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My self-summary
Music is my life and passion. I love the beauty and complexity of life. Deep thinker and feeler.

The Adjective Alphabet of Me: Atypical. Brash. Curious. Decisive. Evolving. Funny. Gregarious. Hopeful. Intelligent. Jovial. Keen. Loyal. Musical. Noble. Original. Passionate. Quixotic. Resilient. Sarcastic. Talented. Understanding. Vocal. Witty. Xylophonic (there are literally NO meaningful adjectives beginning with the letter X). Youthful. Zealous.

I prefer:
Art over Science
Pleasure over Business
Authenticity over Appearances
Optimism over Pessimism
Peace over Hostility
Challenging over Easy
Order over Chaos
Beer over Liquor
Hugs over Handshakes
Humor over Austerity
Country over City
Risk over Caution
Music over...pretty much anything else (I have a massive list of my favorite artists below. I'm neurotic about my music...just look in the list and see if some of your personal faves are buried in there...)
What I’m doing with my life
I'm incredibly thankful I've been given the gift and love of music. I write and perform as a singer songwriter for a living.
I’m really good at
Music: Writing. Singing. Playing (mainly guitar and piano). Listening. Loving.

Being a true and loyal friend.

The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a big guy. 6'5" and 235. Tough to miss.

My honesty. People are often taken aback by my vulnerability about myself and my straightforward nature about the world. I'm the first to raise my hand and say I've had some major stumbles in my past but they've made me who I am, and, I finally like that person. Feels pretty damn good to be able to look yourself in the mirror in the morning and be alright with the person behind your eyes. Took me some time to get there. Anybody who doesn't have regret is either not being straight with themself or hasn't lived life. I believe regret is a part of life but it's all about what you do with it. My shit doesn't own me anymore. Living free is the only way I want to go through this world.

I'm eclectic as well: I have a huge range of music I love and my style is sort of day-to-day and can appreciate people from all different kinds of walks of life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: East of Eden. On the Road. The Harry Potter series. The Chronicles of Narnia. Romans. James. The Gospel of John. The Tender Bar. The Lord of the Rings. A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Les Miserables. Dracula. Catcher in the Rye. The Divine Comedy. Let Your Life Speak. The Divine Conspiracy. Spirit of the Disciplines. Celtic Daily Prayer. Go the Fuck to Sleep. The Kite Runner. My Name is Asher Lev. Anything by Rainer Maria Rilke, Frederick Buechner, Dallas Willard, Patrick Lencioni, John Piper, Rob Bell, Francis Chan, John Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis...

Movies: The Shawshank Redemption. Rushmore. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The Royal Tenenbaums. 500 Days of Summer. Inception. Sunset Boulevard. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Legends of the Fall. Crazy Stupid Love. Dan in Real Life. The Departed. Garden State. Braveheart. Gladiator. The Tree of Life. Into the Wild. Les Miserables. It's A Wonderful Life.

Shows: Mad Men. Dexter. Game of Thrones. Boardwalk Empire. How I Met Your Mother. Friends. The Wonder Years.

