The 21st has arrived again! (I know wtf where did this month go?) My newest song, 'Dead of Night' is the third installment of my "new-song-every-month-on-the-21st" project. I wrote this song by freestyling over a loop of the opening guitar melody for 5 minutes or so. I'd had a long day of anxiety and panic attacks (fun right?), and the lyrics and melodies just sort of presented themselves as I recorded. I usually don't know what my songs are about until several months after I write them, but I think this one is about recognizing that we have the power, ability, and responsibility to ourselves to decide and construct who we are. It's about the desire to feel comfortable and confident in who you are, the decisions that you make, and the people that you surround yourself with at the end of the day. I hope you enjoy it...if you do please tell a friend to tell a friend.
My best friend, Stephanie, and I made reservations at Shaya over a month in advance. A James Beard-winning Israeli restaurant in New Orleans with a gorgeous back patio and endless (yes, ENDLESS) wood-fired fresh pita bread is something you plan for. When it came time to confirm our reservation we were reminded that we booked it for 6 people in hopeful anticipation that our many New Orleans friends would come flocking to the table—but as it turned out we had no such additional friends, so it was just us (#nonewfriends?). I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Shaya several times in the past so I knew the drill: you’re gonna need some room for that pita bread, because you are not going to stop eating it. This is literally the best pita I’ve ever had the privilege of being in the presence of, so we ordered the baba ganoush, labneh, and ikra to transform the pita into an edible mop. My favorite of the three was definitely the ikra, a yogurt spread topped with paddlefish caviar (YES) and shallots. In addition, we ordered the lamb ragú hummus with crispy shallots, and the pita mopping continued. By the third or fourth steaming pita that was plopped in front of us without any request necessary, we were the most full we had ever been, yet still eager to devour the last dish we ordered: the falafel plate with an unreasonably good cabbage salad and cucumber tzatziki. The falafels were perfectly cooked and seasoned: brown and crisped on the outside and soft and green on the inside; the tzatziki was as cool and refreshing as it should be. We left with a huge box of leftovers (including some extra pita bread of course) that did not survive the night…and I’m literally still craving it right now. Anyone know any good Israeli restaurants in the Bay Area?
Soundtrack: Trouble - Cage The Elephant
I don’t know where to start. I feel such shame and embarrassment on behalf of my country today. There should never be a place or time when a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, inexperienced, narcissist is the leader of any country—and yet here we are—so what now? Now that we have seen hatred and violence bring this person into power, now that that same hatred and violence has been validated through his election—what do we do? What can we do? I am disheartened, I am angry, but I will not respond with more negativity. It’s time for us to come together to prove once and for all that love can and will trump hate. It’s time to step out from behind our computer and phone screens and become human again, it’s time to engage in the reality we live in and take responsibility for the half of our country who think that bigotry, intolerance, and greed are the American ideals. It’s time for meaningful art, it’s time to take action and stand up for our beliefs and our rights—and we have to do this with love and compassion now more than ever. I stand with women, with immigrants, with minorities, with Muslims, with the LGBTQ community, and with the environment. Love and strength are all we have left to give.
Happy 21st everyone! I'm so excited to share my newest single with you, 'Heights Like These'. This is the second installation of my current project where I release a new song every month on the 21st (until the end of time). I actually wrote a completely different song called 'Heights Like These' a few years ago and never released, it but I always loved the title. I wrote this new one last March while I was alone in my room and recorded it acapella. Christoph and I probably made 6 or 7 different versions of the track before (several bottles of wine later) we landed on this one, so I really really hope you like it. Thank you so much for all your support I LOVE YALL