My friends, this is an important one…
In a few days, I’m leaving social media. I’m deleting my Facebook (personal & page), Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
This does NOT mean that I’m quitting music! I will still post to YouTube (with occasional livestreams), Spotify, and other streaming services. From now on, when it comes to content, I’m promising quality over quantity.
My engagement with fans will be limited to my mailing list, where you can get updates on new releases & tour dates (fewer emails), or you can join my monthly newsletter for behind-the-scenes stories, discounts, and recommendations for stuff I’m currently obsessing over. You can sign up here: bit.ly/rcage
It always brings me joy to hear from you, and if you reply to my email I promise to personally get back to you!
So, why am I leaving? Well, over the past few years, social media has practically become a full-time job and is an overwhelming distraction. It’s not just the time, money, energy, and creativity (which are significant) that I’ve put into these platforms, it’s the attention. It’s the enormous amount of headspace that they occupy.
You’ve sent a lot of love my way, and you deserve the best art I can make. In order to be the best artist and human I can be, I need to focus intently on my real work: MUSIC.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued support. I believe there is a better, more meaningful and authentic way to connect with my audience, and the journey starts here...
great big love,
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"Dreams For Sale" was commissioned by a backer of my first Kickstarter (shoutout to Chris Nash, who believed in my dream!), and it held such a special place in my heart that it eventually ended up on my Slow The Devil album. The song was inspired by the documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune” and also by a story once told to me by Richard Marx.
The artist in the video is the lovely and talented Julia Helen Lowe. (fun fact: you can also hear her gorgeous voice singing the “ahhh’s” in this song!)
This is a story song, and Julia brilliantly captured the emotion of the music while taking you through the journey of the lyrics.
In 2016, I met a remarkable person.
Arthur Weinfeld had recently recovered from a dangerous brain surgery, in which doctors had removed a massive tumor. Something had changed in Arthur following his surgery… He told me that his entire attitude toward life became more positive and he developed a new and deep sense of creativity.
At nearly 80 years old, he decided to start studying voice. He came to me for vocal lessons and quickly moved on to songwriting. He wrote beautiful and profound poetry and we worked together to put his lyrics to music.
After a year of working together, Arthur was diagnosed with throat cancer, a particularly aggressive melanoma with only a 12% survival rate. I firmly believe that Arthur’s strength of spirit and willingness to say “yes” to life is what put him in that 12%. I’m very happy to report that Arthur has come through treatment and is now cancer-free!
Today marks the release of Arthur’s original songs, two of which I sing on (“Be The Truth” & “Alternate Universe”), beautifully produced by my friend and producer Caleb Loveless (Slow The Devil).
Arthur, now 81, is a practicing Clinical Psychologist, and he pours a lifetime of emotional experience into his lyrics, and I feel incredibly honored to have been a part of this project.
I hope you’ll take a minute to listen to his beautiful songs!
All the love,
Links to Listen/Buy:
Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” is one of those timeless songs. The words hold such beautiful sincerity and vulnerability, but with an edge of defiance, and the music (written in “waltz time”) is a whirling dance of emotions.
I’ve heard that James Hetfield wrote this song about being apart from loved ones while touring. I’ve also heard that it was about his struggle with addiction. Over the years, for Metallica fans, it has become an anthem for how the music is all that matters.
For me, this is a song about chasing a dream, always “so close, no matter how far”. It’s about not listening to the haters and the doubters, trusting the process, being open and true to who you are, and remembering that you’re never alone.
I hope you love this cover as much as I love this song. 🖤
All the love,
Flashback to almost 2 years ago, I was sitting around a campfire with fellow musicians Callie Crofts & Zac Bryant. We didn’t really know each other very well at the time, but that was about to change.
We had just played a show in Moab, UT, and decided to hang out in the desert for a few extra days. Our fire had burned down to coals, and no matter where Callie sat, the smoke seemed to follow her. “It’s all smoke and no fire!” she exclaimed.
I responded with, “That’s a song, and we’re gonna write it.”
“All Smoke, No Fire” turned out to be one of my absolute favorite songs off of my new album Slow The Devil, and though on the surface it about boys we were mad at, there’s a deeper meaning hidden in the lyrics...
Hope you dig the song & video, and please leave a comment to let me know what you think, and feel free to share with your friends!