now that the weather here in michigan is getting nice’ish (amaze balls by michigan standards), i’m going to be getting out a little more and doing some more of this. random trips to peaceful spots and doing some music. the first tune of the prius sessions is luke bryan’s “drink a beer”.
if you dig it / have a song you’d like to hear me cover let me know in the comments and drop me a like!
cheers. you guys rock!
This week’s video is up! a little mike posner for them ear drums 🙂
i love love love the lyrics in this song. if you know me well, i’m always a sucker for storytelling type and this one nails it. not to mention it’s by a michigan man. #winning 😛
if you have a cover you want to hear, let me know. i’m doing one (or two) a week, so put your request in and you might be sitting their in your chair in a couple weeks listening to it 🙂
thanks for listening! you guys rock!
New cover is live on the tubes. “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert for one of my best SD friends Andrea. looking forward to getting back and riding some horses in august 🙂 let me know what you think of the cover and don’t forget to like and subscribe if you dig the tunes.
if you have a song you’d like to hear me cover, let me know in the comments or send me a message. i’m going to be doing a couple every week from here on out, so the odds are even more in you favor 🙂
we’re live on the tubes! thank you to everyone who gave me requests. it was tough picking only 2, but here’s #1. let me know what you guys think in the comments and if you like the video, please drop me a like and share if you’re so inclined 😉
next week is brantley gilbert’s “bottoms up”.
thank you. you guys are amazing!
last week was the week of the biebs. now it’s up to you. what’s next? find me on twitter, youtube, tumblr and Facebook to let me know what you want to hear. i’ll pick one to be next weeks cover. looking forward to hearing your suggestions!
I just threw a new cover video up on the youtubes. a little bieber action for those of you that like me have had “love yourself” stuck in your head on multiple occasions. if you dig the over and would like to see more like it, let me know in the comments.
lmao. maybe i should fix the dopey looking screenshot from this vid 😛
thank you for all of your support!
this has been the most awakening experience of my life so far. not necessarily just sedona, but the top of bell rock club. what started as a place to crash and a hike has turned into so much more than i could have ever imagined.
when i left san diego, i left with no real solid destination in mind. the only thing i knew is i was looking for something. the thought of moving to another static location gradually losing it’s allure the closer the date came. in my heart, traveling and experiencing was the only thing that could really satiate the longing i felt inside. the more i thought about it, the more i thought i was crazy. who lives like that? can you? can you actually just live going from one experience to the next, grasping every opportunity that comes up on a whim? that simply couldn’t be possible.
upon arriving in Sedona i felt a certain level of excitement. the door i was about to knock on was that of a man i’d never met, only spoken to in rather short correspondence over Facebook. The opportunity came to me via a friend and the general manager of one of the bars i played in san diego. she said it was a place to crash for a night or two in exchange for a hike. so long as i hiked bell rock, i had a spot to sleep. if you know me at all you know that, clearly, the answer was an emphatic yes!
knock, knock, knock! this was it. the initiation of an experience that, unbeknownst to me, would reaffirm everything i thought i wanted and calm my fears. as the door opened i was greeted with the warm smile of Peter Gertsen. he stood slightly taller than myself, bald with thin features and a calming presence. as he showed me the “tour” of the top of bell rock club house (also his home) we felt each other out. his correspondences had been short and to the point, so my assumption was that likewise this is who he was. a perception that would quickly change.
he spoke confidently about his beliefs, which were far from the common faiths. he spoke of manifesting your own reality and living in the moment because it was all there really was… my analytical brain silently fighting the notions as we spoke. i hadn’t been in the presence of someone quite like this before.
the more we talked, the more i learned. once a powerful defense lawyer in new york, he went on to file lawsuits against the federal government for their covering up knowledge of UFOs. however, that wasn’t the end. he didn’t retire and follow the ordinary path to “happiness”. he followed himself, he followed his beliefs and started the top of bell rock club (TBRC for short). his goal, to bring 1,111 people to the top of bell rock. a feat that was achieved august 25th of 2015. what would one do after reaching such a goal in a little over 3 years? bring 1,111 more! I was to be number 61.
