DEMO 1.29.07

Looks like I started this one on the same day as the last one. My objective in listing these from when they were first created is intended to provide a better understanding of how things evolved over time. Should there be another list from when they stopped though? First things first I suppose. Here’s where I left this one in late 2008.

DEMO 1.29.07

Here’s another that began in January 2007. I remember enjoying walking while listening to this. I could certainly keep working on it. Such is the case with all of these I suppose. They were all abandoned/postponed for the sake of something new, cast off onto a hard drive somewhere. Here’s where I left this one along the way.

DEMO 1.23.07

I managed to get a little further on this one. It began in early 2007 and proceeded to where I seem to have left things almost two years later in late 2008. I don’t know where I was headed with it to be honest. I obviously enjoyed working on ideas like this though. Why else would I spend so much time on them?

DEMO 1.15.07

Here’s another electronic idea that failed to materialize. It seems like I just kept layering things but never took anything away. I guess I thought it all sounded pretty cool back in the day though. Every idea seems like the most important thing in the world when I’m working on it. Then you listen back one day and wonder how you ever thought it was worth the time.

All part of the process, right?

DEMO 1.10.07

I stopped working on this idea after the first few layers. I guess I was focusing on other ideas and forgot about it one or decided it wasn’t worth pursuing at the time. Maybe I should pick it up again someday? I feel bad that I can’t devote enough time to ideas like these. Don’t some people say how every song they write is like a different child? If that’s the case, I’ve been a very bad father.

DEMO 12.12.06 - FOUND SOUND

Here’s a series of noises I recorded around Prague in late 2006. Each noise was isolated and looped to produce the semblance of a rhythm, then layered with other noises and FX on top. It’s all a bit much for current me to be honest. Why did I spend so much time recording and editing all of it? Why do I feel compelled to organize things in such a way? It’s something in my brain.

Number 7 is a little different though - as I was walking home one night I heard a group of people singing in a tavern down the street from our apartment. It was the only time I ever saw it open. I still wonder what words they’re singing. I should have learned more Czech!

DEMO 12.7.06

Here’s another string arrangement. If I remember correctly, a section of this went on to become Easy As Pi, although in 5/4. I recall this being a favorite to listen to over and over again, especially near the ending. I really don’t know where it all came from. I must have had it in my head for some time and found a vehicle to take it out. I would love to collaborate with someone on this idea again someday.

Thanks for listening.

DEMO 12.6.06

Let’s get back to the demo project I started a couple years ago. This is a string arrangement from December 2006. I think I meant for this to serve as a segway between songs. Perhaps it still could be someday. I’m pretty sure this was my first attempt at composing with virtual string instruments. Nothing fancy just some looped chords I thought sounded interesting. Wouldn’t it be nice to record with a real group of classically trained musicians?

COVERS - SPRING 2018

This past Spring I recorded a large collection of covers that were speaking to me at the time. Below are few songs from those recordings. I’ll share more as soon as I can. I don’t know what to say about these songs. I guess I’ll let them speak for themselves. I did my best to honor their spirit and the people that wrote them.

Thanks for listening.

FUNDRAISER FOR BORDER ANGELS

This week's organization is:

BORDER ANGELS

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non-profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border. 

Border Angels’ mission is to reduce the number of fatalities occurring along the Californian border through the placement of life saving water stations in the desert.

Many years of devastating economic and immigration policies have created a situation where thousands of people from Mexico and Latin America risk their lives each year crossing into the United States in the hope of finding a better life. Since 1994, an estimated 10,000 people have lost their lives during the journey due to extreme weather, lack of food and water, and the overall perilous nature of the trip.

Border Angels also works to serve San Diego County’s immigrant population through various migrant outreach programs, such as Day Laborer outreach and a free legal assistance program.

DONATE TO BORDER ANGELS

In addition to my donation, here's a song called 'We Welcome You Today' by Fred Rogers.

Immigration is obviously a very complex issue. What is not complex is caring for each other as human beings. It is our responsbility as human beings to look out for one another, regardless of who we are or where we come from. We must show empathy for those in need and help them however we can. 

