Friday August 19 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Adult basketball at the Rec.


Pouring down rain!


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce. Ghost Pepper Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching in-home lessons.


Fuji Apple.


Middle of the day texting with Ana.

"I love you so much, I wish I could show it more to you," she sends.

"it shows every time you look into my eyes," I reply.


Before leaving Kristy's house where I teach three of her kids they give me a hot off the griddle Pancake to go.


Straight to the third session of the songwriting workshop. Everyone's getting more and more comfortable and songs are getting written and shared. I keep encouraging them to stay open and push the self-judgment to the side.


Beets and Chicken Pizza from mom.


Then, on to Charlie's Café in Norfolk for the Ladada show with Gold Connections from Charlottesville and Slag Nites (featuring Sunny of Sunny & Gabe). I order a few brews from the bar. It's our first show featuring us as a four piece with Jon Reynolds on second guitar, which really fills in the sound.










Back home. Enjoying this new treat we've been doing lately using frozen Mango and Pineapple Juice. It's like a sorbet.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday August 18 2016

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Songwriting workshop prep.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Olive Oil Potato Chips.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Iced Coffee.


Hosting the second session for the songwriting workshop. It's a beautiful thing hearing all these musical ideas bounce off one another. Everyone is much more comfortable with each other now so it's a lot easier.





Back home. Eating leftovers: Lentils, Onions, Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.


At the Tidewater storage unit for Ladada practice with Bobby, Josiah, and Jon.


Oatmeal Snacks made by mom. Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday August 17 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a lesson at Music Makers.


Meeting with Skye Zentz over the phone to talk about her possibly joining the Music Makers team and coaching a ukulele troupe/teaching private lessons.


Back at the store teaching lessons.


Fuji Apple.


The first session for the songwriting workshop happens tonight. I'm kind of nervous cause I'm not used to teaching to a group. But my mom and Ana are here to help facilitate everything. It goes smoothly. We draw out a list of qualities that make a great song and take the discussion from there. I didn't want it to feel like a lecture but more like a dialogue.


Back home. Tofu with Cauliflower Rice, Onions, Asparagus, and Beets.


Talking with my mom about the lesson schedule and reflecting on the workshop. My head hurts from all this.


Mango Sorbet.


Going for a bike ride to the oceanfront in hopes to clear my mind and let the fresh ocean air rejuvenate me.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday August 16 2016

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Pluot.


The maintenance is finally replacing the outside AC unit after months and months of badgering.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Raisins, and Kefir. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Ghost Pepper Potato Chips with Avocado.


Teaching more lessons.


Back home. Ana made dinner: Chic Pea Burgers with Lettuce, Tomato, Brussel Sprouts, and Carrots.


Preparing for the songwriting workshop.


Downstairs, Ana is baking up a storm. Enjoying fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies with Green Tea.


Bike ride at the oceanfront.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday August 15 2016

Waking up at 10:20 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Coffee with Honey and Milk.


Picking up a few office supplies at Target.


Watermelon.


Teaching a big day of lessons at Music Makers. Eating lunch somewhere in between: Toasted PB&J, Plantain Chips, and Honey Green Tea.


Lessons last from 1:30 all the way till 8:30.


Back home. Making a few Pizzas with fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Mushrooms.

Watching Green Room (2015).


Organizing things for the songwriting workshop coming up.


Cake and Milk.


Sleep 4 a.m.

Sunday August 14 2016


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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Cutting my hair. Chores. Being a kitchen witch.


Watermelon.


At the Music Makers store rearranging things and cleaning/restringing an acoustic guitar.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Dill Potato Chips with Avocado. Peach.

Watching The Railway Man (2013).


Driving out to Norfolk again, this time for the You're Jovian show at Toast. They set up under the garage door with the evening sun blaring through. Another band called Tender Age from Portland opens up first. I set up an old Casio keyboard from my childhood and perform on two songs.


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The sunflowers are in abundance and taller than us.





I had a towel around my neck to block the sun out. At the bar Rachel asks, "Where'd your towel go?"

"I had to throw it in," I quickly respond.

A cheap pun on cue is always entertaining and rewarding.


Back home. Enjoying a hearty bowl of Lentils, Kale, Carrots, and Madagascar Rice.




At the store finishing setting up this acoustic guitar.


Lying down in the bed with my lover. Earlier she informed me, "Aunt Flow has left my temple. My temple fruit is ripe and ready." After she gets off her period it always feels like it's been forever.


