Sunday February 18 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


MMLIVE rehearsals all day.


Lunch break in between sessions: PB&J, Plantain Chips, Blood Orange, Oolong Tea.




Getting groceries at Trader Joe’s.


Back home. Ana cooked dinner for us: Tempeh with Onions, Kale, and Jasmine Rice. I love a simple three ingredient meal sometimes.


Napping.


Catching up on business.


Grapes and Beer.


Chilling with Ana in her bedroom – we both have our electric guitars out sharing riffs and being amused by Elvis’s cat behavior.


At the studio organizing and practicing songs.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday February 17 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Jam. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Oolong Tea.

Finishing Altered Carbon (2018).


Catching up on business.


Practicing DEJA tunes.


Eating leftover Pizza for dinner.


DEJA gig at South Beach tonight. It’s always a cramped stage but I love the vibe and how close it is to my house.




Setting up the rehearsal spot for tomorrow.


Popcorn and Pineapple Juice.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday February 16 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec.


Sardines with Mustard. Potato Chips. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Oolong Tea. Blood Orange.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Banana.


Back home after 8:30 p.m.

Mom warmed up dinner: Lentils, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Quinoa, and Naan Bread. Sipping on a Peroni and watching Altered Carbon.


Catching up on business.


Pineapple Juice.


At the studio cleaning and practicing drums.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Thursday February 15 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon voice lessons.


Running errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home.

Putting together a hodge podge of leftovers for dinner: mostly Peas and Vegetable Fried Rice.


At the storage unit with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon. Practicing Ladada tunes and jamming on tangents. We won the Veer award for best “garage/punk” band in Hampton Roads. Bobby uses his photographic eye to snap a cool shot of the award.




Popped Chips and Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday February 14 2018

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In the bathroom at 1435 I find in the trash a devil head that used to be décor on the wall, or at least it was understood to be cause in waking life there isn’t. The horns are detached – somebody threw it away in light of Nest moving out.

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Switch to a scene where bicyclists line up in the streets in preparation to ride out on the town. I have my own bike and try to join them but I’m not properly labeled so they direct me to stay in my own lane. I end up following Sasha, an old friend, who’s understood to have just recently had a baby. She makes a sudden right turn and I continue on.
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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Raisins, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec.


Vegan Burger with Tomato, Ketchup, and Mustard. Broccoli Slaw. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Blood Orange. Oolong Tea.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


After the teaching day is done I corral Ana and mom to dine at Pizza Chapel. We order a big Pizza pie with Garlic Knots and Kona Beers. Meanwhile, the winter Olympics are on TV – we watch the pairs figure ice skating.


Later back in Ana’s room. She already ate a bunch of Ferrero Rocher chocolates that I gave her for Valentine’s Day. She asks for help lifting off her shirt. I immediately feel frisky and romantic, which leads to some lovemaking. Meanwhile, Elvis marches around the room climbing atop the books and chairs.




Pineapple Juice.


At the studio using a dremel to cut off edges of cymbals from where they started to crack.


Chamomile Tea. Pinwheel Cookies.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday February 13 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Blueberries and Almond Milk. Black Tea.


Ana and I take Elvis to the vet for a checkup exam, not his favorite thing to do.


Getting groceries.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese, Poppy Seeds, and Sesame Seeds. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Ana cooked dinner: Lentils with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, and Quinoa.


Teaching an online lesson.


I meet up with Josiah at the studio. He wanted my help on recording some vocal tracks for the new Ladada tunes. He’s been doing it all on his iPhone and a nice omni mic. We have fun tracking some of the high notes in “My Van” and “Landy”.




In other news Ladada won best local garage/punk band in Hampton Roads for the Veer Music Awards.


Watching old interview clips of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and Joey Ramone.

Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Monday February 12 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Basketball at the Rec. My 3 point shots are on point today and our team is dominating the courts.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Leftovers for dinner: Black Beans with Onions, Celery, Kale, Carrots, and Rice.


Later on, I have a meeting with Will, Ana, and mom about the distressing roommate situation. Without getting into too many details, Nest is moving out at the end of the month and there is a misunderstanding as to what they are suppose to pay for rent. They voiced all these concerns that were never resolved in the months they lived here. So now we’re dealing with a bitter end.


Catching up on business.


Grapes.


Ana and I continue to talk about the current state of affairs for the house. People can be strange unpredictable and unresolved creatures.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Sunday February 11 2018

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Waking up kind of late at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


MMLIVE rehearsals all afternoon.





Pretzel Bun dipping in PB&J. Popped Chips. Blood Orange. Oolong Tea.




Back home after a long day. My head is cashed out. Chowing down on some Bangkok Garden: Chicken Pad Thai with Vegetable Soup.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Catching up on business.


Pineapple Juice.


