A New Start...
I'm new to this in a way. Long ago, a lifetime almost, I was a working musician, playing solo acoustic gigs in Virginia and North Carolina. I was paying my way through school and trying to figure out what to do with my life. I don't feel like I ever really sorted the life part out, but I went off on a series of adventures as a soldier and a diplomat that lasted 25 years. I worked in places like Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur. And I came home pretty badly damaged. When traditional therapy and medication didn't help much, I turned to writing. I tried to write my way home. That story is in a book I wrote called Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years. You can find it if you want.
A couple of years ago, I came back to music. I started writing songs as the next step on my road home. Some of the stories are about returning veterans and their families, some aren't. But I've just completed work on a five-track EP titled Trying to Catch Amnesia of songs that are. The tracks are below and you can download digital copy of the EP, too.
I got in a few public performances before the Covid-19 virus hit. More often than not, I slipped in between a friend's sets to play a few songs. But a big part of what I do with my literary writing and my songs is directed at trying to reduce the stigma of asking for help when you're struggling with PTSD, depression, or a TBI. So I also built a longer show that included readings from my memoir and a discussion of how music and writing can help with PTSD. I hope I can get back to doing live shows again, soon.
Friday, February 7. In support of Guitars 4 Vets. VFW 3150, 2116 19th Street, N. Arlington, VA. Music starts 6.30pm.
Wednesday, March 4. Sitting in for a few songs with Jana Pochop and Libby Koch at Threadgills, 6416 North Lamar, Austin, TX. 7pm.
Tuesday, March 24. POSTPONED (Corona virus precautions) The long show at Davidson College, Charlotte, NC. 7pm.
Sunday, April 26. CANCELLED (Corona virus precautions) Kensington Festival of the Book. Kensington, MD.