I am a freelance music journalist and the publisher of Write On Music.

My writing has also been published by various outlets, including No Depression, AOL Spinner, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Blogcritics, where I was the Senior Music Editor (2011-2012) and Assistant Music Editor (2008-2011).

I've interviewed and profiled such artists as Jakob Dylan, Meiko, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Alan Parsons, Kate Nash, Neil Finn, Allen Toussaint, Susanna Hoffs, Daniel Lanois, Charli XCX, Christina Perri, Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Buddy Guy, and many more.

I also write about my current battles with several chronic autoimmune illnesses and the extensive history of my health in general.

Check out my photography blog.

Looking forward to this: On Tuesday morning I’ll be interviewing Lizzy (left) and Catherine (right) Ward-Thomas, twin sisters who collectively go by their surname, Ward Thomas.

They are a country/Americana duo from the UK (which is a little different), whose debut LP From Where We Stand is due out July 21. 

Posted at 6:05am.

Looking forward to this: On Tuesday morning I’ll be interviewing Lizzy (left) and Catherine (right) Ward-Thomas, twin sisters who collectively go by their surname, Ward Thomas.
They are a country/Americana duo from the UK (which is a little different), whose debut LP From Where We Stand is due out July 21. 

Posted at 3:30am.

Things have been particularly bad lately. My grandfather is getting tired of all the treatments and doctors and medication—-he’s just tired of living, at this point. Considering he’s 89, outlived two of his sons and his wife, survived three years in combat during WWII before contracting Tuberculosis and having to spend most of his 30s and 40s in a veterans hospital (while being the father of seven children), I don’t blame him. He’s lived his life, far longer than anyone who knows him would have ever conceived. But he’s my best friend, has been since day one. My selfishness of wanting to always have him around shouldn’t come at the expense of his own comfort. 

It’s just that I’ve already lost damn near everyone I’ve ever loved. I can’t imagine losing him, too.

Posted at 1:34am.

Noah’s not feeling well. He’s a stomach bug or something.

Posted at 11:58pm.

Noah’s not feeling well. He’s a stomach bug or something.

According to mutual Facebook friends, Thomas Erdelyi, known more familiarly as Tommy Ramone, has died. The drummer, who was last remaining original member of The Ramones, was 65.

Posted at 11:26pm.

Went to the doctor this morning for this stabbing pain in my leg, which feels like a blood clot. My general doctor has always been intimidated by my autoimmune illnesses and how they can affect my health. I figured he could discern whether my leg was going to explode, though.

Apparently not.

He barely looked at my leg, and said “it’d be unusual to have a clot in that area of the shin.” EVERYthing about my health is unusual! He should’ve learned that by now.

He told me to take some Alleve, put an Ace bandage on it, and “see what happens.”

Super.

Posted at 9:33pm.

Frank Sinatra  (via thoughtsdetained)

Posted at 2:19am.

I may sound old-fashioned, but I want to think all women should be treated like I want my wife, daughters, and granddaughters to be treated. I notice today that good manners—like standing up when a woman enters the room, helping a woman with her coat, letting her enter an elevator first, taking her arm to cross the street—are sometimes considered unnecessary or a throwback. These are habits I could never break, nor would I want to. I realize today a lot more women are taking care of themselves than in the past, but no woman is offended by politeness.
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Posted at 10:10pm and tagged with: white stripes, jools holland, happy birthday, jack white,.

I’m afraid I’m going to have a heart attack if the stress in my life doesn’t lessen. There’s just too much tension, too much illness (my uncle and grandfather battling cancer), too much of my own health messes that will seemingly never be alleviated.

I’ve already got a blood clot, I think, in my leg. It’s always hurting in one spot, and about a week ago the pain suddenly surged so much that I screamed like hell, and I don’t scream at anything.

I need some peace.

Posted at 8:02pm and tagged with: fibromyalgia, autoimmune, chronic pain,.