10 Rules for Writing Your First Draft

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When Consequences Come to Drive Away

When Consequences Come to Drive Away

This is the first time we’ve ever played “When Consequences Come” before a live audience, at least that I can remember. I don’t know why it took so long… it’s a very personal song and it seems to resonate with a lot of people. I guess I was worried that I couldn’t come up with
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Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

Matthew’s Throat vs. The Evils of Commerce

It’s a cruel, double-edged sword, this convention thing. On the positive side, I get to meet all kinds of cool people wearing cool outfits and wielding cool props. On the negative, every dealer’s den (or sales floor, etc.) is the same torturous shout-fest no matter which convention I go to. Anthrocon‘s aircraft-hangar-sized room is by
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The Best Days Of Our Lives

There are those for whom the best days of their lives were their teenage years- high school, summer break, all the romantic crap that John Mellencamp and Brian Adams sang about in the 80’s. Then there are the rest of us whose high school years were made a living hell, mostly by that first group
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I Can’t Solder (In Bed)

You know you do it, I do too. You end every fortune cookie with a given phrase: …in bed. …except in bed. …with animals. (My old church youth leader taught us that one, actually.) Here’s a new one for you: Yet. There’s a huge difference between “I can’t do that” and “I can’t do that
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Autotune: Spawn of Satan or Delicate Tool?

Autotune: Spawn of Satan or Delicate Tool?

It’s 2013. Autotune has happened and we all have to live with it. For some artists (Swift, Spears), it’s the only way they can do a live show without being booed off the stage. For others (Counting Crows, Dylan, Petty), autotune would have destroyed the very sound that made them unique. In the 90’s, lip-synching
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I Wish I Were – Live at FWA 2013

I Wish I Were – Live at FWA 2013

Imagine, if you can, the future as prophesied by modern action thrillers. The holy texts are movies like Demolition Man and The Matrix. Nicholas Cage is a prophet. Society, apparently, is fucked, but at least the music is still good.

My Wish List for Pandora Radio

My Wish List for Pandora Radio

You know I love Pandora. It’s what keeps me sane on car trips, long set-constructing days, or pretty much any time I spend not listening to NPR. I also love the fact that my music is being introduced to new people every day without having to spend a fortune on radio promotion. That being said,
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Cancer Cannot Silence The Creative

Cancer Cannot Silence The Creative

Will You Light My Way Today I learned that the woman responsible for extending my vocal range by an octave or better has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My father sent me an article from the local paper about a benefit concert- tonight -for Marge Halvorson. I haven’t spoken to her in years, but the
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The Last Pirate – Live at FWA 2013

The Last Pirate – Live at FWA 2013

Some piano rock, some thoughts on the modern destruction of the English language, and a gang of rowdy pirates. What more could I ask for?

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