Super honored to have my song, ‘Italians are Singing from their Window’ as one of American Songwriter’s favorite songs of 2020. The song sits alongside such luminaries as Finneas, John Prine, CeeLo Green, and Paul Simon
You can purchase the song here!
I was commissioned to write a theme song for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s segment, ‘Exquisite Failure’. Each week, sideshow artist, Keith Nelson, attempts a new trick in front of the audience. The emphasis of the segment is on how failure is important on the way to success. People seeing the segment have asked for the theme song to be sold – so here it is – on Bandcamp!
So excited to have been interviewed by Michael Harren for his podcast, MikeyPod. Check it HERE! We talked about the new album and the creative process. Take a listen if you want to understand how I write, and how ‘Postcards from the Rearview Mirror’ came together.
“– the perfect soundtrack to scream-sing along with on road trips and furiously dance to at full volume in your underwear.“
– Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls.
Excited to receive the first actual review for my new album, ‘Postcards from the Rearview Mirror’ (above). Also, the album was selected as part of Q-Music’s 2020 LGBTQ History Month playlist. Hoorah!
“At a time when it’s easy to focus on the darkness and fall into the fear, any instances of human light shining are more moving than ever. This is one, celebrating this aspect of humanity which persists: to answer fear with gratitude and grace.”
– Paul Zollo, American Songwriter
I am proud to announce that my song, ‘Italians are Singing fromt their Window’ has been featured on American Songwriter. I wrote and recorded it in self-isolation in Brooklyn, in effort to alchemize my anxiety and fear into grace. Please read the interview and take a listen to the song here.
How to Survive a Pandemic.
First off. Breathe.
Breathe deep. Inhale happy, exhale pain. Inhale hope, exhale fear. Relax your asshole. Feel the deepness seep in through your body, through your little liver, through your little and big intestines, through your beautiful heart.
Feel the floor underneath you. Feel the bed underneath you. The chair. Things are still holding up.
Listen to Chet Baker.
Look out the window, at the moon. It’s still there.
Remember what fear is. Fear is an instinct set in you to keep alive. Don’t lose yourself in the fear. Steady it. If you have someone in your life whose hand you can hold, hold it. If you do not, think of everyone you love, and send them love. Tell the world and the wind: we will all be ok. We will all be ok. We will get through this. The world will get through this.
I don’t care if you have to lie to yourself to do this.
Put a plan in place that is going to make you feel safe.
– Make sure you have enough food, water, whatever to make you feel ok.
– Buy a water filter if you can.
– Take stock of what you have and plan.
– Look at your finances. Keep things safe and stable best you can.
– Keep your home organized and beautiful.
– Make your bed.
– If you have incense, burn it.
– Take a breath. It’s still important.
Make a plan for how you are going to get through this.
What will your daily routine be?
Do french via Duelingo
Do 15 minutes of yoga
Go to the internet and respond to emails/organize computer
Do some arm exercises
Call someone and talk
Go outside if you can, for a walk, or just go on the fire-escape
Write a letter
Do voice exercises
Sit at piano and wonder
Connect with someone
Write a journal of love/letter to someone you love
Cheer someone up
Dance party in your underwear
Create something and get lost in it
Take a deep breath
Look at your dream journal. Visualize
Take all your vitamins
Love yourself deeply
Times of change are times of growth. You can sit here in fear, or you can make something of it. What will you do with these times? Here is a plan, an emergency list
– When you are watching Netflix to escape your thoughts, but you know bad seeds are deep inside you, press the pause button.
– Take a deep breath
– Take a walk around the apartment and then write down your fears
– Send a message of love to someone you know
– Repeat a mantra – any mantra, and find a way to get inside the joy again.
– Immediately block everyone that is fear mongering and not either linking to facts or honest reactions to where they are in their day.
– Watch government sites closely
– If you have any friends in the media, keep them close
– If you have any doctor/nurse friends, send them love and ask them to keep you aware of any developments
– Limit your time on it, and set yourself daily tasks that you can get lost in.
– Put on music and say no to the bad thoughts.
You will get through this. We will all get through this. This is a massive chance to all take pause, estimate what’s important and focus on it. We will either do that, or fall prey to fear. Don’t let fear win. Common sense, trust in your own heart and needs, and connecting with those that will make you smile. Do that.
And if you can, get a dog.