“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Welcome to my first blog post! There’s also a lot of fresh things here aside from the blog. The website is brand new, the release of my first ever solo video, “Song for Ramida”, and the first time I started a piece of writing with a quote. So I guess it’s also the first day I became a pretentious hipster….
I have been playing in my band Consider the Source pretty much exclusively for over a decade, which has been so much fun, super uplifting, and has helped shape me into the musician I am today. Though I’ve wanted to branch out and pursue some other things as well for some time. All of these new things that you’re seeing here are the first steps in that direction, especially “Song for Ramida”.
“Song for Ramida” was inspired by my God daughter, Ramida, who up to this point I still haven’t met since she lives out in California and I’m in New York. I love her already and I know she’s gonna be the the coolest kid on the planet. Her father is my best friend, a super funny and lovable dude and her mom is one of the sweetest and most nurturing people i’ve ever met. The song came to me shortly after Ramida was born and writing it came together very quickly. When you have a strong emotion fueling what you write the ideas come flowing much easier than if you’re simply trying to find a series of cool riffs that work with one another (though that’s a perfectly valid way of writing too in my opinion, just convey’s a different thing…). Moments of inspiration like that are why I’ve devoted my life to music. I try, within the best of my abilities, to express in musical terms the things that mean the most to me.
There will be many more updates in the coming weeks on some exciting new pieces and performances from my solo + duo project ventures, as well as CTS news. Come back any time you’d like and check it out!
“Song for Ramida”