I wasn’t his only guest when i arrived. after dinner, peter and i came back to the club house. i was introduced to Emily. a recent addition to the TBRC that had seemingly found what she was looking for in sedona. She had previously lived on a modified school bus on a piece of property that was gifted to her in new mexico. she turned the bus into a home. insulating all the walls, putting in a sink for washing dishes, she had a water tank that she would take to the city to refill and that was what she would use for her every day living. we talked about sustainable living and her journey, sharing my experiences intermittently as the conversation flowed on. now, she was living in her car and traveling around the US looking for the next place that called to her. a place she found at the clubhouse.
this was yet another first. someone who had the balls to step out of the norm and live on her own, off of the land. trash turned into insulation, toilet waste turned to fertilizer (after a one year gestation period). everything well thought out and executed. i found comfort in her story. as if it was the universe gently resting it’s hand on my shoulder and saying “everything you’re thinking is ossible. you can do this!”
also staying in the club house that evening were two couples. one from hungary and the other from poland. the latter would be joining me in the morning to hike bell rock.
that night i slept in my tent under the stars in the back yard. mind whizzing about with possibilities from my new found confidence. toiling endlessly in an old notebook until finally i was out of thoughts and ready for bed.
feeling rested yet not quite ready to get moving or sit up for that manner. i quickly broke down my tent and had a cup of coffee before our 7 AM hike.
the hike which had been described as “not to bad” was slightly more intense. once again my assumptions were dead wrong. the groomed trail that i thought we would be taking to the top of bell rock was anything but. after about half a mile on the trail Peter turned to the right and said “here it is.” only there was no trail, it was just the side of a mountain. my still groggy mind wasn’t quite ready for this, but this wasn’t a time to back down. this was time to go experience something new.
as we scrambled up the smooth rock face, the 4,000 feet of elevation hit me like a freight train. within the first 5 minutes i was gasping for breath that was devoid of the oxygen my body screamed for. we hiked on. after about 5 more minutes and 200 ft of elevation (over the course of maybe 100 yards) we stoppped to enjoy the view and catch our breath.
This pattern continued every time we resumed our ascent. my seemingly rested body immediately out of energy. each breath feeling more empty than the last as we made our way up the various obstacles and crevices. at each challenging section Peter would give a brief rundown on footing to make sure we all got up safely. i paid close attention and treaded carefully knowing that on slip could very easily result in a long tumble down the mountainside and, almost certainly, seriously injury.
at last, we reached the top! greeted by a big smile and a high five, congratulating us and welcoming us to the top of bell rock club followed by what number we were to make it up. as he showed us around the various lookouts, he took pictures. not only to commemorate our trip, but to share the experience and giving us a digital reminder of the journey.
once returning to the clubhouse, i immediately fell into old habits and pulled out my computer. this trip had sparked much interest from friends, family and acquaintances in the internet world. as i went through responding to comments and sifting through the pictures Peter calmly asked the question “so what are you going to do today?” my mind temporarily paused. it was only 10:30. i still had the entire day ahead of me to do with what i wanted. it was all i needed to get me out the door.
i decided to go for a hike and check out oak creek near cathedral rock which he had suggested. what a glorious suggestion it was. after getting in the water and dealing with the initial shock of it’s chill, i found peace. i spent the next 2 hours in the water meditating, playing and taking pictures of anything that caught my eye.
the day wound down and i found myself back at the club house as the sun started to set over the myriad of red rock mountains surrounding it. the next round of visitors came in. it was a girl who had previously hiked bell rock twice that was now bringing her wife. it would be the last stop on their two week road trip.
with a book in my hands, watching the clouds catch fire with the sunset, i listened as he gave them the “tour.” chuckling at the jokes as he told them and reflecting on my experience to this point. what a great way to kick off my new journey.
headlights pulled into the parking space in front of the club house and peter made his way to the porch. the greetings started 50 feet away as the couple made their way up the stairs and culminated in long loving hugs. you could tell that peter had a special place in their hearts as well as them in his.
as was the usual, conversations stirred in the living room. timothy and jamie headed to vermont to help friends open up a resort in the coming weeks. with no idea how long they would be there and no real concern for what amount of time it would be. they were going to experience. naturally the question of “so where do you guys live” came up. the answer was “in the moment” a phrase i had heard peter say more than a couple times. it was as honest an answer as could be given. they lived wherever their journeys took them. staying with what had turned into a massive network of friends that were happy to host them for however long they were around. when i asked what they did, the answer was simple… we give to others. once again, my boggled mind struggling to keep up. and once again, it was an honest answer. they traveled around giving whatever help that was needed to those around them. not asking for any form of compensation.
