Music Is Life.

Music Is Life.

That's why we need to listen.

Welcome, Friend!

I explore an unconventional mix of rock music, guitars, personal development/self improvement, and mental health.  I invite you to come with me on my journeys, so I can share what I learn.

Ari Portrait by Amy Colleen

Topics

Music Commentary
As a music fanatic, it means a great deal when a song speaks to me.  Good songs are like air and food to me, I need a steady supply of them to fuel my life....
Life Insights
I'm constantly on the lookout for deeper meaning and understanding of life, with a particular focus on psychology and mental health.  I'm forever a student of life, and they say the best way to learn...
For Musicians
Music is a challenging pursuit, so I enjoy sharing lessons learned with my fellow musicians.  Particularly, I have something to say about songwriting and guitars, but I sometimes touch on arranging, singing, recording production and music...

Unlocking the Mystery: How Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “All I Want” Uplifts

Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my all-time heroes.  It’s hard to put into words what this band means to me, but one quality I admire in their music is relatability.  There’s something about Toad’s music that connects to what life feels like.  It’s that sense of “yeah, that’s how …

How Rock n Roll Empowers Me

Recently I realized that beneath my other negative beliefs and insecurities lie a sense of powerlessness. For example, when I pick up my guitar and play something, I often gravitate toward licks I can’t play.  But instead of finding it a fun challenge, my mind usually starts lamenting and berating.  It’s …

What I Do to Prevent Relapse of My Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

I’ve had wrist and elbow problems on and off for years, but ever since going through a more serious episode of cubital tunnel syndrome in 2013, I’ve taken strides to improve my health and keep physical problems at bay.  I still feel a slight burning sensation in my elbow sometimes, which reminds …