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March 13, 2013

Memories (Sklut and Weston)

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“Memories” is a song written by Tommy Sklut and myself around a year-and-a-half ago. It’s due to be released on our upcoming EP, “Home”, this May. (For more information about Sklut and Weston, visit our Facebook Page or our Reverbnation Page.

Tommy and I will be performing our entire EP, “Home” and more at the Tonic Room on March 23 with Dead Soldiers. For tickets and more information, go to TicketFly #americana.




February 20, 2013

“Someday” Song Sketch

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To listen, see “Someday” under the “Songs” section of my website (scroll up).

Lately I have been struggling to find a comfortable routine for writing, practicing, teaching and performing. If you subscribe to my email newsletter (which you can on Reverbnation by clicking the “Subscribe” button under “Quick Actions”) you will know that I have recently started a local teaching company called the Sklut and Weston School of Music (website currently under construction) and one of my groups Sklut and Weston (website also under construction, but check us out on our Sklut and Weston) is gearing up to release our debut E.P. This is on top of other part-time work and gigs. It’s exhausting. However, I’ve been managing to find some sort of focus and discipline – setting time aside to work solely on craft and improving my skills as a writer and player. “Someday” is a product of that focus.

I don’t know if it is because of the time and energy constraints I have been under lately (my life feels somewhat like a fragmented computer – If I total all of the small spaces of time I have between other things, I can find time for writing, but I never have one large block of free time in which to focus), or if it is that my tastes are changing (or both), but I have noticed a tendency in myself to write and appreciate very simple, open songs with few (but good) ideas and relatively small amounts of content. “Someday” is also a product of this tendency.

About six weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to perform in MER’s Music Showcase at Schubas in Chicago. I performed alongside such fantastic songwriters and performers as Marty Casey (the Lovehammers), Miles Nielsen (of Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts), Alex V, and, of course, MER. One striking thing I noticed (beside the fact that I think I was the youngest of the group) was that all of their songs were so simple, and so amazing. It wasn’t that simplicity detracted from having a unique style, or having a strong message, or a powerful performance – it added to it. My songs were not, for the most part, simple. They were complex and packed with all sorts of ideas and information. I’m not saying one was better than the other, but I liked “the other” and I wanted to try it on for size. “Someday” is a product of that, as well.

I hear a few things in this – things that are obvious inspirations for me. I hear, specifically the song Julia. I also hear a bit of The Shins. I hear early Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel) – but only once my dad pointed it out to me. That’s where I am coming from with this, anyway.

It’s a simple love song. A few lyrics I would change are (in the third verse) “traces fade away after awhile” I will end up changing to “traces blow away after awhile” in the next draft. I might also change the final lines from “Someday you’ll find you are on my mind” to “Someday you’ll find you were on my mind”. I’m not sure if the obvious sentimentality of this enhances or detracts from the overall theme. I’ll sleep on that one for now.

Enjoy. Share. Spread the Good Word. Tell Your Friends.

Thanks for listening,




February 15, 2013

This Weekend

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Hey Folks!

This weekend is an exciting one for me. Tonight (Friday, Feb. 15) I will be performing at the Blue Bayou (3734 N Southport Ave) in Chicago with Jason Rollins and Steven Sinde in the band Funktify the Demon. It is a pleasure to play with such talented musicians, and we are very excited to get out there and have a good time.

Tomorrow evening (Saturday, Feb. 16) I will be performing a benefit concert at the Hidden Shamrock (2723 N Halsted St) in Chicago. It is only $7 at the door, and The Happy Fish Project (a marine and freshwater environmental conservation organization) will be receiving all of the proceeds. This is a cannot miss opportunity to do something good and have a good time… on Saturday night! To see more about The Happy Fish Project, visit their FaceBook Page at

This is all for now. I have been working on a new Song Sketch called, “Somedays”. I look forward to posting it next week. It is a folky, unrequited love song.

Until tonight,




January 30, 2013

Fuller’s Pub – Friday, Feb. 1

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Hello Loyal Family, Friends and Fans,

I’ll be kicking off the month of February by performing at Fuller’s Pub (3203 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago) this Friday from 9:30pm – 1am. I have over a full set’s worth of new originals and covers that I am very excited to share, and, since I’ve never performed at Fuller’s before, I am excited to see what this place is all about.

I want to give a special thanks to my friend Annie Wagner for setting this up. I am very much looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

Tell your friends! Come help me make it a night to remember (or not)!

See you there.




December 26, 2012

Cherrywood Coffeehouse in Austin, TX

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Hello All!

I am very excited to let you know that I will be performing at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse in Austin, TX tomorrow night (Dec. 27) at 8pm ( I have never performed in Austin before and, given its reputation for good music and music appreciation, I am looking forward to earning its approval.

I will be performing a short 5-song solo set in which I will be testing some of my newer songs and auditioning them for a potential solo EP which I will begin work on as soon as Tommy Sklut and I release our debut EP together (Check us out at

Here is the set list I am most likely going to go with:

1. In the Mud, In the Park,
2. Take Me Back Home
3. Band From the 1960s
4. What the Hell is the Sunset For?
5. Rose

If you’re in the area, I look forward to seeing you there! If not, I will let you know how it goes.

Happy Holidays,