Sleep at 2:30 a.m.


[*] Photos by Nate Crawford. 
[†] Images by me.

Saturday August 13 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Raisins, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a lesson at Music Makers. Talking with mom afterwards about our plan to reel people into rock school.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea. Watermelon.


Ana and I doing our weekly grocery run to Trader Joe's.


Playing through a few tunes while I wait for Ana to mellow out of this funky mood she's got into. After some encouraging we hit the road to Norfolk on a date to The Naro to watch Woody Allen's new film Café Society (2016). Beforehand sipping on a few iced Coffee drinks at Fairgrounds.




At The Naro we find a seat next to Zach Gehring, whom I haven't seen a long while and did not expect to see. The movie is everything you'd expect a Woody Allen movie to be: an older man with a younger woman – love triangles – up and down relationships – comedy.


Afterwards, we planned on going to Field Guide for dinner. I invited Doug, Emily Hill, and her boyfriend to join us. Even though that wasn't part of our plan I figured it would be okay. Ana's feathers get a bit ruffled about it cause she just gets tired of always seeing/running into people when she goes out. It's a complex reaction because she has to maintain a high energy all day when she's working at Trader Joe's. Then, on her days off she gets socially exhausted easily, which I completely understand. At first, we have a difficult time just walking to the restaurant. I try to combat her bad mood with humor and pushy affection. It does work eventually.

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Inside with our company we order Rice Bowls and alcoholic Slushies. Talking about movies, podcasts, and sharing interesting stories.


After that, we head to Elliott's and Michelle's new house in Little Creek. Elliott gives me the tour of his humble two-bedroom home along with the two detached garages. He fixed up one of them to be his art compound where he makes all his show flyers and other creations. Meanwhile, Corona, his dog, wags her tail like a whip on our legs.





"Brain fog is real! Brain fog is real," Ana explains while driving back to Virginia Beach.

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When reflecting on her bad attitude episode she says, "I don't know why I get moody and wanna kill everything and hate everything except for animals and desserts."

"It's okay," I explain. "At least you have the ability to look back and reflect – and to reflect and accept responsibility for your actions. Some people have a really hard time with that."


Enjoying some homemade Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing that my mom made.


Sleep next to Ana at 3:30 a.m.


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Friday August 12 2016

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Raisins, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


At the Rec for lunchtime adult basketball. It's a good workout. I needed to burn some calories.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Ghost Pepper Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


Picking up my RD-700 from KBD Systems – had the E flat key fixed.


Buying a food dehydrator, a mini fridge (for the store), and a guitar (that I plan on fixing and re-selling to a student).


Teaching in-home lessons to Kristy and her kids.


Back home.

Making dinner: Brown Rice Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles with Tomato Sauce, Baby Broccoli, and Garlic Naan Bread.


Riding my bike over to Shaka's for the JACKMOVE reunion show. Elijah, one of my piano students, gave me a ticket to the show cause his dad is a member of the band. I catch the Buddha Council's boppin' reggae set – I'm teaching the lead singer/keyboard player's kid guitar currently as well. It's a packed house with nostalgic vibes from the "old scene" as we call it. Sipping on a few Beers. Running into familiar faces from around town. Staying through the first half of JACKMOVE's set.






Back home. We finally cut open that storybook size of a watermelon.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday August 11 2016

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Waking up at 11:07 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Peaches, and Kefir. Coffee with Honey.


Teaching a round of lessons at Music Makers from 12:30 till 3:30.


Then, I'm off to Richmond for our second ELO gig. No matter which route I take traffic is an obstacle. Scarfing down lunch on the way there: Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato, Ghost Pepper Potato Chips with Avocado, and Honey Green Tea.




I arrive right on time. It's an auto auction place where people (mostly dealers) buy cars. Tonight they're celebrating some kind of anniversary for the place. There's banquet tables, a barbecue, beer, and wine. We go on first pretty much as soon as I get line checked with my instruments. Compared to last night it's a much better tighter set. I enjoy some Barbecue Chicken and Cole Slaw for dinner.





Then, the Right On band goes on, the best 70's show band around. I can appreciate this style of music like I do all styles of music but it's still not my cup of tea, as far as performing goes. But Nigel straps on his stilettos and the whole band struts a sequins wardrobe. And together they produce a high quality show.


Afterwards, I drive into downtown Richmond and pick up a half dozen Cookies from Red Eye and a cup of Milk.




