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Live from Your Living Room

The experience of creating my “One-Guitar Show,” Miss Isabella Rainsong and Her Traveling Companion, has been by far the most challenging thing I have ever done. As someone with ADD, I am constantly internally bombarded with ideas and thoughts about stories, songs, inventions, business strategies and random useless notions. But going from initial idea to produced musical, companion CD, and road-ready musical in a hatchback has been an arduous (and deeply satisfying) journey.

In all of that, the number of people who have been able to see the show after 10 performances is less than 1000. I’m looking forward to taking the show in the road — bringing it to house concert, non-traditional, and small theater venues, but it will still be hard to bring it to everyone who wants to see it.

Last year, I made a video of the show during a three-night run at the Howard County Center for the Arts. It was filmed by Steven Labkoff and Taylor Martin; the audio was engineered by Jay Paul. I’ve had it privately posted on YouTube for several months. After this weekend’s amazing NESR IV songwriters retreat, I decided to post the full show publicly.

The video is just over 90 minutes. Bookmark it for a night you’re in the mood to see an uplifting movie. Stream it to your TV, grab some popcorn and a glass of good wine, and enjoy it. It’s not a perfect performance and it won’t be the same as seeing it live, but it will give you an idea of where I’m trying to take the concept.

The linked playlist actually has the world premiere video as well. This one is almost two hours long and the audio and video are not as good, but the energy of that show was truly amazing. You can also dig into some of the tech I’ve worked on to make the show portable.

Enjoy and let me know what you think. If you want to see me perform it live, I’m booking dates for 2020. If I can drive there and if there’s room for 20-100 people and a small performance space (12x10 feet is enough), I will be happy to perform it with a donation opportunity at the end.

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