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Forever Love Tour: Day 21

After a sketchy landing in St. Thomas that left us all feeling enthusiastically happy to be alive, High Hopes has finally made it to “Love City” (St. John). Our friend Rich has been so generous in inviting us to stay with him in a beautiful villa overlooking Chocolate Hole, only a five minute drive from the Beach Bar. And Franklin, who owns the villa, has been such a welcoming and gracious person, making us all feel at home here. STJ is incredible. The views and the tranquility are v...

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Forever Love Tour: Day 13

It’s been nearly two weeks since we landed on this beautiful island of St. Croix, and all the anxieties and pressures of the unknown have mostly subsided. We have overcome all the obstacles that have tried to obstruct us from delivering our message.  Everything from sound and tech issues to instruments and scheduling conflicts, etc.  And through all the madness, the people are what have made this trip so incredible. The amount of love and support we have received so far has been ...

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Forever Love Tour: Day 9

It’s hard to believe that at this time, just over a week ago, we were getting on a plane to escape the great white North Country. It has been such a blessing to be here despite the fact that we’ve been battling some greater forces of nature that have attempted to smother our flame.  But the Mercury in Retrograde thing is starting to subside and we are feeling the pressure of that burden slowly being lifted. Last night out at Cheeseburgers in America’s Paradise we paid trib...

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Forever Love Tour: Day 5

There was a time when if you had told me that Mercury is in retrograde, I would have looked at you like a crazy person. But now that we are on the road dealing with instruments and electronics everyday “I can see clearly now” what it means. I’ve been witness to the not-so-coincidental powers of this force.  The Farmer’s Almanac says to allow for extra travel time, remain flexible, and avoid signing contracts.  Well the last few days we’ve had flight delays...

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Sun is shining....

Sun is shining... So I’ve been in St.Croix for the past week, spending time with family and friends during the holidays. It’s beautiful here. Every time I come down after being away for a while, something dislodges in my brain. It’s as if all the dust and crumbs that have collected up there over time are suddenly being flushed out by the warm, dank Caribbean air, and the extra salty sea water. It’s an amazing feeling, almost an out-of-body experience. And it’s esp...

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The chosen path...

On this frozen winter morning in New England I'm reflecting back on the choice I've made to be a musician/artist.  I've noticed that there is a stigma about artistry, and about how most people believe it is not a real, conventional line of work. A recent survey through digitalmusicnews.com stated that most Americans believed “artists should have a second job to support themselves”.* Even as a little kid, I don't remember any of my peers saying "when I grow up I want to be a...

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Counting the Blessings....

As the weather is turning, and mother nature threatens to dump snow over the northeast, and the holidays are fast approaching, I start reflecting on this past year.  Thinking of all that I am thankful for. The incredible friends and family I have that have been so supportive of me, especially these last few months. Friends and fans that have supported us as a band, coming to shows, purchasing our merchandise, complimenting and encouraging us to keep pushing forward, and to continue creating...

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No Boundaries.....

No Boundaries...


One thing I've been pondering recently is this idea that music "has to be something" in order to fit in somewhere. I think we get carried away with trying to put labels on things, and especially in the musical realm these days, it just doesn't work like that. One of the most beautiful things about music is that there are no rules. There are no boundaries or limitations which prevent us from spilling over into other genres.  And I think we should draw from all of our influenc...

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Why We Do It...

Thinking back to when I was a  kid in middle school, I dreamed about someday being a musician.  I was heavily influenced by Nirvana, and Alice in Chains, and that whole "Seattle Grunge Rock" scene. That summer I bought my first guitar which was a candy-apple-red electric. I jammed by myself,and with my cousin, and with friends. I bought tapes and cds of musicians I admired and respected, and I listened to them for hours on end, all the while pouring through the album jackets and liner ...

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Feeling the Love - Momentum

Woke up to a few really great messages today from industry associates, sponsors and friends.  It feels like that small snowball that started rolling at the top of the hill is starting to pick up speed and gain in size. Its an extraordinary feeling to be welcomed into new friends' lives with such warm and endearing sincerity.  Just makes me realize how much we really ARE one. 

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