Wednesday November 21 2018

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Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Granola Bar. Oolong Tea.


Chores. Dropping off keyboard gear at South Beach for the gig later.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popped Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. I’m feeling at my peak performance as a music teacher. The Peanuts song, Linus and Lucy, is the theme song for the afternoon.


Off work. Slurping up some Pad Thai Noodles for dinner.


A New World Record, the ELO tribute band I play in, is performing at South Beach tonight. I never thought we fit a 10-person act on this small stage but we manage to do it successfully. We play our powerhouse set, one hit song after the other. The show was hyped online for the past two weeks – it’s obvious the show was at capacity cause the parking lot is full.




Ana, mom, and I are all running around the house preparing and packing for our trip tomorrow.


Beets and Fruit.


Sleep 3 a.m.


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Tuesday November 20 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


At the Great Neck Rec shooting the basketball around.


Orange. Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips. Coffee.

Watching The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Honey Crisp Apple.


Back home. Warming up leftovers: Peas with Couscous, Kale, and Carrots.


Chores – making granola bars – cleaning – prepping.


Pie time.


Reading about origins of Parmesan cheese and how the cacao bean is turned into chocolate.


Chilling with Ana and the cat.


Chamomile Tea.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday November 19 2018

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Waking up off and on after 9 a.m. but officially at 11:30 a.m.

Mom went off to the doctor early in the morning to get that lump checked out on her neck. She was in incredible pain last night. I just can’t sleep properly cause I’m worrying about her.


Granola, Blueberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Planning – business – staying in touch with mom while she’s at the doctor.


At Music Makers holding down the schedule and such – then teaching lessons until 8 p.m.


Fuji Apple.


Eating leftover Spaghetti and Kale for dinner.


ELO rehearsal. We’ve added two strings players, cello and violin. Practicing our set for Wednesday’s show.


Back home.

It’s Pie time.


Catching up on stuff – doing dishes – chores.




Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Sunday November 18 2018

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Waking up at 11:52 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


Catching up on business.




At Music Makers. Stacie and I coach the Holiday Vocal Troupe. I’m stepping in today cause Lisa is out of town. We introduce Diamond’s original song about flying and it goes over real well.


Peanut Butter Pretzels.


Mom and I grab a bite to eat at Old Beach Tavern and meet with Christy about them hosting our recital in December.


Coffee.


Power napping.


Ana makes a late dinner: Beet Soup with Roasted Vegetables.


Planning our trip to the mountains.


At the studio Ana and I pull up our sleeves and hash out songs – practicing stuff we already know and newer things.

1 a.m. trip to Walmart for Grapes.




Before I drift off to sleep mom knocks on my bedroom door crying about a pain in her lower neck where a lump has formed. I feel so bad cause I know what it’s like to be in pain you can’t do nothing about. I help her rub on some Biofreeze and get her situated in bed. She struggles to get comfortable.

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For the rest of the night I can’t get to sleep cause I’m worrying about her.


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Saturday November 17 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. My last lesson is a new student, 27 year old Mamoona – just moved here with her husband from Pakistan. She’s always wanted to learn to play an instrument and piano drew her in.

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“We’re just like a melting pot here,” I say to mom.

We both recognize there’s something special about the aura here at Music Makers that attracts all kinds of people. The diversity is something I’m proud of.


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

Watching Fair Game (2010).


Running errands – taking out the recycle – meeting mom at Target to get some household things – Trader Joe’s.


Back home. Mom gives the kitchen floor and cabinets a good clean. Meanwhile, I construct these fingercise cups using polka dot balloons, dried beans, and applesauce cups. The purpose of these is to provide a fun way to help young piano students exercise their fingers.




Dinner: Brown Rice Spaghetti Noodles with Parm, Tomato Sauce, Mushrooms, Onions, Kale, and Naan Bread.


At the studio organizing things. Ana drops by after work to run through a few guitar things.




Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 4 a.m.


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Friday November 16 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Oolong Tea.


CrossFit.


Vega Recovery Shake. Pineapple (for that muscle repair!).


Scrambled Eggs. Roasted Potatoes. Everything Bagel with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching July 22 (2018).


Teaching in-home lessons.


Bosc Pear.


