Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Thinking Atheist Podcast 303 | Christmas Music by Secular Artists

I am so stoked that I was featured on the latest episode of The Thinking Atheist podcast. Check it out:

"It's surprising to many, but a lot of atheists and non-Christians enjoy Christmas music...even the tunes that talk about angels singing and the Bethlehem star. We speak about this (supposed) contradiction, and several special guests join host Seth Andrews for a casual round of holiday songs around the hearth. This show is glad to welcome:

The Fab Four (The Beatles Tribute Band) http://ww.thefabfour.com
Jonny Miller http://www.jonnymiller.org
Shelley Segal http://www.shelleysegal.com
James Covenant: Captain Picard “Make It So https://youtu.be/oiSn2JuDQSc
Trev Fury https://www.facebook.com/TrevFuryOffi...
Heather Henderson http://hhenderson.com/
HP Lovecraft Historical Society https://store.hplhs.org/products/a-ve...
Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” https://www.amazon.com/White-Wine-in-...

SUPPORT OUR SHOW SPONSOR: http://www.thegreatcourses.com/seth"

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Contemplation Hour 013

I was honored to be a guest again on my friend Sean's podcast, The Contemplation Hour. We discuss our latest music ventures as well as politics as Sean fills in his California mail-in ballot for today's election. Check it: 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Meditations on "The Price Tag of Being Young"

Parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, mature and wealthy in years; I wish to extend to you my boundless gratitude! Thanks for our inheritance and the legacy you have left our future generations: the destruction of the planet as we know it; the “pale blue dot” that we all call home.

Your values, including your mindless materialism, your endless pursuit of property and toys, your gross lust for over-sized gas-guzzling vehicles, your ceaseless hunger for meat with every meal, and your apathy for the suffering of others who happen to have been born less fortunate than you have fashioned an extremely uncomfortable future for millennials and coming generations.

To me, despite the loss of wealth, and the pain, suffering, disaster, and destruction that we all have to look forward to; perhaps the most crushing curse of all is the realization that I may never have a child. I may never know the joy that you have experienced by passing on your genes and bringing new life into the universe. Given the dark climate on humanity’s horizon, my enduring moral conscience cannot cope with adding another sentient being to the equation. Unlike our beloved deities, I cannot create a life that I know is doomed to encounter far greater suffering than I. Furthermore, I cannot add what essentially will amount to another harmful set of carbon footprints.

I hope these statements and my sarcasm give you great pause and make you feel quite uncomfortable. I am not proclaiming this because I feel I am coming from a position of superiority, or moral high-ground, no; I am often as culpable as you, for after all, I am your progeny. I do not say this because I wish you harm. On the contrary, I wish to awaken you. Friends, I am your fellow traveler; ever learning and unlearning, and always growing. I desire that you feel the shame that I have felt many times; that quaking shock when you come to encounter your own cognitive dissonance. I hope you feel a bone-cringing disgust like the sensation of tasting a nine-volt battery to test its charge. I hope you review your behavior, and humbly and earnestly long for change. Unfortunately, if you do not change, if mankind does not alter its course, and if all of us continue in our collective carelessness; there will not be much of a life left to care for. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

An Afternoon with Seth Andrews (host of The Thinking Atheist)

