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There are eight million stories…

…in the naked city. What’s yours?

There’s something about the energy of New York City. Despite the recent massive changes in the physical (or social or economic) landscape. If you know how to tune in, you can still find a vitality replicated nowhere else. Does that justify the exorbitant cost of living? Nah. But that’s another story for another entry…

NEW YORK SQUARE I PHONE 2014-23
©2014 Photo by Simone Settimo

In my late teens, I “escaped” from (Brownsville) Brooklyn to attend college in St. Louis–and experience what the Midwest had to offer. During another stretch in my past, I left the Borough of Kings to lie low on Martha’s Vineyard. More recently, I’ve resided in Venice and London.

Those experiences and any number of other voyages enriched me greatly, while reminding me of my native city’s splendor. Every footstep here is a journey. When I struggled with the broken promise of meritocracy in my young adulthood, I vowed to live long enough to become wise. I was very suicidal for years and planted not-so-subtle messages in my songs relating as much. As time went by (and in no small part, influenced by my time on The Vineyard), I grew to visualize a more esoteric, brohemian existence. I had become detached, endeavoring to purge moot notions I carried along my life’s walk. If I could fulfill my promise to myself to stay alive, I might find out why I was sent here.

This artistic voyage has taken me through solemn existentialism, then enigmatic longing. And every physical voyage led me back to the city I’m living just enough for. This time around, I find myself sound and spiritually solvent. For now. So, this time I’m sharing fun, adventure and intrigue through music! The new album, Naked City comes out on 11/11 [“all one”]. Anyway, I’m off to check out this lunar eclipse that’s about to happen. It’s great to be here…

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