Monday, January 31, 2011

Another Day of Conversation & Nature

Today was another day off, which was spent engaging in conversation with some people from across the US and globe. I love to hear stories and discuss faith and politics with people that don't all think alike. Plus, we got to do it surrounded in nature.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

One of my favorite towns...

Yesterday I had the day to myself and I took off for Breckenridge (one of my favorite towns in the whole world!) I could go on and on, but the pics tell the story: coffee, slopes, ice sculptures, etc.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

From Tweet to Post

Let me first say that I think comedy might just be the most difficult genre to understand. People are so varied and what we call funny is as varied as we are.

Explosions are exciting.
Kids dying are sad.
But what's funny is so so very different.

The other day I made a tweet that a sitcom based on Nickelback would be a success because they are laughable. That got me thinking about other things that combined with Nickelback would be comedy gold...

Brendan Frasier
Paul Walker
Talking Dogs
People Falling

Think about it. I'm pressing publish post, and am expecting a phone call from Comedy Central.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Fast Forward 25 Years...

I remember being 4 years old, watching the Challenger space-launch with my Mom. I remember the countdown and the take off and the explosion. I remember the President addressing the nation at a time of loss and shock.

Fast forward 25 years...

I wonder if it were to happen today, if we would continue to pursue space, and dream about the future? Or would we become frightened and legislate a cutoff of all things that may be perceived as dangerous and unknown?

Maybe its our sue-happy culture, maybe we've grown soft, but I praise the scientists and uber-creative dreamers for not quitting 25 years ago! It is a testament to the creative spirit, and I think its worth remembering and taking stock - especially today.


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Are you a learner? Do you love discovering new truths and stretching your beliefs? Are you actively putting yourself in positions to learn and make new discoveries?

If you consider yourself an artist or creative person, i'm sure you treasure all things "learning."

I'd be interested in the sources you use to stretch yourself.

Are you a book person, film, interview, conversation; or does something else inspire and teach you?

Ideas and thoughts are appreciated!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another BOXES & HUMAN FOG Teaser...

Have you pre-ordered your $5 album today???


Monday, January 24, 2011


Here she is, doing it again. This girl's gonna' go places!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cora Out Performs Me Yet Again...

She's a natural rock evident by this video (and the cape).


Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Had Other Plans...

Welp, January's weather wasn't the best for touring. The month had other plans than we did. We got some ridiculous snowfall these past few weeks! We will reschedule the canceled dates, so stay tuned. But if you know me, I make lemonade from the proverbial lemon...

This morning we took advantage of the foot of snow we got and took Olive on her 1st sled ride. She was quite the fan!


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

View from the Rhodes...

Some of you know, some don't, but I'm playing violin for Jeremy Larson at his upcoming CD Release concert and DVD shoot on March 12th at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO.

This CD is going to turn some heads, I promise! Its a beautiful soundscape of symphonic songwriting featuring Jeremy on piano and guitars, swelling from Jonny Greenwood-esque writing to more intense overdriven-percussion reminiscent of Mutemath, all the while giving the listener something truly unique and original.

Here's a quick video I shot during rehearsal on Monday:

This concert NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR CALENDAR and even deserves a road trip. Darren King (Mutemath) will be on drums for Jeremy's set, and I'll also be playing a few tunes on a side project with Darren, Stacy DuPree (Eisley), and Jeremy. All in all, its gonna' be a good night of music!

I'll make more posts on this as we get closer to the big show.


Monday, January 17, 2011

372 Year Eclipse

Here's a quick sneak-peak of an instrumental tune (372 Year Eclipse) from the new album, BOXES & HUMAN FOG.

If you enjoyed it, PLEASE CLICK HERE and PRE-ORDER your copy today (only $5)! There's another 5 "even-epic-er" tracks...

Much love,

Sunday, January 16, 2011


This past week has been absolutely overwhelming! I prefer to maintain an even whelm.

I could write quite a lot about this weekend in Chicago: the drive, the band, the venue, the hotel, the food, the bitter cold...but i'll just let these few pics do the storytelling.

Hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend. Take care.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Congrats to The Civil Wars!

I've been a HUGE fan of this duo for quite some time. Last night, The Civil Wars had their television debut on Leno, performing their title track, Barton Hollow.


p.s. if you're in the Chicago area, I hope to see you out at our show tonight!
The Underground Lounge @ 9PM (952 West Newport Avenue)

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Here's some lyrics/poetry I ran across today that I thought I'd share with you. You've all probably met this person. Maybe you are this person. I know I've been both. For whatever reason, I felt it was appropriate for my here and now.


