For Such a Time as This: “Casting Off”

None of us willingly chooses to live life without safety and happiness. Those ideas permeate our very Declaration of Independence. Only fools, anarchists, or sadomasochists would welcome perpetual danger, fear, and sorrow. And yet, setting up safety and happiness as the sole pillars for living are weak constructs at best. I’ve commented on this very … More For Such a Time as This: “Casting Off”

For Such a Time as This: “Ballad for the Obdurate”

Obdurate (adj): stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing, hardened in feelings; resistant to persuasion or softening influences https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obdurate Let’s be honest. We all have the propensity to choose the narrative we want to believe and refuse to consider other perspectives. But what concerns me is the growing trend to remove access to any dissenting point of view. … More For Such a Time as This: “Ballad for the Obdurate”

For Such a Time as This: “Let’s Away”

The timeless nature of literature never ceases to amaze me. How is it that writers from centuries past and different cultures can so clearly understand me and prophetically address the struggles of our time? It’s actually quite simple: we’re all human and there are universal struggles that continue to play out throughout history. The epic … More For Such a Time as This: “Let’s Away”

At the In Between

Here’s the studio album produced back in 2012 by the now defunct Tate Music Group. Members of Treebeard Brown appear on both “Ballad of the Ideal Citizen” and “Noiselessly,” two of my favorite tracks on the album. “Song of the Broken Man” appeared on the indie radio show Under the Radar with other great indie … More At the In Between

“Leo”

When I began researching to write “Leo,” the idea of hiding behind lies emerged primarily from the version that ties Leo to the lion Hercules had to kill as one of the Twelve Labors. Although the Pyramus and Thisbe story, the fertile ground for one Romeo and Juliet, had its merits, the idea of a … More “Leo”