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I have allies. Friends that connect me to opportunities, loved ones who try to take care of me (as much as I’ll allow…), family members who reach out to me, and strangers often surprise me with kindness and generosity. On any given day, there’s at least one other person trying to do the right thing on my behalf.

Sometimes, that’s easy to forget. The struggle is real these days. Beyond wrestling with this nonsense puzzle of a country we live in, my days are filled with the stress and demands of raising a child, trying to make a living, and keeping my debtors at bay. Just like everyone else. Add in the focus required to create meaningful storytelling, and… It’s amazing I can remember where I left my whiskey.

I keep myself so isolated. I have to reach down deep to pull these words out of me. The outside world can feel like a distraction from that. Yet, nothing is created in a vacuum. I need to actively engage in conversation with the world. Otherwise, the whole endevour becomes ethereal and one way. A ghost shouting through the veil.

Some days it’s not enough to believe in myself. It’s important to remember the people who know my value, the ones who care enough to help me keep my head out of my ass. Here’s to you.

Thanks.


Eric’s tree…

a lot of birthdays recently…and upcoming…it seems like most of my favorite people in this life were born in springtime…i don’t know what that means, but i’m pretty sure it means something…this tree is a memorial for one of the departed

and because I missed a day, here’s a bonus photo for you…

fresh blood on the pavement…

whatever happened here, it wasn’t fun…

Andy Ard and Eric Shively are playing a house show tonight…and guess what…they’re live casting it…who knew???

catch it here: (or go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-supafly-bungalow)

Online video chat by Ustream

7pm Mountain, 9pm Eastern, 6pm pacific…central, you can do the math…

a couple of months ago i thought i had an idea…i would have been better off if i had pursued music…at least i could raise a few bucks playing on the street…if I had any talent…

and then i realize that notion is very romanticized…i know a handful of musicians…and it’s very easy for me to sit on the sidelines and run my mouth…but after someone dropped this interview with Monique Ortiz into my Inbox…

i realized that it’s the same story for most the musicians i know…

Andy Ard works to support his family and still finds a way to scrape together an album…and promote it on local radio…

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Eric Shiveley plays house shows and coffee shops to get his music out into the world, and still manages to produce other folks music too…

even BobbyC…on an indie label…with bookings…and an excellent new release of headphone gems…

yet, a word of mouth recommendation from a nobody like me still helps to get people to listen to his work…

and these guys are the successful ones…for each of them there are three others i know who are getting nowhere…

meanwhile…all i have to do is sit here at my desk and type words until they form sentences that will make up a cohesive and entertaining story…

we just make it look easy…

Eric Shiveley…filmmaker and winner of the best composer award from the Jackson Hole Film Festival…has his award winning soundtrack available on Fuzz.com

wha???…I know…I never heard of it either…so I did some digging and found out you can make cool mixtapes…at least a reasonable digital facsimile…and then embed them on your blog…great…another new toy…here ya go…

I read the fine print…these will only stay up for 15 days…so…enjoy it while it lasts…

Eric Shiveley…filmmaker and winner of the best composer award from the Jackson Hole Film Festival…has his award winning soundtrack available on Fuzz.com

wha???…I know…I never heard of it either…so I did some digging and found out you can make cool mixtapes…at least a reasonable digital facsimile…and then embed them on your blog…great…another new toy…here ya go…

I read the fine print…these will only stay up for 15 days…so…enjoy it while it lasts…

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