Monday October 31 2022

Waking up anytime I want.


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


Today I have the entire day off! No lessons, no band rehearsals, no nothing.


I catch up on communications and stuff on the computer.




Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Running errands – getting groceries and returning all these costumes and things.


Cooking myself some pasta!

Brown Rice Quinoa Noodles with Mushrooms, Onions, Tomatoes, Naan, and Salad.

Watching Pennyworth (2022).


At the studio pulling up the rugs in the lobby and adding a new one that fits perfectly. It’s quite a bit of work but rewarding – it helps open up the space more.


I chose not to do any video for the day. A Day in the Life of takes a day off.

Sunday October 30 2022

Waking up around noon.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Staying in for the afternoon catching up on communications and recaps from yesterday’s Halloween show.


Eggs. Bagel. Kale. Coffee.


At Music Makers coaching 3 MMLIVE bands with the help of Andrew and Rebecca. They’re both sick wearing masks. But we manage to get through all the rehearsals.


Protein Shake.


Cleaning up things.


Back home. Salmon, Beans, Spinach, Quinoa, and Naan Bread.

Watching The Good Nurse (2022).


Catching up on chores – laundry – dishes – writing.


Saturday October 29 2022


Waking up before my alarm goes but can’t go back to sleep cause my mind is racing about today.


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


Loading up the truck with gear and heading out to Toast in Norfolk for the much anticipated Lava Halloween Extravaganza. There’s much to do to prepare for the night – helping set up the video camera – setting up a dressing room area in the garage – getting all my music gear (synths/pianos) prepped on the side of the stage. People, bands, and friends all start to pile in and thus begins the magical night. Every year this event grows and grows. The stage is bigger – the sound is better – the costumes more extravagant.



I’m so proud to be a part of this music community that can pull together to make this thing happen. I doubled up this year performing with ABBA and New Division. Other friends of mine are in other acts like No Doubt, Britney Spears, The Cure, Talking Heads, and Blink 182. We pulled off the ABBA set near perfectly – so much fun.



Later on, my other band starts trying to set up during the costume contest and it’s absolute chaos. It’s so stressful cause we’re scrambling to plug in cables while groups of people in costumes parade on the stage. I’m about to lose my mind after running to the dressing room cause I still need to change. Shannon helps assist me in my transformation into Ian Curtis of Joy Division. I take a breath...then make my way onto the stage to sing “No Love Lost”. The words that I worked so hard memorizing just flow out of my mouth without thought or reaction. I go hard into character and croon in that infamous baritone voice of Ian’s letting every lyric cut right through. The New Order songs we save for the second half and they’re a big hit too. I’m so proud of Chris, Jessica, Jacob, and Daniel for taking all this music to the next level. It really showed to the crowd – most people didn’t even notice who I was until afterwards.



After The Talking Heads do their finale set it’s all over, just like that. Hanging by the stage and packing everything up. We all try to take a big group picture.



Dave, Megan’s dad, helped me film and load gear back to the studio. Grateful to have his help.


Finally back home and able to decompress.


Friday October 28 2022

Waking up as late as I want!


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Running errands – picking up some things from the storage unit and buying groceries.


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

Finishing Barbarian (2022).


At the studio organizing things – practicing songs.


Protein Shake.


Then, we have a low number ABBA practice with just myself, Ian, and Joey. Polishing up a few things for Ian cause he missed last Tuesday’s practice. Feeling good about most of the songs.


Black Beans, Salmon, Salad, Rice, and Naan Bread.


Back at the studio organizing things – printing out a rasterbated image of the Unknown Pleasures album cover to display tomorrow. Then practicing one last time these Joy Division songs.




Thursday October 27 2022

Waking up some time after noon.


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


Organizing and cleaning up things.


PB&J Bagel. Coffee.


At the studio loading up my car and driving down the street to Three Ships Coffee in Hilltop. Brad, the owner, is setting up the front parking lot for the private coffee industry event tonight. We were able to get The Cure and New Division to perform as a warm-up show for Lava this Saturday. It’s hectic getting everything set up by myself and then helping The Cure get their things going. But I love doing this.


Scarfing down a Chicken and Rice bowl then gearing up for the New Division set. It’s a cool opportunity to be able to perform this set more than once and get the kinks out of the way. The small crowd is receptive.


Afterwards, breaking everything down and hanging out. With Daniel, Jess, and Chris reflecting on the show. The Berries band has been pretty cool to play music with.


