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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flying to Istanbul to perform on a cruise in the med for two weeks.
Current mood: Turkishly Delighted! ;)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

5 Things That Are Making My Life More Awesome

5 Things That Are Making My Life More Awesome

1. TED Talks

TED Talks are conferences where people who are gurus in their field; inventors, environmentalist, health specialists …etc. speak for 5-20min. They are my new favorite things to spend time watching. Not only will they completely entertain you while they make you smarter, but they’re completely free. Subscribe to download the video podcast on iTunes or go to …my three personal favorites are Kevin Bales: How To Combat Modern Slavery ( ), Dean Kamen: The emotion behind invention, and Pranav Mistry: The Thrilling Potential Behind Sixth Sense Technology

2. Bose QC2 Noise Canceling Headphones

Did you know the main reason you feel so tired after a long flight, drive, subway/train ride etc… is because of the constant low rumbling noise that we don’t notice but is actually fatiguing our hearing and draining us of energy?

I put off buying these for years because they seemed too expensive ($300), but you can find like new ones now on Craigslist and Ebay for about $125-150. They’ve changed my life. I have so much more energy after long flights, and if you have the noise canceling on but you’re not listening to music you can still hear people talking, announcements …etc, but the rumbling/pressure is gone.

3. Trader Joe’s "Pound Plus Dark Chocolate”

1.5lbs of 80% cocoa content mmmmm dark chocolate, for $5.00!! Their blueberry pie is also amazing and pretty healthy! Check the ingredients!

4. Matt Wertz “Under The Summer Sun”

This is my recommended summer album of 2010. I wasn’t a big Matt Wertz fan up until this album, but Universal decided to release this compilation album of basically every great song Matt had put out up until this …and it’s perfect! Every single song will have you singing along. Matt’s vocals are awesome, and is his current guitar player (my friend Nathan Dugger) has been playing on a lot of my new recordings and is one of the most talented all around musicians I’ve ever met.

5. “Jacked" pre-workout drink. Only recommended if you’re 18 and up, and check the label/directions for specific instructions regarding age, dosage …etc.

I’ve been taking a scoop of this before working out the past 6 months and my workouts have been sooooo much more fun. A couple of my workout partners are hooked as well. It’s mostly caffeine …which I normally wouldn’t recommend, but if you’re gonna put in a hard workout after taking it then I think it’s pretty reasonable. You’ll be able to workout longer and harder than you ever have before …the energy it gives you is amazing. If you’re not going to workout hard after taking it then don’t take it.

I hope a few of these things make your life more awesome as well!