New stuff on the horizon

So much going on in the past six months!  I finished my first year of the MSW program at Portland State University.  Looking forward to starting again in the fall.  My internship this year will be at the Portland VA.  

Levon's Helmet put out our full length debut, Have the Best Day, in February.  You can find it here: levonshelmet.bandcamp.com .  We got a pretty cool writeup in both the Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury.  I am immensely proud of this record as a songwriter, singer, and bandleader.  It also features unbelievably killer drums by Jason (as well as two cool songs of his), and phenomenal engineering by Evan Mersky over at Red Lantern Studios.  Shortly after releasing Have the Best Day, Jason and I decided to put Levon's Helmet on an indefinite hiatus to focus on other projects.  I've spent the summer writing new material, in a similar vein to previous Levon's Helmet material, but different ideas and slightly different aesthetics.  I'm looking forward to further developing this material in the fall and recording it in December.  Should have an EP out by February or so.  I haven't decided yet what name to use when I put this material out, so I'll keep ya posted.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for a 7 inch in the next few months as well...

 

Elisabeth and I finished our Heartwood EP in the Spring, and it's all ready to go, just need some artwork and we will print CD's and release it.  Should be out in the early fall.

 

Other than that, I've been playing a lot with Jack Dwyer in different configurations.  It's been super fun, and we're sounding like a pretty dang good country band.  We have a monthly two step show at the Alberta Street Pub, which is on the first Tuesday of the month.  We recorded a live show at Alberta Street Pub last winter, and Jack released it, you can find it here: https://jackdwyer.bandcamp.com/ .  We have plans to record again in the fall/winter.

I'll be pretty busy until June, but I plan on playing out with different bands at least a couple times a month, so be sure to check my calendar and come out to see me perform!

Aimless Love by Billy Collins

AIMLESS LOVE

This morning as I walked along the lakeshore,
I fell in love with a wren
and later in the day with a mouse
the cat had dropped under the dining room table.

In the shadows of an autumn evening,
I fell for a seamstress
still at her machine in the tailor’s window,
and later for a bowl of broth,
steam rising like smoke from a naval battle.

This is the best kind of love, I thought,
without recompense, without gifts,
or unkind words, without suspicion,
or silence on the telephone.

The love of the chestnut,
the jazz cap and one hand on the wheel.

No lust, no slam of the door –
the love of the miniature orange tree,
the clean white shirt, the hot evening shower,
the highway that cuts across Florida.

No waiting, no huffiness, or rancor –
just a twinge every now and then

for the wren who had built her nest
on a low branch overhanging the water
and for the dead mouse,
still dressed in its light brown suit.

But my heart is always propped up
in a field on its tripod,
ready for the next arrow.

After I carried the mouse by the tail
to a pile of leaves in the woods,
I found myself standing at the bathroom sink
gazing down affectionately at the soap,

so patient and soluble,
so at home in its pale green soap dish.
I could feel myself falling again
as I felt its turning in my wet hands
and caught the scent of lavender and stone.

 - Billy Collins