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High Hopes Band / Blog

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Servants of the People

A lot of good things are afoot here in the High Hopes Camp. Firstly, we received a NEMA award for Best Band in Massachusetts. We were definitely shocked as we were up against many talented artists, and we are incredibly humbled for the recognition.  As I’ve mentioned before, the music business is brutal. It takes a lot of knuckle-grinding work, and at times there is little incentive to continue.  I’ve seen countless promoters and club owners diminish the artists that bring ...

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Technically it's Spring

  Well, technically it’s Spring.  Even though we continue to experience the snow flurries and freezing temps, a change is afoot.  This is an incredible time when Mother Nature begins one of its most powerful transitions; a time when the dead and sleeping are suddenly startled into action, and everything starts living and breathing again.  So I don’t believe it is any coincidence that as this drastic change occurs, the High Hopes Band is also going through its own ...

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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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