Back home. It’s a triple team effort to get dinner done with Ana and mom. Falafel with Quinoa, Green Beans, Zucchini, Carrots, Tomatoes, Pita Bread, and Yogurt Dill Dip.


Mom regales stories from her trip to the Plaza Bakery to retrieve Crème Horns and Cannolis.


Ana goes off to Charlie’s for a show. Meanwhile, I organize things at the studio.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Thursday November 15 2018

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Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Nut and Seed Bar. Irish Breakfast Tea.


CrossFit.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Butter and Jam. Potato Chips. Coffee.

Watching July 22 (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Donatos Pizza.


Gelato.


Ladada rehearsal. It’s our first practice back together since two weeks. For the past two months we focused on our Halloween Rolling Stones songs. Josiah introduces a new jam.


Chamomile Tea.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.


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Wednesday November 14 2018

Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


Leftover Waffle. Oolong Tea.


Catching up on business. Running errands.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Poppy Seed Bagel with Butter and Jam. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner with mom: Cod Filets with Broccoli, Carrots, Onions, Celery, and Couscous.

Watching July 22 (2018).


Pumpkin Pie Gelato.


Organizing video footage from the last gig – dealing with errors and glitches – venting to Ana about the elusiveness and frustrations with booking gigs.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday November 13 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


CrossFit.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Vegan Burger with Tomato and Roasted Potatoes. Cucumber. Coffee.

Watching Outlaw King (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Leftovers for dinner: Lentil Vegetable Soup with Sourdough Toast.


Teaching an online lesson.


Catching up on business.


Chocolate Chips Cookies.


Practicing guitar aerobics.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday November 12 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


At the Great Neck Rec. I woke up too late to attend CrossFit so instead I’m here shooting the basketball around. It’s been a while. I play and win a game of 21 with a couple guys.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Cucumber. Popped Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Lentil Vegetable Soup with Everything Bagel.


ELO rehearsal. We’re continuing to work in this new drummer.


Back home. Chilling with the roommates talking about politics and preparing for Will to move out at the end of the month, which is crazy. He’s lived here for I don’t know how long.


Chocolate Chips Cookies.




Ana lies next to me in bed. Fiery desires ensue.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday November 11 2018

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m. Ana brings Elvis into the room and as per usual he is super affectionate and vying for attention.


Ana makes us Waffles and Coffee.


Catching up on business.


One of my piano students, Neel, just recently sparked interest in drums. I go over to their house and help them get the drum set in order.




At Music Makers, Lisa and Stacie coach a 10 student Holiday Vocal Troupe. I catch a glimpse of “Jingle Bells”, “Carol of the Bells”, and “Silent Night”.


Egg Sandwich on Sourdough Bread. Green Tea.


Chores.


Ana and I drive to Norfolk. At Café Stella sharing some Masa Cakes and Assam Black Tea – running into Dariel as we usually do almost everywhere we go. We chat about issues with booking shows and such.

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Then at the Ladada listening party at the Electroganic warehouse. Josiah rented it out so we could have a small group of friends gather to listen to the new Ladada record, which is aiming to be released February 2019. Evan whiskey on the rocks are being slung in red cups in relation to the single track title “Heaven on the Rocks”. Between each song Josiah provides commentary and insight into the meaning of the songs and general ideas behind them (everything of course is done with a coat of humor). It’s a good time.







ACV Chamomile Tea.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Saturday November 10 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Teaching afternoon lessons at Music Makers.


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


Organizing and loading gear into the wagon.


At Warrior’s Taphouse setting up inside the restaurant underneath their lit up sign. Ana and I happen to be matching somewhat to the American colors. Mom, my aunt Pansy and her friends, and other friends show up for support. It’s been a while since our last performance so it takes some getting used to again – getting comfortable on stage and all that. But I get right in my rhythm. We do a diverse variety of songs from classic rock, 90’s, folk, and current. In between sets I speak to a few people who admire what we do. One interesting guy, a friend of Peter’s (Pansy’s husband), his name is PB. A professional musician himself back in the day he regales times when his band played on an island in the Bahamas for many years. He has nothing but praise for Ana and I’s act – explaining that he thinks it’s the best in this area or something like that.






