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Life is too short not to laugh till' it hurts on a daily basis.
Full-time musician/singer-songwriter. I've spent the majority of the last 7 years touring between North-America & Europe.
When I'm at home, I live pretty simply. Play shows, write songs, nanny on the side. I exercise and meditate daily (or try to, anyways), love to read, and explore.
I don't drink or smoke (pretty sure I maxed out that card in my early 20's), very active, and love furniture with a good story.
SEVEN ADVICE OF MEVLANA*:
1. In generosity and helping others be like a river.
2. In compassion and grace be like night
3. In concealing others' faults be like night
4. In anger and fury be like dead
5. In modesty and humility be like earth
6. In tolerance be like a sea
7. Either exist as you are or be as you look
*This is a loose translation, mind you.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been surfing & hosting for seven (WHOA!) years now. While living in Texas, I was a happy host! Now that I'm in NYC, it's a bit tougher.
Almost always on tour, so I love meeting fellow CSers at shows and on the road. I've met some of my favorite people in the world through Couch Surfing. Especially in those random tiny towns...
Possibly find a few travel buddies along the way?
Hosted/Surfed several wonderful couchsurfers so far- and as a former exchange student, I do consider myself a couch surfer by trade. I've been very fortunate to have friends welcome me into their homes all over the globe.
If it weren't other Couchsurfers and hosts, I wouldn't have had the same experiences touring that I have. Wouldn't be the same person, period.
Oh, and touring would be a hell of a lot pricier.
Selfishness, in the form of: writing, reading, soulful oldies but goldies, my guitar, your guitar, self-depricating humor, inappropriate humor, humor in general, brutal honesty, sweet chocolate loving, prose, theatre, escape, vanity, taking, tequila, new shoes, margaritaville.
Selflessness, in the form of: compassion, listening, and more listening, giving, brutal honesty, sweet chocolate loving, empathy, uncertainty, compromise, tonglen, discomfort, humility.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: God of Small Things, 1984, The Cairo Trilogy, Orientalism, The Fountainhead, Confederacy of Dunces, Christmas on Ice, The Places That Scare You, Arundhati Roy, Arundhati Roy, and Arundhati Roy.
Music: Oh God, here we go...Radiohead, Beatles, Morphine, Oum Kalthoum, Sufjan Stevens, Blackalicious, Tom Waits, Ali Farka Toure, Seu Jorge, Nina Simone, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Beck, Regina Spektor, Aimee Mann, Sigur Ros. I've got a sweet spot for oldtime bluegrass and folk.
You could say I'm secretly infatuated with Ani Difranco's hair.
Movies: Barbarella, Shortbus, Pulp Fiction, Almost Famous, Paradise Now, The Fifth Element, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Spirited Away, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Coming to America
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Fought a bull in Spain. Ok, it was kind of a wee little one...
What I Can Share with Hosts
Happy to serenade you!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Egypt, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, United States