Last Saturday’s JavaVino Gig

Last Saturday was a lot of fun. I’ve never played at JavaVino before, but I think I had more people I know show up than ever before which was fun.

I don’t have any photos of me playing, but trust me, I was there 🙂 I played for about 2 hours and then took a 10 minute break before finishing with another 50 minute set.


All original music. I haven’t gotten in the habit of playing covers mostly because I don’t have the confidence to do so. That being said, I probably do play some songs the that I feel would be best on the sidelines. With that in mind, my goal is to learn a few covers by the next time I play. That gives me a month to get a few songs in my repertoire that will be recognizable and give me a break from my weaker songs.

Additionally, I’m hoping to keep writing my own stuff. I have 5 songs recorded that I like for the next CD. I feel like I’m in a good mental space to write new songs, but I am just waiting for the inspiration.

Looking forward to playing the Historic Trempealeau Hotel on Thursday, May 24th! Hope to see you there and have some new songs to play for you!

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Said so well….

Josh Ritter is an artist I really enjoy. I came acrosse an older interview with Three Monkeys Online where he said something that really struck a chord with me. When I finish a song I like, I often immediately feel like it will be the last song I write… I like his response to that though…

“You said before that Wings you wrote differently from other songs. Is there a kind of normal process for you to write a song?

I used to get really afraid that I was not going to be able to write any more songs. I don’t really think that anymore …. I think the real challenge is to not believe in writer’s block you know … it shouldn’t really come into focus cause if you are not working outwardly you are working inwardly and you are doing things in your life, reading books, and listening to music and going on tour, and trying to have a interesting life. When that happens things ferment in the back of your mind and you get phrases in your head and when those phrases come along I write them down and then it all sort of comes together at a certain point, you know, you sit down and you’re playing through some songs you’ve written before or music someone else in the band has written … once you have a melody there and you know a melody that works with the phrases, it all gets much easier. The real hard part is the sitting around waiting for that to happen.”

Read the full interview here.

Live album now on bandcamp !

When I played at Cafe Steam, I had the opportunity to have the folks from Carpet Booth Studios in Rochester, Mn record my set. It was a lot of fun. They did some mastering and I did some very basic editing and now the music is available to you! This is the first time I’ve had anything professionally recorded. It sounds great and the live aspect is pretty cool. So head over to my bandcamp page and get a different perspective of the music!


cafe steam cd

Things to strive for

I love listening to music. I really enjoy it live. We have so many cool venues in our region and therefore we get to see lots of great performers.

Last Friday we saw Siri Humbird and Luke Callen at a house concert. I’ve never been to one before. It was so good. They were so different but so fun to watch.

In a way, I get motivated from seeing great musicians. It makes me want to write and play more. It makes me want to get better. It makes me want to make it look as easy as they do.

Maybe someday I’ll play at a house concert 🙂 Looks like I’ve got some goals.