Music: Adele. Alison Krauss. Amos Lee. Andrew Belle. Andrew Bird. Angels & Airwaves. Angus and Julia Stone. Arcade Fire. The Avett Brothers. Azure Ray. Bach. Balmorhea. Band of Horses. Beach House. The Beatles. Bebo Norman. Beethoven. Beirut. Bekker. Ben Harper. Ben Howard. Billie Holiday. The Black Keys. Blind Pilot. Bob Dylan. Bob Marley. Bon Iver. Brad Paisley. Brahms. Brendan James. Bright Eyes. Brooke Fraser. Bruce Springsteen. The Cardigans. Cary Brothers. Cat Stevens. Christina Perri. The Cinematic Orchestra. City and Colour. The Civil Wars. Cold War Kids. Coldplay. Collective Soul. Copeland. Counting Crows. Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Cure. Damien Rice. The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Dave Matthews (solo, w/Tim Reynolds, and the full band). David Gray. David Hodges. Death Cab for Cutie. The Decemberists. Devotchka. DeYarmond Edison. Dierks Bentley. Doves. The Eagles. Elbow. Eli Young Band. Ella Fitzgerald. Ellie Goulding. Enya. Eric Church. Etta James. Eva Cassidy. Explosions in the Sky. Feist. First Aid Kit. Fleet Foxes. Florence + The Machine. Foo Fighters. The Format. Frightened Rabbit. Frou Frou. Gavin DeGraw. Glasvegas. Glen Hansard. Goo Goo Dolls. Greg Laswell. Gregory Alan Isakov. Grizzly Bear. Guster. Handel. The Head and the Heart. Hillsong United. Horse Feathers. Imagine Dragons. Imogen Heap. Incubus. The Innocence Mission. Iron & Wine. Jack Johnson. James Vincent McMorrow. Jason Aldean. Jason Mraz. Jeff Buckley. Jewel. Jimmy Eat World. John Coltrane. John Mayer. Johnny Cash. Joni Mitchell. Jose Gonzalez. Josh Abbott Band. Josh Garrels. Josh Pyke. Josh Ritter. Joshua James. Joshua Radin. Journey. The Juliana Theory. Katie Herzig. Kate Walsh. Keane. Keith Urban. Kings of Convenience. Kings of Leon. Lana Del Rey. Laura Marling. Lauryn Hill. Lissie. Lord Huron. The Lumineers. Maria Taylor. Mat Kearney. Matt Pond PA. Matt Wertz. Michael Buble. Michael Kiwanuka. The Middle East. Mike Barnet. Miles Davis. Missy Higgins. Modest Mouse. Monsters of Folk. Mozart. Mumford & Sons. Muse. Nada Surf. Nat King Cole. The National. Needtobreathe. The New Frontiers. Nick Drake. Nickel Creek. Nirvana. Of Monsters and Men. Otis Redding. Our Lady Peace. Over the Rhine. Owen. Patrick Watson. Patty Griffin. Pedro the Lion. Pete Yorn. Peter Bradley Adams. Peter Gabriel. Phil Wickham. Postal Service. Queen. Radical Face. Radiohead. Randy Rogers Band. Ray LaMontagne. Red House Painters. Regina Spektor. Remy Zero. Rocky Votolato. Rosie Thomas. Ryan Adams. Sam Cooke. Sarah McLachlan. Sean McConnell. Sigur Ros. Simon & Garfunkel. Shane & Shane. The Shins. Sleeping At Last. Smashing Pumpkins. The Smiths. Stoney LaRue. The Strokes. Sufjan Stevens. The Swell Season. Switchfoot. The Tallest Man On Earth. The Temper Trap. Third Eye Blind. Thrice. Tim Hughes. Tim McGraw. Tori Amos. Trading Yesterday. Travis. TV On the Radio. Tyrone Wells. U2. Vampire Weekend. Van Morrison. Vitamin String Quartet. The Wailin' Jennys. Waylon Jennings. We Were Promised Jetpacks. The Weepies. Weezer. Whitley. Wilco. William Fitzsimmons. Willie Nelson. Wolf Parade. Zac Brown Band.

Food: Yes, please.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order:

1. Love

2. Grace

3. Relationship

4. Music

5. Purpose

6. Hope
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My blessings in life. I think of what I can do today to be the best person for tomorrow.

How there are so many damn beautiful but incredibly different people in the world.

If my neurotically alphabetized and ridiculously extensive list of favorite bands above will turn girls on...or off. Don't really give a shit though. Haha.

How to create a healthy rewards system for myself to keep from spending too much time on Ok Cupid and/or Facebook during my workday...
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing a show! Haha if not, then I'm probably catching a show with friends or taking your pretty face on a fun date. All good in my book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've made mistakes in my life that have taught me a lot through pain. However, there's simply no way I'd be the free, confident, and grateful person I am today if those things hadn't taken place. Always improving! Carpe Diem!
You should message me if
This is probably the hardest part of these questions yet! I'll keep it simple.

If you're a passionate person who enjoys who you are WITHOUT a significant other in your life but feels that having that relationship would only make your life more rich, then that's a great place to start. I can't complete anyone but I can offer love and connection. I know there's a lot in my heart to offer back to this world and I'm pretty stoked for what's ahead...whatever that may be! AND, simply if you're interested in getting to know me based on what you've seen so far...

Finally, this article is the funniest thing I've read in for-freaking-ever, and, fortunately, is a great summary of the exact opposite of me. Pure comedy right here people...
The two of us