Thursday March 31 2022

Waking up at 11:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Workout session with Vlad.



Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Taking care of emails and business things.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Leftovers at home: Beans, Kale, Quinoa, and Cabbage.


Catching up on business. Meanwhile, Ana’s packing up for her MacRock band trip tomorrow.


Wednesday March 30 2022

Waking up at 11:45 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Working out at the gym – at Vlad’s gym this time. I actually manage to be more productive and focus on a targeted workout here.



Eggs. Spinach Salad. Bagel. Vegan Breakfast Sausage. Coffee.

Watching King Richard (2021).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Picking up some Pizza Chapel to share with the boys.

Over at Wes’s house for a Ladada practice actually. Him, Josiah, Bobby, and I practice in a small music room Wes prepared for us – he’s got an ancient PA system that looks like a NASA command control – we even record ourselves on a Tascam tape recorder. Afterwards, lounging in the living room talking about Ukraine and Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.


Back home finally. Catching up on the events and business of the day.


Tuesday March 29 2022

Waking up a little before noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Strawberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At the Rec exercising. While talking to Aaron at the front desk Louisa, a lady my mom knew from way back when I was a boy, notices me. She never had the chance to talk to my mom when she was struggling with cancer. There’s a warmth in her eyes that makes me feel good. Her son, Matthew, and I used to always hang out as kids.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee. Pita Chips.

Watching King Richard (2021).


Teaching lessons.

In between I grab a haircut next door at Sage. I run into Stacy Moore – apparently she’s been getting her hair done here for the past year. I had no idea.


Grabbing stuff at Target.


Back home.

Stir-fry with Cabbage, Tuna, Cauliflower, and Quinoa.


Catching up on MMLIVE prep and computer stuff.




Monday March 28 2022

Waking up just before noon.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Dealing with some scheduling stuff and running errands.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching lessons.



Back home. Prepping the house for Ana’s birthday gathering.

Erica cooks up a nice meal in the kitchen (Sweet Potato Noodles with Veggie Lumpia and Spicy Cauliflower – I assist compiling utensils, ingredients, and keeping the sink clear. Meanwhile, a lot of our friends show up with alcoholic beverages. I fill up the table with snacks.

I bought a Nothing Bundt cake, added a couple horses, and the number 31 – we all sing Happy Birthday – she is grateful.


Sunday March 27 2022

Waking up at noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Coaching MMLIVE bands all afternoon with Rebecca and Andrew.

PB&J break and Coffee somewhere in there.

Most bands were quite productive today actually.


Organizing and cleaning some things around the studio.


Back home. Warming up some dinner: Pancit with Kale, Eggs, and leftover Pizza.



Catching up on all kinds of things at the computer – tweaking and organizing videos – doing emails.


Cleaning up downstairs and taking out the recycle.


Pita Chips with Hummus.


Saturday March 26 2022

Waking up just before noon.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Taking care of things at the house.


At Commonwealth Brewing – Ana is performing a solo set with her guitar and microphone – there’s all kinds of other female artists playing before and after. Meanwhile, the demographic is 80% dogs and kids running around. The room is so cavernous too making the music hard to distinguish. Even though Ana is nervous she does a good job. Snacking on a Chicken Sandwich with Fries. I have to leave at a certain time...



 ...At Music Makers linking up with a group of Music Makers kids and Rebecca to rehearse this Wall scene we’re about to do tonight.


Afterwards, we all march over to Elevation 27 for DEJA’s The Wall where they play a live soundtrack to the entire movie – it’s very packed inside. Some of the kids are nervous as we wait around backstage in the green room. But we keep up their confidence. Rebecca and I lead them when the time comes – they march to the foot of the stage moving in time with the music – lights shining down – I mime all the teacher lines that John Coleman does on stage. The crowd is thrilled.

We don’t need no education!

I’m very proud of them for learning all this last minute. It was worth it to put all this together and spice up the show.


Back home. Warming up some Pasta leftovers and recapping the day with Ana – she was at all the music events in Norfolk.


