The Obama Movement

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The Obama Movement is now available for purchase in select bookstores and on Amazon.com. It features a collection of short essays written by students and young professionals who support Barack Obama in his bid for the United States Presidency. One of those supporters is yours truly.

Denali: The Emails

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The following emails were sent by Rick Rochelle (Assistant Director, NOLS Alaska) throughout the climb to a list of friends and family members of the climbers.

Guitar Lesson: Tomorrow Tomorrow

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Since posting my cover of Elliott Smith’s Tomorrow Tomorrow on YouTube a few months ago, I’ve received several requests for help from enthusiastic guitarists looking to learn the song themselves. Rather than address everybody in a brief reply, I thought I would make a thorough post explaining how I learned to play the more difficult parts of the song. If this post doesn’t cut it, let me know! I’ll be happy to field any further questions that you may have (post them as comments to this blog entry so that I see them when I go to make edits).

My First Gig: A Self-Review

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On Wednesday night at 8:30pm, I opened for Jake Armerding at the Lyon’s Den, Wheaton College’s student-run coffeehouse. It was my first public performance that wasn’t an open mic. And it felt like it.

I first realized how nervous I was when I picked up my water and took a sip. I wasn’t trying to quench my thirst; I was trying to put off performing. I was doing everything I could think of to buy time. Sip. Cough. Oops I lost my pick. Check the mic levels. Again. Eventually I had to start.