Photography and prints

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more photography, and after consulting with a couple of friends (who happen to be great artists), I decided to start a Society6 page in case anyone would like to have a print of some of the photos I’ve taken.

So here is the link: (and I highly recommend checking out Monarch Images and Studio Nil while you’re on the site.)

Below are some samples of some of my prints:

Guitar Pull and more!

Tonight, I’ll be joining Joseph Johnson and Mandi Rae at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery for the monthly guitar pull. I’ll be playing mostly new songs that I have written since Ghost of a Town was released. Actually, the last time I played this event was just after its release, in November 2013.

It’s a fun event, and I have actually gotten to photograph the last two. Click here for photos from April. Click here for May.

In film-related news, this Thursday, June 25, a short film I was in will be screening in Atlanta. It was part of the Atlanta 48-Hour Film Project, and our team was sponsored by Indie Film LOOP and led by director Trishunda Mooney.

With this type of project, you are given four things on a Friday evening – film genre, prop, character name, and a phrase – and you have to write, cast, film, edit, score, and turn in a finished film by Sunday night that is between four and seven minutes.

The finished short, titled “The Switch,” will screen this Thursday at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, GA, in Group E, at 7:15 p.m.

In other news, here is a really brave blog post that I would encourage you to read about depression and anxiety. It’s titled “The Semicolon Project,” and also, if you haven’t done so already, check out Project 1 in 4.

Who needs sleep anyway, right?

Nick Patterson, Adam Davila, and me. Photo by Eric Hoehn.


  • Fri: wake at 7 a.m.
  • Sat: sleep at 5 a.m.; wake at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sun: sleep at 7:30 a.m.; wake at 10:30 a.m.

No, those times are not mistakes. I didn’t switch “a.m.” for “p.m.” It was just what ended up being a filming schedule from this past weekend, and I loved every delirious minute of it.

The short film I mentioned last month – Four Thousand Wings – went into production this past weekend. It was a four-man operation – Adam Davila, Nick Patterson, Eric Hoehn, and me – as we served in roles both behind and in front of the camera. Many thanks to them for being on board and making this happen.

We filmed in Selma, AL, mostly in the historic St. James Hotel. Editing will start soon, probably after we’re able to catch up on some sleep. Updates soon!

Filming, day 2. #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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It begins! #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama

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From last night… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #moon #canon

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Still filming… #fourthousandwings #indie #film #filmmaker #filmmaking #selma #alabama #setlife

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Project 1 in 4

Last week, I was reading some stuff on the Brain Pickings website, and I read an article about a project that merges art and awareness. Part of the title describes the project well: “Drawings Illuminating the Everyday Realities of Life with Mental Illness.” The project is called “Project 1 in 4.”

The project website says that 26.2 percent of American adults – 1 in 4 people – suffer from a diagnosable condition, and describes the project this way:

“Project 1 in 4 is a daily exploration of the everyday struggles presented by mental illness. Because banishing the stigma of mental illness starts with awareness, and awareness begins with education, mindfulness and empathy.”

I really like the art and perspective that artist Marissa Betley uses to showcase things that have been said to her in interviews. The drawings, simple black-and-white sketches, are powerful in the messages they convey.

I contacted Betley via email to thank her for doing this, to praise her work, and to ask if I could be of any assistance. I think the intersection of art and awareness is great and thought-provoking, and I think her drawings are wonderful.

Betley replied with very kind words, and asked about using a quote from a recent blog post as part of her art/awareness project, which I gladly agreed to.

For Day 49 of the project, she paraphrased this quote from that post: “When those times hit, I would get reclusive. I would withdraw. I didn’t want to be social. I didn’t want to be around anyone.”

By Marissa Betley, Project 1 in 4.

See more from Project 1 in 4.

Generosity and stillness

Last weekend, I got to spend some time with some wonderful people in Nashville (and enjoy some great food and coffee!) On the way home, I was listening to an NPR affiliate station, and “On Being” was on. The host was interviewing Maria Popova, the creator of the website Brain Pickings (which I have come to thoroughly enjoy.)

When checking out the website and a few of the great, thought-provoking articles, I saw under the “must-reads” sidebar an article titled “Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living.”

I would encourage you to click that link and read the whole thing. I found it to have some really good wisdom in it, much more depth than you’ll ever find in any “listicle” on some click-bait website.

All seven things are very good, but two of them really caught my attention as being relevant in my life right now, and I wanted to share them with you:

Be generous. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.

Look at that line: “It’s easier to be a critic than a celebrator.” Be genuinely happy for others’ successes. There is a big difference between constructive criticism and jealousy, and most people can spot it quickly. But in my opinion, that aspect really goes to everything in life: be genuine; be you; be real.

Remembering that there is a human on the other end of every exchange is also important. Be kind. Try to understand, and communicate clearly to be understood.

The next one:

Build pockets of stillness into your life. Meditate. Go for walks. Ride your bike going nowhere in particular. There is a creative purpose to daydreaming, even to boredom. The best ideas come to us when we stop actively trying to coax the muse into manifesting and let the fragments of experience float around our unconscious mind in order to click into new combinations. Without this essential stage of unconscious processing, the entire flow of the creative process is broken.

