“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” – Henry David Thoreau

The Ghost of Poor Old Eilley Bowers

We’ve recently finished our latest video, The Ghost of Poor Old Eilley Bowers.  The song is about a pioneer woman from Nevada who made a fortune during the Gold Rush, then slowly began losing everything, starting with her family.  She eventually became a “seer”, or a fortune teller, and supposedly still haunts the mansion that she and her husband built.  Thanks for taking a moment to watch our video!

Fatherhood & a Compass…

“As a dad, I’m often lost, and I stumble more than I would like to admit. But what if it’s as simple as slowing down to look at our compass and make sure that a few degrees off doesn’t turn into miles apart.”

This is a great message.  I often feel lost both as a father and as a son.  I often find myself flailing and failing at what I want to do the best at.  Sometimes I feel myself withdraw, as my own father did, and have to consciously put forth the effort to not withdraw.  I withdraw out of my own feelings of inadequacy, not out of anything my own sons have said or done. I think we have to remember though, that everybody experiences things in their own way, and our experiences are often self-centric. My withdrawal may lead to one of my own sons having a different experience, one that I never imagined.

Let’s examine our own compasses, examine where we’re at, and where we want to be.  If we need to correct our course, then let’s get back to where we started, and do things just a little differently.  Just a few degrees over a long distance can result in many miles.

Where to Start – The EP!

Where To StartOur new EP titled “Where to Start – The EP” is ready for your ears!

It’s not always easy to pursue your passion. There are so many people that are going to tell you, that do tell you, and probably are telling you that your passion is not worth pursuing. We have responsibilities, and when those responsibilities affect somebody else’s life, they want their priorities to become your priorities, and your responsibility.

Pursuing your passion means that you’re taking time out of your life, that you’re putting in the extra effort required to be true to yourself, while still taking care of all those other responsibilities in your life that still need attention.

This EP represents a part of the work that we have put in to make our passions become a reality.  Between writing, practicing, performing, and recording, it takes time and effort to make this type of project happen.

The drums were recorded in a studio; but the guitars, vocals, and percussion were all recorded in a bedroom. We wanted to make this happen, so we found a way to make it happen.

We’re sharing this with the world, because it’s a project that we care about.  We hope you like it too.

Thanks for listening!

Where to Start?

Hey everybody!  Our first EP, titled “Where to Start” will be available soon, very soon!  Here’s the artwork for the sleeve.  We’re just gonna have the sleeves printed, then fold ’em ourselves. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just some simple home-made goodness, just how we like it!

Where to Start EP artwork

Following Our Passions

Every once in awhile, somebody will create something that feels truly inspired, truly original, and real.  Freelance cartoonist Gavin Aung Than just did this.  Gavin takes inspirational quotes, and turns them into cartoons.  He recently took a quote by Bill Watterson, the artist and author of Calvin Hobbes, and turned it into a cartoon, in a Calvin and Hobbes style.

It is very much worth the look.  Gavin’s website is, visit it, often.

New Video for Where to Start!

The other morning the weather was nice, so I went out and took a walk around Mill Ave. in Tempe, shot some footage, and put it to “Where to Start”! I came across some nice people while shooting the video. I couldn’t believe that Hippie Gypsy was open at that time of the day!

If you’ve been to Mill Ave., I’m sure you’ll recognize the places in this shot!  It was fun to get out, walk around, and pay attention to a few things I’ve never paid attention to before.

Here’s the video, check it out.  I hope you like it…

Summertime heat

896The summertime heat here is brutal. Summer’s saving grace (besides the clothes), is the monsoons. This summer has been rough, we haven’t seen much in the way of monsoons around here this year.  In other parts of the state, sure, but not here…

It sounds strange, but the weather has a big effect on me as a whole.  When it’s nice, or when it’s raining, or when it’s storming, I’m happy.  It’s easier for me to write, play, perform, and be creative.  When the weather is just oppressively hot, it’s hard for me to do anything.  It’s almost like I go into a depressive state.

That said, we’ve taken quite a bit of time off this summer, it’s been rough.  I wake up early though, every morning at 4:30 and workout outside for an hour.  The past few days, the temperature has been in the 70’s, which is beautiful!  Even if it’s hot during the day, the heat is giving way to the night time now, which is so much better than it was a month ago, when the lows around here were still close to 100 degrees at 4:30 in the morning.

I can feel the pull again, the season is calling me. The sun is retreating a little earlier, the heat is giving way to the night, and I feel a familiar energy that somehow feels new each time I feel it.