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016

    2:00 PM
  • Arlington Library

    9556 Magnolia Avenue, RiversideCA (map)
    We will be in the community room.
  • Price: $10.00 /per person

The Riverside Atheists and Free Thinkers are excited to announce the return of Seth Andrews, host of the Thinking Atheist, and I am pleased to announce that I will be opening for him!
Seth Andrews, a video producer and former Christian broadcaster, now hosts thethinkingatheist.com one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world, a site which encourages all to reject faith, pursue reason, explore doubt, and to "start thinking." 
Seth chronicled his transition from believer to atheist in his autobiography, "Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason," and his second book "Sacred Cows" further explores - with a healthy dose of humor - curious (and often alarming) religious traditions around the world. 
Seth's weekly podcast is a top-rated show on BlogTalkRadio, consistently ranking in the top three of over 15,000 active shows.
With a mix of humor and heart, Seth Andrews speaks around the country about his former faith, the rise of reason, and why we should all pursue a personal relationship with reality.
And Seth is coming back for a third time to RAFT for a brand new talk:
"The Mystery Letter" 
A personal story which examines religious bigotry and the often manufactured martyrdom of Fox News Christians who (freely) wail about their lack of religious freedom.  It's a presentation that will make you laugh, will occasionally make your jaw drop, and will hopefully leave you encouraged and emboldened.

General Admission: $10.00 (Cash only.  Admission costs help with securing these amazing speakers!)
Students: $5.00 (Cash, with student ID)
Kids: FREE!!!
Please note, a RSVP to this event is required due to limited space!
The Event:
2:00 pm to 2:05 pm: Announcements
2:05 to 2:20 pm: Jonny Miller
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm: SETH!

More info:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Flame kept a Bern’in, all night long | The Highlander | UCR

Aaron Lai/Highlander
Aaron Lai/Highlander
On the top floor of Back to the Grind, where the indignant, electric-voiced Jaykob Mare was setting up his guitar and the sound system, a sign hung next to the giant bookcase encapsulated the spirit that the Bernie Sanders festival and fundraiser, called Bern Fest, built upon: “Back to the Grind is a place for all to come together, leaving all labels outside.”

Yet, despite leaving “all labels outside,” many at the April 16 event identified with one label — Bernie supporter — which could be seen everywhere, from the decor to the people. A Post-it board next to the cafe’s counter said “Bernie for…” and had a stack of Post-its next to it. A majority of the board was still blank but some of the few that people had put up said “teachers,” “economy” and “future.” Pins, shirts and other Bernie paraphernalia were worn by many as they mingled around the event, enjoying the bands and guest speakers.

The coordinators of the first Bern Fest and self-proclaimed bohemian Bernie fans, Andres Valenzuela and Jonny Miller, recognized that Back to the Grind was the right location for the second Bern Fest, which was held on Saturday because its values mirrored those of Bernie. Or, as Miller excitedly insisted, “going further to the left.”...


Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Watcher's Grace | (Lyrics)

I don’t believe in the devil,
And I do not perceive your fictional bud.
I surely don’t need your fear mongering,
Bastardizing all that I love.

Here, I raise my ebenezer,
Not fettered by thy false embrace.
No, come thou fount of every blessing,
My consciousness, the watcher’s grace.

I’ve got PTSD from The Bible.
I cringe and I shrink when I hear the word “God”,
For I’ve been neck-deep, and that ghost still haunts me,
Thus I carry that old rugged cross.

Here, I raise my ebenezer,
Not fettered by thy false embrace.
No, come thou fount of every blessing,
My consciousness, the watcher’s grace.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Week Away From BERN FEST 2! | In Autumn

 I.E. Artists for Bernie Sanders present a second Inland Empire music & arts festival & fundraiser to benefit Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign featuring live music from local Bernie-inspired musicians, an art show featuring a diverse group of artists who are Bernie supporters, a Bernie-themed photo booth, guest speakers from the local community, a raffle with prizes donated by local musicians and artists, Bernie buttons, stickers, signs and t-shirts for sale, a free “take-a-book/leave-a-book” book trade, voter registration, and a Bernie donation & info table.
Featuring The Music of:
QUITA PENASCastle PinesIn AutumnHeavy DoorTone Deaf Bandits,Kiksim CruxDesert Hounds, The Canaries, Elephant In The RoomAbdel DakhilPESTKor ElementHAIKUDo Wrong Right, Jaykob Mare.

