Benjamin here at your service. I realized..so far in 2022, I've neglected you. Will you forgive me? I haven't sent an email yet this year. To be fair, you haven't missed much. Full-time school and work, along with a new music project, have taken up MOST of my time, which unfortunately has resulted in me neglecting my music duties. No music = sad Benjamin. The good news is...now, it's summertime. Well, not officially. But as defined by the school year, it's summertime, which means more time for music.
A few updates:
1. I'm gigging with a new punk band, a band called Coxey's Army. Started by my friend, Nate, it's composed of him (bass/vocals), Ryan (drummer), AJ (guitar/backing vox), and me (guitars...and hopefully an accordion in the future). It's a bit different than my solo acoustic but in all the best ways. A lot louder. A lot faster. And a whole lotta fun.
Check out our Facebook page for upcoming shows...(we've got on THIS Friday at the "Hell is Ohio" festival
2. I've been starting to pick up a few more gigs! Thursday, from 4 to 6 PM, if you happen to be at the airport waiting on your Southwest flight, you'll most likely see me playing some music off to the side. Every Thursday, I have the privilege of busking for a few hours, playing all sorts of tunes for the bored, busy, preoccupied, and frustrated travelers. I must admit, it serves as an inspiration for the songwriting process as I develop my own stories for the people I observe and experience on a weekly basis. People are fascinating.
3. After a two-year hiatus, the Westerville Arts Festival is back! Saturday, July 9th, at 2 PM, I'll be playing some tunes at the Songwriter tent!
4. I'm hosting an open mic on July 16th at the Global Gallery from 6 - 8 PM. It's been quite a while since hosting an open mic, so I'm really looking forward to this. Got a song? Poem? Joke? Melody? Funny noise with our arm-pits? Whatever you got, bring it!
Alright, that's all I got for now. I'll see ya in another 9 months. Haha, I kid, I kid. Maybe 6 months? ;-) Please do me a favor. Let me know how you are doing. As always, I love getting responses to these emails on what's going on with YOUR life. Whether it be good things, bad things, neutral things, intense things, boring things, scary things, whatever it is, I'm all ears. Or, since it's email, maybe I should say eyes.
Peace and love,