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The Contemplation Hour Podcast 2

One of my high school chums just started a podcast, and I was honored to be one of his first guests on The Contemplation Hour. In this episode Sean and I discussed my music, my band, In Autumn, my influences, my progression from religion to atheism, my philosophy, my activism, and my work for the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign.

You can download this episode straight from the site, and it will soon be available on itunes. Please make sure you follow the The Contemplation Hour Podcast and subscribe. Enjoy!

The Cold Swift Blow of Logic & The Shadow of Sensationalized Terror - Why We Should Not Live In Fear

My heart quickens to fear lately. The terror of radical Islam has felt a little too near after the massacre in Paris, but San Bernardino literally hit too close to home. It seems more frequent than ever. While driving home from a wonderful birthday celebration with friends, I was shocked when my wife received a message from her father that read that he was shopping at Tyler Mall in Riverside, and there was a mass shooting occurring, and everyone was in a state of panic. False alarm. It was just an armed robbery, but still, you can't blame anyone for feeling jumpy. In fact, a coworker of  mine told me that she was considering getting a gun, and I can't say that I blame her. But, should we really live in terror? This is a serious crisis, but do we truly need to worry?

No. When it comes to terrorism, the cold, swift blow of logic reveals to us that you are SIXTEEN times more likely to die from the flu. Furthermore, you are three times as likely to kill yourself than you are to die…

This Friday, Oct. 23rd @ Back to the Grind

In Autumn: The Universe (EP) Online Release - #1 - Trans-Moun...

For several months now, In Autumn has been working hard on a new full-length album. We are so terribly excited that we cannot wait until the full-length is done to share it with you. Instead, we are pausing at this halfway point to release “The Universe”, a 4-track EP and precursor to our upcoming full-length. Over the next few weeks, stay tuned as we release one track at a time off The Universe EP. It all starts Wednesday, September 30th with our release of the studio recording of the first track, “Trans-Mountaineer”. 

Back in June, we had an online release of the music video for Trans-Mountaineer, recorded live in Corona, CA. If you missed it, you can watch the video here: 

Rights of Man | Thomas Paine

Not only did I enjoy reading every second of Paine's brilliance and wit, I was surprised to find the insight he had regarding social issues that still haunt Americans to this day. There is something so punk-rock and defiant about Paine's style, and yet so universal that every man can resonate with this work. I regret that I did not read it sooner!

"One of the most influential writers and reformers of his age, Thomas Paine successfully publicized the issues of his time in pamphlets that clearly and persuasively argued for political independence and social reform. Rights of Man, his greatest and most widely read work, is considered a classic statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism.

The first part of this document, dedicated to George Washington, appeared in 1791. Defending the early events of the French Revolution, it spoke on behalf of democracy, equality, and a new European order. Part Two, which appeared the following year, is perhaps Paine's finest examp…

Back to the Grind, Saturday, August 8th

I am playing solo tomorrow night with some local Folk Music studs at Back to the Grind in Downtown Riverside.


In the autumn of nineteen ninety eight, I lost the last sane part of my poor brain. Nature, she loves to exsanguinate, Strip my soul ‘till all of my blood drains.
Mother, she feasts on entropy!
If there’s a god up above, It’s not a spirit of love, It’s not a being of goodness or light; It’s dark matter, a cancer, a blight.
I’m the son of a plumber and bookkeeper, Though my family is full of teachers. But the lesson I’ve learned from those meeker Is that we're all just servants of the reaper.

Mother, she has no empathy!
If there’s a god up above, It’s not a spirit of love, It’s not a being of goodness or light; It’s dark matter, a cancer, a blight.
My grandparents, they poured their love on me, But their neurons nursed on nicotine. And while the rich, they profit on disease, We bow, deluded, praying on our knees.
Mother, she knows no equity!
If there’s a god up above, It’s not a spirit of love, It’s not a being of goodness or light; It’s dark matter, a cancer, a blight.

Gypsy blues at Back to the Grind

Saturday, July 25 at 7:25pm:

I will be playing a night of unique Folk music at Back to the Grind with the following local artists:

Desert Hounds- indie blues folk 
Melinda West- original folk accordion, piano, and vocals 
Nathan Rivera- toy piano reggae-ton
Jessie Andra Smith- folk country hero

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Though it has taken me what seems like eons, I have finally read Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature, all 832 pages of it!

