Veteran’s Day 2016 Thoughts

Veteran’s Day 2016 Thoughts

It took me nearly a decade after returning from war to discover my new identity as a veteran and how I fit in our society. But this post isn’t about me. It’s about the rockstars of your community and what they look like. The veterans in your life are some of the...
Are You Kidding Me?!

Are You Kidding Me?!

I came across some news regarding the Pentagon forcing some service members in California to repay the reenlistment bonuses they received after reenlisting in good conscious. According to the LA Times, the National Guard members in California who received a bonus of...

Growth Hacker Marketing

Title: Growth Hacker Marketing Author: Ryan Holiday Genre: Business Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC Release Date: 07//19/2012 Source: http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/Trust-Me-Im-Lying-Audiobook/B008MMRKNI In this book, Ryan Holiday covers some of the interesting...
Productivity: How to Do Less and Get More Done

Productivity: How to Do Less and Get More Done

If you’re reading this, it’s likely for one of two reasons: 1) you like being in control and don’t want/know how to delegate, or 2) your boss or manager likes being in control. Keeping a tight grip on things can really affect your productivity, and...
Why I Love Marketing (And You Should, Too)

Why I Love Marketing (And You Should, Too)

We all have stories to share. Whether as an organization or an individual, there are things we want to express. A person may want to share their trip to Europe and the things they experienced there. A small business may want to showcase their latest product or...
2015 in Review

2015 in Review

Another year has come and gone. I could talk about the ups and downs as I have in the past, but I think I’ll just write about the things I learned from the most this last year instead. I started 2015 as a freelance audio engineer as I’ve been for nearly...

Pitch Anything

Title: Pitch Anything Author: Oren Klaff Genre: Business Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education Release Date: 04/16/2014 Source:...
Evernote & #InboxZero

Evernote & #InboxZero

This is my contribution to those who wish to achieve #inboxzero and keep it there. There are many articles and solutions out there for getting your email inbox emptied out. Some of them are great, some not so much. Spoiler alert: there is no app that does it for you...
What’s with the goats?

What’s with the goats?

Sprint ran a commercial with a screaming goat during the 2015 Superbowl. It was funny. It got my attention. It was only a few weeks later I heard the goat again. I looked up and noticed it wasn’t Sprint. When I saw and heard the goat, I immediately thought it...
Technology, the NFL, and #DeflateGate

Technology, the NFL, and #DeflateGate

If you follow football, watch the news, or use social media at all, you’ve surely herd of #deflategate by now. Bill Belichick and his Patriots are being investigated by the NFL after allegations 11 of the 12 official game balls were altered by deflating them...
Poll Experiment

Poll Experiment

I recently read a few different articles from a news organization that used a statistic as the headline. It was a dramatic headline, saying that four out of five Americans believed an attack by ISIS on US soil in the near future was very likely. When I read it, I felt...
How do you get your day started?

How do you get your day started?

If you know me, you know I love coffee. Over the last year I’ve been using the Aeropress to make my coffee by-the-cup. I’ve put it through the test. I’ve traveled the country with it, using it in hotel rooms. I use it at home on a daily basis....
Life Was Simple

Life Was Simple

Some of you may know that I am a veteran. I am a Cavalry Scout of the 101st Airborne. I deployed to southwest Baghdad, also known as the Triangle of Death, in 2005-06. There’s an interesting thing about combat. There’s something simple about it. Your bills...
Life Lessons From My Brother

Life Lessons From My Brother

There are a few different times and events in my life that have really affected me. Losing my youngest brother Isaiah in a car accident when he was 14 years old was one of those times. If he were here today, we’d probably be hanging out at a pub somewhere,...
Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts

This holiday I was able to reflect a little on life. Between some amazing food, great wine, and board games, I took more time than usual to slow down (mentally, anyway) and consider what I have, what I’ve experienced, and the people in my life who have made it...

Drink more coffee. Do it. Now.

Why? The better question is, “why not?” The aroma of freshly ground beans has an incredible effect on a person’s mind. Don’t believe me?Grind some beans tomorrow morning right after you wake up and then leave a comment below about how wonderful...
#MusicMonday – Album Reviews

#MusicMonday – Album Reviews

Starting next Monday, I will be releasing a review of an album by a different artist each week. I’ve been asking for bands others enjoy listening to, and especially newer music. If you have something that you’ve been liking lately, send me a tweet and let...
TOMS 1:1 Model – Good or Bad?

TOMS 1:1 Model – Good or Bad?

I’ve always thought that TOMS Shoes was doing a great thing with their 1:1 ratio when you buy a pair of TOMS shoes. You buy a pair of TOMS, and they send a pair to a child in a developing country. It seems like a great idea, but has met criticism over the...
What I’m Learning; 30 Years Later

What I’m Learning; 30 Years Later

I’m 30 years old. That’s three decades. I feel older than I did in my twenties, but I still feel very young. It’s an interesting place to be, honestly. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned in my time on earth to this point, and this...
Want an Amazing Drum Sound?

Want an Amazing Drum Sound?

When it comes to live sound, one of my favorite parts of mixing is drums. I love mixing drums. Let me say that again. I LOVE mixing drums. Especially at outdoor shows where I can really let the sound come alive. I love mic’ing drums, EQ’ing drums, gating drums, and...
How To Mix Loud Guitars Live

How To Mix Loud Guitars Live

There isn’t much that is more frustrating than a guitarist that has a full Marshall stack pointed directly at FOH and turned up to 11. We all know the guitarist that I’m talking about. Those guys that (I used to be one, that’s how I know!) will keep...