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A LOVE LETTER TO WICHITA, KS

“Streets of Wichita” Dirt road to 27thA little small for my ageTrain tracks packing plantsA heart full of rageFinding some magicTo break a rusty cage In the streets of WichitaThe streets of… All these rusted memoriesFirst a hint, then a floodThese old ghosts of KansasRunning straight through my blood10 years crossing overGravel, steel, and mud In the streets of WichitaThe … Read More

STUDENT LOANS: Using a Resource vs Saddling Yourself with Debt

Kicking off an eight-week run down here in Texas today. If you are new to this blog, I’m a rock ’n’ roll musician, but I give about 70 to 80 speeches about financial literacy to schools around the US through a charity I helped found called Funding The Future. It’s an amazing and tireless group of people who genuinely care … Read More

THE NEGATIVE IS ALWAYS THERE

The negative is always there for us—always waiting and ready to become all-encompassing. The brave thing is to fight it and choose to be kind. We must be kind, even on our darkest days, otherwise, we are duplicating and celebrating those who were never kind to us. We are letting their poison move freely through the world. We must risk … Read More

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

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