Category Archives: Heart Space

Bear in the Bay this January

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I am super excited to announce …

3 Performances this Week – all in the Bay Area!

And I couldn’t be more excited with some of the artists that I get to share the stage with.

First ….

It Starts Tomorrow Night!! January 18th at No Name Bar

I am performing with the Migrant Pickers at the No Name Bar, one of the coolest local fixtures in Sausalito that is continually supporting live musicians. The show will have a through provoking lyrical lineup of singer/songwriters including Jonathan Westfall, the Migrant Pickers and me.

Show starts at 8ish and goes until whenever. I go on at about 10ish or so.
No Name Bar is a really cool little bar … gotto check it out!! Oh and be careful not to smoke joints on the back porch … I got in trouble for that once. But Bear Blend is fine.

No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Next Sunday at Hotel Utah with Room of Voices

I am so excited to grace the stage of Hotel Utah, another historic music fixture in San Francisco, with one of my favorite new bands that are just smoking hot. You have to come check out the soundscapes and dance structures of Room of Voices, an indie electro-pop duo featuring Mingo Lewis and Karissa Ssapien. Mingo Lewis os only one of the greatest drummers and percussionists that I have ever heard. Here’s a snipit of his bio …

In a career spanning more than 45 years (so far!), percussionist Mingo Lewis has played with some of music’s greatest names, including Chick Corea (and Return to Forever), Al DiMeola, Santana, and the Tubes. He has performed live and/or recorded with hundreds of musicians such as Third World, Miles Davis, Todd Rundgren, and Billy Joel. He has recorded over 100 records, many of which were Grammy winners. Read More Here

Join the Facebook Event – January 25th at 8pm

Hotel Utah 500 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Wednesday January 28th at Farley’s

Next Wednesday, I will be playing at Farley’s Coffee in San Francisco with a the Matt Bacnis Band touring outfit from Seattle with a new style of indie country pop. Check out one of their YouTube Video Here …

I’ve never played at Farley’s before but it looks like a super cool venue. And this show starts early – at 6:30. Come on out and enjoy some well crafted local music in a cool San Francisco Cafe … sounds a little like a multi-cultural, eye-opening experience for anyone wandering the city on a Wednesday Evening. It will definitely be a moment to remember.

Thank you all so much for supporting live music! Carry on into the musical night!

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The Famous Hermit

There’s nothing like the smell of the ocean air sitting on the porch on Navy Rd with my guitar singing to the wind and the paddle boarders floating by. They wave eagerly because they think that I must be a big name musician to be sitting there writing songs with a view like that. Its all about perception. We can always look bigger than we really are.

It was really easy to look big when I was being broadcast on a the megatronic stage-side screen in front of thousands of cheering music lovers. They didn’t know me before that, but once they saw me on that screen, they believed. But even after all these years and hundreds of performances, truth be told, I still feel like the same lonely kid hitchhiking through Europe with a guitar on my back. Everyone always welcomes me with open arms, so it feels like I belong to everyone and but really I belong to no one. I am like a famous hermit. I am most comfortable either surrounded by large groups of wide eyes and open hearts or meditating alone on a stone in the redwoods. Those are my two jams.

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We live in a time of giant movements of energy, artists with viral videos, people making huge money and then loosing everything in a heartbeat. But I still remember what it feels like to live in a Tipi on a dirt floor. I still remember what it feels like to lay out in the psychedelic grass and stare at the dancing stars. I can hear the voice of my own heart, thanks to all my wisdom teachers and spirit mentors. And while I enjoy my moments of blissful solitude, I crave the big stage and the lights and the tears and the laughter and the music. I want to hear my voice amplified to thousands. I want to hear the delicate strumming of the guitar elevated to all your ears so that you feel it echo in your soul. I want to connect with you all and have the best night of all of our lives. So, right now, I am just starting to perform again after a long break. And, although in my past I have performed with bands and crews, I am gearing up to hit the road this time as a solo artist. This time I will be relying on the orchestra of angels to be my backup band. And I just want everyone to know, that I am more on fire than I ever have been.

Oh and call me right away, because I am ready to come to your town and share that moment with you now. And this too shall pass.

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Music is Fifty Percent Listening

angel_musicMany of you know me as a musician. Some of you know that I am an entrepreneur and creative director. Some of you know that I am a workaholic and very passionate about what I am doing. But barely anyone knows what the world is like inside of my mind and my heart. No matter how acutely we listen to the intricacies of each others words and thoughts, there is so much that we do not know about each other. It is easy to make us stories and sing songs, but often the hardest part about connecting with the world is listening. Learning to truly listen to every subtle vibration.

I studied Thomas Merton and St. Anthony and I learned the secrets of the silence. I sat in silent circles listening and waiting for god to breathe through us. One of my most profound musical influences was a man named Max who lived in Mount Shasta. He taught me how to play the gongs and the prayer bowls, how to use them to “communicate with the angels”. He said that the angels love music because it makes them feel almost as if they are alive, as if they have skin and bones and breath and sensation like us.

He told me, that when I am channeling music, I am creating a conduit to the angels so that they can come and listen to what real human emotions sound like. He said that through my music they will understand love and pain, triumph and defeat, struggle and resolution. “But,” he said, and this was the most crucial part, “you must never fill the whole conduit with your sounds. Only fill half of it and leave the other half empty. In the 50% of silence, listen for the angels and you will hear them singing back to you.” When he told me that, it was like an LSD epiphany that tickled my DNA and reminded me of what I already knew.

Music is about fifty percent listening.

I spent years cultivating the stillness to listen to even the most subtle frequencies. Sometimes, I sing one song and then just wait and listen. When I am quiet enough, I can hear the angels singing all the time. In my heart, I am always holding space for the angels, I am listening to the earth and the birds. The earth is always singing. The challenge is to be quiet enough so that we can really listen to each other as if we were each other’s angels.