Monthly Archives: June 2013

RV life begins

I’m a little scared of what we’re doing. We have a one-year-old and we sold almost everything we own and have bought an RV to live in, work from, and travel with. We’re currently in Washington D.C. We spent two nights with my mom who is currently here for job training, but leaving tonight. We didn’t even get to spend enough quality time with her because we were wrestling traffic, juggling car rentals and RV purchases and messing about with logistical problems to solve.

I find when I’m scared and especially tired, I’m not as kind as I should be. I’ve been very short with Rickard, which I regret. There is a heat wave over the next week and I’m a little scared about it. We have air conditioning in the RV, we just have to be hooked up to electrical in order to enjoy it. If we were to get solar panels (a $5,000 investment) we could boondock anywhere and still enjoy AC. That’s how they do it in Slab City.

The wisdom will come.

Right now the baby woke up and we have to pack up, arrange our things in our new home on wheels, and fix some things.

The Voice UK

I just got an email from a British music industry guy asking me to audition for The Voice UK.

I don’t really like TV very much, but it sounds like fun. I’m flattered actually.
God has communicated to me on several occasions in the last month that people are aching for elevating culture. Not bible-beating didactic preaching like Fireproof but hopeful, truthful, human culture that inspires people to be better versions of themselves rather than feed the beast. All my Catholic and Christian friends are hungry to have an artist they can root for.

I’m not comfortable pigeon-holing myself as a Catholic artist, especially since I’m not even baptized yet. But the idea of making music that serves a higher authority other than my own personal ego or fame is much more motivating. I’m comfortable with the idea of fame as a tool. I’m not comfortable seeking fame for fame’s sake. I have no desire for that much attention. But beautiful messages and beautiful content is deserving of great attention.

Rickard recently discovered this video from Dino Marcantonio about beauty. You should watch.

Beauty is not “in the eye of the beholder” as they say. Marcantonio argues anything beautiful will have three basic characteristics: integrity, proportion, and clarity.

If you were to ask Marcantonio what is required for great architecture to be created he would tell you: unity in vision. His words apply to arts other than architecture.

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Underwater Man

I’m writing a new song. I can’t believe it. I’m forming new callouses and getting my hand muscles back. It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with the guitar. But finally there is reason. Finally there is:

rhyme.

We may have found my father. Through ridiculous and humiliating DNA tests, coupled with filling out my mother’s family tree as far as possible (I’m a daughter of the Revolution, been here since 1600’s). He was born in Santa Monica and moved to Hawaii. He became a pioneer in digital underwater photography.

Introducing, father Jim.

The song, surprise surprise, is about him.
There is more to the story of course. He has two kids that he left behind. His son has a daughter roughly the same age as V. His daughter lives in… San Francisco! Of all places. I know this because I searched for them on the internet. I think that I look more like him than they do. But they probably exude him profoundly more than I do.

I must say, I really think I would have liked him. I cried, I mean wept two nights in a row when I discovered he was dead. He died not very long after I began my search, 7 years ago. It feels good to come from somebody who did extraordinary things. I can be proud of myself. I can be proud of who I am and where I come from. Sort of.

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