Hints of Change

Sometimes we become adept at sensing a change before it even begins to unravel. Big circumstances bring about an air of inevitable change: getting a license to drive, graduating from high school, moving off to college, and walking down the aisle to receive an undergrad degree. Small moments can capture it—the first skip of rock …

The Subtle Art of Listening

How to Create the Perfect Listening Space 1. Comfy Couch 2. Cozy Headphones/Sound System 3. Lounge Clothes 4. Comfort Food 5. Sunlight Optional: Dessert-Themed Scented Candle (i.e. – Birthday Cake) I don’t remember the last time I set aside a portion of time to intentionally listen to the entirety of a full-length album. We’re constantly …

Ten Concerts and a Lie

1. Luke Bryan 2. Randy Houser 3. Miranda Lambert 4. Tom Chapin 5. Vince Gill 6. Kenny Burrell 7. Flyleaf 8. The Devil Wears Prada 9. Justin Timberlake 10. Gallant When I was younger, concerts were magical. The deafening bass the echoed through subwoofers taller than me, that pulsated through my chest. The multitude of …

Take a Deep Breath

It’s hard to catch your breath in a never-ending stream of going-on. Work. Errands. Sustaining health. Holidays. Goals. The list, if you start one, becomes an infinite circle of routine, obligation, and mundane attempts to survive. Life can get in the way like that, on occasion. As I settle into post-grad life, or “adult-ing”, the …

Am I Blue?

Even though it’s Sunday, I still checked my mailbox. I was hopeful and expectant that something wonderful was behind that mundane little plastic door, aside from the miscellaneous junk mail that I had left a few days before. As I opened my front door, my excitement began to rise. Seventy degrees, a number I couldn’t …

Elastic Songs

There’s beauty in the elasticity of music. A song can mean to you a thousand different things that it does to anyone else, and not even touch the original thoughts of the songwriter. A lyric can capture an given emotion within a spontaneous circumstance. A perception can morph a track into countless stories, ideas, and …

The Art of Learning

Cheesy title, I know. But on this cool, early Spring morning I find the phrase to be ever so relevant. Consuming is a simple process. Every day you consume a conglomeration of calories, interactions, words, music, and experiences. We all consume our fair share of media through small, glowing screens every hour on the dot. …

The Equation

  The latin reads: “All that is human is smoke, show, vanity and the picture of a stage.”  Art is in my blood. I descended from a family full of painters, writers, art collectors, and photographers. I grew up with a basement full of old canvases, and not just the paintings of my dad’s but …

Different Day, Same Notebook….Same Cat

If I walked you through my daily ritual, you most likely wouldn’t get excited over it. Just like countless other days, my mornings are for coffee, afternoons contain work, and evenings ensue total relaxation (I write that clinging to an ideal sense of hope). Of course, minor incidents and changes can often affect that daily …