Guest Speakers Include:
Rick Overton - Emmy Winning Writer, Actor, Comedian, Podcaster (Groundhog Day (1993)Cloverfield (2008)The Informant!Willow)
Del Zamora - Actor, Producer, Director, Writer (RoboCop (1987)Repo Man (1984 film), The Last of the Brown Berets, George Lopez Show):
David Reeves (Editor, Publisher, Professor):
Susan Bain (Teacher, Activist, Community Leader)

Host & Master of Ceremonies:
Mel Bain - Actor, Writer, Comedian, Teacher
(Dragonfly (2002), , Fast and Furious 4Legit)

Preorder Official BERN FEST 2 T-Shirts by Skool Boiz:

Need Aa ride?

Are You Registered To Vote?:
Click here to check your voter status: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/. To vote for Bernie in California on June 7th you MUST be registered by May 23rd as either democrat or ‘no party preference’ (please note that this is different from registering with the ‘independent’ party). You will need to re-register if you have moved to a new permanent residence, you changed your name or you changed your choice of political party. You can register online: http://registertovote.ca.gov/. You can even register to vote by mail: http://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Destruction, Revolution, and The Importance of Virtue

Because of man-made catastrophic climate change, we live in a world on the brink of destruction. There is an overwhelming consensus among scientists in every country, across all fields and disciplines that global warming is not only a fact, but a disaster that we, mankind, created. And yet, there is one political party in America that does not do enough to change this state we are in; and another party that flat out denies science, reason, and the value of honesty.

Because of our flawed campaign finance system, and Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that declared corporations are people and their money is free speech; corporations and financial institutions, which seek short-term profit, but have no interest in long-term effects on the environment or the health and welfare of mankind, have corrupted American politics at every level.

But, to make matters worse, our media is no longer an institution dedicated to informing the public. No, it is an extension of our social media websites; sensationalizing mindless gossip and manufacturing click-baiting headlines to grab our ever-fleeting attention, and to sell advertising. Their interest lies in profit, and they are corrupted by the same influences as our politicians. Journalistic integrity is almost non-existent, and for every journalist in pursuit of the truth, there is another “journalist” ready to spread lies and gossip on twitter, and defame their colleagues in order to gain more followers. Even when the media discusses global warming on the news, they distort science by having opposite viewpoints represented on air, making it seem as if there is some sort of debate as to the cause of climate change. And yet, 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded, the ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, the oceans are dying, we are witnessing global mass extinction, severe storms, austere droughts, devastating floods, and once-in-a-thousand-year weather events.

Though there are many important problems facing Americans, global warming and political corruption have got to be the two most important, for one not only endangers the existence of our union, but all mankind; and the other issue affects whether or not we can elect leaders that can or will do anything about it. Enough is enough! Clearly, something needs to be done. Obviously, what we need is a political revolution. What we need is President Bernie Sanders!

Not only is he the most honest, authentic, and virtuous presidential candidate we have ever had, but nobody has fought harder or raised their voice louder about these issues than Bernie Sanders. He is the real deal and his record speaks for itself. He has always been on the right side of everything. But as awesome, reliable, and revolutionary as Bernie is; he is also genuine enough to admit that there is no way he can build a better world on his own. He is not a dictator, but a leader; a figure-head for the revolution, and the revolution begins with us, with all of us.

In order to create a better world, we need to be better, more virtuous people. What does it mean to be virtuous in this present age? Virtue begins with honesty, self-reflection, and meditation. To be honest with ourselves, we must make a conscious daily effort to examine, analyze, and question our actions, hobbies, emotions, biases, prejudices, dogmas, and traditions, and where all of these ideas come from. Most importantly, we must value intellectual honesty and the pursuit of truth.