Loading everything back to Music Makers. Chris lends a hand. We get into a deep conversation about relationships and how Covid really affected everything – and also horror movies.


Feels good to finally relax at home...


Wednesday October 26 2022

Waking up around noon.


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


Picking up some pants from the tailor.


Organizing some things at Music Makers.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching a few lessons.


Then, New Division’s final band practice. We run through the set twice – and it’s feeling pretty solid to be honest. Afterwards, I break down the PA and pack everything up.


Vegan Sausage with Quinoa/Brown Rice Noodles, Kale, and Naan Bread.

Watching Barbarian (2022).


It’s nice to just sit and relax at home.


Tuesday October 25 2022

Waking up around 11:50 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Catching up on business and scheduling.


Cleaning up some things at the studio.


Eggs. Bagel. Spinach. Coffee.


Teaching lessons.


Protein Shake.


Then, the final ABBA band practice before the show. I’ve got everything set up in the 104 space – a dress rehearsal have you. We try to smooth over all the rough spots in the set but overall it’s solid.


Back home. Making dinner: Mackerel with Black Beans, Kale, Rice, and Naan Bread.

Watching Last Seen Alive (2022).


Catching up on business.


Monday October 24 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Errands – setting up things in the 104 space.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Afterwards, New Division has our band practice. I have the whole place set up with a full functioning PA system for us to get a feel for the stage. We run through the set – feeling pretty solid on most everything.


Back home. Making dinner: Lentils, Rice, Vegan Sausage, and Salad.


Cleaning up things.


Back at the studio putting a few things together and practicing some ABBA songs.


Sunday October 23 2022

Waking up around 11 a.m.


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


Coaching a kid band for MMLIVE with Rebecca and Andrew.


Then, it’s Broadway rehearsal over at the 104 space. I manage to cram a PB&J and a Coffee before we start.


The whole cast is in here. We run rough spots in the show and so many other things.


Then after that, I coach Olivia, Elena, and Samantha’s band.


Organizing stuff after all the rehearsals are done.


Home for dinner: Eggs, Fish, Spinach, and Bagel.

Watching The Stranger (2022).


Back at the studio setting up the PA system in the 104 space for Halloween band rehearsals this week.


Saturday October 22 2022

Waking up at 11 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Coaching the adult band at Music Makers with Andrew and Rebecca.


Protein Shake.


Then, we haul all our props and things to the church that the Hunt’s attend for a Broadway dress rehearsal (sort of). We’re not really ready to be running everything from start to finish but this gives us a good idea of what needs work. And we can see everyone in costume.


Pizza break at some point.


We continue on till 7 p.m.


Back at the studio organizing all the things. I stick around to run Joy Division songs. If I sing them every day then the lyrics will stick.


Back home. Cooking dinner for myself: Lentils, Eggs, Quinoa, and Salad.


Napping in my chair.


Catching up on business.


Friday October 21 2022

Waking up around noon. I can hear the workers out in the back sawing away. This past month Chanticleer’s been renovating the apartment next door and every morning I have to hear all kinds of racket.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Meeting up with my stepdad, Jimmy, and some of his family at Outback for a lunch. Anne and Carl are there, his aunt and uncle. I like hearing some of their stories about how they were high school sweethearts.


Running errands – dropping off a drum set to a student’s house in Bay Colony – picking up pants from the tailor.


Spinach Salad with Tomatoes and Tuna. Bagel. Coffee.

Watching Unsolved Mysteries about a UFO sighting.


Coaching an MMLIVE band rehearsal. Things go pretty smoothly for Alexa’s band.


Then, immediately after we have an ABBA rehearsal but without one of the guitar players and both singers. I invite Rebecca to sit in to help us have vocal references. We mainly focus on structure (beginnings and endings).


Back home. Making a quick dinner for myself: Black Beans, Egg, Kale, Quinoa, and Naan Bread. Meanwhile, Madelaine and Taha got rid of that old cabinet in the kitchen. Rebecca is over here too. We talk and run through lines for Broadway rehearsal tomorrow over Gelato.


Thursday October 20 2022

Waking up around noon.


Catching up on business.


Running errands – Target – groceries.


Chatting with Mike about guitars and all the things to be complained about with ELO.


Grilled PB&J. Coffee. Juice.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


After lessons Rebecca and I grab a late dinner at Aloha Snacks – enjoying some Chicken Sammy’s. Then, recording this track on the piano for Broadway.


Then, I practice my Joy Division songs and Abba songs on piano.


Pineapple. Green Tea.