At the studio practicing drums.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Saturday February 10 2018

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With Maddie, one of my vocal students. It’s understood that her and I are supposed to go on a school field trip just the two of us. The assignment is to visit three earth-like planets in interstellar space. For some reason we don’t have space suits to protect ourselves when visiting each planet but we are reassured the air is breathable. The whole thing seems normal even though it isn’t. In my room – her and I do some research on what to expect when traveling in space.

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Banana. Blood Orange.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.


Catching up on business.


Running errands with Ana enjoying the semi-warm temperature.


Leftover Black Beans with Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Rice.


At Big Woody’s in Chesapeake for the DEJA gig. Eric Edmunds is out with Rheumatoid Arthritis. So Steve Latham is here to fill in. We’re doing all kinds of unrehearsed songs tonight! We joke around that doing this show is like doing a paid rehearsal. It turns out to be a fun set of songs.





Setting up gear at the rehearsal spot for MMLIVE tomorrow.


Chocolate Chips Cookies and Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday February 9 2018

Waking up at 10:25 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a couple lessons.


Errands – dropping off recycle and picking up groceries from Whole Foods.


Pineapple.


Scrambled Eggs. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Green Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon. Sipping on a Beer and jamming.


Back home. Orange.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Thursday February 8 2018

Waking up at 10:25 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a couple lessons.


Errands – dropping off recycle and picking up groceries from Whole Foods.


Pineapple.


Scrambled Eggs. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Celery, Green Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Ladada rehearsal with Josiah, Bobby, and Jon. Sipping on a Beer and jamming.


Back home. Orange.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Wednesday February 7 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


At the Rec for adult basketball. I get shafted a game because they screwed up the team rotation somehow. But I still manage to get a solid 3 games in.


Pineapple. Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips with Avocado. Tomato. Oolong Tea.

Watching Altered Carbon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. I had a pot of Black Beans slow cooking all day. Ana steamed some Kale and Carrots, and cooked some Rice to go with. I grill up a filet o Halibut.


Catching up on business.


Ana and I chill in my room. During the moment of her hovering over my computer chair to say goodnight sexual desires ignite.


Ugli Fruit. Orange Juice.


Watching Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (2018).


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday February 6 2018

Waking up at 10:34 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on business.


Grilled PB&J Bagel. Popped Chips. Blood Orange. Oolong Tea.

Watching Black Mirror.


Full day of teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana brought home Pizza that I ordered from Brothers. With mom and her enjoying our slices.


Running some errands – late night grocery shopping at Kroger.


While Ana practices guitar at the studio I slave away in the kitchen prepping vegetables and beans for tomorrow.


Orange Juice.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Monday February 5 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Egg Noodles with Onions, Peppers, Kale, and Naan Bread.


Sipping on a Beer while catching up business and researching piano teaching techniques.


Baked Grapefruit.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday February 4 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Music Makers LIVE rehearsals all afternoon. Edwin is sick with the flu so I call Rob Oliver and Lisa to pitch a hand.


PB&J Bagel Break with a Banana, Popped Chips, and Oolong Tea.




Back home.

Napping in Ana’s room where it’s all warm and cozy.


Making dinner with mom: Tempeh with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, Mushrooms, Celery, and Quinoa.Rice.


Relaxing my brain.


Catching up on business.


Blood Orange. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday February 3 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m. officially.


Earlier we had our debut pre-k program “Little Music Makers” begin with Lisa leading the kids.




Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching lessons.


Banana.


Back home.

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potato Chips. Navel Orange. Oolong Tea.


Catching up on business.


Getting groceries with mom.


Warming up leftovers for dinner: Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, Quinoa, Rice, Peas, and Kale.

Watching 24 Hours To Live (2017).


At the studio organizing – then to the rehearsal spot to set up the room for MMLIVE tomorrow.


Ugli Fruit.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday February 2 2018

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Waking up at 11:16 a.m. Forgot to set an alarm. No basketball today.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Errands.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Coffee.

Watching Geostorm (2017).


Teaching all my in-home lessons.


Apple.


Back home. Mom made dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti with Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, and Marinara Sauce. Ciabatta Parm Bread.


Cynthia’s over here chilling with us in the dining room. Will, mom, Ana, and myself.


Gelato.


Outside the cold is unbearable. 24 degrees (feels like 14 degrees).


At the studio – installing a TV mount and reorganizing the waiting room for our pre-k program that starts tomorrow called Little Music Makers.


Beet Chips. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday February 1 2018

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Waking up at 10:50 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Teaching a few afternoon lessons.


Sardines with Mustard. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Melon. Oolong Tea.

Watching Black Mirror.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Things are really picking up at the studio. Lesson rooms are constantly in use – kids and parents crowding up the building.


Back home. Naan Bread with homemade Hummus. Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, and Onions.


Gelato.


Catching up on business.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday January 31 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec. Once again, I manage to come alive during one game and knock down five 3 pointers.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Orange. Oolong Tea.

