Jake Schiemz and the folks at The Front Door welcomed me and my songs and artwork into their establishment and I had a great time last night sharing it with friends. Jake’s philosophy is what I love about downtown, he sources everything can as local as he can. The friends who came out to dine loved the food, I was singing so I missed out. My artwork is always a fun break from music, I get to exercise a lot more recklessness than I would with record making. When making records I love to experiment and often do, but the engineering side is a lot like doing realism in art. I have to record instruments so they sound as natural as they possibly can. Then I can mess around later if I want. With my painting, I don’t worry about technique, composition or anything of the kind. I envy local painters who obviously put more effort in their work (and it shows). Despite always being into visual art and taking any course I could in school involving it, I never really had the acumen for it. Last night was everything I love about downtown: friends, art and music. Thank you to everyone who stopped in. I’d love to play there again for you.