Imposter Syndrome: a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. I think that this feeling is more prevalent among creative types than any other group of people. … Continued
I know you’ve been there too. You have a folder of bounces that looks like this: Final_Mix.wav Final_Mix_01.wav Final_Mix_24.wav Final_Mix_THISISTHELASTONE.wav Final_Mix_PleaseLetThisBeIt.wav Final_Mix_ThisIsMyLifeNow.wav How do we stop this from happening? Say it with me: TAKE. REGULAR. BREAKS. … Continued
Updated May 2018 Does Los Angeles require a permit to street perform? No. (Although Santa Monica does.) Are there any good places to busk in Los Angeles? Yes, but not as great as some other cities. Should I busk … Continued
Back in 2015, I spent a few days in a small hostel in Cali, Colombia after playing at Sancocho Fest in Tuluá.
I was just relaxing most days, working on my Spanish or playing guitar. Every morning I would make myself a cup of coffee, fry a few eggs, and sit on the front stoop watching the locals move about and writing in my journal.
This was written in the past, either yesterday or several years ago. Neither the date, nor the subject, matter. I was browsing through pages I wrote here and there over the years and thought it did a decent job of summarizing the love-life … Continued
So I was on my way to LAX a couple of days ago to catch a flight. My shuttle driver was a tall and happy-go-lucky Egyptian dude whose name I can’t pronounce so I’ll call Aladdin. Aladdin was taking his sweet … Continued
I know everyone has been waiting around with bated breath. The great philosophers of our time have fretted and pined over the lost performance that defined a generation, back in the good old days of 2014 when splendorous music flowed easy through … Continued
I’m going to delve into detail here with an intimate backstory behind the new EP, what it means to me, and what inspired me to write most of the songs on it. I’m going to get kind of personal and put … Continued
I describe in detail my “Rain Man style” technique for language learning in my sophomore book, Two Bucks to Timbuktu. One of the programs I use (mostly for learning nouns, verbs, and very basic sentence structure) is Duolingo. It’s a great … Continued
Being an awkward kid, and a somewhat still awkward adult, I’ve had plenty of horrible, “please kill me now” cringeworthy moments throughout my life. This one easily lands in the top 5. I’m sharing this with you readers after months … Continued