Doing dishes and catching up on things.


Ana and I have a constructive conversation about our relationship downstairs and hope to set some bed time deadlines so we can get to bed at decent hours.


Friday March 25 2022

Waking up real late after noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


Organizing all the boxes and tubs downstairs of all my old things. Running errands.

While at the tailor picking up my clothes I’m able to chat with the lady for a while (name pronounced Eun Young). There’s some Korean drama series on her iPad at the sewing table – we talk about movies – how important communication is and the difficulties she faces when talking in English.


Cleaning up the living room in preparation for guests.


Ana’s mom, Auntie Nellie, and Pat drop by to visit Ana and I – her birthday is coming up actually. I bake a bunch of frozen snacks and such to share. Telling stories and enjoying company in the living room.


Dropping all the tubs and things at the storage unit – cleaning up around the house.


Making dinner for Ana and I: Pasta with Kale, and all the fixings.


At the studio organizing things and printing flyers for our upcoming MMLIVE show.


Thursday March 24 2022


Waking up to almost noon.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Workout with Vlad – it’s been a few weeks since I’ve really lifted. It’s good to get back into it.


Eggs. English Muffin. Sweet Potatoes. Spinach. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Japanese Style Fried Rice with Edamame, Sardines, and Kale.


Wes and I ride out to the storage unit for Ladada practice with Bobby and Josiah – we’re productive tonight and catch a few inspirational moments on the old songs.


Wednesday March 23 2022

Waking up to the sound of the workers replacing the French door downstairs. Ana and I lie in bed trying to sleep – I crank up the brown noise on my iPad to block out the banging noises.


We make fire, something we hadn’t done in a long while. It’s strange considering a dream I just had where I was essentially with someone else – even though it wasn’t real I feel guilty.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Downstairs rearranging everything back together now that the doors are installed – also vacuuming and cleaning as I go.


Running errands.


Banana. Kiwi Bites.


Spinach Salad with Eggs, Beets, Tomatoes, English Muffin, and Sweet Potatoes. Coffee.

Watching Windfall (2022).


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Back home. Making dinner: Pasta with Kale, Feta Cheese, and Sourdough Garlic Bread.


Part two of my cleaning out corners: pulling out all the boxes out of my closet so I can clear it out and move old junk to the storage unit. Of course I can’t just simply move the boxes I have to take a peek at relics of my past. I find a few letters my mom wrote me while I was away for summers with dad.


Tuesday March 22 2022

Waking up kind of early at 10:45 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Rebecca and I drive out to Nigel’s house for a band meeting along with Jimmy the Greek. We have much to debrief from the last string of shows and to prepare for the next. There’s a list to address dealing with merch and various band drama. Being the micro manager that he is sometimes it’s hard to deal with but Nigel is usually reasonable. Meanwhile, one of his grandbabies is marching around the house.


After leaving the house we ride back towards Hilltop. Something that was said in the meeting offended Rebecca. We try to sort it out all the while rushing back to make her 2:00 lesson time. Meanwhile, I discover I left my bag at Nigel’s, which has my car keys and the Music Makers phone and such. Boy, what a day this is turning out to be.


Back home for some lunch – I ended up walking.

Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.



Right after we have a meet up with some of the kids that will be doing some choreography for The Wall show this Saturday. Rebecca helps me orchestrate it – even though it’s late we have a good time figuring it out.


Chatting with Rebecca outside, I sense how troubled she is about the meeting earlier today and what was said – it really brought her down and made her feel reactive and defeated. She was grateful for the iced chai latte I brought her considering there wasn’t any time for her to grab decent food. I just want her to feel appreciated and try to sort out what’s going on in her head.


Back home. Making some quick dinner: Edamame with Vegan Sausage, Zucchini, and Rice.


Monday March 21 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Catching up on scheduling.


Running errands.


Dropping off the phone and stuff to Music Makers. Rebecca had a few cancellations early on – on a whim she drives us out to The Giving Tree chiropractor off Rosemont for some much needed adjustments. Then, dropping by Alpha Music to grab a few cables.


