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BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 17

(The best things I come across from books, music, and conversations) Blow up your TV. —John Prine  Success seems to larely be a matter of holding on after others have let go. —William Faulkner Silent and listen are same set of letters. Nelson Mandela’s birth name means “Troublemaker.” (Thanks, J D!) Respect will outlast cash. —K r s 1  You’d … Read More

ROAD STORIES: BILLY DRIVER AND THE IDAHO SWITCHBLADE

In 2010, we played at least one show in every state in the lower 48. Bowling alleys to bookstores, military bases to street corners. If there was a place to make music, we gave it all we had. We lost some money but made some incredible memories. Funny how that works, ain’t it? Many of the shows were incredible; many … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 16

(Fave things I come across from books, music, and conversations) We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. —Confucius A lazy man works twice as hard. Gently in manner, strongly in deed. —Eisenhower Life is leaning back in the chair and it’s about to fall. It’s almost always this way. —My wonderful neighbor … Read More

My Top 10 Desert Island Records

I have done a couple of blog posts about records I love, but these are the infinitely listenable ones in my collection. These are the ones that I can dip into anywhere, anytime and still find something new. They are complete records and work as a record but are also full of miracles and wonders on a song by song … Read More

THE BEGINNER’S MIND

(4 min read) “Don’t try so hard.” —Freddy Mercury “You don’t need anything outside of the work.” —David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish    “Hello there, Junior…. Here’s your first car—it’s a Boeing 747.” —Guitarist Paul Gilbert on giving a first-time guitar player pedals with 10,000 sounds So many of the great rock and soul records of the late 60’s sound … Read More

WANDERLUST AND HITTING THE OPEN ROAD

What is it about maps? I could look at them all day, earnestly studying the names of towns and villages I have never heard of and will never visit… I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city. —Bill Bryson A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and … Read More

LEARNING TO BE WHERE WE ARE AT

“What are transplants? People who leave where they were at and come to a new place and try to make it the same place.” —Yellowstone 4 min read Once I have had a couple of cups of coffee, my mind usually runs at a crazy rpm from sun up to sun down. It has taken me a very long time, … Read More

ON WORKING OUT: “SWEAT TODAY SO YOU DON’T REGRET TODAY”

“It takes relentless self discipline to schedule suffering into your day every day- but if you do you’ll find at the other end of that suffering is a whole other life just waiting for you” David Goggins I stole the tagline for this blog from Killer Mike. Sweat today so you don’t regret today. I gotta say it every time … Read More

15 SONGS THAT SERVE AS TIME TRAVEL

I just finished an amazing book called Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. He went from 300 pounds and spraying bugs at fast-food restaurants with Orkin to being a Navy SEAL and Army Ranger, running 60 ultramarathons, doing 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours, etc., etc. Insane proof of the mind over the body. One of his favorite and strongest weapons … Read More

ON SLEEPING: THE WOLF HOUR AND HOW TO BEAT IT

Brain at three a.m. … “I can see you’re trying to sleep, so I would like to offer you a selection of every memory, unresolved issue, or things you should have done and said in the past 40 years.” (meme) Sleep does pretty much everything you want in your life. Resets your heart and mind, locks in memories, good for … Read More

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