I have come to realize the importance of this in the past couple of months. Walking, meditating, just the act of taking deep breaths – all of these can help you both physically and mentally. Clear your head, calm down, focus on the moment. Find the beauty in the world.


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Wings and things…

Everything that’s been happening recently has been more behind-the-scenes type stuff, hence the lack of blog updates recently.

I’m working with Adam Davila and Nick Patterson on an upcoming short film called “Four Thousand Wings.” We’ve been in pre-production mode with shot lists, props, planning, table reads, etc.

Also, the Fall of Adam album is mastered! That’s the two-piece music project that Adam Davila and I are in. More news on that soon.

And finally, if you’re in Montgomery this coming weekend, I highly encourage you to go to the Sanctuary this Saturday. Some friends of mine from Hattiesburg, MS are on tour, and they’re making a Montgomery stop. They’re called Ostrov, and they’re touring with a Baton Rouge band called Christworm, and local favorites V-8 Death Car are also on the bill. Details here.


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Guitar Pull and Fundraiser this week

Tonight, I highly encourage you to go to the Cloverdale Playhouse for the monthly guitar pull event. Adam Davila is one of the three songwriters that will be performing. Yow know him from The Heavy Children, Fall of Adam and previously Hail the Titans. Along with Adam is John Oakley and Brooke Taylor.

It starts at 7 p.m. $10 includes complimentary beverage.

If you’ve never attended one of these events, you should change that. It’s truly a great, intimate event focused on the stories behind the music.

(And just a heads up, I’ll be playing the one in June.)

This Thursday, I’ll be playing at Brantwood Children’s Home for their 26th Annual Truck Raffle fundraiser.  That starts at 5 p.m. at their campus on Upper Wetumpka Road. They will have barbecue as well.

And in music news, NPR is streaming the new album by The Tallest Man on Earth, and it’s really good.

11th Annual Autism Crawfish Boil video

Last weekend was the 11th Annual Autism Crawfish Boil in Montgomery, an event that raises awareness of autism and helps provide funding for early diagnosis. I had the opportunity to serve as their videographer, trying to capture as much of the fun as I could.

I put together the video below. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll plan to attend next year.

The main song used in the video is “Crawfishin'” by Clarence Garlow, but the instrumental music used for the setup shots at the beginning is the song “A Beach in Cancún” from the second Glorious 70mm EP – INT – THE LYRIC THEATER – NIGHT.

Find the beauty in the world

Lately, I’ve been posting photos and sharing them with the phrase “Find the beauty in the world” and the subsequent hashtag: #findthebeautyintheworld

My friend Matt posted a comment under one of the photos, saying, “I would support this becoming a continued series.”

I like that idea, and I’ve stuck with it so far. I wanted to take just a moment to talk about the reasoning behind it, though.

Every day, it seems, we are inundated with negativity – whether it be from tragic world events, personal or familial issues, or just negativity from social media overload. It seems like everyone is struggling with something in their lives, no matter how well they hide it. Sometimes things just look really dark. And it can be easy to let it get to you. I know – experience talking.

So rather than get bogged down, I want to be a source of positivity. I want to encourage others. I want to find the beauty in the world. Sometimes it’s not obvious. Sometimes it’s not staring you in the face. Sometimes you actually have to search to find it. But I encourage you to keep searching. And feel free to join in: #findthebeautyintheworld

Find the beauty in the world #findthebeautyintheworld

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‘Were you just frying like bacon?’

Atlanta Film Festival. Little Cabbage. #littlecabbage

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Is that title random enough?

OK, I’ll explain: I was sitting in a bar in Atlanta with Adam Davila (Fall of Adam / The Heavy Children), and some guy laid face-down on the ground and started shaking, then got up as his friends laughed. (More random than the title, right?)

So Adam asks, “Were you just frying like bacon,” to which the guy responded, “Yes! You’d be good at charades!”

Anyway… Back in September 2014, I got to serve as assistant production manager (and extra… look for the trumpet player) for the Four X Productions team as they filmed a short film titled Little Cabbage. It screened this past weekend as part of the Atlanta Film Festival. It turned out great! It’s in the film festival circuit, so if you get a chance to see it, you definitely should. Writer/director Jen West and producer James Martin can be seen in the above photo introducing the film.

There are many things I could write about, but I’m trying to keep this short… although I did have some of the best barbecue ever at a place called “Community BBQ.” The mac and cheese… man.

Also, I want to post a quick follow-up to a previous post, one that was more serious and personal in nature, from earlier this month. (Read it here, if you’re interested.) I received so many positive comments and private messages from people who related or are currently dealing (or have in the past) with the same types of things. First of all, thanks for the messages and comments. Second, be encouraged: there are people who love and care about you. Never forget that.

That brings me to this: I just read this article on LifeHack titled “20 Things to Remember If You Love A Person With Depression.” It’s worth taking a few moments to read.

Find the beauty in the world.

Find the beauty in the world #findthebeautyintheworld

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