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SNEAK PEEK: Behind the scenes of "Center of Command"

Director John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew is editing my new video "Center of Command" but gave me some great pics from the set. We are so excited to get this out!

My co-star is the incredibly talented Cole Ibach. This was his first acting job and he gave an excellent performance. You might notice a passing similarity between the two of us. Good for you because I just told you so now you have to notice.

Click the pics below and stay tuned for an official release date announcement coming soon! In the mean time, buy tickets or RSVP here or here to the big release show at The Sunset in Ballard on 11/17!

New Single "Has to be Hard" - Free on SOUNDCLOUD

HAS TO BE HARD (LYRICS)

Don't give up on your dreams

Because when they're gone

You'll lose them forever

 

Love is not what it seems

It Has to be Hard

To keep it together

 

In love....

Love was all that I could give

In love....

Is all I can be

Do you ever drive to work, hastily swiping through Spotify or iTunes Music or Tidal or (insert your preferred streaming music service here) to pick something on your phone to listen to and then stumble across a recording you made 2 years ago of a song you wrote 8 years ago, realize that you really like it and then release it for free on Soundcloud...?! Well I did.

This song, "Has to be Hard" was written a long time ago when I was a completely different person living a totally different life. Over the last 3 years my existence has been one of unrelenting change, reformation and rebirth. The end results have been good. The process has been excruciating. 

Along the path of these many existential crises, my faith in the choices I've made has been tested. Have all my righteous rebellions really been worth the price I've paid for them? Is the reality I've manifested the one I really wanted? Does everything really have to be this hard?

"Has to be Hard" is a simple lullaby with a very direct message. Don't give up. Don't lose yourself in your circumstances. It's cliche. It's not subtle. It's not particularly clever. That's ok. I've realized that there are times when things should be said as plainly and directly as possible.

A friend of mine called this song Beatles-esque and I get that. But I wrote this with Harry Nilsson in mind. If you haven't had the privilege of digesting Nilsson's catalog, he was the master of American art pop and a genuine treasure. I guarantee you've heard some of his stuff (perhaps this or this or this) but there is so much more to explore, I highly recommend it. 

I believe in the power of art. Over my life, songs with the right message at the right time have changed my whole way of thinking. "Has to be Hard" is free to download on Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy it.

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