On April 21 I released my third patron-supported rushmore beekeepers song, “a good impression.” It was a quiet song when I wrote it but somehow turned into a rock song with electric guitar, drums and everything. (Well, electric guitar, bass and drums. So not everything, technically.) Read more and find out what book I still haven’t read on the Patreon creation page.

i used to be afraid of seeing ghosts
but now i wish i could
there are people i’d like to see again
and you, yeah you, yeah you, are one of them

i still have the book you said was your favorite
the last time we got together
i still can’t bear to open it up
but i promise i will, i will, i will read it someday

never know when you’ll get a bad news phone call
never know when your days will end
i just hope to leave a good impression
and you, yeah you, yeah you, you know i love you

The Couch by Couchwest 2014 awards ceremony wrapped up in the wee hours of the night, with awards announced on the CXCW Twitter and website. rushmore beekeepers (Zach and Kyla version) won one award and was runner up for another.

Best in Show – Couch (Runner up)

Runner up for best couch at Couch by Couchwest? Hey, I’ll take it! Aron Blue’s red leather couch would be tough to beat.

rushmore beekeeepers couch by_couchwest runner up 2014

That’ll do, couch. That’ll do.

Award for Not Playing Wagon Wheel

Okay, so everyone except one band won the award for not breaking the Darius Rucker Wagon Wheel Provision of 2012 (long before his version was recorded, CXCW notes). But hey, I’ll take that too.

Couch by Couchwest is a seriously awesome annual online music festival, open to everyone and completely free. (BYOB. And couch.) You can watch the performances from this year and previous years on their site, so don’t be sad if you missed it. Hop on the couch and get slothy!

Moving has taken up most of my time lately, but Carrie and I took the night off for a date to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. We went to the Alamo Drafthouse on West Anderson Lane in Austin, and I’m not sure there’s a more perfect address for a Wes Anderson film. They had a photo op for moviegoers to recreate the Boy With Apple painting from the film. How could I resist?

boy with apple with beard

boy with apple (with beard)

Does the w stand for Wes or West?

Does the W stand for Wes or West?

Zach and Kyla take a break from rehearsing. Dakota is camera shy.

2014 was the year I finally managed to record a video for Couch by Couchwest, a kind of stay-at-home music festival. Musicians record songs on couches or in other non-stage settings for people who don’t want to (or can’t afford to) go to South by Southwest. Kyla helped me out on this song – or at least part of it, until signing out with her dog collar tambourine solo. (Her musical talents can also be heard on the Live From Las Vegas version of “The Sun is Out (Boom Cat)” by The Yellow Dress.)

Watch rushmore beekeepers play “some deeper meaning” live at CXCW 2014

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