Showing posts from August, 2023

Live Music - The Good and the Bad

Playing live was always something of a struggle for me, a sort of back-and-forth between hard work and payoff. After I did my first solo show in December of 2018 at the Republic of Pie (my favorite LA venue to-date, mostly because they pay in pie), I set out to play one show a month for the following year. It was a New Year's Resolution that I actually kept, (as you can see on the  Live  page) and which I talk about in the video from my most recent show below (along with the only other resolution that I kept). My friend Josh Moreno sketched this during a show at the Republic. But at the end of 2019, I felt like I had done a ton of practicing, endless marketing, editing photos and videos, staying up late playing shows my wife or kids couldn't go to...and at the end of it I felt like I had very little to show for it. And so I decided to spend the next year writing and recording more. Well, we all know what happened in 2020, so it wasn't like I had a choice in the matter, b

Broken Arm Ballad

If you look back at the history of, you'll see a whole host of ideas and thoughts, ranging from personal stories to practical surfing advice , tips on fatherhood , spiritual insights and music updates . But one thing I've always wanted to share on it is ideas important to me that are hopefully encouraging to you . So here's a recent story with a fresh insight that I felt worthy of sharing. About seven years ago, I broke my arm skateboarding. It was my first broken bone from skateboarding (confirmed anyway...I'm pretty sure I had a fractured foot from trying to kickflip off a sign too many times back in high school). You can see the video of it happening at 0:37 below (as well as catch an early version of " Your Light "): At the time, I was hanging out with my friend Brian , a fellow skater, surfer, father and youth pastor. He is a man of great faith and has been there for me many times, not to mention a fun dude to hang out with. Anyway, I s