Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sigur Ros
Salt Lake City
Happy birthday Hae-jin.

1. The edge of the world...
2. Not the great salt lake but still pretty cool.
3. Ahh love :)
4. The view from behind the Great Salt Air theater
5. The cooler view from behind the Great Salt Air theater

Sunday, September 28, 2008

In three hours I will be leaving for the airport. For Hae-jin's birthday I presented her with a choice. She could either have a "thing" or an "experience." I had imagined the details of each in my mind but I did not tell her what they were. She had to choose based simply on that limited information.
She chose the experience :)
I cashed in my frequent flier miles and we are heading to Salt Lake City to watch our favorite band, Sigur Ros, play a show at the beautiful Great Salt Air theater!
We arrive around lunch time and will leave Monday morning to return home but we are both thrilled to see our favorite band play for the first time.
I hope we get to see Melanie!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wow, this was a fun break from the financial disaster that has invaded our week. Thanks for taking the time to look and cast a vote. I had lunch today with my Dad and told him about this whole thing. He thought it was hilarious and really enjoyed the thought of friends from Estonia, France, and Japan all weighing in.
Congratulations to Monique who gave me the first correct answer!! He is the handsome gentleman standing third from the left. Send me your cd choice and address in the comments and I will send it out to you right away. (and I wont post your info)

Have a good night friends, I am playing scrabble with my girl and watching Anderson Cooper. (she is beating me by a lot of points) What are you up tonight?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bridge!

This is my Dad's old band called the Bridge :)
An old friend of my parents found this picture from back in the 70's. Can you guess which one is my Dad???
I will post the answer tomorrow night and the first one to guess it correct will get a prize... I will send you a signed Mae cd of your choice. Let the guessing begin!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I am packing up to drive to Maine for our show there tomorrow night. It will be another long drive (15 hours give or take) and I have loaded up the ole iPhone with some fresh content including:
1. the Scrabble app
2. the NPR concert series recordings of Radiohead, Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, and Nada Surf
3. disks 6-10 of "Einstein" (the newest biography containing all of his letters)
4. four episodes from WYNC's Radio Lab (which was highly recommended to me by my friend Ryan of Sleeping at Last at the Nashville conference last week)
5. The new Brooke Waggoner record! I am hoping we can have her out on our spring tour. Here is a link to her myspace, tell me if you enjoy it. I think its great! We had the chance to meet at the Nashville conference last week and I got to see her perform on Tuesday evening. It was amazing and I hope we can share her music with our fans.


So, if you are in Maine, see you soon :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Here is another article/interview from Caitlin, thanks for sharing:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I was just sent this link to a little interview I did for my college paper. There are a couple of incorrect details but the gist of it is pretty right on. I must say that it was one of most enjoyable interviews I have done.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

We are in a very unsexy hotel in the very sexy state of Florida. We just arrived after a nice ten hour drive through the night. Gas has jumped to an incredible $4.99 in many spots. I took the 3AM to 8AM shift by choice and loved it. There are moments where that kind of drive is the absolute worst thing imaginable. Somehow, there are other moments (that admittedly are hard to imagine) where driving through the night like that is wonderfully peaceful and almost sacred.
I got this really cool audio book on the biography of Einstein and I listened to it for hours as I drove. Then, as the sun began to slowly grey the horizon, I switched over to music and let my new favorite song carry me into the morning.
Vince (from Army of Me) came down to Va Beach yesterday and we met briefly for a coffee and conversation before we took off on our road trip to Florida. He played this song when he was at my house for the birthday party and it has been haunting me ever since. Yesterday he gave me a cd that he had made on Garage Band. There are some songs you can spend a million dollars trying to make sound like they are worth someone's dollar on iTunes. And there are others made for free with a pure heart and single microphone that even if you paid a million dollars you would feel like you hadn't paid enough. This is one of those songs for me. Its like a key that comes along at the precise moment it is required to unlock you from chains you didn't know you were wearing. I must have listened to it 15 times as the sun broke through.

I just posted some thoughts from this Nashville trip on

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Got some love in the new AP...

(by the way, this was an awesome day and I am looking forward to sharing the stories with you)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Tomorrow morning I will be flying out to Nashville for a couple of days to attend the Sapere Artist Retreat. This should be a pretty enjoyable few days and I will fill you in on all the stories as they happen. I have been told that the format will include panel discussion, Q&A, conversation about art and faith, and music. Here is an abbreviated list of speakers/panelists (and chef...sweet!)

Guest speakers include:

• David Kinnaman, author of the best-selling book, unChristian: What
a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity
• Anna Broadway, popular blogger and author of Sexless In The City:
A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity
• David Dark, author of Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in
Radiohead, the Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons
• Mark Scandrette, poet and author of Soul Graffiti: Making A Life
in the Way of Jesus
• Charlie Peacock, author of New Way To Be Human

A Special Surprise Guest is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon!

Amazing food will be prepared by California guest chef Kathi Riley-
Smith, including a light breakfast at registration on Tuesday morning
at 9AM, so come hungry! Kathi's food-cred is on stun (Chez Panisse,
Zuni Cafe). She was nominated by “Food and Wine Magazine” as one of
the 25 Hot New American Chefs.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Birthday photos continued:
1. and 2. Vince stayed in town with Zach and I and played some new jams after breakfast. One in particular, tentatively called "Love Song" is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in a long time. I cannot convey what a privilege it is to have a moment like that in your home. (also notice the amazing lion party balloon enjoying the concert just above Vince's head)
3. Sister Alison and Lady Haej enjoying the sunset while Micah and I are off skating a hill.
4. Reflections.
5. Always take the time to stop and appreciate :)

The Birthday Weekend
1. Fishing with Dad and the little bros out in Suffolk.
2. The Cake compliments of Hae-jin.
3. The party (which was kept relatively low key...) I was fortunate enough to have a few out of town friends roll in as well as my local crew. Andrew McMahon and Casper Johnson rolled by after the Jack's Mannequin show in Portsmouth and Vince Scheuerman of Army of Me came all the way from D.C.
4. Mexican fiesta with the fam. No, I didn't get to keep the hat :(
5. Micah following in the footsteps of big bro. Wear that safety helmet!

It was a wonderful weekend and I appreciate all of the kind regards.