risking rejection, because it just means so much

Risking the financial loss, rejection, and general ambiguities of releasing one's own album are, indeed, terrifying. Still, when the fire in one's heart calls out, not opening to it also exists as a grand risk. As of this writing, my album has been floating about for ... hmm ... 2 months. Surprise washes over me just now as typed that: "2 months!? Is that all?" Sincerely, it feels as though I have been self-promoting (which is a horribly gradual, creep bit-by-bit process) for a year.

So, what is the verdict? Too soon to tell. But some highlights:

- On all major sites and retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify,, bunches more)

- Heavy airplay on (a Pandora-esque page that boasts tons of International listeners), Regular plays on, Spotify

- Featured 2 weeks running on a Californian indie station, New Jersey rock/indie format station has added 3 songs to their general playlist, Multiple podcasts/stations (Florida, Kentucky...)

- Included in numerous sync-licensing firms roster

And generally awaiting responses from 8,000 other places. Oddly enough, while I expected a recovery/need-a-break period following the release, the guitar and melodies have been calling me back. That is, I am actively writing, although not with any urgency just yet. Still, know it is happening, and I will only release an album of which I am proud. Love you all for listening.

Until then,



on the cusp of the moon

Sitting in my living room, beginning (hopefully) a relaxing weekend, which followed an intensely busy one, I am watching my StL RedBirds play the Braves in the one-off Wildcard series. I am tidying up some music-business stuff (as in, prep the new album for release, which comes with a lot of this-and-that's (like copyright, royalty stuff, getting it pressed) ... anyway ... I'm pretty sure I just wrote a new song. Yes, within the calming mix of relaxing and decompression, a simple yet lovely diddy came across my fretboard & voice. Isn't that what always happens? Well, honestly, I don't know. But just now, yes it did. What do I do with the song? Try and hurry up and record it? Hesitancy brews there, as this album has continually been pushed back (in a stance on not compromising anything). So ... I don't know. I just don't know. We shall see. Either way, new album soon!

Oh, and I early voted today. In Ohio. Big deal.

Until then,



Honestly, the last thing I need is another blog, and something needing updated regularly. Eventually, I'm sure I will either link this with the Tumblr blog or just end up copying and pasting it over here every time.

For now, though, you get an original no-where-else blog post! For one: welcome! This is my official webpage, and it's great, and I have to keep it up to date! Two: go revisit (or visit for the first time) the band from the 1990's Del Amitri. You might, if you are more around my age, recognize "Always the Last to Know" or "Roll to Me." It is simple: they wrote terribly pleasing, mature, and thoughtful music. In rare form found these days, they varied there style, perfecting both the rock song and the ballad. I had forgotten them, added their CD to my iTunes, then said, "Oh yeah...Oh wow." They deserve a shout out, and help me make my first blog post on here totally random. Enjoy!

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