Wednesday October 19 2022

Waking up around 11:50 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Errands – dropping off some flyers in Shadowlawn – groceries – stuff at Music Makers.


Eggs. Bagel. Spinach. Coffee.

Teaching lessons.


Protein Shake.


Practicing with the Berries folks for our New Division set. We still don’t have Jacob, the drummer, but we still stay productive.


Dinner: Lentils, Tuna, Kale, and Quinoa.

Watching The Northman (2022).


At the studio organizing some things and practicing my lyrics for Joy Division songs. The last week is upon us.


Pretzels. Chocolate.


Tuesday October 18 2022

Waking up around 11:35 a.m.


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


Running errands – groceries – fixing some keyboard patches for ABBA songs.


Eggs. Spinach Salad with Tomatoes. Bagel. Salt n Vinegar Chips. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Protein Shake


Then, ABBA practice but we’re missing Ian and Daniel (bass and guitar/keys). Things are actually quite productive though cause we manage to solidify endings and beginnings.


Catching up on things back home and eating real dinner.


I drive over to the Berries practice space to work on some other keyboard patches.


Monday October 17 2022

Waking up around 11:40 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Running errands – groceries – mall for costume shirts – picking up some things from the ELO warehouse.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching a few lessons at Music Makers.


At the Berries practice space rehearsing Joy Division and New Order songs. Jacob, the drummer isn’t here for the week so we use a drum loop on my synth or whatever we can find on YouTube.


Home kinda late.

Black Beans, Mackerel, Kale, Carrots, Rice, and Naan Bread.

Watching a documentary about the 2008 USA basketball team.


Taking care of chores.


Sunday October 16 2022


Waking up at checkout time from a wonderful night’s sleep. Bus call is noon. Gathering all our things and linking up to the great blue ship.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Mike takes the wheel with Jimmy riding shotgun. I sit up in the front row catching up on computer things.


There’s so much room to get up and walk around on this thing whenever you want – one of the perks of this clunky but convenient bus.


At some point I make my way into the driver’s seat – slogging our way up and down the West Virginia mountains – the bus gets real sluggish up these steep inclines – and it’s raining. Meanwhile, Jimmy notices we’ve sprung a leak above the passenger side door. He uses an empty Pringles container and ropes it on the handle.



Carlos takes over after the next gas stop and I climb into the back where the futon is taking a nap.


We continue on through Charlottesville – enjoying our snacks/gas stops.


Finally arriving home – we unload the trailer and clean out the bus.


Back home – unpacking and cleaning up. Elvis is grateful to see me.


Saturday October 15 2022


Wow. What an overnight drive that was! We arrive at some hole in the wall truck stop in Ohio for a while ordering food at the diner. Luckily, the trailer hitch survived and nothing went amiss. Trying to sleep in the moving bus though is near impossible. You’d have better luck sleeping on a galloping horse.


I climb up on the top bunk and try to sleep until we arrive at the venue.


We arrive at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington, Ohio around 11 a.m. Doing an early load-in so we can get it all done and check into the hotel.


Snacking on some things downstairs in the dressing room.


Back at the hotel we get checked in with time enough to take a shower but definitely not a nap.


What a beautiful theater they have here – gold painted balconies and an overall cool opera house design. After a successful sound check they serve a hearty dinner downstairs of Chicken, Veggie Pasta, Mashed Potatoes, and Rolls.



The show goes smoothly with no issues whatsoever. Jimmy A. fills in on bass with the absence of Jimmy Wiseman. He didn’t have much time to learn the parts on such short notice but we still made it through. Afterwards, we do a meet and greet out by the merch taking pictures and selling lots of shirts!


Packing up the stage and loading out.


Back at the hotel this guy that’s working security whom we lovingly know as “Fuzzy” allows us to use the pool after hours. It’s heated too. I warm up some green tea and provide gummies for everyone. Getting into some deep discussions with Brittany and Jimmy on how similar people look to one another and the psychology of religion/history.



Settling back into the room. I edit the video for the day then settle in under the covers


Friday October 14 2022


Waking up around noon.


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


Catching up on business and packing up my suitcase.


Taking care of errands – stopping by the tailor to get these Ian Curtis pants altered – then to Music Makers to deal with a few things.


Beans, Rice, Kale, and Naan Bread. Coffee.


More packing and cleaning some things up at the house.


