Sunset Stripped

I feel like I’ve been suffering from an adverse reaction to the “music industry” – one from which I don’t believe that I’ve been able to fully recover.  I can still remember where I was and when it happened – my aversion to the industry began last summer.  I was invited to a festival and just feeling burnt out.  There I was talking to the guys in The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying and feeling like they were impostors.  This wasn’t entirely their fault.  Press tents have a way of stealing the spontaneity from a conversation.  How can it not?  Half the time the music from other bands that have...

I Am Jani Lane

I was a child of glam metal.  Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.  There was something very weird about being into music made by guys who wore more makeup than their girlfriends.  Yes, glam was a little gay – even back in the 80s when it was “okay” for a dude to wear eyeliner and go...

There’s Someth...

We all, from time to time, have strange things happen to us that just go beyond our sense of logic and creep into the Twilight Zone.  It’s just a fact of life that not everything is going to go your way.  That, however, does not mean that when life doesn’t go your way that you should...

Honor Thy Father

The command “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother,” appears in the Bible, in that structure, a total of ten times. The number seven, as most church-going and Bible-reading individuals know, is a significant number in the Bible. It occurs 287 times in the Bible. Another significant number,...

The World’s Most Val...

My father’s name was Billy Ray; he was as Southern as his name suggests. His dad, Marvin Otto, was a tent revivalist preacher in the 1930s and 40s, but also a coal miner. My dad was a giant of a man, a Vietnam veteran with the 101st airborne, with arms thick as tree trunks that sported an...

My Korean-ness – The...

It’s difficult growing up in a multicultural home.  It isn’t difficult for the reasons that one would assume either.  For instance, having a Korean mother didn’t mean that culture clashes would happen with other members of the family just because there were language barriers or because...