I've had this Ibanez Artstar guitar since I was around ten years old. It was my first real guitar. I call him "Old Whitey". And it has been a workhorse for me basically my entire life. From jamming in my bedroom as a kid, to having binders thrown at me by my high school jazz band teacher Mr. Brophy, countless house parties and shows w/ my old band Hippie Grenade, to touring all over the place. But it became sentimental and the road is no place for sentimentality. The road beats shit up. So I had to retire "Old Whitey" from the road. He now lives in my home studio The La Boratory. It needed some TLC so I took it to Mark and Reuben at Old Style Guitar Shop and they fixed it up. I've used it on a lot of recordings. It still sounds great. #Ibanez guitars are definitely way underrated.
A few years ago I sang "Lean on Me" w/ Keegan-Michael Key. One of coolest, most talented, funny dudes in the game. Can't wait to see (hear?) his performance in Lion King! I am a huge Lion King nerd. I used to go to Best Buy when I was a kid and play the LK Sega game for like 2 hours at a time. That's geekdom. #LionKing2019
I've had this Blueridge for like 9 years now. Its basically a Gibson J45 knockoff. I did some upgrades — new bridge pins, saddle and tuners. I went for a less expensive guitar b/c I didn't want to worry if I smashed it against a brick wall on a backstage spiral staircase in Sweden...which happened. And many other unexpected incidents. But it is a really good slope shoulder Gibson type guitar at a good price. To the guitarists out there, what are some of your favorite knockoff or budget guitars? Blueridge Guitars
Today I'm thinking of Lt. Roslyn Schulte who was a United States Air Force officer killed in action in Afghanistan 10 years ago. She was the first female US Air Force graduate to be killed by enemy action and was posthumously awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Valor. Her brother Todd, another true patriot in my opinion, shared her story on Ep. 8 of Peace of Mind. I went to high school in STL w/ both Todd and Roz and remember hearing the devastating news. It inspired a line from my song GIANT, about some of the women I admire most. "She’s a legend In my old hometown Her story grows and grows Each time the sun goes down” #memorialday
A little late on this but wanted to shout out all the incredible moms who appeared on Peace of Mind this past season. Journalist & author Amy Westervelt, producer Katie Ross, activist & professor Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan, artist & activist Paola Mendoza, Dr. Shanthi Kumar, attorney & advocate Rabia Chaudry, journalist Salem Solomon, and retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell.