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I’m a sucker for an out the window shot from a plane. My own are preferable, but any time I see one on Twitter or the like, from anyone, I dig it. There’s something still magical about the fact that we can launch ourselves into the air and fly over the country or the ocean in a few hours. I don’t mind airports, I don’t mind lines, I don’t even mind the cramped seat, though one of my goals is to be able to upgrade from coach every now and then. Bring on more of it in 2018.


On Thanksgiving night, Mom and I watched Rear Window for perhaps the 10th time in our lives. I have always loved Hitchcock as a director, and while I love the bombastic Technicolor thrillers like North by Northwest and To Catch A Thief, I especially love this films where he tests his filmmaking by limiting his space. Rear Window takes place in one room, essentially. Rope was filmed in one room with ONE CONTINUOUS SHOT.

Sometimes when you limit something about the thing you are making (the space, the tools, etc.), you open up many possibilities. It’s good to remember.

Some of the best lines from this movie:

Jeff (Jimmy Stewart): She’s like a queen bee with her pick of the drones.
Lisa (Grace Kelly): I’d say she’s doing a woman’s hardest job: juggling wolves.
Stella: We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How’s that for a bit of homespun philosophy?
Jeff: I just can’t figure it. He went out several times last night in the rain carrying his sample case.
Stella: Well, he’s a salesman, isn’t he?
Jeff: Well, what would he be selling at three o’clock in the morning?
Stella: Flashlights. Luminous dials for watches. House numbers that light up.


I saw this quote on the wall at the Country Music Hall of Fame and it stuck with me. No one is cooler than Dolly Parton. No one.

L.A. Life

25 Nov

Gin and tonic: $17. Feeling of importance after wearing a plaid shirt and sneakers into the Chateau Marmont: priceless. Adventures with @mandyrowden = 👌

How to get into the Chateau Marmont:

1) Wear matching plaid shirts and sporty Adidas kicks.
2) Gaze in wonder at the magnificent beauty and gravitas of the hostess in the parking lot. Walk up and ask if you can get a drink in the bar like that’s what you’re gonna do.
3) Parking Lot Hostess Who Looks Like Queen of Spain will whisper conspiratorially, “Go in, just avoid the hostess stand.”
4) Go in, avoid hostess stand. Sit on fancy couch in dark lounge. Order drinks. Gaze at other patrons and guess which ones are screenwriters (most).
5) When Hostess To Avoid notices you and asks, “Have you checked in?” – swirl ice in glass to imply you are Paying Customers.
6) Hostess to Avoid will gasp and apologize for inconvenience. Continue drinking gin & tonic.
7) Pay $17 for gin & tonic, $5 for baby Diet Coke in Glass Bottle.
8 ) Upon leaving, two girls who have just been turned down by Parking Lot Hostess Who Looks Like Queen of Spain will ask you, “Were you just in there? Is it busy? She said it was.”
9) Apologetically say it was not and point them to this guide.

Here with Mandy Rowden to make some photo and video magic this weekend…we’ll try not to get kicked out of too many places.


An iconic scene in a movie full of iconic scenes.


If you’re doing it right, anyway.

I was just reading this article, one of those listicles about kicking butt at life. I have to be in the right mood to swallow these but I enjoyed this one. I especially liked this point:

Don’t compete with others. Make them compete with you.

Most people are competing with other people. They continuously check-in to see what others in their space (their “competition”) are doing. As a result, they mimic and copy what’s “working.” Conversely, you’ve left all competition behind. Competing with others makes absolutely zero sense to you. It pulls you from your authentic zone. So you zone out all the external noise and instead zone in to your internal pressure to produce.

I think that’s what slows a lot of us down, myself included. Comparison to other people and their progress and path just slows a person down. Sitting at the “cool kids’ table” means that your mind is off the purpose, you’re looking around, trying to chart a path based on outside input. That all takes away from your time to make and create for yourself.

Granted, I always thinks it’s good to take note of what is going on around you, because operating in a vacuum is its own kind of mistake sometimes but…overall, get up from the table and do something.

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23 Nov

There is only one best way. Happy Thanksgiving!



I always have the best of intentions on planes, and I do get good writing done. I also listen to whole complete albums on planes and I find that works wonderfully. I once wrote the best bridge I have ever written on a plane back from Washington, D.C.

Other times, like this trip to Albuquerque…I just sleep. The exhaustion sets in and nothing can stop me, not even the turbulence.

You can put chile, red or green, on anything. I have put it in oatmeal, on pizza, on hotdogs, on desserts. If they made red chile Oreos the world would be a better place.


What an incredible show by @shawn_colvin tonight! And getting to see @meadowsdrums do his thang was a joy. Thanks for coming home to Austin and playing for us. ❤️

I had the pleasure of witnessing Shawn Colvin play through her entire “A Few Small Repairs” album on Monday night. It’s the 20th anniversary of the album coming out, and also the first time she’s toured with a band in 20 years. It all came together incredibly at The Paramount in Austin, on the last night of her tour. Every song on that album is gold, it is perfectly sequenced, it takes you on a journey. It still sounds fresh after 20 years, the hallmark of a great record. Not all of them manage to do that…most don’t.

I highly recommend a re-listen if you haven’t in a while (or a listen if you never have)…