In 2007, I was a poor musician trying find my way in the world. I had just moved to San Diego and didn’t know anyone except my roommate Daniel, who was kind enough to keep me company when I went to little open mics and gigs where no one showed up. He was a student at SDSU at the time and one day he came to me and said, “BB King is going to be playing at my school tonight!” Immediately, I knew I was going, but I had no way to actually get in, considering my financial situation. Luckily, the concert was outdoors, so we sat on the balcony of Love Library listening to one of the most influential guitarists ever play some of the most thrilling and pure blues I’d ever heard (and likely ever hear).
After the show was other, I happened to notice that there was a figure being wheeled up to the tour buses that lined the artist entrance of the Open Air Theater. Like a giddy schoolgirl, I dashed over to the cordoned-off area and screamed, “Thank you, BB!” Without hesitation, the figure replied, “No, thank you!” For a brief moment in time, the man who inspired legends such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and so many more, and was a legend in his own right, acknowledged my existence. To me, it was the most exhilarating moment of my musical life, even as superficial or mundane as the interaction may have been.
When I heard the news that BB had passed away yesterday, I sat and stared at a poster I’ve had of him hanging by the front door of my apartment listening to Live at the Regal, perhaps the greatest live blues recording ever. I came to a comforting realization that while he was a blues musician, he played with unwavering joy and life, and his love for music would continue to inspire and influence people until the end of time.
In an interview he did with PBS in the 1980’s, BB said, “I like to think that my time and my talent is always there for the people that need it.” Thankfully for us all, it is.
I remember the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater. It was 1992 at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, CA. The movie was Aladdin. And like many, many children then and all the way up to today, I was absolutely mesmerized by Genie, the phenomenally cosmic wish-granter voiced by the phenomenally comic and kind Robin Williams. After… Read more →
Sorry for the lack of postings lately… I know I’m way overdue. Anyways, I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to lately, if you are interested. I went on a vacation/pilgrimage of sorts to Montana in August of 2012 with my cousin Andrew to get out of California and clear my head a little bit. While I was there,… Read more →
After about three months of building up the courage to do it, I chopped off my long hair. Well, technically I didn’t do it- my good friend Katie Reinhardt did. And I have to admit… I love it! I know it sounds silly, but I kind of feel like a new person. Like so many dramatic changes in one’s life,… Read more →
I’ve always been a fan of music and have been endlessly fascinated by the mechanics of it. But what really strikes me about it is how much people can be moved- how people’s lives can be changed by hearing the first few seconds of a song like mine was the first time I heard John Mayer’s “No Such Thing”. I… Read more →
It’s funny how life looks in retrospect. You never really know what’s happening in the moment and the more you try to control it, the less fun it becomes and in a lot of ways, that was my reality. This past year has been a weird and wild time for me, musically. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t been… Read more →
I’ve been calling myself a singer/songwriter for a while now. And as ambiguous and contentious as that label is for many of artists in the music community, it does make one thing undeniably clear- I consider myself to be a person that writes songs and sings. The only problem is that I have a hard time calling myself a songwriter… Read more →
I played a show at the legendary Java Joe’s in Ocean Beach the other night and was overwhelmed by the amazing talent of the San Diego music scene. There are so many fantastic singer/songwriters here and it’s a shame that more people aren’t exposed to their music. I think Jeffrey Joe said it best when he said, “On a night… Read more →
I always felt like those ruminations and affirmations of self that people post on Facebook and Twitter in silly fonts and with inspirational backgrounds were just that- cheesy. But lately, I’ve taken to many of them simply because I found myself in a place that was darker and more cynical than I wanted and because I needed frequent reminders that… Read more →
When I first started playing music, I knew right from the start that I would learn so much about myself through exploration, song-writing, performing, and so many other areas that come from being a musician. In the four and a half years that I’ve been performing my own music, I’ve come to understand so much about my personality, my likes… Read more →
I’d like to dedicate a song to someone who I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with in the last few months. A friend with benefits, if you will. This friend helped me through some hard times and made trips to crowded places so much easier. I knew it wouldn’t last, but I’ve enjoyed all the time this friend… Read more →
A few days ago, my childhood friend Daniel said that he never would have guessed I would be “right brained”. I knew he was talking about my newfound interest in photography but it was such a strange idea to me that people would either be artistically inclined or primarily logical. I had never given it much thought before but the… Read more →
Hey everyone, Just thought it was about time to give you all an update about my health. I have been in the hospital since the Friday after Thanksgiving in Oakland, CA after a pretty nasty fall down a steep, rocky hill. I was rushed by ambulance to Marin County General’s ER and ICU and moved over to Kaiser Hospital in… Read more →
So this happened at my alma mater last Friday and the school my sister is currently attending: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BjnR7xET7Uo And then, these started showing up: Reblogged from: http://bicyclebarricade.wordpress.com/ 18 November 2011 Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi Linda P.B. Katehi, I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and… Read more →
I like to think I’m keeping up with the technology trends when it comes to music. I started doing the “Pay What You Want” thing almost a year and a half ago. I began using the Square Reader to accept credit cards at shows shortly after. And now I’m going to stop selling CD’s. That’s right. “Live at Lestat’s” will… Read more →
I’ve been purposely laying low lately. It’s been a really busy year with all the shows, trips and events and I decided after a particularly hectic month that I needed to scale back for a few weeks. It’s been nice, too for a couple of different reasons: 1) My little break has given me some time to recuperate and reassess… Read more →
I was walking to El Zarape with Ashley for lunch (order the calamari burrito- seriously) and I had this thought in my head, as I often do. Or at least, try to. Anyway, the thought went like this (hit it): what if you modeled your life after the concept of “no waste”? I had that phrase in my head and… Read more →