So I play this song with the hope that one day we will live in a world without borders, without flags, without xenophobia of those we don't know or understand. Until that day comes, however, I hope you'll join me in supporting organizations like Border Angels as they continue to help immigrants and refugees. Thank you so much to everyone at Border Angels for helping to welcome those in need! 

WE WELCOME YOU TODAY

WE HOPE YOU LIKE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY

WE WELCOME YOU TODAY

WE WELCOME YOU

WE WELCOME YOU

WE WELCOME YOU TODAY

AND WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL STAY

WE WELCOME YOU TODAY

FUNDRAISER FOR THE CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Hey folks.

This week's organization is:

THE CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOODS

The Center for Neighborhoods builds healthy, sustainable, safe neighborhoods through informed and committed neighbors in Louisville, Kentucky. It achieves that goal through community engagement, education, planning, and data assessment for many different neighborhoods throughout the city.

Since its founding in 1972, the Center for Neighborhoods has cultivated grassroots leadership, partnered with neighborhoods in community planning efforts, facilitated civic dialogue, and actively participated in neighborhood-based development & improvement projects.

DONATE TO THE CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOODS

In addition to my donationhere's a song called 'The Sunny Side of the Street' that some of you may know. It's a song that reminds me that, as easy as it is sometimes to fall into despair, there is always hope. We must reach out to each other, and not only through these computers we use every day, but in person face-to-face. 

We may travel across town or across the world and think we don't have much in common with the people we encounter. But we do! This is all one neighborhood, wherever we are. We must find new ways to bring ourselves closer together in order to understand and empathize with one another to create a better world for everyone. 

The Center for Neighborhoods seeks to do just that through the work they do everyday. I hope you join me in supporting them!

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

GRAB YOUR COAT 

AND GRAB YOUR HAT

LEAVE YOUR WORRIES ON THE DOORSTEP

JUST DIRECT YOUR FEET

TO THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT PITTER PAT

WHEN THAT HAPPY TUNE IS YOUR STEP?

LIFE CAN BE SO SWEET

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

I USED TO WALK IN THE SHADE

WITH MY BLUES ON PARADE

BUT NOW I'M NOT AFRAID

MY ROVER'S CROSSED OVER

IF I NEVER HAD A CENT

I'D BE RICH AS ROCKEFELLER

WITH GOLD DUST AT MY FEET

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

FUNDRAISER FOR THE LOUISVILLE SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

Hey folks.

This week's organization is:

THE LOUISVILLE SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

The Louisville Sustainability Council brings together individuals, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, and businesses to collaborate with the community to facilitate the achievement of Louisville’s sustainability goals.

Among the Louisville Sustainability Council's goals are to help improve the city's air quality, reduce total energy and water consumption, divert 50% of solid waste from the landfill, decrease transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy from renewable sources, and protect the city's waterways by exceeding national quality standards.

DONATE TO THE LOUISVILLE SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

In addition to my donationhere's a song called 'Tiny Blue Dot'. It's from a TV show called Ready Jet Go that my kids like to watch sometimes. This song reminds me to do my part in protecting and sustaining our environment, whether I'm in Louisville or anywhere in the world. Even if you don't donate money to the LSC, I urge you to seek out sustainable efforts in your community and learn how you can help protect the enviroment where you live. Please think about your daily actions and consider what you can do to live more mindfully of the world around you. 

We're all guests of nature and should respect our host accordingly. If we don't, our host might kick us out of this party someday. And I, for one, would like to keep this party going... 

TINY BLUE DOT

SO LONELY IN THE DARK

FROM WAY OUT HERE 

YOU'D NEVER KNOW

HOW BEAUTIFUL AND VARIED AND GRAND IT IS

HOW MANY CREATURES CALL IT HOME

SHINY BLUE DOT

LOST IN THE UNIVERSE

SO EASY JUST TO PASS IT BY

BUT OH YOU EARTHIES KNOW HOW SWEET IT IS

HOW PRECIOUS RIGHT BENEATH YOUR FEET IT IS

THERE'S NOWHERE ELSE 

THAT YOU COULD LIVE BUT THIS

THE ONLY HOME YOU'VE KNOWN

WHEN YOU'RE FLOATING OVER EARTH

AND YOU SEE IT FROM ABOVE

IT TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY

THIS PLANET THAT WE LOVE

ONLY LOOKING DOWN LIKE THIS

CAN WE SEE OUR TASK SO CLEAR

THAT WE SHOULD BE THE GUARDIANS 

OF ALL THAT WE HOLD DEAR

SWEET BLUE SPACESHIP GLEAMING IN THE SUN

THE ONLY HOME YOU'VE EVER KNOWN

TINY BLUE DOT

WHAT A GORGEOUS LITTLE SPOT

OUR PLANET

OUR SPACESHIP

OUR HOME

FUNDRAISER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Hey folks.

