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Samson Or Delilah — Lyric Video

samsonWhat do War & Peace, Les Miserables, and the Dictionary have in common?

…They all have too many words! Words! Words! Words!

You might think that more words would make something easier to understand, but it seems to always have the opposite effect, especially in a world of 6 second videos, text messages, and Snapchats…

A whole book? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I admit, I’ve been guilty of writing words—possibly even too many words on occasion (Oh, the humanity!)—but I want to make it right and atone for my sins.

The following is a lyric video of my beloved, yet wordy, tune “Samson or Delilah.” All you have to do is press play and you can watch as the lyrics magically appear before your eyes: [click to continue…]

Bands! — How NOT to Fail Your Canadian College Radio Campaign

Attention Independent Bands and Artists!college radio campaign

If you are preparing to execute a Canadian college radio campaign, the resources in this article will save you between 4-12 hours of your time.

I’m going to walk you through my campaign step-by-step to show you what I did right and what I did wrong.

You’ll end up with a tactical strategy for planning your own campaign and a better understanding of how stuff like this works…

BUT…

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Disappointment? I think not!

prayingmantisWell, there’s an old saying: “Sometimes you don’t win contests you enter.”

It’s not a good saying…but it happens to work out in this situation.

In spite of not making the top 5 in the CBC searchlight contest, I am smitten by how many people voted for me (I counted at least 1000 votes just with the clicks I was able to track).

For a few moments last night, I considered quitting music forever and moving to Brazil to become an entomologist…

I imagined a quiet life among the insects—catching butterflies, snaring tarantulas, praying with mantises—but when I woke up to the sound of a mosquito, I killed it by slapping my hand against my forehead and changed my mind.

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What love really is

What love really isI leave the toilet seat up 82.6% of the time.

But her hairbrush, skin cream, toothbrush, mascara, lipstick, concealer, nail polish, foundation, eyeliner, and glasses case take up 93.3% of the bathroom counter.

I forget everything she tells me to remember and she remembers everything I want her to forget.

Oh yeah, and I smack my lips together when I talk, but she watches Jersey Shore (and likes it.)

The movies want you to believe that Love is a magical force that flies through the air and goes up your nose and sits in your chest making you feel like you just ate a chocolate cake ALL THE TIME.

But that’s only half-true…

What they don’t tell you is this:

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Put Your Glasses On!

cherriesFun can be a hard thing to find as you get older…

Commitments pile up on top  of responsibilities, get soaked in expectations, and then are buried under demands.

Most of us spend too much time unenjoying our lives, and that’s just the way it is. It’s OK, we can get by…

But sometimes when I’m bogged down in the mire of repetition and tedium, I like to think of a story I read once.

This story happened a long time ago, and it’s about a man who loved cherries…

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5 Albums That Changed My Life in 2012

Happy new Year!It has been an amazing year of transformation for me…

Not only did I survive a mayan apocalypse, graduate, make an album, and discover my life’s calling…

But I also managed to listen to a lot of great music!

The 5 albums on this list are the ones that had the greatest impact on my life this year; they are not necessarily the best albums of the year, or the only albums that had an impact on me.

I just feel that these ones had the most to do with my growth as an artist and a person over the year.

Here goes:

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Five Books That Changed My Life In 2012

Photo on 2012-12-26 at 11.46 AM #3Early this year I had a wild epiphany and I couldn’t believe how stupid I was becoming…

I was just about to finish my degree in English Literature, yet, I hadn’t really read a book for months.

True, I had been busy making my album and tying up loose ends at school, but something seemed drastically wrong with this…

I had been a voracious reader since I was a kid — What was wrong with me?

Then I realized what had happened… I was becoming a grown-up. I was “too busy” to learn new things because I already knew everything. I was a college gradamuate, right?

WRONG.

You know in Dr. Seuss’s “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” when his heart grows 3 sizes at the end? That was me right at that moment. I quit watching TV and fell back in love with the joy and wonder of daily reading and learning. I’m absolutely amazed at how much I’ve managed to grow as a person in 2012 and I know that reading had almost everything to do with it.

These are 5 books that changed my life in 2012:

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Literal Translations of French Proverbs

MartinWhile doing some research today, I ended up looking at French proverbs for an hour and some of the literal translations are pretty hilarious…

I’ll share a few of my favorites:

“To turn one’s tongue in one’s mouth seven times.” — (think before you speak)

“Unhappiness is good for something.” — (Every cloud has a silver lining)

“Two bosses capsize the boat.” — (too many cooks spoil the broth

“There’s more than one donkey named Martin at the fair.” — (There’s plenty of fish in the sea)

“Sing to a donkey, he will fart to you.” — (The dog bites the hand that feeds it)

I don’t go to the fair often, but now I know not to sing around Martin!