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Many Miles

Old Guitar Case

20+ years. Thousands of Miles. Countless Memories.

The guitar lives on but there isn’t enough duct tape in Louisiana to keep this case on the road.

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Accidental Recording

One of the things I love about the creative process is that it is so unpredictable. You can plan everything perfectly and end up with nothing. And you can plan nothing and achieve what eluded you throughout your previous efforts.

I went to Rob Norton’s house this evening to work on some songs for an upcoming recording session. While there, Rob wanted to test out a new microphone he just purchased. No production. No forethought. Just a simple mic test.

Rewind now to last week when I discovered a Townes Van Zandt song I had never heard. Robert Earl Keen recorded a version and it ended up on NPR’s series about winter songs. I immediately sought out the Townes version and have been obsessing over it ever since.

So when Rob hit record this is what came out. Unplanned and raw. Complete with mistakes. Yet capturing something that I like. It feels real. What more can I look for?

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Sometimes Old is New

1930s Gibson L-00

1930s Gibson L-00

This beauty recently came into my life. She has had a tough life and has the scars to prove it. But she also has a deep and resonate soul. I played her for the past month so we could get to know each other. Now she is on her way to Athens, OH to Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop for some long overdue TLC.

It has been a long time since an instrument inspired me to play like this one has. It sucks not to be able to play her for the next few weeks but I know that she will be an even better instrument when I get her back.

Travel safely and come home soon!

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American Dream

Despite the title, this is not a post about the renovation of our house. Rather, I just wrote a song last night and made this demo. I thought I would share it. If you like it, you can download it for free.

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Tile and Tunes

Returned to New Orleans today following some business travel and some personal time with my family in Virginia.

Our plane landed mid-day so when we arrived back at the house work was in full swing. Mike and Rick were installing the wall tile in the downstairs bathroom.

tile being installed

First sighting of the tile being installed in the downstairs bathroom.

By the end of the day a good bit of the tile was up. Seeing this makes it seem like the project will one day be completed.

Subway tile installed

End of day one of tile install in the downstairs bathroom.

Needing to stay busy while the guys were here working, K and I decided to work on getting the kitchen into some sort of functional state. While I was traveling, Ben and Rob stopped by and helped K move the refrigerator into the kitchen — no small feat involving removal of handles and doors — and hook up the Chambers stove. Today I worked on painting some shelves and K figured out how to turn four random pieces of furniture into a kitchen. I think she did a great job. I am thinking of this as Kitchen 1.0 — knowing that we will be iterating as we discover what works and what needs improvement.

first iteration of the kitchen

Kitchen 1.0

No heavy lifting tonight though. We are relaxing. K is catching up on some PBS and I am working on version 1.1 of the music room since two of my tables just migrated down to the kitchen this afternoon. The good thing about version 1.1 is that the turntable is actually hooked up to the stereo. First up on vinyl in the new house: Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Record Player Finally Hooked Up

First Vinyl Played in the New House: Stevie Ray Vaughan

The track was Tin Pan Alley for those of you keeping score at home.

The rest of the soundtrack for the writing of this post: Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy and Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Concert.

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