Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Mondays (7.30.2012) - St. Vincent

For any artist, I think it is a long journey to realize that its the spaces that are most important. What I mean is, think of even line break. Words on a page. It is the spaces between the words that give each word power and even rhythm. Artists use this idea to attract the eye to aspects of the canvas. This is also very easy to see in music. Take a single sustained tone or note. That is all it is. Then you begin breaking it up and then rhythm and melody begins to be created. I think of the great wind instruments that rely on breath, compared to guitar. Guitar plays can blister and burn the strings without stopping (think of the 80's hair metal), but a wind player, has to pause for breath. The notes that are being played are part of his/her voice. Think of the great musicians that you know. It's like when you are flipping through the radio stations and for a brief second hear a solo and immediately know it is. It is there voice. There breath translated through an instrument.

This idea can even be thrown into our lives. If we choose to just go, go, go, we are not tapping into a rhythm, our voice. We are just going to run out of steam by throwing note after note into the ring without letting each ring out.

Well on to the music.....

I have been getting into St. Vincent lately. The singer/guitarist goes from melodious choir like singing to crazy, absurd Zappa-esque guitar riffs. Really intense stuff. But what I really enjoy about St. Vincent is the space that is created. Lots of room to breathe. I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer 2012 - Catching up (publications/jobs/music)

I feel that I have neglected my readers this summer, and for that I do apologize. I am hoping to reboot Music Mondays. I also plan to start a couple of new features. I also will start to review male grooming products over at Vegan In.

The biggest change in my life right now is that I am in between jobs. I had to make some career decisions and at this point in my life, after teaching college English for four years, I just need to take a break from academia. I do have a new job on the horizon, but I am waiting to post any information until it is official and papers have been signed.

So what have I been doing with my time, you ask? I would love to say creating one hell of a writing schedule, but alas, while I have been writing, too much free time is the killer of motivation for me. However, much of my writing this summer, and really this past year has been focused on songwriting. My band, My Heart Belongs to Buffalo, is increasing their fan base in the Port City area. We hope to have our first E.P. out in the Fall. It is a good feeling to be living back on the East Coast and able to perform and be in an area that really supports live music. Sometimes, it is hard, because of how much great music it is in the area.

Lastly, this has been a great year for me as a writer. Lots of great milestones and publications. I will post the links below to some of my new works that is floating around on the web.

Deep South Magazine - "The Levee"
The Pedestal - "The Continuing Story of Robert Johnson"

Well, the biggest news I have are in reference to chapbooks. Early this summer I was contacted by Yellow Flag Press. I cannot stress enough how great J. Bruce Fuller is over at YFP. Over the past four years he has printed at least two broadsides of mine a year. He contacted me with the idea that he wanted to print a small chapbook that contained all the broadside of mine that he has printed. So in May, Borrowing Night From Day was released, and now is on its 3rd Pressing. These are all limited edition chapbooks. Please visit the link above and purchase yours.

Now for even bigger news: I was just contacted and informed I won the Main Street Rag 2012 Chapbook Contest. MSR will be publishing my chapbook manuscript, Fantasies of Men. I will of course post more information as it becomes available.



Monday, July 16, 2012


Its time for a little housecleaning here. The site will be under construction...