January 24 and 25, 2024 - UC-San Diego 

I’ve written before about the transformative experience of reading Homer in Greek for the first time. I got the sense of being in a physical space inside the poetry, surrounded by a living organism.

It’s still among the most connected I’ve ever felt to humanity.

If that was a lightning strike that rewired my brain and heart (and the course of my life), my understanding and appreciation of the world portrayed in the epics has been a decades-long slow burn.

Yes, I sensed right away that a musician/modern bard…

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November 28, 2023 - University of Illinois, Chicago 

On a frigid late November Tuesday morning, I played my 15th show at or for University of Illinois, Chicago. My first was in the fall of 2016 and this was my third visit in 2023.  It's no exaggeration to say the shallow cinderblock classrooms have become a home of sorts to me, a place I feel comfortable, a place I've discovered how to be myself.

In the fall of 2018, I wrote one post about two shows on back to back days and as I read back through all the words inspired by hometown shows, it was this dispatch…

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November 13 and 14, 2023 - Pomfret School, CT, and UMass - Boston, MA 

Just a couple days after my 50 state milestone show in Oklahoma, I flew out of Chicago on a Sunday morning to Boston for my last two out-of-town Odyssey shows of the year. 

Monday’s performance was at Pomfret School in Connecticut. This show has become an annual tradition five years running thanks to my now friend Todd who teaches a semester-long class on the Odyssey to high school upperclassmen there.  

Tuesday was a return to UMass-Boston for an Odyssey show after playing The Blues of Achilles there in…

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November 8, 2023 - Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 

Water in waking
Water in dreaming
You have brought me here to…
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How can I possibly write something that captures the almost 22 years of Odyssey shows that brought me to a home of sorts: performing in my 50th state, Oklahoma. 

Let’s start with a timeline:

December 2001 to February 2002 - at the age of 24, I write my Odyssey from song 1, Who Am I?, to song 24, Water. 

March 17, 2002: My first performance in my parents’ living room for 15 carefully selected guests.

The week of April 8,  2002: My first public…

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October 26, 2023 - BYU, Provo, UT 

In book 10 of the Odyssey, Odysseus relates how he and most of his soldiers nearly made it home to Ithaka very soon after they sailed from Troy. 

After brief stops among the Cicones and the Lotus Eaters and a fateful incursion into Polyphemus’ cave, they get to the kingdom of King Aeolus. Here, King Aeolus gives Odysseus a bag that holds all the winds and they resume their journey. 

After sailing for a little over a week with Odysseus at the helm, they are so close to Ithaka that they can see the fires on the…

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