Summer is here in Texas. Let the heat begin. The intense sun brings depression to me this time of year. It becomes a daily battle to not let the climate bring me down. It is one of the main reasons why I hope to be leaving this great state for good in the next few years. More on that when the time comes.
My nephew, Jack, came to town and we took some great photos that ended up being part of my promotional campaign for the new album. He is getting better at video games every year and I’m almost certain he will take my Nintendo crown before the age of ten.
My brand new album, Searching Through That Minor Key, comes out in three weeks on July 7th. I have never been more excited about an album’s release before. However, you got to keep expectations low in this business, whatever that means. You still have time to pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon or if you like actual CDs, like myself, you can order them on Bandcamp. I will even sign them with my fancy silver sharpie.
I turned thirty this year and my father turned sixty. Time is going by too fast. Stop every once and a while to enjoy things and don’t worry so much. Listen to music, read books and watch movies.
Speaking of that, my book suggestion for this post is Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show. I saw the movie first and was blown away. The book is even better. My next book I’m reading is Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on a recommendation from a friend (thanks, Noah!).
My music suggestion is an album called Do Not Leave Baggage All The Way by Secret Dakota Ring. The band is the side project of Andy Ross of OK Go. I mainly got into them because I love all things Josh Kaufman. He’s a great musician (fantastic beard too) from Brooklyn who has played with Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds, Craig Finn, Dawn Landes and many many many others. Do not confuse him with the guy with same name who was on The Voice. If I ever make another record, I hope to have Josh produce it. His band, Rocketship Park, is fabulous and you should find them on your favorite music delivery system.
As far as movies, not much to tell you. I saw San Andreas and it was by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my thirty years on this planet. I’m seeing Jurassic World this week and I’ll let you know on Twitter what I think.
That’s all. I will talk to you again soon. Thanks for taking the time and reading this.
PS. I’m on Periscope. Look me up! I’ll probably do something special for the album release date… play a few songs, chat, whatever.