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Wintry MixTape II

To celebrate the end of another wild and wonderful year of music, I’ve put together another… Wintry MixTape! This year’s volume is again filled with music by people I’ve had the joy of sharing stages with over the course of the year. It’s a wide range of stuff, from folk to synth pop, to poetry […]



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One Month Later, One Thousand Dead

This essay first appeared on DailyKOS on November 1. You can view it there if you’d like.  I researched and wrote most of this while in residency at Williams College in October playing violin, percussion, and singing a brilliant score composed by Ileana Perez Velazquez for a production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play Blood Wedding. We […]



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~ Growing Song Redux ~

We’ve got a remix! Check it, download it, bump it, love it! Lavalle and Angelica (aka My Midnight Heart) are two dear friends and Hot Holy collaborators and I’m so proud that you get to hear this track in this form. We actually worked on this for a long time when Hot Holy Mess was […]



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White people talking to each other about race.

Watching from afar the recent events in Baltimore, thinking about race in America, reminded me of this exchange I had last year with a stranger on facebook. These conversations are long and arduous and crazy-making, but we need to have them. We have to talk about it, we have to acknowledge these hard truths of […]



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Dear Bobby

A message I received through my website the other day: From: Celebrate A New Life<‘bobby@hopebythesea.com‘> Date: Mar 5, 2015, 1:05:18 AM To:  Subject: Celebrate A New Life From: Celebrate A New Life <bobby@hopebythesea.com> Subject: Celebrate A New LifeMessage Body: you may feel you are facing an impossible situation, but the bible says, “God… is able to do far […]



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Growing Song Video

The summer after I was in 8th Grade, my family took a trip to Montana to visit my Aunt and Uncle and Cousins in the Bitterroot Valley. It was the week of the Ravalli County Fair, and I spent a couple days hanging out with my cousins and their friends, running around the fair just […]



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on seeing, the monsters, and the weak

update, May 2015: Finally finished the song that I started at this time. It is here:   ————- December 29th, 2014 Last night I visited the memorial to Officers Liu and Ramos. It’s about 15 blocks north of my house on Tompkins Avenue, which is my route home many nights, and the block has been […]



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A Wintry Mix(tape) for you!

November’s tour was a new high for me. There were so many nights where that magical web was spun around us in the rooms I got to play in and we travelled together on this very special journey– the nights that remind you exactly what the goal is. It’s so simple when it happens. But […]



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Hiromitsu & Yuko, the story behind the story

[note: I originally published this post to my kickstarter supporters back in May. It has since appeared in a couple of other online outlets, but I have been wanting to give it a permanent home here on my website, so this is that. For a limited time, the song published here, Hiromitsu & Yuko, is […]



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Kickstarter to release Up From The Bitterroot is on!

It has been a long year since I began work on my new record, Up From The Bitterroot: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/284276393/up-from-the-bitterroot-time-to-finish We’re just putting the final touches on the mixes this week.  I’m not ashamed to tell you that the music has blossomed far beyond my expectations. I cannot wait to share it with you. And I’m going to share some […]



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