© 2009 Ross Christopher

Don’t you wish you could excuse yourself
But the distraction is too much
Its made you lose sight of your way
And now all you know is the place you’re in

Like a constant reminder of what you’ve forgotten to do
How you’ve stopped living and let go
You’ve been blinded by a false god
That seemed so perfect to take you where you needed to be

And you’re left alone
With a void that burns

And you’re broken down in pieces
Of lessons unlearned

Everyone told you good job
Everyone said you were right
But you’d lied for too long
And they just didn’t want to see you sink anymore

And you’re left alone
With a void that burns

And you’re broken down in pieces

Of lessons unlearned

So what’s next
Where from here
How do you get back
From a lifelong tragedy

And you’re left alone
With a void that burns

And you’re broken down in pieces
Of lessons unlearned


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another Mustache Moment

Here's a short video of Cora doing her best to get the candles out of her EPIC, pink mustache cake!


p.s. I promise an in-depth post about the weekend and celebration of my grandma later this week

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Thanks for your continued support,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mustache Party...

What's a mustache party? It's what you get when you have an awesome 3 year old request her own birthday theme (complete with a pink mustache cake)!

Happy birthday Cora!

I can't believe you turn 3 on Sunday. It seems WAY TOO OLD, WAY TOO FAST!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mark Twain: a precursor to an untrue history

Recently I read that the newest editions of Mark Twain's, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been edited. Have you read it? I remember it from 7th or 8th grade. I remember reading it aloud in the classroom, 1 paragraph at a time. I remember cringing when I had to read the N-word aloud too.

Now, kids won't have to cringe anymore.

But, perhaps I learned a dirty (yet true) history of the American past. I didn't become racist from reading the word. If any response and reaction was made, it was a sadness that this was normal speak of the 1800's.

So now we have edited, PC versions of the classics emerging; and even though we may no longer have to cringe and feel uncomfortable as we read these degrading and de-humanizing words and descriptors, we will certainly forget how far we have come, the accomplishments of so many to end this "normalcy."

What are the long term implications - what does this do to art in general?

Will artists now write in such a way that is fearful of future edits?

Will we write more bland, so as to avoid the possibility of differing future opinions?

My 2 cents,

p.s. i'd love to discuss this...especially from any teachers

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

TOP 10 Albums of the Decade

Ok, so i've done my TOP 5 albums of 2010...but now comes the REAL list!

Here's my TOP 10 of the 2000's (in no particular order - that task was just too tough for me to do a job I could live with).

These are the albums I was in love with and playing constantly in college, post-college, and yesterday. They remain mainstays in my rotations, and have influenced me a TON! I'm sure if you listen close enough, you'll hear nods and references to these in my own albums and recordings.

Please feel free to share your top albums as well - I'm eager to see what has influenced you!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

8 AMAZING Years!

Today, Kate and I celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary! Its amazing to look back at old photos and stories, trips we've taken, and additions we've created, and think about all of the wonderful memories of 8 short years!

From Truman State to Kansas City, St. Louis to having Cora, fun family trips to having Olive. Its all flown bye so so very fast...I am so thankful for Kate, my best friend, and the love of my life!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

on the road w/ a new setlist

This coming week I hit the road with the band (Sam - Rhodes/noise & Andre - drums) for a handful of shows over the next 2 weeks. With my upcoming album, BOXES & HUMAN FOG nearly out, the band has learned several new (never before played-live) tracks and I'm absolutely STOKED to play them for you guys, and solicit your response.

We're still working out the setlist, and with 1 more rehearsal before we hit the road, we'll iron it out fully. But for now, here's what we're looking at:

War on War

Doubt Brings Hope

Wicked Love

Blinded My Eyes

Olive May I
Saints Today
The River Child

Now it's time to make playlists and get podcasts ready for the long drives back and forth, across the midwest!

January 9 - Jerry's Bait Shop - Lenexa, KS - 8PM
January 10 - Jerry's Bait Shop - Lee's Summit, MO - 8PM
January 14 - The Underground Lounge - Chicago, IL - 9PM
January 15 - Benefit Concert - St. Louis, MO - 8PM
January 19 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO - 9PM

Peace and I hope you'll all make it out to a show!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

TOP 5 Films of 2010

Keeping in step with all of the "best of" lists, and TOP 5-10's, here's my TOP 5 list for best films of 2010...

#1 - Black Swan

#2 - Inception

#3 - Black Dynamite

#4 - Toy Story 3

#5 - The Social Network

*Black Swan was LIGHT YEARS better than any of the other 4 mentioned (just so you know)

And there ya' have it...I hope all had a wonderful and memorable NYE!

A special thanks to Carson Daily for making 2010 especially great (completely joking)!