This song I recorded in the fall of 2007… influenced very strongly by Phil Ochs and other folk protest singers. Instruments featured on this track include guitar, banjo, harmonica, and percussion.
This is a song I composed on the 4th of July, 2007. Drum tracks are composed/modified using Garageband loops, everything else is fully original.
This is the second short film I made while abroad, a feature on photographer Erin Gray as she lends insight into into the processes and inspirations behind her art while studying in Cortona, Italy.
This is another quick drawing from one of my journals. This was one of my favorite spots when I was studying in Cortona, Italy. I especially liked the way the light hit in the morning, so I decided to get up early one day and sketch this out. The felt-tipped marker gives a cool effect, but can definitely be unforgiving at times.
This is an adaptation of Santo & Johnny’s 1959 song, “Sleep Walk.” This version I recorded in 2010 features guitar, E-Bow, and tambourine.
When I was studying abroad, above all my goal was to live in the moment—not a difficult task when you're in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. This short travelogue documenting a day trip on Saturday was an attempt to capture that ideal. My classmates and I traveled to Pienza and Montepulciano, the Italian capitals of cheese and wine, respectively. The music is my own—it’s meant to reinforce a meandering, dream-like quality throughout the piece.
For this inaugural post, I wanted to find something especially fitting of a new beginning. The idea for this blog sprouted from a project I worked on while studying abroad in the spring of 2009. The blog I maintained overseas functioned as a sort of time capsule of my experience, and this new endeavor will hopefully serve the same purpose.
So, where better to start off? After I left Cortona, Italy, where I had been studying, I took many more pictures that didn't make it on the original site. Here are some selected shots from the end of my travels: