Climbing the Poet Tree with Climbing PoeTree – The Birth of a Musical Collaboration

Over the last few months I have been collaborating on a song with Climbing PoeTree for their upcoming album, which is being produced by the extremely gifted Toshi Reagan. For those of you who have heard of the powerhouse duo, Climbing PoeTree, then I have already said enough to get you excited. For those of you who don’t know of Climbing PoeTree, then I have the distinct honor of introducing to you Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, two of the most visionary human beings I have met. For over 11 years Alixa and Naima have used their art to transcend injustice in all the ways that it rears its ugly head. Indeed they are the type of people who help make social and environmental justice movements move, by harnessing music, poetry and visual art as tools for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. This collaboration with Climbing PoeTree means so much to me that I would like to tell the story of how it came to be. Continue reading →

Home is where we go

Austin, TX, was my home for 8 years – technically I still consider it to be one of my many homes, though I have not spent more than a few weeks there since I left 3 years ago.  Up until that point I had never felt more alive than when I moved to Austin with my older brother, Rad, in August of 2005.  Rad was just about to begin attending Law School at the University of Texas at Austin. We were both living in New York state at the time. I had just graduated undergraduate with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, but I was quickly realizing that my highest excitement in life was playing and creating music. Continue reading →