Few books invoke that human faculty of reason, that open-mindedness, and that delight of exploration in such a way as this, and I can honestly and logically predict that mankind has a bright future ahead of it. Just in the past couple months of reading it, I have seen many people open their minds to the plight of people of color, and grow in their empathy toward the oppression of others, and I have seen the highest court in the land rule in favor of marriage equality. We are living in the greatest era of moral progress that mankind has ever known, and I feel so hopeful, and so grateful to be a part of it. You MUST read this!

"Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and…

Trans-Mountaineer - by In Autumn

A music video of In Autumn performing "Trans-Mountaineer" in the woods, on a mountain in Southern California. The song, "Trans-Mountaineer", will be available online soon, and will appear on "The Universe" E.P. coming this August, 2015. It is also the title track for the upcoming full-length album, "Trans-Mountaineer".

This film was photographed by Geneva Miller, and edited by Jonny Miller.

 In Autumn is: Jonny Miller (vox, guitar, harmonica), Mike Wilson (drums, percussion), Derrick Harvey (bass), and Adam Heller (lead guitar). 

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In Autumn: Trans-Mountaineer Music Video

Check our page this Sunday, June 21st @ 9pm as we unveil our first music video of us playing our song,"Trans-Mountaineer" , live in the hills of So Cal.

We are extremely excited to share this with you. We are hard at work recording "Trans-Mountaineer", the full-length album which should be out some time this year. In the meanwhile, this August, we plan to release an EP called "The Universe" with the first few songs off the album. We also plan to upload the album version of the song, "Trans-Mountaineer" in July. So please, stay tuned, and check in this Sunday!

In Autumn at Saturation Fest 2015 (In Case You Missed It)

In Autumn @ Saturation Fest 2015 A photo posted by In Autumn (@inautumnband) on May 24, 2015 at 10:59am PDT

In Autumn playing 4th Saturation Fest

In Autumn continues to progress, perfect, and innovate its pure, Folk-Rock sound. We played the Saturation Fest in 2012, back when we were called Black Bear Jonny Miller & The Cheyenne Autumn Band, and it was one of our first shows. By Saturation Fest 2013, the Autumn sisters left the band, we were a 3-piece with our new bass player, Derrick Harvey, and we were calling ourselves Black Bear & The Cheyenne Autumn Band. In 2014, changing our name to The Autumn Band; we added lead guitarist Adam Heller to the lineup and we rocked Saturation Fest in the intimate basement of the Blood Orange Info Shop. Now, we are back for the 4th year in a row and Playing this Friday, May 22nd at Back to the Grind. You are not going to want to miss this performance.

In case you didn't know, Saturation Fest is a DIY art and music festival that occurs annually in Riverside, CA. Events are held at venues around downtown Riverside, with a majority of the participants based in the Inland Empire. Sa…

Baily's Old Town Temecula | Homegrown Sunday | Photo

Homegrown - Saturation Fest | The In Autumn Newsletter

The following is a newsletter containing information on my band, In Autumn, and all of our upcoming events. Please enjoy.

Hey folks! Jonny Miller will be performing a special solo intimate acoustic set this Sunday @ Baily's Old Town Temecula with local legend, John Lane. John Lane's band, Grass will open up the event and play from 4-5, and then Jonny will take the stage. Grass will join Jonny for the last song of his set, and then Grass will close out the evening. 

Friday, May 22nd, we will be performing for the 4th year in a row at Downtown Riverside's own indie music festival, The Saturation Fest. We will be performing at Back to the Grind with our pals from Corona, Castle Pines. There will be music and art at several different venues all over Downtown, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We are very proud to be taking part in this local commnity event again, and we hope you can make it out. There will be incredible local bands playing all weekend, and if you can't make it…

Riverside Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire

Home Tour 2015: May 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.

In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.

Echo and Buzz hits Riverside

Echo and Buzz, Temecula-based, Riverside County music zine is now available at these fine establishments in Riverside & Corona (I'm on page 3!)

