Singer, composer, and pianist from Queens, and a founding member of hip-hop improv comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme. I write indie soul songs, and delight in spontaneous melody and open space.

Singer, composer, and pianist from Queens. I write indie soul songs and delight in spontaneous melody and open space.

The Cult of Practice

A couple weeks ago, I posted about The Cult of Done. I didn't like it. I said that it undermined the value of actually doing anything, reducing creative work to the art of getting better at checking off little boxes…

Interview on Mandrake FM

I just did an interview with JW Richards over at Mandrake FM. It reads like some of my better thought-out blog entries, so you folks might enjoy it. Here's an excerpt…

The Cult of Doing It Well and Having Fun Doing It

This manifesto has been making the rounds over the past few days. A bunch of “Oh, you just need to do things this way” motivational principles, which most people will look at, say “Yes, that’s what I should be doing!” and then either forget about it, or keep beating themselves up about how they’re not doing it. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a…

Powitanie!

So the video Anya made for me has been doing surprisingly well! The past day or two have had us featured on a couple of popular Polish websites (among others), and it looks like I'm getting some new visitors…

Forbidden Love

Happy Valentine's Day, all. Sorry I'm a little late. Here's a video edited by photographer/filmmaker/firecracker Anya Garrett to a song from my If We Were EP, Sweet Reprise…

A Hater's Perspective on the Grammys

I just watched the second half of the Grammys. I may go back and watch the first half if someone tells me it was worth it. Some thoughts on what I saw…

Test

I woke up this morning with an itch to create. To write something, to make something, to do something. To use my hands for something that would last beyond today…

Do Something

I just read a post over at The Working Musician about the secret formula for making it as a musician. And I think Cameron Mizell may have hit it right on the nose with this one. I'm gonna spoil it for you…

Hallo!

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to check in. I had a great solo show in December. In terms of my own performance, it was my best show yet. I was focused, I had fun, and lots of friends showed up to listen and support. A great way to close out 2008…

I'm also a developer

I specialize in building tools for musicians. For the past couple years, I've been part of the team at Soundfly, a new kind of music school for today's musician.