I try to travel light, but these are the items that are always in my pockets.  1. Janitor Keys. I carry no less than 8 keys at one time because, well, apparently I like to lock things up.  2. Guitar Picks. Always Fender medium tortoise-shell. I’ve tried every kind in 19 years of playing but this is it for me. I don’t carry them on purpose, there are just dozens of them in all of my jean pockets.  3. Wallet. Also holds my phone…handmade by Red Clouds Collective. Combining these two things is one less thing to forget.  4. American Currency. I carry an average of $3. Muggers take note, I don’t have cash.  5. Pocket Knife. Bought in Moab Utah made by American Indian Tribe. It’s sharp, it’s trusty, it’s made in the U.S.  6. Cough Drops. Smith Bros addict. It’s basically candy. I talk a lot which is bad for the pipes and these things help. I buy them by the case (not joking).

I try to travel light, but these are the items that are always in my pockets.

1. Janitor Keys. I carry no less than 8 keys at one time because, well, apparently I like to lock things up.

2. Guitar Picks. Always Fender medium tortoise-shell. I’ve tried every kind in 19 years of playing but this is it for me. I don’t carry them on purpose, there are just dozens of them in all of my jean pockets.

3. Wallet. Also holds my phone…handmade by Red Clouds Collective. Combining these two things is one less thing to forget.

4. American Currency. I carry an average of $3. Muggers take note, I don’t have cash.

5. Pocket Knife. Bought in Moab Utah made by American Indian Tribe. It’s sharp, it’s trusty, it’s made in the U.S.

6. Cough Drops. Smith Bros addict. It’s basically candy. I talk a lot which is bad for the pipes and these things help. I buy them by the case (not joking).

This Friday I’ll be playing the DreamOn Festival at 2:45pm…it’s a free all ages show in Market Square! I’m excited about this one because I have the opportunity to raise some money for a local non-profit that I believe in called FurKid Rescue. My animals are basically my kids and I’ll never understand how some people can be so heartless to animals. FurKid goes to great lengths to rescue animals from terrible situations and place them with thoroughly-screened and deserving homes. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…BUY SOME ICE CREAM! All weekend long, DreamCream ice cream will be there and when you buy ice cream you can select an artist’s “dream” to support. If you select me, my proceeds from the sales will go to FurKid. So, get out there and eat ice cream…a lot of it…no guilt because it’s for a good cause. 

This Friday I’ll be playing the DreamOn Festival at 2:45pm…it’s a free all ages show in Market Square! I’m excited about this one because I have the opportunity to raise some money for a local non-profit that I believe in called FurKid Rescue. My animals are basically my kids and I’ll never understand how some people can be so heartless to animals. FurKid goes to great lengths to rescue animals from terrible situations and place them with thoroughly-screened and deserving homes. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…BUY SOME ICE CREAM! All weekend long, DreamCream ice cream will be there and when you buy ice cream you can select an artist’s “dream” to support. If you select me, my proceeds from the sales will go to FurKid. So, get out there and eat ice cream…a lot of it…no guilt because it’s for a good cause. 

Dear Austin, Texas - I’m coming to your saloons next month during SXSW for two Jivewired.com showcases and I couldn’t be more excited about it…Thurs March 13th @ Touche 417 East Sixth Street 4:30 PM Fri March 14th @ Darwin’s Pub 223 East Sixth Street 12:15 PMp.s. - if there’s any old Western back-of-the-bar gambling, I will likely participate in that as well.

Dear Austin, Texas - I’m coming to your saloons next month during SXSW for two Jivewired.com showcases and I couldn’t be more excited about it…

Thurs March 13th @ Touche 417 East Sixth Street 4:30 PM
Fri March 14th @ Darwin’s Pub 223 East Sixth Street 12:15 PM

p.s. - if there’s any old Western back-of-the-bar gambling, I will likely participate in that as well.

Here’s a live performance from Mr. Small’s Theatre in Pittsburgh PA on 1/18/2014 that was shared with me, so I wanted to share with you. This is an old song called “Shores” that I’ve been playing a little differently these days. 

SHORES

I searched for the answers, I searched for difference, that I couldn’t have. I was out in the cold. I was a product you sold. My hair turned white, but the streets turned gold.

I re-invented, I re-imagined, and had nothing to show. I hadn’t grown; I was a seed to be sown. My ears were soaking and my cover was blown. 

So I searched for Jesus, and I worked for money in aching despair. And then I didn’t care, with a taxi-cab fare, those street light halos…my soul was bare! 

Maybe I will wash up on your shores.

"Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated.  But not as long as I can makes stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow" (sylvia plath).  And with that quote in mind…

Hearts & Arrows.

You draw your hearts and arrows; you can be one of that sailor’s tattooed sparrows.  But when the sun comes up in the port, you’ll see you’re a day late and a dollar short. 

You can be his port of call, you can be a naive blonde-haired barbie doll. But when the ship shoves away from the land, you’re left drinking a tall glass of suffocating sand. 

You’re the lighthouse beacon in the room.  I can see you shining even when those dark clouds loom.  But when it’s all said and done, you’ll be standing in the darkness of the ship’s shadow on the horizon. 

So dear Maggie, in this sea shanty, you can be the tired metaphor about being “lost at sea”.  And when that southern gales not keeping you warm, you’ll remember that I’m done being your shelter from the storm. 

-paul luc

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