I’m home for a minute to eat lunch: Eggs, English Muffin, Spinach, and Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Afterwards, we’re supposed to have Modern Day Warrior band practice but it turns out to just be Megan and Billy. We run some Bohemian Rhapsody harmonies and such – Rebecca helps Megan get out of her shell.


Back home. Warming up some dinner: BBQ Lentils, Cauliflower, and Quinoa.


Catching up on business.


At the 104 space doing a late night workout.


Pineapple, Blueberries, and Yogurt.


Sunday March 20 2022

Waking up around noon or so.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At Music Makers coaching 3 bands with Andrew and Rebecca’s help.


PB&J break with an Apple and Coffee at some point.


After all rehearsals are over Rebecca and I plan and talk out the next ELO trip and other related discussions. There’s always so much to sort out.


Back home. Enjoying some Bangkok Garden for dinner with Ana (Chicken and Broccoli with Jasmine Rice).


Catching up on business.


Organizing my computer desk.


Saturday March 19 2022

Waking up around noon.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At the studio doing a couple one-off lessons with Chase and Jaden. Rebecca and I both teach them cause they’re supposed to be performing at the next MMLIVE show.


Afterwards, Rebecca and I meet with Jimmy the Greek from ELO to get a game plan together to tackle issues we need to address as far as tour stuff goes.


Back home.

Spinach Salad with Eggs, beets, and Tomatoes. Sourdough Bread. Coffee.


Catching up on business.




Running night errands.


Leftover Pasta with Vegan Sausage and Veggies.


At the studio organizing things and getting rid of this old organ – practicing drums.




Friday March 18 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Running errands – returning that god forsaken garment rack to Wal-Mart and purchasing a nicer one at Target.


Taking care of chores and things at the house.


Later, after Ana gets back from the horse farm, she drives us out to Norfolk – grabbing lunch at Mr. Shawarma’s (Falafel Pita Wraps and Fries) – then exchanging some clothes at Nomad’s down the street – dropping by Smartmouth to say hello to Jordan and collect some Lava tickets – grabbing a loaf from Chelsea Bake House.


While Ana prepares dinner I construct a garment rack for Music Makers new t-shirts.


Back home. Eating dinner together: BBQ Lentils with Roasted Veggies and Quinoa.


Cleaning up the kitchen.


Thursday March 17 2022

Waking up around 11:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


At Soul Haven Studios to track some quick piano for new ELO songs – Nigel is here with Edwin, Jimmy, and John – they’re filming behind the scenes stuff and recording a whole string section.


Running errands – stopping by Alpha for some cables – thrift store where I find new blank shirts and show shoes.


Eggs. Spinach. English Muffin. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Afterwards, Aaron and Zach show up to practice Mae songs. Meanwhile, Rebecca and I talk business for a bit.


Back home. Making a quick a dinner: Naan Pizza with Salad.

Watching Sorry to Bother You (2022).


Wes and I ride out to Norfolk for Ladada practice. Working on the latest new songs and jamming out.


Wednesday March 16 2022


I’m somewhere outside of a house at night. There’s some kind of commotion going on inside – I see through the window Rebecca standing at the sink washing dishes and cleaning up from a dinner party. She’s wearing that purple bow in her hair from waking life yesterday. I run in cause it feels like something bad has happened – maybe there’s hostility from another person.

“This is ridiculous!” I exclaim. “None of this is fair! I’m not gonna take this generational curse anymore! It stops right now!”

Everyone looks at me in shock – my mom is there all of a sudden.



Waking up from some crazy dreams at 11:17 a.m.


Catching up on business.


Running errands.

Dropping and picking things up from the tailor. JoAnne, the nice Korean lady, shows me my name in Korean.

Picking up groceries at Whole Foods. Again, I’ve been feeling so emotional lately – that Joe Cocker song “With a Little Help from My Friends” comes on the PA speaker and I start crying while staring at the maple syrups.

Then at Wal-Mart to get a clothes rack.


