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Full-Time Music-Making & Patreon  

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I’ve got a Patreon. Patreon is where fans can become patrons and give back to my music-making.

Recently, I’ve made the shift into full-time self-employed music-making: as a singer-songwriter, music educator, and mixing/mastering engineer. This is living the dream for me! And I want to invite you into my work more deeply. To aid me in my journey as an artist, I’ve re-launched my Patreon, where you can become a patron for just $1 or more per month. Thanks to my patrons, for the last year, I’ve been able to break even with my releases, and now, in the last six months, I’m starting to see a return.

Every other week on Patreon, I’ll be sharing a new iPhone demo of an original song in a series I like to call Demo-Listen Derby. Have a listen to the latest demo in the Derby below. This one is a freebie for all. Become a patron to hear more of what’s to come and receive early access to new releases and even unlock my back catalog, which includes cover songs, early mixes, lyrics drafts, etc.

If you would like to give back to join this inner circle of music friends, click here to find out how to become a patron.

New single "Everybody is a Fool" out Apr 17  

“Everybody is a Fool,” the first single in my new song cycle, comes out Fri, Apr 17. Patreon supporters can hear it now by pledging $1 or more. Click the cat to be directed to my Patreon.

This is the first single in my new project “The Old Soul and the Holy Fool,” a song cycle about relationships and self-realization. As a depiction of the slow process of self-realization, I’m gradually releasing these songs as singles, documenting my becoming as I record them individually over a period of time. 

The process of writing, recording, and mixing “Everybody is a Fool” has felt at times like a labor of love or otherwise a fool’s errand. The song itself is at least three years old, has been revised countless times, and wasn’t shown to the public until years after its inception. I recorded three different sessions over the course of a few weeks, and during the recording process, entirely re-wrote the lyrics and the guitar part. Then I spent over a month tinkering with the mix, hit a wall, sought professional (mixing) help, and eventually decided I would use my own mix after all. 

Along the way of creating this, I have learned the importance of letting go and trusting the process And by either serendipity or providence, it turns out that’s kind of what this song was always about. 

“The more you learn, the less you know, and I’ve sure got a ways to go.”

Live on Long Beach Public Radio 

Sunday, Mar 29 at 1pm PST, I'm honored to be a guest on Long Beach Public Radio's show Let's Cope, a new Quarantine Series. I'll be chatting with the KLBP crew and performing some music. You can stream the show live on klbp.org or via TuneIn, or if you're in the Long Beach area, tune-in all old-school-like at 99.1 FM.

Spotlight On The City: Long Beach, CA 

"I Don't Know the Way" was recently featured on BTRtoday's show Spotlight On The City, along with a host of other songs native to Long Beach, CA. Listen to the full show here, and hear "I Don't Know the Way" at the 70:22 minute mark.

Thank you so much, Lottie, for having my music on the show!

Paul Smith 22 West Live Session 

I recently had the pleasure of playing in my friend Paul Smith's guitar trio along with Zack Caplinger. Paul is perhaps my favorite guitarist whom I can also call a friend. 

Thank you 22 West Media for having us, and thank you Paul for inviting me to accompany you on your songs with Zack. It was such a joy!