Before I drive back home I'm able to read an apology letter Ana wrote me in regards to her feelings from last night. In it she states that my mom and I have souls of gold.




Back in Virginia Beach.


Settling in. Sleep at 3:30 a.m.


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Wednesday August 10 2016

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Peaches, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Teaching a lesson at Music Makers.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Honey Green Tea. Watermelon.


Teaching more lessons.


As soon as I get done at the store I corral my mom and Ana into the car and head to the oceanfront for ELO's debut show at the Neptune stage. My dad and his wife, Patty, are here hanging out. The sound check takes some time. But once we get going our set turns out alright. We performed these songs the best that we could considering all the parts and pieces that have to work together. It's quite a production. After our ELO tribute the Right On band goes next. It's cool to see Nigel and Kevin in their element leading the disco troupe. Between ELO and the 70's dance tunes my mom and dad get transported back in time. When the ultimate Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive" comes on my mom explains that her and dad saw Saturday Night Fever when it came out in theaters back '77. I love hearing little memories like that of my parents. I never really got to see them together too often growing up.






After the show, the five of us meet up at No Frill Grill in Hilltop. It's nice having all of us together in one place. It could seem kind of awkward but it turns out nice. Mom and I share Chicken Pot Pie and Shrimp Stir Fry. It's kind of a birthday dinner since my birthday just passed, my mom's is coming up on the 12th and my dad's is on the 19th.






Back home. Settling down. Fiddling with the Casio.


Ana's being exceptionally moody but it's not her fault. Aunt Flow is in town. I try my best to be soothing and comforting. Eventually, we share a much needed embrace.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday August 9 2016

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Watermelon.


Catching up on business.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Non-Dairy Cream Cheese. Potato Chips with Avocado. Coffee with Honey.

Watching Stranger Things (2016).


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Back home. Ana made us dinner: Tempeh with Mushrooms, Onions, Broccoli, and Quinoa.


Business.


Cheesecake.


Doing all kinds of stuff – mostly business-related – promoting Music Makers events coming up: the songwriting workshop, rock school, and an open house block party.


Sleep 3 a.m.

Monday August 8 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Raisins, and Kefir. Coffee with Honey.


Taking the old washing machine to the salvage yard off Oceana. Right now they only give you 3 cents per pound of scrap metal so $4 is all I get for this thing. While there, I spot Rich, an old friend from years ago. He used to always sport the biggest mohawk. We catch up a little bit.


Business.


Toasted PB&J. Potato Lentil Curls. Green Tea.

Watching Stranger Things (2016).


Teaching lessons all day at Music Makers.


Leftover Black Beans with Kale and Wild Black Rice.


The last ELO rehearsal before our shows this Wednesday and Thursday.


Pineapple and Watermelon.


Hanging out with Ana in her bedroom while Elvis runs around and makes blood art with our hands. Ana's been exceptionally moody. We talk it out while she's wrapped up in her Snoogle pillow.

Me: "I mean what did you do before the Snoogle? Can you even imagine your life without it?"




Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Sunday August 7 2016

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Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


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


Errands – getting groceries – trying to search for a washing machine.


Scrambled Eggs. Corn Tortilla Chips with Avocado and Tomato. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Stranger Things (2016).


Still trying to clamp down a washing machine on Craigslist. Finally I get a hold of a guy who has a connect with estate sales and whatnot. He sells me an upgraded new-ish version of our old washer. I pay the guy $200 and am eager to get it installed and move on with my life. The machine starts scraping the bottom panel causing me to take a look. More troubleshooting...yay! Turns out when transporting washing machines the bottom panel can get bent and cause this issue. So I unscrew the panel and hammer down the metal until it gives enough space for the machine to rotate. Finally done.


Mom makes dinner: Fried Cod Filets, Cornbread, and Broccoli Carrots Slaw.


Off to the store to practice piano. Then, on a night bike ride to the oceanfront while listening to an episode of the Invisibilia podcast on personality.


Pineapple Orange Juice and Water.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday August 6 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Teaching a lesson at Music Makers. Then, coaching a jam session for the Meddows brothers. Drew helps keep them together and in line.


Business.


Grilled PB&J. Apple. Honey Green Tea.

Watching Stranger Things (2016).


Catching up on stuff.