This week's organization is:

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Established in 1896, Neighborhood House was the first settlement house in Kentucky. Over 121 years later, it serves as a community center for children and families living in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville, as well as other surrounding low-income neighborhoods. Poverty among the families (45%) and children (55%) that come to Neighborhood House exceeds both the national average and the rates in the poorest counties in Kentucky.

In addition to my financial contribution, here's a song called 'I Feel Alright' by Steve Earle. It's a song that makes me feel better every time I play it and serves as an uplifting reminder to stay positive. Even though it can be easy sometimes to feel somber amidst the adversity we face each day, I'm thankful for what makes us better, kinder, happier human beings. So whatever you're doing today, I hope you feel alright too.    

DONATE TO

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

FUNDRAISER FOR ECHO

Hey folks.

This week's organization is:

ECHO

(Exploited Children's Help Organization) 

ECHO is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to preventing and reducing the incidence and impact of child abuse by providing education, advocacy, and support services to the children and families of Metro Louisville and surrounding areas. Through their guiding values of education, awareness, and advocacy, ECHO creates a vital network of hope for children and families. 

In addition to my financial support of ECHO, here's a song by Mister Rogers. As the father of two young kids, I've spent a lot of time over the past couple years watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and learning songs from the show. These songs are some of the most important songs ever written, with fundamental messages of hope, kindness, and love. 

This song is called "Today is New". It serves as a reminder for me to look forward into the future with hope. Amidst all the unfortunate things that happen every day on this planet, we must remember to be kind to one another and raise our children to be kind as well. Every day is new with ways to make the world a better place!

DONATE TO ECHO

TODAY IS NEW

IT'S NEW TO EVERYONE YOU MEET

IT'S NEW TO YOU

THE HOUSES ON THE STREET 

ARE WAKING UP NOW

THE DAY IS UP NOW

TODAY IS NEW

IT'S NEW WITH TIME AND SPACE

AND THINGS WE WANT TO DO

THE SPARROW DRIES ITS WINGS 

AND SINGS A NEW SONG

A JUST FOR YOU SONG

WE KNOW EACH MORNING

BRINGS A BRAND NEW DAY

ALTHOUGH WE SOMETIMES WISH FOR YESTERDAY

TODAY IS NEW

IT'S NEW TO EVERYONE WHO LIVES

IT'S NEW TO YOU

WHAT SAY WE TRY AND GREET IT IN A NEW WAY?

SAY HAPPY NEW DAY

TODAY IS NEW

FUNDRAISER FOR HOUSE OF RUTH

Hey folks. 

This week's organization is:

HOUSE OF RUTH

House of Ruth provides housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. They do this through a continuum of services such as emergency shelter, short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for clients, and basic needs assistance to provide food, clothes, rent, utilities, public transportation, and back-to-school support. Please share your love to support House of Ruth!

In addition to my monetary contribution, I humbly present you a song by Anohni. It's one of the most honest, thoughtful, and caring songs I've ever heard. Whenever I play this song, I'm left with a tremendous sense of gratitude for the love I've been shown by the people in my life, whether it's someone I've known for years or someone I've just met. We should be thankful for the love we receive each day and not take it for granted. We should give that love back to those we know and don't know. I'm beyond thankful to Anohni for writing this wonderful song and hope to honor it properly every time I sing it. Thank you Anohni!

DONATE TO HOUSE OF RUTH

FUNDRAISER FOR KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH

Here’s an important song by Hazel Dickens. I’ve held a deep admiration for her since I discovered her music while interning at Smithsonian Folkways, so much so that I even wrote my senior thesis in college about her. I sing this song as a gesture of solidarity with people around the world who continue to fight for freedom and justice. This song has been a reminder for me to stay active, to keep doing what I can do to make the world a better place, and to never give up.

