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TWO MAGIC WORDS: AIRPLANE MODE

“Don’t try so hard.” —Freddy Mercury I am writing this one from bed, sick for the first time in forever. Now, I can give you all the excuses for why I’m sick—just got off 10 weeks on the road (and luckily, my mind does a good job willing me not to get sick out there on the highways), major changes … Read More

TRAVELOGUE: A TYPICAL DAY/FL TO TN

Just wrapped week nine of 10 on the road down in Naples, Florida. Played four shows with our amazing sponsor and good friend Ilona Box of Church and Box/Raymond James. This last show of this week was at Lely High School, where some of the lighting in the auditorium is still out from last year’s hurricane. No matter, no mind—the … Read More

FIVE BOOKS FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS/ENTREPRENEURS

“The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.” —Hugh McCleod Several close friends of mine are talking about getting out of jobs they are unhappy with and getting closer to the life they imagined. I am also asked daily by students at the shows … Read More

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR ALL

It may seem strange that a rock ’n’ roll band is traveling the countryside, talking to kids about finance—but in my mind nothing is more rock ’n’ roll than the freedom to make your own decisions, follow your own path, and level the playing field for others who are working hard and putting their best foot forward. After making my … Read More

TRAVELOGUE—WAPSIE, IOWA

October 1, 2018, 11:30 p.m., Comfort Inn, Des Moines Hello, sports fans. Just took two flights from California to Iowa. Yellow cab to the motel here in Des Moines, where the band arrived a little earlier. Been a barn-burning last few days. Had some great meetings in LA, met some rock ’n’ roll avatars at Steve Vai’s charity jam for … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 10

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.) One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. —Friedrich Nietzsche (thanks, Pat Brown) Every day that you communicate from the heart, you have a chance to change the world. —Karl Staib The more they feed people popcorn, the more … Read More

ODE TO THE SUPER 8 MOTEL IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

Cities, and especially hotels, have their own energy built into them. We attach meaning and memory to everything we experience, and there are a few tour stops we have been back to so many times, they have taken on their own history and glow, regardless of how they might seem to an outsider. Fort Collins, Greybull, Casper, Cheyenne, Lawrence, Winter … Read More

TWO GUITARS AT THE SAME TIME

I’m asked almost every show, what is that weirdo see-through guitar on the stand? Well, it’s a Yamaha Silent Guitar. It’s a classical guitar with no body. The magic pickups under the strings allow it to resonate through the speakers without any sound coming from the actual body of the guitar. If it weren’t plugged in, you wouldn’t hear it … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART NINE

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)   How sad it is we give up on people who are just like us. —Fred Rogers Ensuring financial literacy and economic opportunity is the new civil rights issue for this generation. —John Hope Bryant A camel is a horse designed by committee. The universe is full of … Read More

BRICK BY BRICK: FIVE NONNEGOTIABLES

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” —Maria Edgeworth “You must be more interested in remaking yourself than breathing.” —Hero the Band I remember hearing my grandfather say a lot of old saws that I shook off as fluff when I was a kid. “Nothing is built in a … Read More

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