Not Being Best

My son asked me to throw him a birthday party this week.  He’s turning 6, and so far, I’ve artfully dodged having to make a production out of birthdays.  But he's now been to a few parties, so the jig…

Magnetism

I've spent the last month looking for kitchen staff for my restaurant.  It's been a trying search. We haven't found a good fit yet. I'd all but given up hope. Then this past Friday, a chef walked in the door…

Make Good Use of Bad Days

Last week, one of my friends at work gave me a book: The Art of Living, a collection of thoughts by Epictetus. While a lot of what Epictetus said resonated deeply, one quote stood out above the rest.

Love The Ones Who Count

This week, I let an internet troll get under my skin.  I'm not proud of that; usually, I know better than to let a person's lies bug me.  But this person's particular rant hit me where it counts.

My…

The Tough Bake Mermaids

Oh dear, Reader.  Whatever brand of thoughts/prayers/vibes that you prefer to send, I could use a few this week.  Every day at my restaurant is a fight to stay afloat.  I thought that last year's multiple forced quarantines and pivots…

Problem Solvers

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there.  I'm really missing mine tonight.  For a lot of reasons.  He was tirelessly thoughtful.  He was hardworking.  He looked out for the little guy. 

And he looked out for me.

Exercise

I thought I was in pretty good shape.  

As a songwriter, I do a lot of exercise.  I play the piano in the wee hours of the morning.  I write tunes everywhere from the car to the kitchen.  I…

Loving Your Cringe-Worthiness

I've got a show this week!  With a real band on a real stage and a real audience (if anybody shows up...please show up!).  It feels too good to be true; seems like it's been years since I've played like…

Letting Others Have An Impact

I'm still flying high after a great time recording in Chicago last week.  I almost forgot how much I love playing with a band. It's great to be a part of a group. 

And I'm not just talking about…

Branding Ain't For People

I just had my first day off work from my restaurant in more than two months.  And I used the time off to start recording another album with an incredibly talented crew of musicians in Chicago. 

I've written a…

Unlimited

I've always been unable to write music when other people were listening.  I'm just too self-conscious. I feel like I can't get into the zone when someone can hear me, because songwriting and I have always had a private relationship. 

Human Handkerchief

After I got home from work yesterday, I went outside to plant a few herb plants.  While I was bent over a bunch of basil, my 5 year-old son came over to me and blew his nose on my pants…