pale beneath the blue

Road stories and more from singer/songwriter, pale beneath the blue.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Snow Emergency at the Viper Room

Well, it certainly turned out to be an interesting evening...a big thanks to everyone who came out to support and get their hands on a copy of the new disc. We love you all. Thanks also to Chris Sarvac of Up & Away (they had obviously practiced) and Jason Ludwig who was awesome. And thanks also to Bobby from Tesla who said "you guys are really different, but I like it."

Hope you had a fun evening and we'll be seeing you soon.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

it's that time of year

Getting ready for the CD release party tonite. Let's just say that it's really good that I've had the chance to be out and about over the past few days and play some solo shows so that I'm practiced up. The holidays really stimey that whole creative process, as well as the discipline of my daily routine. Not that I don't enjoy taking some time off and hanging out with the fam, but it can certainly cause me to lose motivation. If you don't know me, you may not know that sometimes others would describe me as "driven" or "focused." I guess I don't see it, but that's what they tell me. I'm always striving for balance, but I guess I end up tipping the scales on the side of "work" mostly because it doesn't feel like drudgery.

Looking forward to seeing you all tonite. Until then, enjoy your day,

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It's snowing CDs

I think it's only fitting that our first snow is the same day that it was hitting stores. It was rather freezing and I'm hoping that Beau doesn't catch cold. Check the website for a detailed list.

But back to yesterdays topic...I was in Wal Mart tonite (Target was closed) and when I walked in, I suddenly had this urge to purchase a DVD. I didn't even have anything in mind, just a desire to rifle through the discount bins. I somehow managed to completely ignore that part of the store, got what I needed and checked out. But I was completely unsatisfied and began to wonder if Wal Mart is putting subliminal messages in their music. That whole Josie and the Pussycats mind control thing seemed a little too real.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Why do we crave certain foods at certain times of the year?

Yes, this bothers me. Why do I always want apples and caramel dip in October? Is it because I need the caramel dip? The apple? Or because suddenly Kroger is filled with shiny apples?

What about snack crackers and that wierd cheese spread? Why do I feel the need to eat this--smoked cheddar with bacon? I have a sudden need for grain? I guess it could have something to do with the high school music department's annual summer sausage and crock cheese sale. So, why do they call it summer sausage if they don't sell it until the fall?

I realize the power of suggestion carries a lot of weight. Today, I went to Taco Bell, but it was also a Pizza Hut--suddenly, I needed a cheese personal pan pizza. I have not had one of those since I was in Chris McCoy's band. Mmmmm, tasty. I just probably shouldn't have had the pizza and the burrito.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Winter is setting in...Time to watch Sound of Music

The best and worst things about Ohio are one in the same, winter. I love the snow on the pines and being able to run out and play in the snow, but I'd like about 2-3 weeks of it, not 4 1/2 months of bone-chilling cold. We Ohioans hibernate once Christmas is over and we spend the next three months waiting for spring. Today is one of those cloudy, miserable days that's colder than you expect because it was 65 degrees the previous day.

We get excited about a white Christmas since we'd rather have snow if it's going to be cold and pray that some interesting movies will come out on DVD so we have something to do for the next few months. Honestly, I don't know how Canadians do it, but God Bless 'em. Even Austria isn't this cold unless you are in the mountains.

Speaking of Austria, apparently, this is the 40th anniversary of the Sound of Music. We're happy that we decided to include a very interesting cover of "My Favorite Things" for you to enjoy this holiday season. It will be available starting tomorrow on our new EP, Snow Emergency.

You bundle up, I'll go clean the basement,

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

New Christmas Photos!

So, last week I realized that I wanted some Christmas photos for posters and promo material so I emailed Dale Johnson and asked if he could come to my house that evening. With all of 3 hours notice, he showed up with his camera and we had what turned out to be a very entertaining and successful couple of hours. We tried some indoor shots with my wierd Ikea lights, then I put on my fur coat (vintage, of course) and forced Dale to take pictures of me outside in the cold. I tried being a Lemur, like Rebecca and Kristin in Austin Powers 2, but I think the better photos came out of us just being wierd. More at . You'll find photos under the Media Tab.

Monday, November 07, 2005

This Weekend

Patrice, Chris and I had a great night at the Trolley Stop w/Joe Anderl and the Universal Walkers on Friday. Great "band" and perfect mix with us. We actually rocked out a little more that night, but it was all good. Thanks to all of you who came out and took pictures--we're still waiting on them, though.

Saturday, I headed to Evansville, Indiana to play at Penny Lane Coffee. There are always such great people there--everyone is always trying to make my time there more enjoyable. It's really nice and probably why I go out of my way to drive over there. This week was really tough since we had the show Friday night and then I had to work early on Saturday. I went to Evansville and had to drive back that night so I could work on Sunday. It was rough. What was worse is that the wind kept gusting on my way home so I couldn't drive very fast. I was also terrified that a deer was going to run out onto the road and destroy my new van. I was soooo tired and struggling to just stay awake. I finally stopped to get some Dr. Pepper near Louisville--Walmart is a really strange place to me normally, imagine what it's like when you are half asleep at 2:30a. I felt like I was in a dream. Anyway, once I got through Louisville, I must have had the wind moving with me because everytime I looked at the speedometer, I was going waaaay too fast. Finally, I made it home by about 4:30a. Then of course, I was wired. Somehow I managed to fall asleep pretty quickly anyway.

Patrice called me the next morning to make sure that I had gotten home alright. I guess she was up late working the previous night and heard that there were tornadoes in Evansville. I was shocked to find out that 22 people died since there was really no warning. Our hearts go out to everyone in Evansville. We know that those who lost homes will get help from neighbors and friends, but we are so sad that they had to even go through it. Our prayers are with you.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Lunch in IN

I played a solo set at the ArtsGarden in Indianapolis, IN today. It's this really cool looking glass thing over top of the street--think skywalk on steroids. It's really cool but of course, I forgot the camera. I got this pic from their website, but it doesn't do the place justice. I really like their entire downtown area--people actually use it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

New at

My interview with Marti Dodson of Saving Jane is up at It was interesting to hear their story of being in the right place at the right time with people who knew the right people. It's a shame someone can't bottle that and sell it. I guess the world is a better place without it though...

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New podcast

Check out the latest podcast at
This episode is a poem by Ray Bigelow that will soon become a Christmas classic.