We’ve just lost Chris Cornell.

I don’t even know how to begin to talk about how much it hurts to lose a hero like that. For years I’ve considered him one my favorite living singers, one of my favorite living songwriters, one of my favorite living guitarists, one of my favorite people alive today. I don’t know what it’s going to take to remove the operative word from how I describe my respect for him.

Soundgarden changed my life on three separate occasions. Discovering them in high school (I know, I was late to the party) gave me permission to explore the heavier side of things, and I think ultimately birthed my fascination with that style of guitar playing and my desire to absorb it, to emulate it in my own compositions.

Being in control of the monster inside of you is ultimately the only thing that redeems your spirit.

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Preliminary Thoughts On Abstraction

It is the duty of the artist to push the envelope. There are countless ways to reframe old ideas or to invent new ones. The old axioms that suggest at the impossibility or impracticality of novelty (“there’s nothing new under the sun”) are borne of ignorance, laziness, or worse. People who espouse these claims simply aren’t paying attention.

Artists who resist the unexpected are artists who resist progress.

Let’s be clear about this: artists who resist the unexpected are artists who resist progress. This is more than the random happenstance of personal taste; it is, in point of fact, a failure of moral courage.

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