After 4+ years of not officially releasing any music, I’m finally ready to release my latest album entitled “To: Mom” on Mothers’ Day as a tribute to my late mother and to all the hard-working mamas out there! Click here to pre-order (or order if reading this after May 12) or pre-save / check it out on Spotify:
I’ll also be selling good old CDs, if anyone still uses those. Let me know 🙂
You can get a sneak peak of a couple songs and also purchase/listen here:
This is my first official full-length solo album, not including some albums I released unofficially, when I was a wee little lad. This album features songs that I wrote as early as 2012, such as the title track, as well as songs that I’ve written during the recording process this year such as “Lost in the Day” and Trail Eyes” to name a couple. I almost forgot to mention that the track “Bats” dates back to circa 2007…my college years.
The album mixes traditional and modern folk techniques along with some interesting soundscapes including sound effects recorded naturally in Encinitas, CA during the recording process as you can hear on tracks such as “Trail Eyes” and “When the Winds Grow Wild,” which also includes sounds from Peru years ago.
I’m honored to have guest musicians performing on the album, as well. Ciera DeSilva performs violin on “Lost in the Day.” Alexandra “Xandra” Mason performs additional vocals on “Lost in the Day,” and “Open Road.” Martin Shaw performs violin on “Open Road,” and Colin Scharff performs trumpet on “Not Alone.”
Thank you sincerely for your support and for listening. I’m looking forward to your feedback and wishing all the mamas out there a Happy Mothers’ Day!
My wife, Yumi, and I found a nice cabin on airbnb in Julian, CA. Our three days and two nights there were delightful – a nice mix of work and (mostly) play. We did have one particularly intense brainstorming / planning session that led me to realize that I haven’t posted here on the blog section of my website in a while! I just wanted to stop by and say hi. Oh and yes, we did have some pie! It was delicious, but I must say, Encinitas’ very own Betty’s Pie Whole is right up there with them, in my opinion!
I’ve been very busy, so I didn’t have a chance to mention that I’ve participated in FAWM (February Album Writing Month) again this year – and I made it to 14 songs…despite having only two songs done half way through the month. My SoundCloud page is well past due for an overhaul, but feel free to check it out, anyway!
Otherwise, mostly everything is the same…and continuing to grow. Don’t forget, if you or your friends or colleagues need help with custom music and/or podcast editing, I’m your guy. A custom-tailored, personal song makes for a great, unique gift – just in case you or someone you know is looking for a special gift or a business / podcast jingle.
Before I go, I’m excited to announce that Yumi is learning the ukulele…and she’s learning fast! We had some great uke time together in Julian in front of that fireplace. Let me know if you’re heading to Julian and need a place to stay – I’d love to refer you to the cabin we spent a few days at.
Ok friends – I could keep rambling forever but I think it’s time to go get a green beer from Mr. Peabody’s here in Encinitas. ‘Tis a Saint Patrick’s Day tradition, after all.
Happy Holidays and wishing you a happy, healthy 2018 ahead! 2017 was a wild ride that turned out great, in the end. I’m now performing at almost 25 assisted living/nursing homes as well as farmers’ markets, many private events and more. I’m working with a few more podcasts and my custom-song projects have been coming in steady. I’ve been slowing down in giving guitar lessons, since it has gotten hard to schedule along with our pet sitting business, which is also going very well!
We’ve been making our way around town and to the beach when possible, as well as taking our little adventures away, from time to time. 2017 brought us a new nephew named Azi as well another “newphew,” Lucca, who was recently born last month to our friends. It’s been a year of family moving away and we even moved, back in July (almost forgot about that) to apartments near our old place – still in Encinitas.
There’s so much more to chat about, but I’ll hang it up for now. Looking forward to hearing from you this year.
Just stopping by to let you know that I finally updated my royalty free instrumental music library. If you need music for your project, video, film, commercial, corporate spot, gift, website, advertisement, animation, event or anything else, I’d appreciate if you’d check out my library.
There are tunes in there ranging from soft to loud, folk to rock, sweet to weird, and everything in between with inspiration from all around the world. There’s more to come as my goal is to grow the library to 100+ songs by the end of the year.
Most of the songs are selling for around $15-$20 for standard use.
Contact meHERE if you are interested in using my music in your project!
Long time no chat. As you know, I’m not great at updating you here. In these past few months, I’ve been taking on more and more gigs – mostly at elderly care places. I’ve also been taking on more guitar students, more audio projects and more podcast editing clients. My wife and my pet sitting business Encinitas Pet Sitting has also been growing more and more each month. This has left me with less time to stop by the blog here and say hi.
My Facebook was also hacked and disappeared which demotivated me to partake in all forms of social media for a while…I’ll be back. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram and of course can always contact me here!
I’ve been so honored and blessed to have these new gigs and projects. I really enjoy playing at the old folks homes. I have my own Great Grandmother Mabel to thank for watching me play guitar and dance around like a fool over 10 years ago. I also have Elvis and Yerba Mate to thank for the inspiration and energy.
On another note, I’ve moved my music studio to another location which have give me more space to create and record. It has also given us much more space in our tiny guest home that we rent here in beautiful Encinitas.
I’ve already been picking up a few private party gigs as the weather is warming up and I’m looking forward to meeting more folks by playing at birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, etc.
I’ve also been trying to learn to surf…I just keep reminding myself how hard guitar was when I was first learning and that gives me a little hope…but it’s not looking good for me so far on the waves 😉
Anywho, back to work! Hope to hear from you soon, friends. Drop a line any time!