How To Host A House Concert: A Brief Look

I'm in a season of working to get the word out, educate and build a network of friends and fans and friends of fans (and friends of fans' friends friends... wait, what?) who are wiling to host a house concert…

make YOUR art. bust those ghosts.

In three weeks, my nephew Elijah will be 10 years old. He is a ghostbuster. Nevermind that he couldn't find a proton pack; he came up with the plans to build his own (which, actually, Uncle Jeff mostly built himself…

Let the Light In

Yesterday was difficult. The day was sunny and crisp, just like an Autumn day should be. The sky was blue and the leaves are bursting into color. The zinnias are still blooming because they can survive in the in-between, still…

Do you want to write?

If you want to write then guess what? You have to write. You have to pick up a pencil, open your laptop, silence your cellphone, park your butt in a chair, do whatever it takes to get yourself there. And…

Criticism and Competition: The "Why" of It All

Over the last several days, I've not been conscious of my "no criticism" challenge. Not surprisingly this struck me last night while I was criticizing something (though Jeff told me he thought it was more of a constructive criticism conversation…

Criticism and Gardening: Keeping My Mouth Shut

At just a little over 24 hours into the no-criticism challenge, I met a friend and colleague for lunch. Not 15 minutes into our time together, I found myself sharply inhaling to keep from making a critical remark: "Ugh, he…

A Poem: People Say

People say, get a real job.
People say, how does that pay?
People say, get your head out of the clouds.
People say.

People say, what's your goal?
People say, you should go on The Voice!
People say, all sorts…

2016 and The Kind of Musician I Want To Be

The year 2016 has been a year of firsts. Okay, it's also been a year of seconds (I released my 2nd album in April), but in some memorable ways, a year of firsts. The most memorable is that I went…

#Memphis2Maine: The "Why" (and the Halfway)

Why is there so much color - and I mean rich, deep color - right in front of our often cloudy-visioned eyes? If our lives and bodies were only good for work and usefulness and producing goods, then why the…

#Memphis2Maine: And so it begins.

Tonight, I'm sitting in the living room of a beautiful, quiet home in Knoxville, TN, my first stop on this tour from Memphis to Maine. I'm en route to my first house concert of the tour which happens tomorrow night…