Me and Jeremy live in about 400 square feet in the Williamsburg borough of Brooklyn, New York. Our apartment lacks a bathroom sink, as well as any type of closet, but something we are never short of are hundreds of books, vinyl records, and stacks of magazines. My current favorite right now is The Oxford American, a literary monthly that features some of my favorite southern writers. Recently The editor Marc Smirnoff publicly denounced another Southern magazine entitled Garden & Gun, or GAG as he likes to call it, paired with an article defending his stance in the most recent issue.
Now you have to understand friends and readers, that I, more than anyone else is apt to criticize others, and it’s actually something I’ve been consciously working on. I tend to take my art, music, and personal expression with a heavy weight, and have high standards for others to do so as well. However, I really appreciate how Smirnoff has stuck by his remarks and provided even more evidence to his belief in the recent issue.
There’s a fine line between being an asshole and just straight up telling the truth. I don’t think Smirnoff is any type of H.L Menken, but I do think his opinion is valid, and correct. Garden & Gun, in my opinion is something I should keep to myself, since I do not have the expertise. What I do value though, is Smirnoff’s qualified opinion. All I’m sayin’ (Yes in authentic Southern fashion) when done well, I respect people speaking out against something that is half ass and half rate.
In other news. It was my birthday about 9 days ago- Leap year. Yes I turned 6 years old. You do the math. Jeremy took me out to brunch at a local favorite place called Rabbit Hole where I ate croque- monsieur with a fried egg on top. It was pretty iconic. Here’s proof:
When I returned from brunch Jeremy told me my present was in the house. After nervously walking through the front door I found this: A Mason and Hamlin from 1901
I’ve been playing classical pieces as well as prancing around for fun. I played piano growing up for about 14 years. Miss it a lot, and Jeremy did a great job of giving me the best birthday present ever!
Other than the piano, I’ve been recording new music with Producer and Engineer Joel Khouri. He’s got an amazing studio space in SoHo on Mercer and Grand ave called Singing Serpent Studios. We’re recording four of my new songs. They’re very different from my record, and it’s exciting to see how far I’ve grown. I can’t wait to get it done and show it off like a 7 year old in show and tell. Here’s a photo of Joel doing his deal, and my good friend Jon Graboff recording some pedal steel on the tracks:
Lastly, Jeremy and I are gearing up for our two week trip to France at the end of April. We finally booked our lodging and have a bit of a game plan. We’re starting out in Paris for 5 days. Taking the train to Lyon for two nights and staying in the Hotel Le Royal and then down to Marseille to say in a home via Air BNB looking over the water. We’re renting a motorcycle for the week at the coast and we plan on taking trips to Provence, Nice, and other coastal towns.