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My Piece Is on the Front Cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine

My Piece Is on the Front Cover of Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Landing the cover of a magazine is any writer’s dream. But in my case, it’s not just any magazine – it’s Acoustic Guitar, a magazine I read religiously when I first started to play guitar at 15. Given my background in classical guitar, I was […]

It’s All Written in The Stars

It’s All Written in The Stars

The other day I was basking in the joys of spring cleaning, when I stumbled upon an envelope dating back to 1993. I was about to shred it, but I did a double take when realized I had a treasure in my hands. The recipient […]

New Video Alert! Água e Vinho Featuring Matt Solis and Yours Truly

New Video Alert! Água e Vinho Featuring Matt Solis and Yours Truly

My good friend Matt Solis and I got together recently to make some music, and the result is below! What you’re hearing is “Água e Vinho,” a track by Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti (Água e Vinho is Portuguese for water and wine). May you bask […]

I Love Ceviche So Much I Wrote a Poem About It

I Love Ceviche So Much I Wrote a Poem About It

I’ve got a thing for ceviche. I could literally eat it every day – but there’s a specific kind I’m particularly fond of: Peruvian. It is a thing of beauty – raw fish (and other seafood if you get the works) exquisitely marinated in tangy […]

Random (and Not So Random) Encounters with Guitar Picks

Random (and Not So Random) Encounters with Guitar Picks

For many, it’s a lucky penny. For me, it’s a lucky pick – guitar pick, that is. You see, guitar picks of all makes and models constantly show up in my life in the most unexpected moments. My first significant encounter with a guitar pick […]

Invigorating Music that Inspires Workday Productivity

Invigorating Music that Inspires Workday Productivity

When I was working at Fender, a writer for The Arizona Republic came to the office to interview my colleague for a piece she was writing on what employees listen to while working. You can read that here. I thought it was a cool topic […]

I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie

I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie

Today marks a holiday of the highest level of importance: National Coffee Day. Yes, the day where all of us caffeine junkies congregate to proclaim our profound love for coffee. Because coffee isn’t just a liquid substance we ingest… it’s a way of life. IT IS LIFE. […]

Why You Should Stop Complaining About Mondays

Why You Should Stop Complaining About Mondays

This morning, my Facebook feed was inundated with people complaining about it being Monday. It was depressing. I get it, though. Complaining about Mondays and living your week yearning for Fridays has become as commonplace in society as discussing weather during small talk. It’s embedded […]

If You Want It, Just Ask

If You Want It, Just Ask

A few years ago, I walked confidently into a Starbucks brimming with a smile. When I placed my order, I said assertively, “I’ll take a Venti Iced Americano on the house.” The barista stared at me half bewildered/half bedazzled, nodded, then smiled, and said “Yes! You got […]

How Guitarists Operate in the Kitchen

How Guitarists Operate in the Kitchen

I just liked Jessica Alba a lot more. Her company, The Honest Co., released a video featuring two rockers going about cleaning the dishes in full, blown-out rock star mode, very much like yours truly (ok, not really, but somewhat). Watch below: What is no exaggeration […]