Spinach Salad with Eggs, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Carrots, and English Muffin.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Afterwards, meeting with Carol and Rebecca to talk about Broadway for the rest of the year – I brought Chic-fil-A for Rebecca and I to eat cause it’s our dinner time! Carol is dealing with a lot right now cause her mom doesn’t have long to live – she vents to us about all the family drama around it.


Later on, I organize some things at the studio. Ana drops in with a mission to ruffle my feathers. But we retreat to the 104 space where I tinker on the piano – meanwhile, she expresses her feelings about us and everything. I try to soften the room with music. Eventually, she hops on the drums and we jam out to an original piano idea.


Back home. Snacking on some Corn Tortilla Chips with Hummus.


Later, Ana comes into my room still very unhappy about our relationship. The arguments get so bad I have to storm out of the house and go for a walk. The problem is she keeps pushing me and pushing me to tell her “the truth”.  But there is no truth that I haven’t already told her. Whatever I tell her she doesn’t believe me anyway cause she doesn’t trust me – she never has. I don’t know what to do.


Tuesday March 15 2022

Waking up around 11 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


Catching up on business.


At the Rec trying to get some of a workout in. While listening to some CCR on way home through Hilltop I find myself getting real emotional and cry – not sure why – I guess lately things have been rocky.


Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee. Banana.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.



Back home. Eating a dinner that Ana prepared before she went off to work.

Pasta with Vegan Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Kale, and Peas.


Catching up on all kinds stuff at the computer – researching new eyeglasses – emails – planning.


Cleaning up the kitchen – laundry.


Monday March 14 2022

Waking up around 11:40 a.m.


Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Flax Seed, and Almond Milk. English Breakfast Tea.


It’s nice to be home and take a shower with my own beautiful Chantytown water pressure!


Running errands – getting groceries.


Eggs. English Muffin. Spinach. Coffee. Pineapple.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers then coaching the Modern Day Warrior band – it’s just Thomas, Megan, Luke, and I. We work on the music of Bohemian Rhapsody.


Back home. Making a quick dinner: Salad with Sardines, and Pita/Hummus.


Catching up on business.


Intertwined with chores Ana pursues an argument with me about the relationship – I’m mostly listening as she accuses me of not listening and not caring. I’m very frustrated but choose to remain calm. We’ve really hit a low point that I don’t know how to get out of.


Sunday March 13 2022


Waking up reluctantly at 11:15 a.m. in the hotel room.


Linking up with our crew downstairs in the lobby – grabbing some hot tea and munching on a breakfast bar with Rebecca.


We all take the rental cars to the airport and thus begins our airport adventure day. Rebecca and I get held up shuttling to the terminal – the guy stops to pick up all kinds of people – we barely make it to the gate just in time – then another problem comes up – Jimmy uses my digital boarding pass instead of his cause we both have James as first names – but finally we settle into our seats – the 3 R’s as we call it (Ron, Robert, and Rebecca).


St. Louis to La Guardia. The three of us are mesmerized by a nearby guy flicking his fingers vigorously at a Rubix Cube. Ron starts timing his solves. High up in the air we can see the land start to turn white with snow – we’ve seen all kinds of extreme temperatures on this tour. I try to sleep but end up doing the “resting my eyes” thing mostly.


At La Guardia. We’ve got about a 2.5 hour layover but then all the weather delays change it to almost 4 hours. Jimmy goes off on his own while some of us grab some pizza in the food court. Later, finding a recharge station to catch up on business while we wait – Rebecca and I both pull out our laptops and type away – working out some business related things. Meanwhile, our flight keeps getting delayed and delayed. Apparently, computers all over the world had issues yesterday – something to do with the war in Ukraine.



After doing some physical activity on a city themed playground we finally make it on board the flight to Norfolk! Only a 45 minute ride and we’re home.


Back home. I walk in on Ana vacuuming and cleaning the living room. Enjoying a PB Pita and some of her homemade Apple Pie. She’s not thrilled with the lack of communication between her and I while being gone. We can’t seem to find a middle ground.