Saturday July 13 2019

Waking up at 11 a.m.

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

Teaching a few afternoon lessons at Music Makers.

Back home.

Grilled PB&J Bagel. Popped Chips. Coffee.


At the studio figuring out a way to hang these new stage lights I got.

Back home. Cooking dinner: Salmon with Black Beans, Zucchini, Corn, Kale, Carrots, and Rice. Dinner and a movie tonight with mom and Ana. We continue watching Stranger Things 3 (2019).

Back at the studio with Ana playing music – working out new tunes.

Snacking on Cherries.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

Friday July 12 2019

Grilled Out Lava Fest (July 12 2019)

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

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

Ana and I hit the gym. I get caught up in 3-on-3 basketball playing 3 games in a row. My game is turned up – knocking down 3-pointers right and left. 2-1 series win!

Scrambled Eggs. Salt n Vinegar Chips with Avocado. Toast with Butter and Jam. Coffee.

Watching another episode of Stranger Things 3 (2019) with the family.

Catching up on business.

Ana and Robert Car Selfie (July 12 2019) (2)

Ana and I load up the car with my bass rig and drive to Toast in Norfolk for the LavaFest. Ladada is sort of headlining alongside Broken Beaches, Berries, Allison Blue, and Raise Hell Over the Summer. They’ve got a big tent set up on the other side of the annex this time. Popping out those pink tickets and sipping on Smartmouth Beers. Enjoying a Vegan Sausage with all the fixins’. For some reason the power keeps cutting in and out of the Berries set but eventually it stays on. Feeling good about our set. The energy is high on the stage. Bobby mentions some kind of spiritual moment during one of the songs. Jonnie powers through from feeling super sick. Overall, it was a magical time.

Ana at Grilled Out Lava Fest (July 12 2019)

Ladada at Grilled Out Lava Fest (July 12 2019)

Afterwards, chit-chatting with all the band mates and friends.

Ana and I arrive home after midnight.

Making fire in her bedroom.

Sleep at some point early for a change.

Thursday July 11 2019


Waking up at 12:30 p.m. late late late. Ana happens to awaken around the same time too.

We head to Three Ships for an Iced Coffee wakeup call and I get the Jam Biscuit.

Mom just got back from a doctor’s visit bearing very, very good news. They said she was cancer-free in her uterus! All that chemo, and patience, and positive thoughts/prayers worked. She’s still scheduled for surgery to get the tumor out of her neck. But there’s so much relief and happiness in her eyes now. I’m so happy for her.

Watermelon. Plum.

Working on stuff at the studio – practicing a few tunes for tonight.

Loading up the truck, mom and I head to Hampton for the gig. A New World Record, the ELO tribute band I play with, had a big show at The Vanguard. It’s a spacious brewery and big stage here, almost like the Norva. Nigel’s got all kinds of people running around for sound, lights, video, etc.

Enjoying a big Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fries and Broccoli.

We do our two 45 minute sets with a break in between. We had a few major hiccups in the second song when Leon, the drummer, lost his in-ear monitors. It really threw us off but we managed to get back on track after the first chorus. Other than that I’m really proud of the whole show. It looks phenomenal on video.

We drive from Hampton to the storage unit off Tidewater, mom at the wheel reluctantly cause of the rain. The truck doesn’t have A/C so the windows keep fogging up. I should’ve drove but we’re already on the interstate. I keep her calm and help guide us on the road.

I’ve got to rehearse with Ladada around midnight. It’s like the music never ends. Tomorrow is another big show.

Sleep 4 a.m.

[i] Image by Mitch.

Wednesday July 10 2019

Waking up at 11 a.m. slowly but surely.

Date and Almond Breakfast Bar. English Breakfast Tea.

Catching up on business – making event pages.

Scrambled Eggs. Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Poppy Seeds. Coffee. Watermelon. Cucumbers.

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Back home. Dinner: Black Beans, Kale, Carrots, and Rice. Will drops by for a bit to say hi and for us to say happy birthday. Ana made little confetti cupcakes.

At ELO rehearsal. We’re preparing our sets for tomorrow’s show. Leon (drummer) and Jorge (violinist who wrote up all the strings charts) flew in to practice and perform for it. We come across a few minor blips and issues but overall we’re feeling prepared.

Back home. Chilling with Ana and the cat.

Sleep 4 a.m.

Tuesday July 9 2019

Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

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

Catching up on business.

At the Great Neck Rec playing a few rounds of 4-on-4 basketball.

Scrambled Eggs. Bagel with Butter and Jam. Cucumbers. Coffee. Watermelon.

Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Back home. Cooking with dinner: Tempeh with Onions, Peppers, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, and Quinoa.

Enjoying meals with mom and Ana.

Afterwards, Ana and I drive over to Mamoona and Abdur’s house out to almost Sandbridge. Mainly, to help Abdur piece together the new drum set he bought from us. They just moved into a mansion of a house. There’s a lab dog named Cash. We have fun with the rabab instrument. I give Abdur a mini drum lesson to connect the dots for him.

Back home. We all cuddle up in the living room (mom’s room) to watch another episode of Stranger Things 3 (2019).

Sleep 3:30 a.m.