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My Dream of Forming a Punk Rock Amy Grant Cover Band May Be A Reality Soon

Those of you who have known me for a long time know what high regard I keep Amy Grant in as a songwriter. I understand the irony of this on every level, but she has written a ton of great pop songs. Ever since the 90's I've wanted to do punk rock covers of some of her non-secular crossover tracks. I'd forgotten all about this idea until the other day when I sort of needed to form a band to play a party and wasn't in love with any of the ideas I was having. I looked over at my bookshelf and saw the "Heart In Motion" songbook and remembered this idea.

I've recorded this cover of "Baby Baby" as a proof of concept to see if the idea could work, and I'm reasonably certain it can. I've discovered I'm fairly uncomfortable singing a lot of the lyrics, and I'm sure that comes across somehow. In other words that's right where I should be, doing something different that makes me a little uncomfortable.

I don't want to ruin anything…
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How The Hot Wings Cafe Changed The Way I Saw Los Angeles

I was sitting in a theater down the street from my house watching the most unbearably awful one-person show I've ever seen. The person on stage was making eye contact with each audience member. I wanted to die.

After I walked out of the theater I wanted to run down the street screaming. I'm not a big drinker but I needed alcohol, any kind of alcohol, immediately.

A brief search of yelp for a restaurant that had alcohol and was open sent me to the Hot Wings Cafe on Melrose Avenue.

It's a fairly nondescript location that I'd passed by countless times and barely noticed. I took an Uber to the restaurant, sat down, and within five minutes was looking at this very average tray of chicken wings.

What quickly became remarkable was how average and normal everything was. The interior, the customers, the staff, the food, the prices. I completely forgot I was in Hollywood and it was strangely comforting. I could have been right back in New York for all I knew. I took an Uber home…

New Song "Text Me Back"

I was at a bar with Austin (the drummer from The Agoura Hills PTA) and he was waiting for a boy he liked to text him back. At the time I was waiting for a girl I liked to text me back as well but I didn't tell him that. Eventually we both got our texts. Eventually they both had the same outcomes. I think it's a fairly universal feeling when you like someone and they take hours (or days) to respond to your texts. You can't tell if they're intentionally waiting a long time to reply because they don't want to seem too eager or if they're just not into you. Anyway the song is here.

"Lit Fuse" is out today!

Crowdsourced almost entirely on Facebook and by text, "Lit Fuse" was created in around ten days to serve as material for a last-minute DJ gig. Even the title and DJ names were taken from Facebook comments. Almost half of my mailing list appears on the album in some way. Perfect for those imaginary summer rooftop parties that most of us have never gone to!

Listen now: 
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The Making Of "How To Be A Rock Star"

I've written a thorough technical outline of the show, how everything was done, why everything was done, and how it all worked out in the end.

You can read about it here.

Thanks to everyone who showed up and played along.

There's one performance left and then it all goes away.

I'm publishing the article now just in case you saw the show, read the article, and wanted to see it one last time. I've been there a million times myself, so I'm putting that out there to the handful of you who may find yourself in that situation.

"You learn by copying."
 - Philip Glass

Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019

After all these months of planning, writing, rehearsing, researching, designing, and lots of other keywords it's finally time to present my show "How To Be A Rock Star" at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Today I passed by The Complex Theater in Hollywood and saw my banner on the marquee. It's only 1/3rd of the marquee but it's my first-ever marquee so I have to admit I got a little excited about it. I've been kind of down on the whole Hollywood Fringe Festival thing lately and I'll write about that more later, but seeing that marquee really did make me excited for a minute.

I have been really wiped out from all the promotion lately and realized today that I don't have nearly enough postcards to get through this festival. In the videos I watched they said 1000 was a good number, I'd made 500 originally, ran out, ordered another 500, and am almost out. I had to order an additional 1000 today with rush delive…

Apparently My EDM Career Lasted Longer Than Expected

I wrote an article for Medium about "Lit Fuse" my new EDM album and you can read it here.

You can also stream an advance copy of the album here.