Watching A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Banana.


Afterwards, picking up some Chinese food from Jane’s House (also known as Asian Cousin, which Ana and I like to call it from where they misspelled the word cuisine.

Tofu with Mixed Vegetables, Rice, and Garlic Sauce. Enjoying dinner with Ana and mom.


Pinwheel Cookies.


At the studio doing the accounting for the month and practicing drums. Just outside the moon glows more brightly than usual with a blue hue that can be seen reflecting on all the car windows.


Back home. Just as I open the front door there’s a scuffle at the top of the stairs where Ana almost stepped on Elvis and fell awkwardly on her bum. She’s alright but she could’ve agitated her shoulder.


Sipping on a beer.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday January 30 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Strawberries and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


A little bit of snowfall outside.


Running some errands with Ana.

We get into an unnecessary heated argument (mostly on her end) about how many syllables the word “orange” has. It has two but we normally pronounce it with one.




Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Potatoes. Oolong Tea.

Watching A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Coffee and Banana.


Back home.

Making dinner: Japanese Style Fried Rice with Mixed Vegetables and Kale.


Pinwheel Cookies.


Practicing drums at the studio.


Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Monday January 29 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


Basketball at the Rec. My 3-point shots are on point today.


Grilled PB&J. Popped Chips. Orange. Oolong Tea.

Watching Black Mirror.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana and I get dinner fixed up: Vegan Burgers with fixin’s, Broccoli, Carrots, and a Sweet Potato.


Catching up on business – organizing videos – research.


Kinder Egg.


Practicing songs on guitar.


Pineapple Juice.


Sleep 2:30 a.m.


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Sunday January 28 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Coffee.


MMLIVE rehearsals all afternoon.


PB&J break with Popped Chips, a Banana, and Oolong Tea.




Coaching the last band requires a lot of motivation but we manage to stay real productive even though it mostly turns into a drum lesson between me and the beginner drum student.


Grabbing some things from Whole Foods.


Ana cooked dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Cauliflower, Carrots, Broccoli Stalks, and Quinoa.
I brought home some mystery Shortbread Cookies from the store for us to share.


Catching up on business.


Hanging out with mom and Ana in the living room troubleshooting the Netflix app on mom’s TV and poking fun at the shows/movies it recommends to mom.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday January 27 2018

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Kefir. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


Immediately after lessons mom and I drive off to Norfolk. Eating one of those No B.S. bars with egg whites and dates and stuff. It’s an absolutely beautiful day – we can see Mount Trashmore is crowded with people eager to enjoy a premature spring day.


At Smartmouth Brewing Co. in the Chelsea part of Norfolk near the harbor. Ana and I have a gig to play from 4:30 to 7:30. Musicplayer and Community Witch (as Ana calls herself). It’s a diverse set of songs we have planned, everything from oldies, 90’s, 00’s, pop, classic rock, folk, etc. Ana does her own set in the middle with me supporting on drums. Joe McMurray, one of my teachers from Music Makers, hops on the drums during our Psycho Killer and Satisfaction covers. We end the evening with Bohemian Rhapsody, which is definitely a crowd pleaser. The whole place is singing every last word and guitar melody. After the last note they chant for an encore but we don’t have anything more.






Enjoying a Vegetarian Burrito from the food truck and a Pilsner.


Then comes the load out, the transporting of gear back to the studio, then setting up stuff at the rehearsal spot. I joke with people and tell them that being a gigging musician is 80% hard labor and 20% actually playing music.


Back home. Reflecting on the night with Ana over a Pecan Coffee Cake.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


[i] Drawing by Shannon. Other images by me.

Friday January 26 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Bowl of Honey Crunch n Oats with Banana, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Earl Grey Tea.


Catching up on things. At the studio pre-packing up gear for the weekend.


Sardines with Mustard. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Oolong Tea.

Watching a Foo Fighters documentary.


Teaching a couple in-home lessons then immediately driving out to Newport News for DEJA’s big gig at The Boathouse Live. It’s a special kind of night cause we’re doing our usual tribute songs but also a set of Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. This place is cavernous and modern – reminds me of some of the venues I used to perform at with MAE back in the day on tour.


Eating a couple slices of okay pizza before we go on.


Then, we do our thing. First hour of tribute songs.




Sipping on a Beer – snacking on Fried Oysters, Southern Greens, and French Fries.




Then, Dark Side of the Moon (just a couple tunes from the album) and the entire Wall with the movie on the big screen (about two hours of music). Mom and Ana are here in support. John goes through the usual ritual of shaving his facial hair and head hair in conjunction with the scene in the movie when Pink shaves. Overall, we performed the heck out of the songs.








Back home after a long night of music. Excited to get some beauty rest before the next day of more music. It’s a giggin’ life for me.


Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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