i grew up in an oaky canyon between ventura & ojai,
sand dollaring & water riding with a band of friends called "the bros."
i had two sisters, so it was extra nice to have some bros.
at 13 i was replanted in the concrete pancake of l.a.,
where i somehow went to an all boys, all brick, jesuit high school
& realized the world was much bigger & badder than i thought.
at 18 i turned back north & went to college at u.c.s.b.,
which is when i started writing poems & songs
& trying on long skirts, long wind, jeff buckley, & taoism.
i almost had a band called “close” with my cousins michael vos & ted lennon,
but it mostly amounted to some basement tapes & a graduation breakup gig.
since then, for about 14 years, i've thought:
any day now i’ll get a band together!
well..... lots of almosts & one man banding.
lots of tables waiting & right girl looking.
lots of free time spending:
mexico, canada, you're up, africa.
even some in the u.s.a.!
then, on my 900th night at the firebird,
i met a quiet girl with arab eyes & a smooth voice
who wrote "it's reciprocal" on a napkin with her number.
i followed her to new york to see what would happen,
& a lot did, & is, but not a band.
in 2007 i flew down to austin to make a record with my friend,
emile millar. i thought i'd finish it back in brooklyn,
but then karen & i started a long, slow move back to california,
found a tin house on a fruit ranch in carpinteria,
got merried, babied, moved to ojai,
& have now been blessed with another baby!
along the way i chipped away & finally called the album done.
some small goals take a long time,
but at least on the record i kinda got a band!
thanks for hearing out my long wind.
sow long & soul longer,
p.s. feel free to write me back in the contact box below