November 2017 Newsletter
The editor between my ears turns in, some sort of treaty is made between the hopes for the day and what the day became, sleep pulls, the monkey mind finally tuckers out, that midnight feeling, a good one.
29 Palms (video above) is a true story. I was getting my Honda's cruise control fixed near the Rogue River in Oregon when the mechanic (an old friend) opened up to me for a half an hour about his son's experience after enlisting in the Marines at the army base in 29 Palms, California. The details were disturbing, enraging, and human. I drove to California that night and wrote most of the song in Groveland the following morning. It's told from his son's perspective. I reworked the details and learned how to sing it for the next two months, it felt like one I needed to get right. Thank you to friends who trust me with their stories.
29 Palms will be released on my new record, *Buffalo.* Yes I named it *Buffalo*!!! (Bonus points to those who know the song it references). I've spent the last three nights driving around dark forest roads in Bend, OR, listening to the final song mixes and trying out different track orders. Does it really matter? Maybe! No! Probably! I think so. My mind is a swirl. The plan is to send the album out to the printing presses THIS WEEK. I truly can't wait to share it with you all. Buffalo will be available to the masses in April, 2018.
Tomorrow, I embark on my annual disappearance/pilgrimage to the Futaleufú River in Patagonia, Chile, to work as a resident musician and river guide for the winter (their summer). The river and music continue to feed one another, and it's pretty cool to think that the river is where I met so many of you! I will still be writing and posting from way down south. Come see me on the Futaleufú for the adventure trip of a lifetime.
In honor of November's overeating holiday, I'd like to THANK YOU, the 42% of subscribers who read this email each month (we're way above industry average), woo!
Muffins at midnight,
2018 Buffalo album release tour
Is in the planning stages. Write me if you have any ideas for performances in your area. Dates TBA soon!
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Vietnamese food on road trips. We've road tested many cuisines and found that Vietnamese is the most consistently good, light, healthy-ish, and cheap for unknown highway stops.
Yoga Parfait - an original playlist on Spotify. I've been making yoga playlists for my mom's classes since high school. Now that sharing music is easier than ever I thought some of you might enjoy them for yoga-ing, or any other relaxing activity. Like closing your eyes and listening to music.
Rechargeable batteries, forget about disposing of batteries, no one knows how to do it. Thanks to Geoff Van for the aha moment.
PS. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda