2018 Tiny Desk Contest


I love this time of the year. It is a great time to surf unknown artists as they submit their best entries to the NPR contest. This year, I entered my song “Paul Bunyan’s Lament” into the contest. Watch below!


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.

Some photos from last weekend

I had a great time playing at cafe steam last weekend in Rochester. It was fun to get back out and play again. I’m looking forward to my next gig in Winona at the acoustic cafe on feb 24th.

I was able to have Zach from carpetbooth studios in Rochester record my set, so I’m looking forward to hearing how it sounded. They were great to work with for sure.

Here are a few photos from the show!

You can see Zach and his intern Taylor working their magic. So much fun!