It's high time to pull out the washing machine and figure out what's wrong with it. It stopped going through the spin cycle months ago. I enjoy pulling things apart and fixing things. It's always interesting to me to uncover things hidden. In this case I uncover 20 years worth of grime at the bottom of the machine tub. After a few hours of troubleshooting I come to the realization that the time, money, and effort it's going to take to fix it could just as well be spent on a new washing machine.




Leftover Pizza and a Salad.

Watching Stranger Things (2016).


Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Going for a night bike ride at the oceanfront. A couple cruising in their car on the strip pulls out a water gun and squirts me. My first reaction: throw the hands up in the air in disbelief but seconds later laugh it off cause it's ridiculous.


Pineapple Juice/Water.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Friday August 5 2016

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On a trip with my dad. We drove to some beach resort city, possibly Myrtle Beach. At a restaurant or club we get caught up in an iPad game that's been popular as of late. I'm stressed out cause it's 3 a.m. and I have to drive back to North Carolina an hour and a half, then back to Virginia Beach an hour and a half. Plus I've got lessons all tomorrow afternoon. I explain all this to my dad but casually tell him that I'll survive.

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


Leftover Pancakes with Greek Yogurt and Syrup. Guayusa Tea.


At the Rec for afternoon adult basketball. From the sidelines I watch a guy land on his leg all wrong and now he's crippled temporarily – the pain is so much that he can't even move. It's always disheartening to watch someone else get hurt. That could've been any one of us. Later on, I get a scrape above my eye from someone charging to the basket. It's not as bad compared to the other time I got hurt but it's a little cut – there's a little blood.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Lettuce and Tomato. Potato Chips. Honey Green Tea.


Teaching a couple in-home lessons.


Back home. Relaxing.


Ana and I ride out to Kempsville to drop off my keyboard at KBD Systems.




Then to Kappa Nara Ramen right next to Grumpy's where DEJA will be playing later. Mom meets us at the restaurant. They serve Ramen Noodles here, kind of like Pho but Japanese style. We all enjoy fancy bowls of noodles and hot Green Tea.





Next door at Grumpy's now. Ana and mom stay for the first 90-minute set. The whole band is on autopilot from doing these songs so many times before. On the break I enjoy a Heineken at the bar. After the show we have a band meeting about possibly learning new material and what we're gonna do when Drew gets his shoulder surgery. There's a lot of questions in the air. And on top of all the hectic things going on in August we're losing the music space by the end of the month. Drew says he's looking for a new spot with a similar set up.




Back home. Eating birthday Cake and sipping on Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday August 4 2016

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


"The birthday boy is awake," Ana announces to my mom.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


The birthday wishes come full force on Facebook and text messages.


At the store repairing a few things.


Toasted PB&J. Fuji Apple. Honey Green Tea.


At Music Makers teaching lessons all day.


Back home. Ana had preordered pizzas from Whole Foods. I picked them up. For some reason both pies are missing Mozzarella cheese. I think through the course of a confusing phone conversation between Ana and Whole Foods they omitted the cheese. We make the best of it and enjoy the slices.


Ladada rehearsal with Jonathan Reynolds, Bobby, and Josiah. We're pushing to be a four piece now. His parts really fill in the empty spaces. A praying mantis crawling around the front door to the facility catches our eye.




Back home. Pineapple Juice.


Getting lost in video land with Ana, watching videos from days of yore.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Wednesday August 3 2016

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Irish Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Blueberries, and Kefir. Guayusa Tea.


Chiro visit.


Business.


Tuna Salad Sandwich with Tomato. Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.

Watching 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016).


At Music Makers teaching lessons.


Back home. Enjoying Black Bean Taco Bowls for dinner.


ELO vocal rehearsal.


At the store restringing a customer's acoustic guitar and repairing a tuning peg.


I arrive back home to a homemade birthday cake that looks like a white mountain of sweetness. Ana, my mom, and Cynthia slaved away at it.


Hanging with Ana in bed. She gently rubs my back, legs, and feet – touch therapy.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Tuesday August 2 2016





Waking up at 11 a.m.


Leftover Blueberry Pancake with Greek Yogurt and Guayusa Tea.


Running some errands with Ana – stopping by Alpha and Moe's to put up some flyers for Music Makers.


Ana keeps joking about how fat she thinks she's gotten and how hungry she is all the time.

She says, "I'm a hippo but I wish I had more hips though."


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Lunch break: Hard Boiled Eggs. Potato Chips with Avocado. Honey Green Tea.


More lessons.


Back home.

Ana makes dinner: Soy Chorizo with Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, and Black Wild Rice.


Business.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.