Whether or not you like this song, please consider donating to Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a statewide citizens' organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. They use direct action to challenge and change unfair political, economic, and social systems.

Among its many goals, KFTC aims to address the problems caused by coal mining, reform our state tax structure, restore voting rights, and help choose better leaders who represent ordinary people instead of powerful interests.Their membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy, and non-violent change.

DONATE TO KENTUCKIANS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH

THEY'LL NEVER KEEP US DOWN

UNITED WE STAND

DIVIDED WE FALL

FOR EVERY DIME THEY GIVE US

A BATTLE MUST BE FOUGHT

SO WORKING PEOPLE USE YOUR POWER

THE KEY TO LIBERTY


DON'T SUPPORT THE RICH MAN'S STYLE OF LUXURY



AND THERE AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN

OH NO AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN


WE WON'T BE BOUGHT

WE WON'T BE SOLD


TO BE TREATED RIGHT, WELL THAT'S OUR GOAL


AND THERE AIN'T NO WAY THEY CAN EVER KEEP US DOWN

YEAH WE'VE BEEN SHOT

WE'VE BEEN JAILED

LORD ITS A SIN


WOMEN AND LITTLE CHILDREN STOOD RIGHT BY THE MEN


BUT WE'VE GOT A UNION CONTRACT

THAT KEEPS THE WORKER FREE


AND THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME



NO THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME OH NO

THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME


WE’VE GOT A CONTRACT IN OUR HAND

SIGNED BY THE BLOOD OF HONEST 
MEN


AND THEY'LL NEVER SHOOT THAT UNION OUT OF ME



THE POWER WHEEL IS ROLLING, ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

AND
 THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS IT GOING, GOING STRONG


SO WORKING PEOPLE GET YOUR HELP FROM YOUR OWN KIND

YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND



NO YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND OH NO

YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND


THEY WANT THE POWER IN THEIR HANDS

JUST TO KEEP OUT OF THE WORKER AND


YOUR WELFARE AINT ON THE RICH MAN'S MIND



AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN 


OH NO THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN


THEY CAN CHEAT ROB STEAL KILL

BUT WE GONNA STOP THAT WHEEL


AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN

AND THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN

YEAH THEY'LL NEVER, NEVER, NEVER KEEP US DOWN

FUNDRAISER FOR THE CENTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Today's organization is 

The Center for Women and Families

The Center for Women and Families provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families and communities affected by intimate partner violence and sexual assault. They are guided by a strong grassroots feminist history and a commitment to social and economic justice, helping co-create violence free lives, families, and communities. Learn more about all the wonderful things they do right here.

DONATE TO THE CENTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Here's a song I wrote a long time ago for my friends. I've been extremely fortunate to have a lot of wonderful people in my life, so I wanted to create something that would show them how much I love them. It's a promise to be there for them when they need help, as we all do sooner or later. No matter who you are and what difficulties you are facing, there are people out there who love you and are willing to help. We're in this together! 

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

WHEN YOU'RE WEAK AND CONFUSED

FEELING BLEAK AND ABUSED

WHEN YOU'VE BEEN USED AND CAST AWAY

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

WHEN YOU'RE FEELING JADED

WHEN EVERY DAY IS THE SAME

WHEN YOU'VE BEEN DEGRADED

WHEN YOU'RE FULL OF SHAME

WHEN YOU'VE BEEN VAIN

AND YOU'RE THE ONE TO BLAME

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

NO I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE TRUSTING OR CYNICAL

I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE WORSHIPPED OR LOATHED

IF YOU'RE EVER IN NEED

IF YOU'RE EVER HURTING

IF YOU'RE EVER LAID BARE

WHEN THEY PULL BACK THE CURTAIN

YOU'RE NOT ALONE

YOU CAN ALWAYS COME HOME

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

BENEFIT VIDEO SERIES

I'm starting a new series to support different charities here in Louisville and around the globe. I hope you’ll join me in supporting these organizations. Please donate whatever you can, even if it’s simply sharing the information to raise awareness. Thanks for your support as always.