Here it is! My first real showcase with my good friends Christina Nelson and Aaron Jernigan of Rowdy Love! I'm super excited to officially share what I've been working on! Pertinent info is on the promo poster. I'll be giving away free downloads of the Shaken single to everyone in attendance! Hope to see you there!
Friday, April 14th - Opening for The Town Pants at Maui Coffee Attic. 59 Kanoa St, Wailuku, Hawaii 9679
show starts at 7pm - 10$ cover
Friday, May 5th - Mana'o Radio with Bill Best
91.7 FM or Mana'o Radio online
Sunday, May 7th - Upcountry Acoustic Sunday at Casanovas, corner of Makawao Ave. and Baldwin ave., Makawao, HI. also live on Mana'o Radio 91.7FM
2pm to 5p
Saturday, May 20th - Rowdy Love meets Mysteray at Maui Coffee Attic 59 Kanoa St, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793 (808) 250-9555 for reservations!
Show Starts 7pm - 10$ cover
They say, "life is all about the journey," and this small chapter of my journey has been the most important part in my saga of becoming a musician.
I just had the first listen to the my songs "Shaken" and "Save a Life" after initial mixing, and I'm super excited, relieved, and focused having heard and been in approval of the first mix. That is to say, "we're almost there!!!"
I can't wait to share them - the culmination of so much of my life. I'm nowhere near done, though. An artist work is never finished, they simply just stop working on the piece. So, while I've created the best representation of these songs to date, I'm still developing and improvising them for live performance. Also, I'm already looking forward to the next recording project. So many songs that my band and my friends have come to love are yet to be started!
I am truly greatful for everything and everyone that has brought me to this point, and I hope all of you will be there when I officially drop the Single to listen to what youve helped create.
It wont be long now, thanks to those who are with me already!
What's your nightmare?
Last night, my daughter woke up screaming about a bug. "aahhheeeee! there's a bug, a bug!" we live in Hawaii, so my first instinct was to check for a centipede, which tends to be the culprit when one is sleeping in one's bed. I popped up, grabbed her up and started tearing the bed apart to find what had terrorized her so much.
I didn't find anything, and as the search died down, my questions to her regarding the nature of her attacker began to make her embarrassed. It seemed more and more like she had experienced a nightmare, and the midnite creeper wasn't real.
It immediately caused me to reflect on nightmares in general. Kana'loa's blood curdling scream led me to puzzle at the extremity of her experience. What kind of beasty could have caused such a terrible response? What had she seen or experienced in waking life that could have caused such a manifestation in her dream world?
I can only wonder and try to relate. As a 3 year old going on 4, she is starting to develop fears about her safety in the world. I asked myself, "what causes me to have a similar reaction?"
I'm no dream-journalist, but I have, over the years, noted certain patterns. I think what most of us fear is death, or more specifically, dying alone. How lucky my daughter is for worrying about "worms" as she suggested right after waking up into panic.
Nightmare generally describes dreams that cause such a reaction; terrifying events, beings, or ideas attack our consciousness. The full spectrum of emotion is available though. Dreams can make us feel sad, happy, disgusted, nervous, sensual... anything.
Typical "nightmare content" (at least what I would perceive as such) within my dreams doesn't in fact have that effect on me. I've dreamt I was being chased by murderous monstrosities, attacked by nasty beasties (such as my daughter), and even buried alive.. but awaking from all those dreams, usually finds me in a state of: discomfort, confusion, wonder (at my demented imagination)... many things, but not paralyzed with fear.
in fact, the last time I remember having a "nightmare" that caused that kind of reaction, I was probably close to my daughters age, and I was running around angel haunted house with scooby doo and shaggy... no joke.
I have, however, found a similar torment from a different kind of dream content. You wanna know what makes me wake up in a cold sweat, reaffirming my surroundings, wondering if I'll ever be the same?
Mononotony... The mundane, the adventureless life, the slave-worthy repetition.
It happens very clearly whenever I start a new job (which has been perhaps a higher than average number of times for me). I begin work, and after a few days of experiencing what delightful laboring I've gotten myself into, it happens.
I'm awoken in the middle of the night agonized by the smell of rotting greens (my job as a produce stocker), the hot, dark, greasy, deafening confines of an engine room, or the tedious rambling of a mower or weedwhacker in the hot sun.
It's the idea of those repetitive negative sensory devices that make me fear the next day the most.
I don't know if I'm alone on this or if I'm part of the crowd, but can anyone relate?
were we ever meant to have such simple, unidimensional lives?
What haunts your dreams?
Today, I'm celebrating completion of recording on my first single, "Shaken." mixing is underway and should wrap up quickly. Ill be announcing the official release date in the next few days! Im looking forward to going live tonite with my beat-master Jon (the detective) Coburn. yall should tune in and catch a sneak peak of some of the creations we'll be cranking live in the coming weeks! til then, back to your regularly scheduled surf sesh ;)
Howdy do to you, and you, and you!
Im still really terrible at using this blog thing. I want to start using the blog here to springboard to all my social media posts. lets see how that goes...
anywho! im playing regularly again! Im at Shearwater Tavern, Mauis newest and most kickass gastropub, located Azeca Marketplace in Kihei. Iplay Friday nights 5-7pm and Saturday Nightz 10 to midnite wiyh my man The Detective.
the final recording touches are happening for my single, "Shaken," and I'll be announcing the final release date in the next week or two
Saturday, November 12 I'll be playing at Nourish Cafe in Paia from 6-8pm!
It's a small step, but I'm getting back in the door of live performance and I'm looking forward to promoting my singles which are slowly coming to fruition. Six months since my last gig seems like a lifetime and while I'm feeling a little nervous, I also feel much more mature and capable having gotten so much experience last winter/spring.
Speaking of the singles.... We will be continuing to press on with recording this weekend! Hopefully, I can get a window for the release date within the next few weeks. My first professional recordings have been a slow, but very important experience, and I'm doing everything to make sure they are the best they can be!
If you're on Maui the 12th, come out for a fresh brewed Kombucha and a live show! I will be offering free (future) downloads of the upcoming singles release to those in attendance!