There are some musicians, movements, ideals, and people that I feel so strongly align with my core that I have every desire to connect, support, and engage with them and their community. Josh Garrels and the community he has created through his music has impacted something in my soul that I wish to explore further.
As a musician/artist myself, The Sea in Between Documentary Josh released was one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever viewed. The way that he and other artists articulated the creative process, its alignment to our basic core being, our Creator, and other people was invigorating, inspiring, and so enjoyable. Those times where you just think to yourself "YES! This resonates so well with me!"
I love continuously seeking opportunities to engage with my local music community, support artists I admire, and grow as a musician. I am really excited to share a December evening with everyone this Friday. It will be a great time of continuing the circle of inspiration that music fills so well, of sharing gifts and creativity, and enjoying the company of great community. Get tickets HERE! We would love to see you!
In the spirit of community and gifts, this month's Socality Community Project is GIFT. And in particular, Socality San Diego will be having "The Giving Meet" working in conjunction with Angel Tree to provide and donate brand new gifts to families and children whose parents are incarcerated. The meetup will be happening at The Overflowing Cup in Murrieta, CA at 3PM on Sunday, December 14th. If you can't make the meetup, no worries! My gift this month is that 50% of proceeds from my merchandise sales at the Josh Garrels show will be used to purchase gifts. So you can get some music to take home from the show and contribute to the gifts for Angel Tree. It's a win-win! If you want to contribute gifts, here is what is needed:
For kids, here’s what we’re looking for: (They ask that all gifts be new, preferably with a combined valued between $15-$25, and unwrapped)
- Dolls (Girl, Age 9)
- Musical Toys (Boy, Age 6)
- Sports equipment (Boys, Age 7-13)
- Action Figures (Boy, Age 2)
- Jewelry (Boy, Age 16)
For whole families: (Must be new and valued $15-$25) // (Just a few ideas…)
- Board games
- Movie night bundle (movie dvd, popcorn, candy, etc.)
- Coffee mugs
Sometimes music can give an extra special gift to people. As a musician I have the pleasure of getting to interact with the impact of music from both perspectives (the listener and the musician). I frequently experience the effect that listening to music can have on me and I feel like I often describe and communicate my interactions with music to everyone. However, it is pretty special for me as a musician to connect with someone from the other perspective. I got a really awesome moment at a show the other day. I want to share this story as something for me to look upon for inspiration in the future and hopefully an encouragement to others who may have similar experiences . . . especially those that may ever consider sharing their feelings about a song with an artist.
At a recent Cafe Ipe gig, a woman was walking by the show, passed and then re-appeared around the corner of the neighboring building. I was playing the song "For A Moment". That song in particular has an intended message of love and hope in times of struggle. When the song was over, this woman spoke up above her applause and said "I was having a really rough day, I was walking with my head down...my husband is sick with cancer and that song is what I needed to hear, it made my day. Thank you, God bless you."
For someone to verbalize that type of emotional response to my music was something really special. It was a heartfelt reminder of how music can impact others. Not that I ever doubt it, but sometimes you can get wrapped up in how fun it is or the entertainment element of it all, and it is so nice to feel that emotional connection of your intent for a song resonating with someone's life. As I go on and remind myself that I want to give back all that music gives to me, these types of experiences make it so joyful to be part of that journey. To whomever it was that stopped to listen and share that comment, thank you. Thank you for expressing and sharing something that personal and vulnerable in a public setting. If you ever come across this page and this post, I truly hope that your husband's condition improves. Thank you for helping to remind me one of the main reasons why I play music.
Thanks for listening as always.
Well hello there everyone. It is springtime..you diggin it? I'm a fan of it being light out longer, getting back into the outdoors a bit more. Just wanted to share a quick update that I'll be playing at Cafe Ipe this Sunday, April 1st at 2 pm. You can expect to hear 3 new songs (unless you came to the show two weeks ago, then you've already heard them, congrats). Here is a clip from the last show. Enjoy! I'll be in touch soon.
Hello Everyone! First of all, a late Happy New Year to you all! After a wonderful time spend back on the east coast for Christmas, I returned to southern california just before the new year. It was a great time at home seeing friends and family and was great to return to friends out on the west coast too!
Surfing and climbing helped me ease back into my lifestyle out here and we were blessed with some pretty awesome weather to enjoy so far this January. Included in the fun was heading to the Belly Up to see Dick Dale, king of the surf guitar and Hargo. The boys from Hargo put on a great show, I'm really enjoying their sound and tightness of the live shows I've seen. Check them out if you haven't already http://hargomusic.com/.
Dick Dale put on a great show of surf rock classics packed with energy. We had a great spot right up front where the band was rocking out.
We've finished the drywall for the studio! I'll post some more pictures soon.
I've gotten my first international show experience in the Dominican Republic at the Aloha Surf Cafe...thanks to Juan Carlos and the Aloha Cafe for a rocking time.
More updates coming soon. I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2012!
Well, the past two weeks provided me with some pretty awesome shows. I haven't been seeing as much live music as I would like to on a regular basis and I definitely was able to satisfy my appetite with these recent performances. It all started the weekend after Thanksgiving, checking out a jazz guitar duo in Del Mar, CA to warm me up for BB King at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. What a great show that was. BB and his band were able to give a stellar performance, complete with Lucille singing her blues in true form. He had a fantastic band behind him, complete with horns, guitars, drums, keys, the whole bit. Epic.
Then, this past Saturday evening, I headed down towards San Diego to see the 91X Wrex the Halls Night 1 show. Lineup was solid. Naked and Famous, Airborne Toxic Event, Cage the Elephant, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Death Cab for Cutie, and Florence and the Machine. It was a long night of music, but being up front on the floor was a great experience. All of the bands were pretty solid with the highlights being Death Cab and Florence for me. Awesome weeks of live music! Thanks to Kei for some of the pictures from the show! Hope to be playing live myself in the coming weeks after Christmas.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Vital Climbing Show! Heard lots of people had a good time, I know I had a lot of fun. Tons of good food, friends, and climbing. The vibe and crew at Vital are always good for that. Hope to see you all at the next event!
So just as my journey to Southern California begins, my Pennsylvania journey comes to a close...for now. Who knows where any of us will end up? But what I do know is that I have played my last show at Godfrey Daniel's for a while...unless I happen to be back in town visiting (which is quite possible in the future). Godfrey's is such a cool venue, always showcasing interesting music, and providing an atmosphere unlike most any other. Thanks for some good times, good tunes, and good vibes.
Pursuing passions and appreciating the joys and blessings of life. I have been given so much, I'd like to use music as an avenue to give back.