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Brothers & Music

There's something truly special about the bond between siblings, and when music weaves its way into that relationship, it becomes even more extraordinary. I recently had the pleasure of sharing a few incredible days with my brother, Lloyd, here in…

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Resting at the Summit: David Hansen 

One of the most cherished moments of my recent years was spending an afternoon with David Hansen, working on a song about his hometown. David was an incredibly humble and gifted individual, and it was an honor to create something…

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2022 predictions vs. reality

Last year I made some predictions about my 2022 and promised to revisit them at the end of the year to see what came to fruition and what fell by the wayside.

Here are my 2022 self-predictions followed by…

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Birthday weekend at Yosemite National Park

Hello! Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. I really enjoyed reading all the Facebook comments and messages. Marie gifted me with a weekend in Yosemite National Park. Here are some of the highlights from our weekend.

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Neil Young Archives

Neil Young is one of my favorite recording artists. It started for me back in 2002, when I was living in Minneapolis. One of my favorite rituals, after any rainstorm, was to walk to the record store down the street…

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Meet Leo

Meet Leo Benson Schembri-Hoshaw! He is 4.5 month old Terrier/Chihuahua mix. Two weeks ago we brought him to his forever home from the Tuolumne County Humane Society.

He loves to cuddle and his personality is very sweet and loving. We're…

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10 Self-predictions for 2022

Here are my predictions for the year ahead.

2022 Self-predictions

  1. I will be more visible and accessible through monthly livestreams, monthly email newsletters and bi-weekly blog posts.
  2. I will start a local songwriting club to support and encourage others.
  3. I…
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Unsolicited Advice

The other day, I was stopped on the street by an acquaintance. We politely chatted about their home renovation project and how my post office job was going. Then they asked "What about your music?" I explained how the performances…

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Unearthing old notebooks

I recently unpacked my large blue tote filled with old notebooks from the closet and decided I would begin the herculean task of archiving and indexing each notebook. This project will most likely take years, but already after going…

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Highlights from Day One: Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference

This week I'm attending the Folk Alliance International Virtual Conference. Here are my personal highlights from day one of the conference.


My favorite Panels & Discussions: 

Audio Production In-Person and Remote: Shani Gandhi, Rachael Moore, Trina Shoemaker, Gena Johnson…

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