The 100 Day Project

It's official, the 100 day project came to a close this week. I made it through 65 recorded melodies and a number of un-recorded melodies. I'll be honest, a hundred days is a lot longer than it seems. It was tough a lot of the days, but I'm overjoyed to have been a part of it and to have shared a number of budding ideas with you all. 

For the full list of songs and recordings you can check them out on the Tumblr page I put together for the project. Thanks to all of you who followed along and listened. I hope you enjoyed it.  


I have been working on a project for the last couple of weeks called #100daysofmelodies. It's a part of a larger creative initiative called #the100dayproject, where along with a group of other people, we work on one thing, everyday, for 100 days. It can be anything — running a mile everyday for 100 days. Eating a cookie everyday for 100 days! You name it.

Of course, when I heard of this project, I immediately thought it would be a great exercise to tackle my own creativity and challenge myself further with songwriting. So, I set a goal. Everyday for 100 days I would work on a melody for at least 15 minutes and if possible (but I don't want to stunt my creativity) only 15 minutes and record whatever ideas came to mind. The tough part is I would share it publicly. Rough sketches of songs. Bad notes. Ill timed rhythm guitar. The whole shebang! Shared online!

So, why am I doing this? Well, why not is the more appropriate question here? Actually, I wanted the accountability. Once I made it clear on social media and told other people that I would share my song ideas online everyday, it made me accountable to let go of the fear of imperfection and the fear of whether my idea that day was lame or not, and just get it out there.

This project is really just for me. It's allowing me to focus on my creativity in a whole new way. Most importantly, I am learninglearn how to let go.

I urge you to follow along when you can at I also post 15 second snippets to my Instagram account, so feel free to follow me there.

I hope something moves you or makes you laugh along the way. Whatever it is, I'm pretty excited to see where I land at day 100. That will be June 24th!


Aloha, from Hawaii

I can't believe it's almost the end of February already. This year is flying by. It's been nothing but business in these parts. I've been wrapping-up some collaboration work with other artists and am getting some solo time to continue writing. One that was just released is The Drowning Dreamers Band debut album. Led by lead singer/songwriter G. Liu, Jr., the album is a collection of focused, and thoughtful tracks by one of my dearest friends. I am also partial to it, because it was the first band I ever joined years ago. I'm happy to have been a part of the album, with contributions I recorded back in Portland.

I'm currently back in Hawaii this week visiting family and friends. It's been such a nice break! Still managed to get some music time in with a little cameo performance with the Drowning Dreamers on a song called "Pattern." As well as recording some vocals with my friend Scott for an upcoming project of his. All good things.

Officially headed to Ireland and London in April/May. Looking forward to playing some tunes there. More to come.

Hope you all are well and happy and warm.



Sitting-in with The Drowning Dreamers Band. Photo by: Casey Ishitani

Hello Cruel World

Closing out the year with a bang as the final artist of 2014 on (107.1 FM Portland) show Hello Cruel World. I had the BEST time hanging out and playing music and am so glad to have been featured on XRAY. If you missed it airing this morning and wanted to listen to the broadcast, you may do so here.

Hope you all are well and keeping warm!

Happy Holidays!

Photo by JBJ of Hello Cruel World.

Photo by JBJ of Hello Cruel World.