The following is a video I made to prepare a presentation at a Middle Eastern Studies Association conference in 2016. It was based on research I had been conducting up to that point.
One band that I have consistently listened to since I found out about them (probably in 1999 or 2000) is Garmarna. If you haven't heard of them, that's understandable. They are a Swedish band that does (or rather did, since they've kind of been off the grid for about a decade now) traditional Swedish folk… Continue reading Garmarna
This is a question I've always had, since I was a child. I have always thought that if a new song I've written is not sufficiently new or different from a song that's already been written, I shouldn't write it or record it. It doesn't mean my songs aren't derivative sometimes, but it keeps me… Continue reading How many songs can there be?
I mentioned before that I was interviewed for a documentary about Feel Good Music Coalition, the label that features my music. I got to speak about my own experiences, my friendship with Simeon Lawrence (Young Sim), and my general thoughts about the media. Not a ton of my interview made the final cut, but I… Continue reading Feel Good Music Coalition Documentary
When I first saw this video, I thought, man, this thing belongs on MySpace, created by some 14-year-old poor kid and NOT by a well-respected international musician like Dug Pinnick. Then I listened to the lyrics and realized that that's exactly what Dug was trying to say with the song. Well played, Dug. Well played.
Back around 1998 or so, I remember going to a small-town coffee house and listening to small-town teenagers play popular alternative songs on acoustic guitars. It was my favorite thing to do, actually, because I'd get a chance to perform my own music, but that meant sitting through lots of other musicians (and let me… Continue reading The Era of Musical Lockjaw