Mad Platter Record Store 1223 University Ave #160, Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 328-1600
Back to the Grind 3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 784-0800
Molinos Coffee 3660 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 276-7147
Augie's Coffee House 4205 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501 (909) 798-2255
Lift Coffee Roasters 3590 Central Ave #101, Riverside, CA 92506
Daily Brew Coffee House 2955 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 352-7477
Downtime Comics 3375 Iowa Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 289-9925
Corona Music Center 1191 Magnolia Ave, Corona, CA 92879 (951) 898-2630

Jonny Miller Performing at Sorrel in Temecula - 4/30/15

Echo and Buzz at Sorrel

"How does a writer go about capturing the true essence of an artist? Which traits do you focus on when the defining characteristics that create that person are so diverse?"

These questions and more are from the article in Echo and Buzz, "One Artist to Another", written by fellow artist, Johny Ray Price.

I am performing with a slew of fantastic songwriters tonight at Sorrel in Temecula, including: Nathan Rivera,Jessie Andra Smith, Matt Folkmuse Stone, George Miguel, Larry Thompson, Tim Moyer, Joe Gillaspie, and author of the before-mentioned article, Johny Ray Price.

You can pickup your copy of the local music zine, Echo and Buzz, and read all about me on page 3, for free at Sorrel. Can't make it out tonight? No worries! Echo and Buzz is available at several fine establishments in the Temecula Valley area, and I will be hand delivering copies to all my favorite Coffee Shops in Downtown Riverside. Do you live in Corona? I will be dropping off some copies at Corona…

Showcase The Documentary

The story of Corona's Showcase Theatre isn't over yet...
Two days ago, I received a Facebook invite to like Showcase The Documentary. I was so stoked, but I was simply thinking it was just a novelty; some folks reminiscing of the glorious crucified savior of Corona's fallen music scene. Hoping to connect to some sentimental millenials, I reached out and asked if there was anything I could contribute. Come to find out, there is a grassroots campaign to tell the story of the venue and try to reopen the Showcase! It is starting with a little promo/teaser (for which I, and several others are going to be interviewed) that will be used to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund "Showcase The Documentary".

The Showcase meant the world to me. It was my stronghold, my chapel, my civic center, my town hall, my college, my gallery, my pulpit, my podium, and my escape. I don't think I could have survived adolescence without it. I went to so many shows, hung out outside for …

Echo and Buzz - Riverside County's New Music Zine

Echo and Buzz Indie Music Newspaper is a free monthly press, complete with stories of what’s happening in our area. Echo and Buzz also includes advertising, an events calendar, local press releases, music and concert reviews, critiques, and much more. Echo and Buzz is currently delivering it's first issue, April 1, 2015. Supporters of the music scene in Temecula Valley and surrounding communities are coming together to generate coverage for independent artists, labels, shows, and events.

But Echo and Buzz is not just taking over Temecula Valley, it is also spreading accross Riverside County, and featuring artists all over the Inland Empire. I am one of those artists and last night, I was interviewed for the May 1st edition of Echo and Buzz.

Johny Ray Price met me at Back to the Grind in Downtown Riverside for some Coffee and tea. The interview continued as we explored the Riverside ArtWalk that happens every first Thursday of the month. With my guitar on my back, I entered the Life A…

Riverside's Saturation Fest 2015

I am so excited. Riverside's own DIY festival is coming again! And my band is playing.  Stay tuned for updates! Saturation Fest is a DIY art and music festival that occurs annually in Riverside, CA. Events are held at venues around downtown Riverside, with a majority of the participants based in the Inland Empire. Saturation includes concerts, films, workshops, exhibitions, guerilla shows, organized bike rides, and handcrafted art.

Saturation Fest was started by Alaska Quilici in 2001. "I launched Saturation Fest as a weekend event of every local band and artist I knew, and people were really excited about it," says Quilici. The audience has steadily grown over the years, going from a few hundred the first year to about 10,000 in 2008. "It has grown to the massive project it is now because people believe in it, they look forward to it, they get involved, contribute and play."

As a mostly all-ages and largely cost-free festival, Saturation pushes for the de-commod…

Marlboro Jeff - John Oliver

Peter Singer: "The Ethics of What We Eat"