This book is the Mic-Drop on the Subject of Creativity, Happiness

Think back on your life’s happiest moments thus far and it’s unlikely that expensive vacations, that 10-hour binge of Netflix last week, or whatever other pleasurable activity we design for ourselves make the list. On the contrary, life’s most enjoyable moments – the times we would consider ourselves to be happiest – are usually formed [...]

Here’s a Piece I wrote About Some Local Maniacs Hired to Paint a 120-foot Tall Church in Tburg

This story appears in the 9.02.15 edition of the Trumansburg Free Press and at ithaca.com. On my day off a few weeks back, I was out and about around town and spotted the dude on the left in the photo – his name is Mike – about halfway up this 120-foot tall corner church. He [...]

I Put Out a New Louiston LP Today. It’s Called ‘Reconciler’, and You Should Hear It.

I'm putting out some new music today. A 10-song record, actually. It's called Reconciler, and it's pretty damn good. Like every other Louiston record, you can grab it here or stream the whole thing on my website or soundcloud. Many, many sweaty hours were put into recording this thing at my house. The LP spans [...]

River Kayaking

Some thoughts while on the latter half of a 10-mile kayaking trip down the Chenango River. • Never has the impression been more profound, the inclination been more fully formed and apparent. I’ve come to terms with this hard inner truth: Kenny Chesney is just the god-damn worst. • In a job interview recently, I [...]

Making a Political Statement vs. Being an Antagonistic Troll

In the small, upstate NY town where I live, there’s a guy that drives around with a confederate flag perched in his flatbed. I saw him the other day for the first time. Another driver motors through town in a pick-up (there’s a trend here) with an enormous sticker urging his literate neighbors to “Kiss [...]

Chris Shiflett – Dead Peasants Frontman, ex-NUFAN, guitarist for emerging alt-rock band – has a very kickass podcast

Discoveries abound on this little internet machine, a not-new fact that revealed itself again recently when I bumped into Chris Shiflett's podcast, Walking the Floor, in which the Foo Fighters guitarist, classic-country fan, and punk-guitar educator interviews various musicians in a refreshingly informal format. In a way, it brings to mind the massive, fascinating tome [...]

Put Simply, “Fourth of July Creek” is an Outstanding Novel Worth Picking Up

It’s been said that the mark of a good book is in the author’s ability to instill a sense of forgetfulness in the reader. That through a compelling story, sharp characters and some good, old fashioned surprises, the engrossed reader forgets he’s even inching through a book at all. Such books are always worth talking [...]

“Hobby Horse” – a film project I had a small hand in – is a Finalist for iPhone Short-Film Crown. Give ‘er a Vote

Jeremy Hurlburt – my good friend and co-writer on our full-length feature, "Zeus" – put together a slick short-film shot entirely on the iPhone and entered it into the Original iPhone Film Festival. I chipped in with a couple of tracks. Now, "Hobby Horse" is a finalist for the big 'ol grand prize and could [...]

Louiston – “Cat Person”, a track off this new record that consumed my life

After a long time at work on a new Louiston record, it is out of my hands, down the street getting mastered at Wilburland Studios. Done. Finished. It's called, Reconciler. It's 10 songs, and it's pretty damn cool, if I may. This is the first track I've received back, a quiet, snarky little ditty called [...]

Happy Holidays From a Retired, Rapping Camel

Mrs. Church Lady burst into the youth program at Rhema Christian Fellowship in Olean, NY, one Sunday morning and announced that there was to be a Christmas play in the next few weeks. Here were your scripts. Lou, here’s yours. Rehearsal is next Sunday. See you then. I glanced at the script, a take on [...]