Thursday, November 18, 2010


I’m about as good at keeping up with this blog as I am taking care of my pet cactus. The only difference is this blog keeps coming back to life.

So tonight was our last show of 2010. In Abu Dhabi. In one hour it'll be midnight on November 19th, which is exactly 5 and a half years since the day I auditioned for this then-unknown band. As we played “Please Be Mine” all I could think about were the countless high school assemblies we playing this song for, and now there are a bunch of kids halfway around the world singing along. During “Year 3000” I couldn’t help but remember when we rehearsed that song at a bar called “The Chicken Coup” somewhere outside of Wilkes Berre, Pennsylvania on a day off from the Aly & AJ tour back in 2006. Or seeing kids from the middle east sing lyrics I wrote for the song “Tonight.” It blew my mind. Being a college dropout, I can’t help but feel like I got my degree tonight. This band literally started from nothing. It’s been an honor to be a small part of this.

Here’s our setlist from tonight:

Feelin’ Alive
Hold On
Year 3000
Play My Music
Poison Ivy
Gotta Find You
B.B. Good
That’s Just the Way We Roll
L.A. Baby (pronounced “la baby”)
Video Girl
World War Three
Still In Love
Hello Beautiful →
Biggest Fan
Can't Have You
Who I Am
Black Keys →
A Little Bit Longer
Fly With Me
When You Look Me In the Eyes
Please Be Mine
Burnin’ Up

I’m excited to get back to LA and put my time into various projects. The main one being Ocean Grove, which, if you don’t already know, is comprised of John, Jack, Ryan and myself. Expect some music real soon!

PS - just for fun, here’s a setlist of ours from roughly the same day 5 years ago: November 20, 2005 at the Bloomfield Ave Café, in Montclair, New Jersey:

I Am What I Am
One Day At A Time
6 Minutes
Please Be Mine
Nick J is Off the Chain
Time For Me To Fly