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The Thrill Lives On

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.

What Will Your Verse Be?

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 →

Two Ways of Looking at Music

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 →

Revisiting the Past, Looking Forward

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 →

A Song A Week

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 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 →

(Don’t) Know Thy Self

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 →

Art vs. Science

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 →

Welcome Back (Almost)

What a strange ride the last six months have been. I didn’t think I’d come away from everything that has happened with anything other than a few scars and some new hardware in my hips, but I have to admit that I have been learning and experiencing new things non-stop since late-November. I’ve been back in San Diego for about… Read more →

Occupy UC Davis

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 →

That Was My Last CD

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 →

No Waste

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 →


When a person decides to “become a musician,” I wonder if they’re really ready for what that means. With all of the YouTube stars and American Idols running around these days, I find myself in a weird place. Mainly, from the outside looking in. I see the monumental success that some of those people have had and while impressive, I… Read more →

Everything Is a Remix

Saw this documentary on Vimeo the other day when I was going through some growing pains. The first few minutes of the clip really spoke to me about how I’ve always seen music and where I want to go with it. I’m thinking about possibly changing the shirts to say something more along those lines instead of the current text… Read more →

Pre-Gig Pep Talk

I’ve never been a confident person. In fact, more often than not, I fight little battles with myself and end up losing to the pessimist in me. It was getting pretty bad at one point that you could kind of tell that I have these weird internal struggles onstage, which is really not the time to be conflicted. So I… Read more →

Saying Goodbye to An Old Friend

It’s funny how attached a person can get to material possessions. I’ve had my trusty silver 2001 Ford Focus since late-2004 and sadly, it was time for me to move on and send my little car off to greener pastures. Maybe it is because I’m another year older that’s making me so sentimental but thinking back on all the fun… Read more →

Neverisms and T-Shirts

One of my favorite people in the San Diego music scene is fellow singer/songwriter, Dave Boodakian (aka Dave Booda). While I don’t get to spend very much time with him, nor are we extremely close, I have watched him become a strong advocate for believing in one’s self. He has these philosophies about being successful and life which are obviously… Read more →

Great Artists Steal

If you live around the Normal Heights area in San Diego, you may (on occasion) see me running around the neighborhood in a white t-shirt and short shorts, scaring all of the elderly folk around. Every once in a while, I’ll run up behind people who are also jogging or enjoying a nice stroll with their small child or dog,… Read more →