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

Here’s a new song! I recorded this with one microphone in a hallway, taking advantage of the natural acoustics. As a fun compare and contrast exercise, I’ll be re-recording this song sometime in March with more of an electric full band sound. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

the highway stretches out further than i can see
with a choice of direction and everything waiting for me
taking in every sight i can
and hoping you are seeing the same things i am

there are times i don’t notice the details that surround me
other times i find i’m amazed by almost everything
like the feel of the road when i’m driving too slow
or how friendly people can be when they say “hello”
the crunch of leaves and dry grass under my feet
or the effortless way you look at me

some days i don’t leave my house and i’m perfectly happy
some days i can’t stand it, i’ll go crazy if i don’t leave
i need you so bad sometimes it hurts
but saying things like that just makes it worse

Two weeks ago I started my Patreon project and realized that if I told people I was going to write some songs, I should write some songs. This level of accountability helped me complete 52 of 28. Inspiration hit me late that night, so I pulled out my guitar and played around with this melody until the words started flowing. Reassembling my home studio, Dirt to Mud, after a long period of neglect, I recorded vocals, two guitar tracks, octave mandolin, harmonica, and harmonium.

to get to where i’m going i’m gonna need a thick pair of boots
because i don’t know if it’ll be cold, it might rain or even snow
to get to where i’m going i guess i’d better read the news
because i don’t know what happened today and i know i’ll need something to say

to tell you how i feel, i’m gonna need some christmas lights
wrapped around a hundred trees, the lightest rain and the softest breeze
to tell you how i feel, i’m gonna need a few more songs
wrapped around this old guitar and sung kinda poorly to wherever you are

to get to where i’m going, i may need a map or two
i’ll follow the trail wherever it goes, till i find myself on the right road
to get to where i’m going, i may need to get some rest
when i fall asleep will i dream and find in my mind some deeper meaning

February 1 (sometimes referred to as Groundhog Day Eve) I played a brunch show with my show buddy Run-On Sunshine from Phoenix, AZ and Tom Grrrl, a high energy and hospitable two-piece punk/rock band from Austin.

It was so fun to see Run-On Sunshine again so soon after playing together at PHX FMLY FEST (we played different stages there, but it still counts).

Danny and Rachel of Tom Grrrl hosted the afternoon house show and prepared a delicious vegan brunch of chorizo lentil tamales, queso, guacamole, potatoes, coffee and other good stuff.

Tom Grrrl Austin Brunch Show

Tom Grrrl!

Tom Grrrl Austin Brunch Show

Tom Grrrl’s super awesome grand finale

Run-On Sunshine Austin brunch show

Run-On Sunshine bringing as much emotion and energy as a full band

rushmore beekeepers Austin brunch show

This is Chica. Many adorable dogs attended the show.

set list:

  1. no alarms (guitar and harmonica) – as Carrie told me, not setting alarms sometimes causes brunch
  2. all these things (banjo)
  3. a brand new love song (banjo)
  4. anywhere you want (guitar and harmonica)
  5. like a pirate’s hat (guitar and harmonica)
  6. the road between (mandolin)
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