Currently I'm Listening To:
"Brick Body Kids Still Daydream"
"Open Mike Eagle is a Chicago based rapper who I discovered on many 'Best Albums of 2017' lists. Somehow this gorgeously produced Hip-Hop album escaped me over the course of the (thankfully) musically dense 2017. His flow is smooth, wordplay centric, and political. The album art for his newest record shows hoodie clad young black men and boys with bodies made of brick buildings looking onto a urban playground. This image is charged with socio-political awareness and an imaginative dreamlike quality. 2017 was a brilliant year for political, powerfully voiced, activism music. While employing wit and a poetic flair, Open Mike Eagle raps about community and the imagination of black people who share the same hopes and dreams as those born into more privilege. This nuanced album keeps me coming back for more, and I continue to find more layers."
"Back in New York preparing for a busy audition season. My fiancée, Maya Handa Naff, and I flew South for the winter to perform in a production of 'A Year with Frog and Toad' at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, FL. This lovely musical for all audiences was a perfect antidote for a weary world during the holidays. As a Snail who delivers the mail, a tight-harmony-singing Bird, and a partially blind Mole, I had an amazing experience helping to remind our audiences of the importance of friendship, community, and how much we have to learn from the people who surround us."