New Best Friend

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    Tracing the line from love to birth.  Jumping out of a moment impossible.  Reveling in the thrill of newness, energy and light.  Followed by insecurity and fear of a creeping dark shadow only to realize that it’s the same darkness you’ve always known from your past failures.  Finally, seeing that you are the same, facing the accusatory, cherishing the difference and seeing the glorious future in explosions of color.  5 Years of beautiful imperfection, challenge accepted and ultimately watching the shadow fall and the light rise.

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Sitting in the hospital the day he was born the weight of joy and responsibility bore down as if the morning sun arose 1000 times at once. No inkling of the challenge that actually lay ahead in time but certainty that all was different from the moment before. Sitting beside sharing the precious moments were trinket gifts, a wagon, a bear, and more. From a calm desperation of loneliness, the stark reality that there was a new best friend in my life, and you don’t know him, for the rest of my life. The words poured into scribbles quickly on a zine back. I heard him smile. The musical progressions, played longingly on guitar, had been in the repertoire but pared with the thoughts quickly it became the song. Two weeks later, with the guitars tracked, vocals sung and percussion composed, I took the guitar upstairs and proclaimed I have a new song. Sitting, rocking and holding him, I played for her New Best Friend and she cried with all the emotion I intended to convey.


from 5 Years, released February 10, 2017



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The journey begins alone in a room with two dozen 45s from the rock-n-roll, surf, rockabilly 50s, moves to pop, disco and stadium rock then into the underground – techno, college, rap… Ten years studying in an indie record shop, club dj, garage band revivalist, boogie blues drummer, electronic producer always results in a gentle landing into a comfortable career and happy family life. ... more

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