Back home. Mom and Ana brought back some Cheesecake from Harris Teeter. They dress it up with Raspberries and sprinkle it with Cocoa powder turning it into a $5 dessert plate. I enjoy my leftover Crab Cake Sandwich with Brussel Sprouts and Fries.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Friday November 9 2018

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Waking up at 11:20 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Oolong Tea.


Catching up on business. Errands.


Egg. Everything Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Popped Chips. Coffee.


Teaching all my in-home lessons. While driving I really notice how early the darkness comes. It’s 5:20 p.m. and nighttime is here!


Fuji Apple.


Back home. Mom cooked dinner: Haddock Filets with Couscous and Broccoli. Afterwards, we all share Gelato “surprises”.


At the studio practicing songs with Ana, our last opportunity to rehearse before our gig tomorrow. It goes smoothly except for some harmony touchups here and there. But we’ll get it.




Pineapple.


Sleep 3:30 a.m.


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Thursday November 8 2018

Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


Granola with Oat Flakes and Almond Milk.


Catching up on business. Dealing with some errors in video files. Chores.


Scrambled Eggs. Poppy Seed Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Coffee.

Watching Papillon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. It’s a busy day inside the store. I have a bit of a break to witness it all.


Vegetable Fried Rice with Brussel Sprouts.


At Soul Haven Studios with Nigel, Jimmy, and John. It’s a recording project that seems to last forever, at least a year going. Nigel’s plan is to record all of these ELO songs to have tracks on hand when we do shows. I’m here to lay down piano and rhodes sounds.


Ice Cream. Pear.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday November 7 2018

Waking up at 10:33 a.m.


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


CrossFit.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Cucumber. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching Papillon (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


With Ana and mom at the dinner table enjoying Vegan Burgers with Chips, Guac, and Slaw.


Later on, Ana and I practice songs at the studio in preparation for our show this weekend.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Tuesday November 6 2018

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Granola and Oat Flakes with Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Will and I head to the polls to complete our duties as citizens and vote – we take the recycle out and make a stop at Whole Foods.


Scrambled Eggs. Potatoes. Bagel with Vegan Cream Cheese. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Leftover Spaghetti with Kale and Carrots for dinner.


At the studio rehearsing songs with Ana.


Chamomile Tea.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Monday November 5 2018

Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


CrossFit.


Vega Recovery Shake.


Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Poppy Seeds. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.

Watching The Equalizer 2 (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Ana made an interesting and delightful dinner: Fried Tofu Sandwiches on Ciabatta Bread and Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Carrots.


ELO rehearsal. We brought in a different drummer tonight.


Gelato.


Later on Ana and I practice songs at the studio. It’s just music all day and night!




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Sunday November 4 2018

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Waking up at 10:30 a.m.


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


Today is the big day for the MMLIVE show. This time West Beach Tavern out off Cleveland Street is hosting us. I remember this dive bar from way back in the day as Bar/None. They’ve got a nice little showroom with a professional PA system but it’s drastically smaller in size compared to our Eagles Nest shows.

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Between my mom and Devon we get everything set up on the stage and check lines. We do it all early enough so there’s time to relax and have a Flounder Sandwich with Hand Cut Fries.

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I’m so proud of all three of the bands. At times when we were rehearsing I had my doubts but they really shined today and stepped up their game. Even in moments of error they recovered quickly.












After unloading and organizing all the gear at the studio I’m finally back home settling down.


I take Ana and mom out to our favorite local Italian restaurant, When In Rome, for dinner and our favorite red wine, Palladio Chianti.


Doing chores and eating Strawberries.


Chilling with Ana and Elvis in the other bedroom. She’s got some decade old British sitcom playing on her computer. We spark up an intense conversation about communication in our relationship and how incredibly important it is to be understood.




Sleep 3 a.m.


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Saturday November 3 2018

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Waking up at 11 a.m.


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


Final MMLIVE rehearsals all afternoon. Tomorrow is the big show.




PB&J Bagel. Orange.


My levels of stress are high but in the end I have high hopes for the kids.


Meeting with John the sound guy at West Beach Tavern to discuss tomorrow.


Packing up and organizing all the gear at the studio.


Leftovers for dinner: Black Beans, Kale, Carrots, and Quinoa.

Watching The Equalizer 2 (2018).


Catching up on business – doing the accounting for the month.


