I'm a big fan and daily user of modern technology, but collectively I believe we need more balance between tech and the soul of mankind. Kids today are losing touch with some key humanistic elements that are crucial for their development, well being and future. We need to move forward but side by side with technology and not just swallow and follow it.
At this rate, we’re just years away from living in a world of button pushers. Just like robots. Will the robots have a soul? I'd like to see one play guitar like Jimi Hendrix or make a painting like Salvador Dali. Asides from becoming a parent, learning to create art and play instruments is my life’s greatest blessing. There's no better way to connect to your true self other than learning to express it creatively. In doing so, I am one with myself and the universe. The ultimate creation!
It seems that attention spans are shrinking and patience is becoming a dwindling virtue. We all need a little dose of everything and we need it to be quick. It's as if the world has become like a big virtual pinball machine and we're the balls bouncing off the walls.
As cliche as it sounds, we all need to stop...look at the trees and smell the flowers...and be thankful you’re not a computer, but that you are flesh and blood. You have an amazing brain to help you achieve anything this world has to offer. Like our bellies need food, so do our souls and brains.
Art and Music education is imperative for children. It helps shape their young minds in ways that can never be replicated by anything else. Especially not by a computer, video game or IPhone application. It takes discipline and some patience that a lot of kids as well as adults are lacking today.
As a parent of two little ones in 2016, I accept full responsibility in helping them to find that sweet spot in the world we now live in. Creative expression is the greatest way to maximize your true potential as a human being.
If everyone took 30 minutes out of their day to create something, play an instrument or write a poem...I'm confident the world would be in much better shape than it is today. So put down that phone and get to creating. Our future depends on it!
February 04, 2016
It's been a long while since I've written anything here. So much has happened in my life recently. I became a first time father to a baby boy named Julien. Who just turned 2. I lost my dad Jack in June to Brain Cancer. Not a day goes by when I don't think about him and where he might be...praying he is reunited with my mom and his soul mate Carole. I love you both with every ounce of my being and soul. Even though I feel your presence so strong now that you've departed to that magical place...I hope that one day when I'm good and ready to leave this place, I join you both and we continue our continuous journey through the universe. On a much lighter note...
I just bought and completely remodeled my dream home and moved the family to the valley! That's right...I became a Val. Better schools for my two kids and the more laid back lifestyle is where it's at. I'm excited about my new studio and live room that I'm currently designing. I will finally be tracking drums in the most state of the art room I could possibly imagine tracking in, let alone owning the room. Wow. I feel so blessed and want you all to know that...but also, when thinking of me...know that I'm trying every day to reach my true potential as a man, father, musician and artist. I have the wheels in motion right now to take my art to the next level. The word "Events" is coming to mind. Stay tuned for all that. All I really want to do is raise awareness and give back to the world in my form of art and music. A day without expressing yourself creatively can only be a day of mediocrity. Always be true to yourself.
August 28, 2014
I finally received the first shipment of my new Human Brother record "Back To Music". It was truly a labor of love. At my home studio in the Hills of Hollywood, I spent almost 5,000 hours writing, performing all instrumentation, recording and mixing this record. I really feel there are songs for everyone who simply likes good and original music. Please feel free to share this music with your friends. I believe I have a little gem here and it just needs to be heard by the music hungry people of the world.