October 11th, 2011

Something New LIVE in Germany

This was the first show I’ve done in 3 yrs without my brother Steven. Needless to say I was anxious and practiced intensely, learning his parts as well as mine. My neighbor downstairs gave me a couple raps on the floor, during my 2 hour full voice and foot stomping practice sessions! Not only was I playing the show alone but the set was 1 1/2 hours long. I was pretty much playing everything I knew plus the new one’s we just wrote in the studio.

The good news is, I killed it! I played everything better than thought I would. I was locked into the moment. Bad news is, I completely bombed “Coming Down”, the song I’ve played most in the past 3 yrs. I know it backwards, forwards and any other direction, but I think I jinxed myself by telling the crowd how this was the first show without Steven in awhile. Oh well, Meagan said that most people there that didn’t know the song wouldn’t be able to tell. (I sang the whole song in a weird different key while playing all the right chords. I could NOT find the melody!) I’ll be glad to have Steven back on Nov. 3 at LAB in Asheville NC. (more show info)

In this live video I’m singing ‘Something New’ (I had just re-written new lyrics for the verses a week before and I was anxious to see how they communicated live before I went in the studio and re-recorded the vocals)

And lastly I’d like to thank Meagan and Gabi (our producer Nicolas’ wife) for the unintentional backing vocals!

October 4th, 2011

Back in the USSA!

Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee, it’s good to be back home
Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone
I’m back in the USSA
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the US
Back in the US
Back in the USSA
(lyrics from Beatles song “Back in the USSR”)

We landed in the states a few days ago and the jet lag has worn off just enough for me to write this blog. I’m not going to get into the “whole” story of our trip right now, because it’s a long one! Just know that the last 3 months went by in a blur. When I woke up here our first morning back it almost felt like it didn’t happen.

Steven and I loved being in Germany making the music that we were made to make. Our time there was amazing and inspiring but it had it’s difficult moments too. We’re going to try and tell you the whole story over the course of the next several blogs… because who has time to read long blog entries anyway, right?

Steven and I are finished with the recording/editing phase of the new album. We have not set a release date yet but if you really want to hear the new songs, we’ll be playing at LAB on Nov. 3 with Doc Aquatic, Winter Sounds and Rocketboys. It will be worth all 800 pennies! Click here for more details and RSVP/SHARE FACEBOOK event.

Now enough with that, let’s begin the tale of the two boys that went around the world to create sound…

It starts here, this is the first video we took in Germany. You can see the studio where we recorded the music and watch as we get things set up, and by “we” I mean Nicolas and Christian! This is where the story begins.

Talk soon.

September 8th, 2011

Right time for an out-of-tune guitar

As some of you may have heard or read on our blog, Steven went back to the States a few weeks ago to adopt a baby girl with his wife Jen. Funny how plans of dreams and dreams of plans get all intertwined. Steven and Jen are now parents of a beautiful petite baby girl named Emma Grace. She glows and I’ve only been able to see her through video skype, I can’t imagine her in real life!

This video was taken while recording “Start Again”, a song that Steven and I wrote together. Yes, this guitar was intentionally tuned way out of tune, but it fit perfectly in the song (as you’ll hear our producer Nicolas say at the end). There is a time for everything, I guess…

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

Be gracious with what’s happening in your time, because things will change. And we only get so much time.

August 18th, 2011

Something New

We started using this old school method of recording vocal melodies and harmonies on this record. It’s nice not being shoved into a small vocal isolation booth for a change.

This is for a song we call Something New. Steven is working his crazy upper ranges here -

August 16th, 2011

The view from where I stand

This little band is working a bit of magic on the streets of Regensburg, Germany that only a handful of people in the world will ever experience. This is also my family and my friends who have joined me on this exploration of life and it’s mysteries. This is pure enlightenment. This is the view from where I stand.