one more time, i was overcome with comfort. to them, i wasn’t nuts for wanting to go live life on the road. to them i was someone they could be there for and offer a hand if ever i needed it. the warmth in the room overtook me. the living room now buzzing with conversations between the two couples, peter and myself. the only way i can describe it accurately is love. the energy was so caring and supportive.
after the couple left, the conversations slowly dwindled until i was ready to set up my tent and go to bed. i decided to journal for a few minutes before heading out back.
before my fingers hit the keys, peter emerged from his room as the couple was going to be coming back to stay the night. we talked as he sat and waited for them so he could set up the air mattress on their arrival.
it was in this moment that i realized… this experience, this place. it wasn’t about bell rock at all. the hike and the place to crash only served as a beacon for those of us who were searching for something. the real experience was this moment. this collaboration of moments spent in the living room, talking and meeting other wanderers. all of a sudden, it all made sense. this moment, was all there was. all the exploring from the day was now nothing but pictures and memories and tomorrow hadn’t yet come.
this simple concept now resonating in me like the last chime on a church bell. i can not afford to live for later. spending time waiting for what tomorrow holds is time wasted. live here, live now and say yes to the experiences that are given to you.
as i write this, i’m no longer scared for the future. no longer scared of what happens if things don’t go as planned, because there is no plan. i have spent my life half following my heart and half doing what others tell me will make me “successful” and although it has been fun and i’ve done some
things that i will surely look back on and be happy for, it won’t ever fulfill me. the only way that i will ever find true happiness is to live in the moment and follow my heart as well as the signs the universe has laid out for me.
thank you peter for an experience that was so much more than i expected. thank you for everything you do for others while asking nothing more but for
them to join you on a hike in beautiful sedona. what you are doing is far greater than your intention, but that’s just part of you experiencing this moment. in two short days the TBRC club house has been everything i needed to help me move through the next phase of my journey. one moment at a time.
I’m extremely excited to announce that i’ve locked down 2 of my favorite venues to play in SD for weekly gigs. I’ve been trying to land consistent weekly gigs here in SD for a while now, but with the incredibly deep pool of talent here, it’s not all that surprising that it’s been a challenge. Things that are worth it are seldom easy and this has been no exception. What I’m even more excited about are the venues themselves. Two of my very favorite places to play and they couldn’t be more different.
First off is Prospect (click name for their website). At first, I must admit, this place was pretty tough for me to figure out. After being so used to playing high energy stuff all the time to get people engaged, I just couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting the response I was looking for. Slowly but surely, I started to get the feel for it. I’ve since totally fallen in love with not only the restaurant itself, but the owners, staff and regulars. The owners are never afraid to get their hands dirty and bust their butts to keep everything going smoothly and that attitude is totally reflected in the staff, as they’re always happy and joking around. I really can’t overstate how cool the atmosphere is here. Musically, this is such an intimate venue. With the beautiful ocean view, it’s hard not to feel the relaxing vibe on the patio. My favorite place to play really passionate and dynamically rich songs like “freshmen” by verve pipe or “fire and rain” by james taylor as well as throw in a bunch of my own stuff. If you’re looking for a great place to take a date or just relax with friends and enjoy the gently ocean breeze with some music and great drinks, this is the spot. I play here every tuesday from 6:30-9:30. Did I mention they have awesome taco tuesday deals?
Secondly and certainly not least is Gingers. This little gem is hidden under Barleymash on the corner of 5th and market in the gas lamp district. I think the thing I love the most about Gingers is the crowd. This place almost ALWAYS goes off. Wether it’s a wednesday or a friday, it’s pretty much always packed with a bunch of people out to have a great night. Everyone is always so responsive there and it’s rarely that at some point or another in the night there isn’t a sing along going to songs like “Piano man” by Billy Joel or “Friends in low places” by Garth Brooks. This is the kind of crowd that when you get their interested, they will erupt with not only applause, but every manner of auditory yips and whistles to show their appreciation. To top it all off they have a great tap selection (after all we are in San Diego) and craft drinks for days. I will be playing there every Wednesday from 9 to midnight starting in July. If you’re looking for a good night in the gaslamp district without the club vibe, this is your spot.
Thank you Sleeping Giant for making both of these weekly shows possible. They have been such an integral part to me being able to do music full time. I literally can’t thank them enough for all their support and bookings. Thank you guys so much, you’re amazing!!!!!
