Episode 1

"If one but tell a thing well, it moves on with undying voice, and over the fruitful earth and across the sea goes the bright gleam of noble deeds ever unquenchable." Pindar, 518-438 BC

Normally, blogs are supposed to tell the reader something that the blogger wants them to know. But since I'm not exactly normal, I guess I'll start my inaugural blog with a question.

Did (or do) any of y'all ever feel the overwhelming need to make a statement or tell a story that resounds across the earth and sea with an "undying voice" - that resonates irresistibly, not just in space/time but in the hearts of everyone who hears it, wherever and whenever they might be?

For me, that's what it means to be a musician. A lofty and difficult goal, I agree but really, all the supposed glamour and coolness of this lifestyle: being in a different town and hotel almost every night, seeing new places, meeting new people, drinking champagne (or in my case, Kool-Aid) and eating in fancy restaurants isn't worth the effort and stress of the recurring financial uncertainty, the long days and nights spent away from loved ones, the mind-numbing tedium of rehearsals or booking shows... not to mention the endless driving, the ever-present fear of failure and risk of rejection, the not-getting-to-eat-pizza-six-days-a-week-because-it's-bad-for-my-voice, among so many other hardships.

But I do it all again and again just for the chance to make something powerful and beautiful that didn't exist before - to make something that might change the world in a good way, or at least make your life better for awhile.

When I started this journey, I was either so blinded by passion or maybe just too dumb to consider beforehand whether I could make it or not, so I just went ahead and did it. And apparently, I'm still too dumb to cut my losses now and salvage the bit of my life that remains. But what can I say? I'm a slow learner. It appears that I'm not going away anytime soon, so y'all may as well get comfortable. And if you hear a loud noise on the wind sometime, that just might be me trying to get my undying voice to speak across the universe...

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"All you need... is three chords and the truth.” Harlan Howard

"Looking at music itself, you will find that from the beginning of the world it has been instilled and implanted in all creatures, individually and collectively..." Martin Luther

"I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor." Martin Luther