What do you do at The Good Ones HQ?
I get to lead! So I try to think up some big ideas, and then stay out of the way as my wildly capable, creative and collaborative coworkers bring them to life.
I used to be in a couple of bands, and that’s when I learned how great it is to surround yourself with people who are a lot more talented than you. When everyone is doing what they’re the best at, that’s a pretty special thing.
Which TGO item is your favorite and why?
I like the Fizzy Soda Tee.
One of my favorite parts of The Good Ones Clothing is that we get to inspire kids to use their imaginations and cannonball right into the wonderful pool that is “make-believe.”
It’s been tremendously rewarding to build a narrative through this clothing line. Hopefully the nuance is not lost. Nuance is what makes it special, I think.
When we wrote the bios for The Final Hurrahs, I was looking at a “Fact File” for the Australian rock band You Am I. It was a funny, reverent take on the Q&A’s you might see in a teenage fanclub magazine or website. YAI’s singer Tim Rogers listed the decidedly different soda Moxie as his favorite beverage; we loved it and created Fizzy for our band.
Replacements nerds at MSP
What is your current go-to album?
I have loved listening to the new tracks by The Final Hurrahs. It means the world to us when we hear from kids (and parents) who love their songs, too!
As for what’s on the turntable now… Well, this weekend was ‘National Record Store Day’ and I picked up an exclusive new album by Wesley Stace called Ovid in Exile. It’s got some great songs on it (though they’re not all that kid-friendly). BUT, a couple albums back, when he was still going by the name “John Wesley Harding,” Wes had a killer song called “Sing Your Own Song.” It’s a must-listen for you, and your kids.
Stace is a bit of a renaissance man and in addition to his music career, he’s a novelist four times over. His new book is Wonderkid; the story of an aspiring rock star who finds unlikely success fronting a “kindie” band. I’m about to dig in on this one, and can’t wait to do so. It’ll be good to see who The Final Hurrahs’ competition is at next year’s Grammy awards…
Cap’n Crunch Donut in Portland
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
Run. Eat. Hang out with my own good ones.
Bruce nerds in Columbus
What words do you live by?
“More than rich. More than famous. More than happy… I wanted to be great.” — Bruce Springsteen
“He not busy being born is busy dying.” — Bob Dylan
Breast Cancer Marathon, JAX
What / where is your next adventure going to be?
I ran two marathons in the last six months, and am training for a third this June!