New York is, far and away, the most intimidating, exciting, exhausting, and inspiring city I've ever set foot in, let alone lived in. Despite some inevitable stressful aspects of living here, I'm having an incredible time, and I feel very lucky to have many great friends who have helped my transition immensely. I love you all. I'm strongly looking forward to getting settled in and bringing the Progress guys up for some shows.
Among the things I've lucked into in the last two weeks, and this was absolutely my favorite, was recording woodwinds on Bill Laurence's solo record, which will be lots of Snarky Puppy guys and top-shelf New York string players playing Bill's soul-meltingly beautiful compositions. Bill, Michael League, and Robert "Sput" Searight are unstoppable in the studio. The bed tracks they made for Bill's tunes were a joy to play over, and Mike's arrangements-- whether written out, adjusted on the fly, or created in the moment-- are brilliant compositions on their own. Definitely look for this record when it comes out.
In other news that I file under the "pretty sweet" category, I got published in a new online music magazine called Neobeat. Here's the article. None of my ideas presented are particularly revolutionary, but they're things I think about a lot as a creative musician trying to make his way in the world, and it's advice I've often given to people younger than I am.
Finally, I need to post Progress tour dates! They're up on the Progress website, of course, but not here. So, here you go. It's going to be an exhausting but immense pleasure to share a van and many stages with the Funky Knuckles, who are, in all honesty, one of my favorite bands of all time.
The Progress and Funky Knuckles will be in:
9/9/13: Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS
9/10/13: 529, Atlanta, GA
9/12/13: Artmosphere, Lafayette, LA
9/13/13: Gasa, New Orleans, LA
9/14/13: One2One, Austin, TX
Also, Progress will be at:
9/23/13: The Parish, Austin, TX (supporting Snarky Puppy)