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10 Late Night Notes to Self

1. Ramp up your sense of urgency. Your time here is running out. 

2. Worry less about what others think since you could be doing everything you can the way that you want and will still be misunderstood and still won't have pleased everyone. 

3. Push more content out. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just put it out there. 

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CHEMO SONG

Exactly 10 years ago today, I was sitting in the hospital undergoing an experimental chemotherapy for the second time in my life. I had just spent my 40th day and 40th night in that miserable hospital room. During those first 40 days, I wrote numerous songs. One song that resulted from that difficult season ended up on my debut album in the form of a song of encouragement.

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AIN'T ABOUT LOVE

Simply put, AIN’T ABOUT LOVE is my “alt-love” anthem.  More specifically, it is my attempt at describing love as I best understand it thus far. While there are a small, handful of love songs that actually speak eloquently about love, many seem shallow and leave me quite disconnected. My song is an attempt to go beyond the cliché “love song” that talks about an "easy love" that is somehow found, rather than worked for. 

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Wrapping up 2015...

I've always believed that a good beginning makes a good end. With 2015, I’ve reached that particular end. Even with all the trials, the tribulations, joys, successes, and yes... inevitably an insane amount of failures. A year later, I’m still not any clearer about where I'll end up.

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The Road Less Traveled

Farewells are always bittersweet, however you look at them. I recall hearing an old mentor once telling me that you can probably say anything you wanted to someone you thought you might never see ever again. The Japanese have one of the most beautiful ways of saying goodbye. Sayonara, when literally translated, reads ‘Since it must be so.

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