[sounds] Stripped State: Laurel Canyon Recordings

From January to June 2018, my wife Cat costume designed the series adaptation of the podcast Homecoming that shot in L.A., so we decamped Brooklyn for a 1930s cottage aerie perched halfway up Laurel Canyon. I bought a knock around Seagull guitar at the perfect scaled All-In-One guitar shop in Koreatown, and figured I’d have the Gentleman of the Canyon adventure I always dreamt. Over the six months, I took a trip back to my own songwriting time zero, stripped down and raw, to that place where I just sat and thought and wrote and strummed. And listened. And learned, embracing every mistake as an intention…


[img] this falls on 20180818

this falls on 20180818
August 08, 2018 at 10:44PM
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[music video] This Canyon Drive

Figures that living in Laurel Canyon for six months would inspire one of my best tracks. Special place. Will return with more permanence someday.


[dispatch] laughing algorithms

August 02, 2018 at 06:16PM
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[track] The Space In Rain

Rainstorm / 20170717
Bridgehampton, NY
Close friends’ house, Cottage bedroom
improv on a 44-key upright Grieg piano, un-tuned, sticky keys
iPhone w/ a Shure MV88 lightning condenser sitting on a windowsill


[dispatch] 20180721.2115

July 21, 2018 at 09:15AM
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[img] barrels + bootlegs 20180718.1945

July 18, 2018 at 07:45PM
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[img] washed up zero

A zero washed up on the beach today. He said, “I’m looking for some one who wants to get even.”
July 17, 2018 at 11:34AM
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[img] Provoke a plover, run for cover…

“Welcome to Eyewitless News. Our top story: A pissed Piping Plover is pooping on posh people, and politicians and police are powerless. Our Penelope Pepperpane is positioned for a play-by-play. Penelope?”
“Thanks, Preston. They say, ‘Provoke a plover, run for cover.’ Well…”
July 16, 2018 at 11:41AM
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July 15, 2018 at 10:45PM
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[img] shark’s circle of life

July 15, 2018 at 09:58PM
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[dispatch] 20180624.0445: Rainbows End

June 24, 2018 at 04:45AM
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[dispatch] 20180623.0543: Lili ‘Lele

June 23, 2018 at 05:43AM
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[img] one of these surfers need not worry

one of these surfers need not worry about getting rag-dolled by a shore break
June 22, 2018 at 03:31PM
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[img] “California’s been good to me…”

“California’s been good to me / Hope it don’t fall into the sea / Sometimes you got to save yourself / It ain’t like anywhere else…” – Tom Petty
June 15, 2018 at 04:07PM
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[img] Two days left…

Two days left in this canyon light. Six months was an eye blink.
June 14, 2018 at 05:17PM
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[img] “…blue sky imperfect.”

“I am grateful for… the wisps of white clouds that make a blue sky imperfect.” – Sandra O’Connell [@sandraoco]
June 12, 2018 at 08:48PM
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[track] The Last Time Up Ahead

this one’s for the ones who stop to think
this one’s for the ones who always knew
this one’s for the ones who see the absurdity

this was a place we lived in peace
a place we lived in silence
a place we lived together in light

the last time
is cloud nine
and you won’t know
you’re dead

but the saddest time
is the first time
you see
the last time
up ahead

how many days can you see through things
how frayed is a soul made of string
how many ways can a memory bring you down

what happened all the power burned out
what happened all that’s certain’s in doubt
what happened all the love turned it back on us

there’s no one around who doesn’t think they know
nowhere you’re left to be, no place left to go


[track] Canyon Songbird Dream #7

i believe in my dream
I believe in my dream
in my song, i believe you’ll see
all the lives we are to lead

searching for answers
is a waste of precious time
destiny doesn’t ring the bell,
doesn’t tell you you’ve arrived

songbird on an electric line
only knows he’s incomplete
caught up in a lookout for love
all his faith on endless repeat

may never know magic
of a returned call
but he never sounds tragic
never sounds small


[img] The “Rim of the World“

Looking south from the “Rim of the World“ Highway (CA Rte 18), as it winds through Skyforest at 6000 ft.
June 07, 2018 at 02:21AM
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[img] today’s 5K midpoint

today’s 5K midpoint was a living postcard / lake arrowhead / elev. 5100ft
June 05, 2018 at 01:35AM
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