Then, I recruit Rebecca to help me get the big black van parked at the airport for Megan, Nigel’s daughter. It’s always an ordeal when doing any task for the ELO uppers. I had to put air in the tires to which a neighbor nearby offered to use his. After dropping off the van, Rebecca takes me to Toast to retrieve some Lava tickets.


Then, after packing up my car, we scoop up Brittany, our friend from Music Makers. Linking up with all of the ELO crew at the warehouse. Piling into the “great blue ship” with trailer in tow and heading out on the highway. It’s pretty nice inside. Extremely bumpy ride but we tricked everything out the past two days so it’s comfortable for everyone.



Well into the night after everything seems to be going smoothly we hit a bump in the road...

Problem #1: The battery light comes on while Jimmy is driving – we pull over to the side of the road to inspect but nothing seems to be wrong. Somehow we manage to get the engine running again and stop at the nearest Sheetz.

Problem #2: Then, as we’re pulling in we notice the trailer hitch fell right off the bus. We all scramble to find solutions – calling around all the truck stops but to no avail – we’re even right next to a Wal-Mart but they’re closed till 6 a.m.

Problem #3: So I take the wheel and try to drive us a half mile up the road. All of a sudden, before I even make it across the intersection we see flashing blue – cops are pulling us over. The officer says he pulled me over because I disregarded a no u-turn sign getting out of the gas station. Then he notices the tags on the bus are expired. I mean, can this night get any worse? My mental state of mind is not good to say the least. I literally just got behind the wheel to help the group attempt at a solution and now we’re involved in another problem. Luckily, the cop only writes me a ticket for the violation and gives us a warning on the tags.



We continue on! Then, the boys get a workaround idea to fix the hitch with the materials we have. Nearby, a very nice cowboy trucker offers his advice and happens to have the proper pin to put on the hitch. Now we’re golden! My head hurts. But we’re on the road safely now with fingers crossed headed to Ohio.


Thursday October 13 2022

Waking up around noon.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Meeting with Dante and this guy Will to discuss revisions on the last Broadway show that was filmed.


Doing some errands.


Eggs. Spinach. Coffee. Bagel.


On my way to Music Makers I turn through the median where the construction is to avoid having to make a U-Turn at the big intersection. A cop catches me and follows me into the Music Makers parking lot. Turns out he used to be my neighbor! He of course gives me a warning and explains I’m not supposed to do that. Meanwhile, Jimmy A. and Mike are here to retrieve the shuttle bus. They catch in on the action.


Teaching lessons.


Afterwards, cleaning up a few things – dropping by Wal-Mart – then joining Rebecca and Brittany at Las Palmas for a quick dinner. Brittany is supposed to be joining us on the ELO tour this weekend.


Later, Rebecca and I drive over to the warehouse to tinker with a few things on the bus like adding book lights and such for all the seats.


Back home. Catching up on things.


Wednesday October 12 2022

Waking up around 11:50 a.m.


Breakfast Bar. Tea.


Mike and I have an agenda to retrieve the big ELO shuttle bus from Nigel’s house so I can clean up a few things inside. I drive it on the interstate – feels like driving an entire building.


I take the day off from lessons so I can get errands done and get the bus in order.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Linking up at the Berries practice space to rehearse our Joy Division/New Order set. We work hard all the way to 11 p.m. polishing and fixing things in songs.


Back home. Making myself a late dinner. Mackerel with Beans, Rice, and Greens.

Watching Raised By Wolves.


Later on, at the studio cleaning out the big bus with Rebecca’s help – we wipe down surfaces and vacuum all the corners – replacing the bunk bed sheets and everything.


Tuesday October 11 2022

Waking up around 11:45 a.m.


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


Catching up on business.


At Sage getting my haircut but also having Kate trim up this Ian Curtis wig for Halloween.


Eggs. Salad. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.


Beans, Vegan Sausage, Broccoli, Carrots, Quinoa, and Naan Bread.

Watching Raised By Wolves.


At the studio singing and practicing Joy Division songs then putting together a drum kit for Joey.




Monday October 10 2022


Waking up around noon.


Cereal. Tea.


Rebecca and I ride out to Kroc Center to double check our seating map for the upcoming Broadway show.


Eggs. Spinach. Bagel. Coffee.


Teaching lessons at Music Makers.

Protein Shake.


Doing a photo shoot with the ABBA band at the studio. I set up a white sheet and some lights – we are in need of some promo shots.



Then, rehearsing songs!


Late dinner tonight: Beans, Salmon, Quinoa, Broccoli, Carrots, and Naan Bread.

Watching Raised by Wolves.


Catching up on business and such.