My Favorite Music Article

Last week I posted an article on Instagram written by David Ackert of the LA Times:

"Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. 

Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. 

Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. 

With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment.

With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. 


Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. 

Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. 

In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes. 


I consider it an honor and a privilege to be talking to you now.  It's not lost on me that you have millions of other things you could be doing.  I wanted to share this article because of how it was introduced to me.

While recording the Lushcamp record, Eran and I had made a habit of drinking our way around Williamsburg and Greenpoint after each session in the studio.  One night in particular, we were sucking down Negoni's (Eran) and Old Fashioned's (Me) at "Nights and Weekends," talking at length about music.  

My life has always been centered around music.  As a child, before I could play a note, I created "guitars" made out of cardboard and wood so I could rock out in front of a mirror to emulate my idols.  Something clicked inside me when I began to hone the craft of songwriting.  Early on, I knew exactly what those moments of inspiration meant.  

At one point during the discussion that night, and with a bit of a mischievous smirk, Eran dropped that bombshell of an article before me.  Perhaps it's the Italian bloodlines pumping through my veins that bring out my intensity for things I am passionate about.  But this article just speaks to me, and Eran knew it.  When musicians work as closely together as we do, you know that moment when you hit that perfect note, that perfect harmony, that perfect lyric.  Our eyes light up in unison with without the necessity for words.  And that is something special.