The Observer Effect

In physics, “observer effect” refers to changes that the act of observation will make on the phenomenon being observed. The rule applies to rock shows. Remember those junior high school plays? Ever dig that VHS tape your parent’s recorded out of the...

This Is What Growing Up Feels Like (And Why It Kinda’ Sucks)

I’ve spent a fair dose of my twenties and thirties clinging to adolescent joys like making records, playing rock shows, and drinking beer, all while holding down a semi-respectable day job. For a while there, I had a pretty decent balance. Between October 2003...

Christmas In 2:03

I’ve spent a lot of time recording, but I’m pretty sure this one takes the cake: thirteen months of studio time for two minutes and three seconds of song. That’s right. I’ve been tracking this bad boy for over a year, recording, re-recording,...

Twenty-four Hours Of “Twilight”

The red eye may be as close as we get to time travel. Without it, there’s far less of a chance that I would have volunteered to fly to Los Angeles for twenty-four hours (well, 12 in the air, and 12 in L.A., anyway). What would motivate such a trip at the end of...

Sometimes I Wish I Was An Academic

Just days after graduating from Syracuse, I took two of my most beloved professors, Bob Gates and Tobias Wolff, to lunch to quiz them on the pros and cons of academia. I loved college. I loved the lectures, the discussions, the reading and writing. I loved all the...