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So...About That...

I was supposed to write about how my scheduling went just before I went to LA to record.

Well, it went.  I wasn't the best at it.  I noticed that on days where I didn't teach, I did better with keeping things together.  I think that was because I felt less pressure around my tasks.  Weird.  Then when I was in LA, I did not keep to a schedule because I had no idea when I would be recording or eating dinner or getting home.

I'm on Day Three of my second Whole30 of 2016.  Between my trip to LA, going to Maine for a weekend, and then going to Austin, I needed a reset.  I'm also the type of person who needs limits, even self-imposed limits.  I, like Billy Joel, go to extremes.  I ate eight scones in less than 24 hours while I was in Austin.  Yup.  Eight.  On a Whole30 I will have zero scones.

I'm almost back into a routine.  I head back to LA in 20 days (!!) for the ASCAP I Create Music Expo.  And between now and then, I'd better get my act together.  Including things for the Expo.  Including a better upkeep of this blog.

I will be sharing my songs with you all in the near future.  And I'm excited about that.  I know I'm biased, but they sound real good.

This..has been a scattered post.  I'm gonna go now.

Once Again

Happy 2016!

Here's to the best one yet.

I look forward to using this much more consistently to share whatever adventures I have along with more guitar videos, guitar lessons, songs, thoughts, ideas, actions, notions, books, friends, family, gains, losses, stories, and everything in between.

My first order of business will be to post some guitar exercises that I do along.  I haven't hunted it down but there has to be a cool guitar-tab-writer program I can use to help this process.  How else do other people produce such nice PDFs!?

I will be in Los Angeles in late February/early March to make a record with my friend Brian Packer in the producer's chair.  I've been looking forward to this for a long, long time.  No idea when we are going into the studio or when this collection of songs (an EP..but collection of songs sounds cooler to me), but I will inform you of its production inception and completion when both times come.

I'm going to copy Derek Sivers and share my favorite bits and pieces of books I read from now on.  First on the list is Elizabeth Gilbert's latest, Big Magic.  I think it has a lot of nuggets for you all to enjoy and possibly even take to heart.

So, on that, I will go.  You will hear from me soon - scout's honor!

Knowing When To Quit - I Missed A Day On Purpose And That's All, Folks

So I realized I was wrong about my attempt to do 101 full songs in 101 full days.  That was definitely too much.  And Rocco (voice teacher) was right in that unless I have nothing else to do, it's going to drive me crazy.

What's better in the long run: having 101 so-so videos or having 10 really fantastic videos?  I think the latter.

I could keep making a video a day, and maybe I'll do 15 second daily videos on Instagram because those are much easier to do.

Now all the time (around two hours if I'm doing the video/song justice) will go back into my life to focus on getting better at songwriting, singing, and guitar-slinging.

I'm a little disappointed in myself, but you live and you learn.  What else is there to do?