Enjoying some Strawberries and Gelato while talking with Ana about how our bickering as a couple doesn’t even compare to other examples I’ve seen out there. I always veer on the side of thinking our relationship is pretty normal but she tends to have an extreme perspective.

“This is real life,” I tell her all the time.

She’s aware. But we always have to remind ourselves there isn’t no such thing as the perfect relationship.




Sleep at 3 a.m. but it feels more like 4 a.m. cause of Daylight Savings.


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Friday November 2 2018

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


Yogurt with Granola. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on things – chores – errands.


Teaching a couple in-home lessons.


Stopping the thrift store and Music Go Around (found a good distortion/boost pedal).


Back home. With Ana and Amelia eating a Pizza from Donatos and Donuts from Aloha.


Later on, at the studio practicing songs with Ana. We’re getting better at our songs – just a lot of fine tuning.

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She leaves then I practice drums.


Chamomile Tea. Grapes.




Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Thursday November 1 2018

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.


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


Catching up on business – posting our Halloween tribute to MANIAC.


Grilled PB&J. Plantain Chips. Pineapple. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers. Got a wicked headache today for some reason. Ah, getting these unruly kids to listen to what I say is overwhelming at times.


Back home. Ana made dinner for us. With mom and her at the table.

Tempeh with Onions, Broccoli, Carrots, and Quinoa.


Ana and I run some late night errands then practice songs at the studio.


PB Pretzels, Raspberries, and Chamomile Tea.




Sleep 4 a.m.

Wednesday October 31 2018

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Waking up at 10:35 a.m.


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


Crossfit.


Vega Recovery Shake.


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


Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers. It’s a short workday cause of Halloween.


With Will and Ana at Aloha Snacks for dinner. Tuna Poke Bowl with Portuguese Donuts. This place is our new go-to for dinner or brunch. The owner walks around and talks to everybody making sure our experience is above and beyond. When I ask for a lid to cover my leftovers he ends up adding more tuna, rice, and seaweed to make for another meal. Above and beyond.


Back at the house we suit up in our MANIAC costumes and decide to shoot a tribute video. I print a small script imitating the NPB promo clip from the show and other scenes. A sudden appearance from Tristan Stewart – he helps hold the iPad. Will’s bedroom makes for a perfect setting to shoot in. He pulls up some software that makes the computer screens look busy with computer-like things. Here it is...



We hit the road to Norfolk for Halloween festivities. First up is The Bearded Bird Brewing Co. Playing some pool and watching some bands. Then, over to Cogan’s for karaoke and mingling with a bunch of costume wearing locals. Afterwards, we drive over to Josiah’s apartment to say happy birthday. He was sleeping so we only have time for a quick conversation on the porch and a hug.






After making lover Ana and I sleep in my bed.


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Tuesday October 30 2018


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Waking up at 11:15 a.m.


Bowl of Oat Flakes with Granola, Strawberries, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.


Restringing a guitar.


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

Watching Daredevil (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Black Beans with Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots, Onions, Celery, Quinoa, and Salmon.


Teaching an online lesson.


Pineapple.


Practicing at the studio with Ana.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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Monday October 29 2018

Waking up at 10:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Guayusa Tea.


CrossFit session – feeling the burn and the gains.


Vega Recovery Shake.


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

Watching Daredevil (2018).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Eating leftover Spaghetti with fresh Sourdough Bread.


ELO rehearsal. Things seem to be a little out of sort tonight but we get through a few songs.


Gelato.


Catching up on things.




Sleep 3:45 a.m.

Sunday October 28 2018

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Waking up at 10:45 a.m.


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


MMLIVE rehearsals all afternoon.





Things go smoothly compared to last week. My stress levels are much lower. Drew and I get a system of coaching going.

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PB&J Bagel. Apple. Pear.


Back home. Napping in Ana’s room. Meanwhile Elvis cat naps nearby,


Getting groceries with mom at Trader Joe’s.


Back home. Cooking dinner: Salmon with Butternut Squash, Onions, Celery, Baby Broccoli, and Couscous.

Watching Daredevil (2018).


Catching up on my to-do list.


Gelato.


At the studio restringing a guitar and practicing piano.


Snacking on Popped Chips.




Sleep 4 a.m.


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