board with the second challenge, and just posted the third yesterday. It’s a lot of fun, and I totally recommend that any of my fellow singer-songwriters go check it out here.
Prompt #3 came from Amanda Palmer:
“Write a song about the thing you lost that you know you’ll never get back. I’d recommend starting with an object & then possibly veering into the metaphysical. Any style you choose.”
And here’s what I wrote: