What can I say? I’ve been away.
Here’s some new stuff to say I’m sorry …
VIDEO: “Leavin” produced by Daniel Myers. I hope you enjoy it. Rainer and The Wookie (my van) both make cameos.
TRACK: A little hip-hop collabo with Dutch group, L4.
I met up with their producer and mc, DNA, one night when I was in Holland over Christmas in ‘09 and we worked on this track the following day. A year or so later, L4 released it into the wild. DNA, aka Arturo, is a friend of mine from my high school years over there, and I’m real proud of what he’s accomplished in music. Check out a couple of their music vids sometime. Here’s my fave.
Over the last few months in Austin, I’ve been working as a luthier apprentice at Collings Guitars. I started out making the bridges and pickguards, and am now setting necks into bodies. These guitars — acoustic and electric as well as mandolins and ukeleles — are truly top-of-the-line works of art/craftsmanship… so it’s been real nice having a hand it that. Couldn’t have asked for a better job to get off the ground here.
Same can be said for where I’ve been staying, just south of the city and walking distance from the creek greenbelt, Barton Springs and Zilker Park (home of Austin City Limits Fest). The room I’m renting is in a great old house (with a nice big backyard for Rainer) with a few other cool 20-somethings. Nice wood and tile floors, stonework, and dozens of mirrors (including fully mirrored kitchen cabinets/cupboards… a mirror maze, if you will) have provided a great background aesthetic for the fun times and fires we’ve had in just a few short months. And DJG’s art hanging up all over the place. Got these two in the corner by the sliding door.
Austin has been very good to me.
But I’ve decided to pick up and move again.
In a couple weeks, I’ll be headed to Kansas City to visit friends and then will be caravanning out west with a few others to start an intentional, off-grid community. We’re all excited and envigorated by the prospects and looking forward to beginning that type of life.
What this means for my music is that I’m working to have more freedom to write, play and record. One of the lessons I’ve learned in Austin is that living in/around nature is good for my well-being and creativity. So, I guess that theory will be tested by what I release next. The pressure’s on now!
Here are the lyrics for one I’ve been working on:
You’re taking all my precious time
And leaving me with nothing I can shine
A lease on life will pay my way
Robbed blind by an eye in the interest of another day
This is what it’s coming to
It’s the same thing everyday
A ball and chain gang we live in society
When paper money from a tree
Ain’t much more than the sawdust it used to be
This is what it’s coming to
And I say that it’s not gonna be easy
And you know that it’s never gonna be
But I can’t shake my love for the rush or the feeling
Before I go so low and get high and mighty free
It’s Saturday. Time to go play.
Soundtrack for the Day: Into The Wild!
peace to you.