More on the music note and what’s going on with tunes, I’m really enjoying playing around with my new recording gear. I have a good friend of mine teaching me all the ins and outs of everything from recording to mixing and mastering. I’m very much looking forward to sharing future covers and originals with you guys. The quality of the recordings themselves will be sounding a heck of a lot better in the coming months as I put my newly acquired skill set to work. I will be putting in work hopefully this weekend on some raw recordings of a bunch of my new material, most likely starting with “hate to leave”, “let me go” and my personal favorite at the moment, “stone cold”. If you haven’t been out to a show in the last few months, odds are these are going to be totally new to you. As a hyper critical musician, for once I’m looking forward to sharing my new material and getting everyone’s feedback on it. As these are doubtful to be the polished versions I plan to put on my Album, which I will be releasing late this year, instead of selling them or going through all the costs of getting a cd professionally printed, I will be setting them up to stream on Gigtown. If you’re not familiar, Gigtown is an app for your tablet or mobile device with an ever expanding list of features. Not only can you check out musicians in your area and stream their music for free, but you can see what their rates are as well as their schedules so you can check them out or book them for a private party. I do not have the words for how awesome the crew at Gigtown is. They are so much more than just an app. They are actively in the San Diego music scene uncovering new talent and promoting live music itself. They’re always throwing showcases and jam sessions as well as just being out supporting the musicians they love! I’m so happy to be a part of such an incredible music and marketing tool. make sure to download it and check it out. when you do, search me up and listen to the tunes i’ve got up there (much more to come) and if you like the songs, make sure to like them as they help me to climb up the popularity rankings in San Diego. If you’re a musician, make sure to set yourself up on their site. No matter where you’re at in the US, gigtown is an awesome tool to have for booking. To get set up, head over to their site and get yourself set up for free.
I think that’s all I’ve got for now. check back for upcoming media updates with pictures of shows and some of my wonderful fans who sent me pics with their snazzy KBM shirts on.
Thank you all so much for your continued love and support!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who took part in the tshirt preorder last month, as well as a special thanks to all of you for bearing with me through my feeble attempts at being organized. It’s times like this when you realize just how good your support system and network of friends is. I couldn’t have done it without those of you that helped me to pull this miracle of miracles off. I love all the pictures i’m getting sent of you guys wearing your shirts around and will be getting a gallery up on here pretty soon. In addition I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Brady Ink for doing such an amazing job on the shirts. Your advice and assistance was invaluable!
In other good news, I have some new tunes that will be on the way soon! They’ve been tested and I’m stoked on the way they’ve been going over. I hope to get some good quality recordings up on my soundcloud for free download in the next month. Stay tuned to my Facebook and instagram (links on the right bar) for some sneak peaks of what’s going on and how it’s going. For those of you that have been making it to shows, you’ve most likely heard “Words Like Air”, “Hate to Leave” and my personal favorite “Stone Cold”. I plan to get the 3 of these recorded and hopefully mastered by mid May.
Thank you all so much for staying tuned, reading my posts, listening, coming to shows and supporting me online. I couldn’t ask for better fans! You know how to make a guy feel the love! You’re all amazing!
Just got back home from Phoenix, AZ last night from a truly great trip!
About 6 months ago, I was playing a show in St Charles, MI with my friend Andy Braun. As usual ended up chatting with anyone who wanted to in the bar. After the night was done, I found myself in the company of a family that had been hanging out and I had been talking to during all my set breaks. Last call quickly found us saying our farewells and joking of an upcoming wedding in the family that was going to be in Phoenix and how it would be cool if we could all meet up. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only on that didn’t really expect anything to come of it and that it was just late night bar chit chat.
Life definitely surprises sometimes. On Friday morning at about 4:30 am I found myself headed for Phoenix to the Foothills Golf Club (what a gorgeous venue!) not only to meet up and see everyone, but to play in the ceremony as well as cocktail hour outside. I can’t even put into words how beautiful not only the ceremony was, but the entire night! What a close knit group of people. You could feel the love anywhere you wandered at any point in the night. I couldn’t be more blessed to have been a part of such an unforgettable event as well as the merging of two more beautiful families!
Just another reminder of how truly blessed I am to live this life. Thanks again Shon and Danielle for letting me be a part of your special day!
Name: Kevin Begin