MercyBell & I wrote a song tonight and dedicated it to Sara.
Maybe it was just me, though I know MercyBell voiced her appreciation as well, but our voices together were really beautiful. We pulled the basic verse chord structure from a random selection out of an old bluegrass book I own. Here’s…
We did! We wrote this song! I miss you Seth. Why can’t I live in Massachusetts/Brooklyn/Arkansas at once?
You mainly perform in New York City - what made you choose New York, and how has the city treated you?
I moved to New York because I knew I’d have fun there and it’s New York City. The city made me who I am. It’s rough, you have to be lonely with your thoughts and strangers and sing in bars where no one is paying attention. But once you do that nothing phases you. And then those strangers become your best friends. It brings out the brave in you.
I interviewed Mercy Bell for Thank Folk For That, and the link above takes you to it.
The bus driver in New Bedford, MA said, "One way huh? Gettin out of this crummy town?"
I like this crummy town, so I dodge it with “I’m going to Arkansas.”
“Really? Nice place. Haven’t been there in years.”
“When did you go?”
“It’s been a while.” He chuckled to himself and looked at me. “I’ve gotten around.”
In our series, The GOOD Guide to Hustlin’, we go beyond the pitying articles about youth in recession and discover ways our generation is coping. The last few years may have been a rude awakening, but we’re surviving. Here’s how.
Three years ago this month I quit my job in MA and moved to New York City with a duffle bag and an air mattress and a guitar. I didn’t know anybody except my roommates and had only written two songs. I figured I’d go make some friends and make some music.
Dozens of open mics, roof jaunts, park picnics, midnight gigs at Rockwood, and instant dinner parties later I now have a family that extends from Brooklyn to New Bedford, Arkansas to Melbourne, London, Paris, Manila, and back.
Today I was laying on the ground here in MA by the sea. I was watching clouds with one of my best Brooklyn friends and the girl who helped me make my album, Danielle DePalma, after the album went live and thought what a journey it’s been.
The study used a mathematical model to estimate the impact of top modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease: smoking, depression, low education, diabetes, too little exercise, and obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life.
Education had the biggest impact on the disorder worldwide because this accounts for individuals that don’t use cognitive function as often and it was also linked to poor nutrition. Smoking was the second highest risk factor worldwide. In the US, where education rates are higher, a sedentary lifestyle and mid-life depression were the biggest risk factors.
According to Alzheimer’s Prevention, the ideal prevention diet includes 20 percent healthy fats including extra virgin olive oil, avocado, and flax seed oil and whole foods including soy, fish, and other lean proteins as well as a rainbow of fruits, vegetables, and legumes. And then there’s the brain superfoods including blueberries, spinach, and seaweed.