Rather than shaming others for their greed, bigotry, and lack of sensitivity, we should continually struggle to be more observant and conscious of our own vices. How many trips do we make in our cars when we could be walking, biking, or busing, and how large of a vehicle should we own? How much energy do we waste, and how many things do we simply throw away that we could be recycling? What clothes do we buy new that we could have bought used, and where were they made, and do we even need these clothes to begin with? Can we find better uses of our time than shopping, eating, and consuming? Is it kind and loving to our bodies to consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes? Does the food we eat affect the environment? Do we really need to eat meat so badly that we are willing to subject sentient creatures to torture and slaughter, and continue to pollute our planet and hasten global warming, and can we at least try to eat less? These are just a few questions we can ask ourselves.

Though questioning ourselves and changing our behavior is extremely difficult, the alternative; surviving on a perilous planet with scarce resources, vanishing food supplies, crumbling governments and economies, widespread war and famine, mass migrations, mass extinctions, severe and constant calamitous weather events, and the flooding of all major coastal cities is going to be much more challenging. Change is hard, but none of us have to change overnight. We can all begin by making small incremental changes. We must watch less TV and read more books, and we must be ever vigilant in keeping up with science, the news, laws, and issues, and spend less time following sports teams and celebrities. We must spend less time playing video games, and more time fighting for those less fortunate, and make more of an effort to nurture our unique gifts and use them to create social change. Whether it’s through activism, charity, volunteering, voting, or even running for office; we must spend less time staring at our phones, and more time interacting with real people in our local communities. The revolution needs leaders, and there are leaders in all of us. Every time we examine our lives and we make an effort to be more virtuous, we become leaders. We can no longer afford to be silent and stationary, no, we are in this together and we need each other now more than ever. To make a better world, we must be better people, for the revolution is in all of us. We are the revolution!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In Autumn: Melodious Din

Melodious Din at Clash City Station
With a lineup of FIFTEEN fabulous local bands, we are totally stoked to be playing this event Friday at Clash City Station / Katz Alley Records.

We will be joined by our friends, Sal & Isela Con Los Salerosos, Moro Amour, Family of Light, and Indigo State. This show is $8, starts at 3:30pm, and we go on at 7pm. See you there!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In Autumn: Enough is Enough Rally Anaheim - 3/19

My band, In Autumn, is honored to be playing at this spectacular political rally at La Palma Park in Anaheim that has already attracted almost 1500 event-goers. 

Last year, along with 30,000 other attendees, members of In Autumn saw Bernie speak at the Colosseum in LA, and we were deeply moved by the experience and energized to help build a better, more compassionate world. Come hear what the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign is all about, and why it is bringing together so many fervent folks from all walks of life. We go on at 2pm.
Be a part of the revolution Saturday, March 19th!

Find an event on the map and click the CARPOOL button!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Man Up On The Hill - A Ballad about Bernie Sanders

The rich are getting richer, but folks are feeling poor 
And I am working harder than I’ve ever worked before 
They say you must work harder, more hours, many more 
But we are more productive, more exploited, that’s for sure 

There’s a man up on the hill, my friend, he is for real 
Declaring to the people, America’s new deal 
Bernie is the man, my friend, he is for real 
We shall overcome, I know we surely will 
We shall overcome, brothers, sisters, yes we will. 

Bernie marched on Washington with Martin Luther King 
He even was arrested one time for protesting 
He fights for folks of color, freedom and equality 
For over forty years, he has fought for you and me 

He calls for good green jobs, a structure that’s sustainable 
Single payer healthcare and college must be free for all 
And Crack down on Wall Street crooks and the for-profit jails

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Man Up On The Hill" - In Autumn - Online Single Release

Join my band, In Autumn, on Facebook, Sunday, March 13th @ 8pm for "Man Up On The Hill" our new single, a ballad about Bernie Sanders.


Please invite all your friends! We want everyone to hear the story of BERNIE SANDERS!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

01.15.16 @ Back To The Grind | Photographs By Megan Ruiz | In Autumn

In Autumn performing. Photographs by Megan Ruiz:https://www.facebook.com/Megan-Ruiz-Photography-553376611505493/
Posted by In Autumn on Thursday, January 21, 2016