Last night I sat at Sammy’s Noodle House in the West Village with a few friends. We were chowing down on Chinese food and chatting about the film, It’s A Wonderful Life, which we had just seen on the big screen. I’m not sure if I can call this a tradition yet, but my dear friend Ken and I did this last year on Christmas Day, and we will probably do it next year, too.Continue reading →
When I was a kid I loved to make stuff. I made theater shows in my bedroom with my Smurf figurines, a clip-on desk lamp, and a scrim made from my polyester Dracula cape left over from Halloween. Even though I didn’t know how to play yet, I gave piano recitals for my family. The little songs were wheezed out on my 1970s era orange chord organ. I made stop motion films with the Super 8 camera I got for Christmas with my friend Andy, complete with title cards that listed us as cast and crew. When my sister and I played “house” on rainy days, I was always coming home late from my gig at the nightclub, just like Linda Lavin did on Alice. That’s just the beginning of the list, but suffice it to say I always found a way to create something to share with others and it always brought me joy. Continue reading →
It’s no surprise that I am a huge music fan. In high school I used to sneak off campus to spend my lunch money on 7″ singles at the local record store, and my Sundays were kept absolutely sacred so that I could listen to all three hours of American Top 40 from beginning to end. I had a huge stack of notebooks in which I carefully kept track of each song in the top 40, its position in the previous week’s chart, and how far it had climbed or fallen that week. Continue reading →
I just released a new video to accompany a track from The Animal Album, “Their Eyes.” The piece was inspired by a Los Angeles Animal Save vigil I attended for the hundreds of pigs being killed at Farmer John’s Slaughterhouse that night. I remain haunted by the expression on the faces of the pigs in those trucks. “Their Eyes” was composed for piano, string quartet, and electronics.
I am so incredibly excited to share that The Animal Album and The Animal Book are available NOW! There are lots of places you can find both of these things so here’s a handy dandy link to find the album, and a handy dandy link to find the book. I am happy for you to purchase, stream, or order the physical book from any of these places, but especially grateful if you order from my Bandcamp page where you get a free album download with book purchase and I can even sign your book if you like! Continue reading →
Last Saturday, I premiered a new piece in the chicken coop of the Warren St. Marks Community Garden. I was invited to be a part of this Garden Theater fest by curator (and good friend) Emerie Snyder. Emerie assembled a variety of artists to create and perform site-specific pieces on the theme of “overlooked details,” and it was a really magical event. I was so proud to be a part of it. Continue reading →
I am so excited to announce that my new single, “Home Again,” has been released out into the world! The track is from my forthcoming album, The Animal Album, and is a dedication to my dog, Corky. She was my friend when I was an adolescent, a gay kid feeling lonely and scared about where I would fit in 1980’s Houston, TX. I still love her so much, and she saw me through such a difficult time. Continue reading →
Yesterday I ran by luke kurtis‘ apartment in the West Village to pick up the proof of The Animal Book. He and I have been working on the book together for quite some time. Well, he has been doing the working part and I have been doing the “OHHH LAAAA LAAAAA IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL” part. It’s here. It’s done. Praise be to whomever you choose to praise, if anyone. Aside from one or two more adjustments, this mofo is DONE! Continue reading →