Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Death, Goth, and Reality.
There has been a lot of death in my life lately. A band mate, feels like my youth sometimes, certain attitudes, and the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want (that sounds horrible eh?) but that's OK. I gave up some freedom getting married but adopting and becoming an instant dad is a whole new thing. I'm really looking forward to this next adventure so don't misunderstand. It does seem like the death of my old self, what I am used to, but the thing about death is that there is life on the other side... A new life.

Liza and I are super excited to adopt our son. It's been a very long, expensive, and mentally taxing process. We are ready for that new life. I think of seeing all the old things that we have experienced through a new set of eyes. Things that we take for granted like God's natural creations of earth and sky, places we have been, family and people that we know etc... Everything will be new to him and I'm looking forward to seeing those things through his eyes and experiencing them in a brand new way.

Providing that we have a safe trip there and back, I'm looking forward to getting back to some of my musical roots and totally redeveloping my musical identity. Goth band? Blues? Guitar rock?  I'll save that for later posts. Right now I'm more concerned with flying into Seoul South Korea and on into Manila. Yeah, sounds like some of the safest places in the world at this point in time... Wars and rumors of wars... ? Anyway, keep us in your prayers if you're the praying type. Alright, I'm off to work on some new goth rock...  The good stuff like The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Mission, Sisters of Mercy etc... Tomorrow we are traveling to the other end of the world you know. This will be the biggest and most amazing adventure yet! Stay tuned to this blog/diary post for the latest from the Philippines.
 Much Luv, TPK

Friday, March 18, 2016

From the Stone Temple to the Sea

So how does a 40 something rock dude go from the daily grind of an indie musician with a day job to a Philippine teenagers dad in just under two years? Right…I didn’t see any of this coming just a few years ago, but I’ve got to say it’s pretty cool. However I find it ironic that our son is so excited to say the pledge of allegiance, yet our government is the one really delaying our legal adoption.     

(Danger: Rant area) I say legal because it seems to be easier to enter this country illegally, yet bible believing tax paying citizens run into roadblocks and obstacles when adopting abroad. I’ll admit it, I’m a bit angry (sugar coated). There is so much red tape, miscommunication, and expense that it is amazing that any foreign children are ever adopted. On the flip, we are so excited and blessed by God to be adopting. We have been Skyping with our son for about 12 weeks now and we are all anxious to meet for the first time! Listen, I like to keep my personal life private. I’m not into the whole “here’s what I’m doing now, look at me” aspect of social media. This event however is worth detailing and sharing.

At the same time, I’m submitting material to STP as they are looking for a new frontman! It’s a super long shot and crazy, but I’m up for it. They are an amazing band and Scott Weiland’s vocals are in my range. I'm glad they are not trying to fill his shoes but looking to continue to grow in different directions. The guy was a crazy good frontman. There will be voting involved. I am not usually interested in those popularity contests for musicians because I don’t think of music as a contest, but I believe the band will actually listen to submissions. Anything is possible with God? Yes. All I am really hoping for is a good showing and some attention back to It really was cool and surreal singing in my studio with tracks I’ve listened to for many years. I’ve got to say it is a great experience just singing those tunes with the actual tracks at the very least.
So, Please do me a favor and vote for me so I can at least get a solid showing in the contest. I'll let you know the details... Much thanks in advance! More news on the way!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Is this What it is?

The Bad... Sadly, Rhinocerotic bass player and friend Timmy Wolf passed away recently. It's been really hard on the family and friends. Please keep them and the rest of us in your prayers. I'm thankful for all the great work Timmy has done on my solo work both live shows and playing on the Strange Horses album.

We were planning on shooting a video for Is this What it is?  this spring. Timmy did some really great vocal and bass work on that track. His idea for the video was really cool and he kept reminding me of it the last three times we talked. It was going to start like this... I would be walking down a street singing the tune then Timmy would appear for his harmony in the chorus and walk along with me until we reached a park where our friends and loved ones were waiting. Simple yet I can see it vividly. Is this What it is? has since taken on a more intense meaning, at least for me. Maybe Timmy was just aching for that day when we will see our loved ones in that sunny park-like setting? Aren't we all? I know that I will look forward to seeing him again without struggles or pain. He will be greatly missed. I'm thankful that we were blessed enough to have a final performance as Rhinocerotic last May. 

The Good... I've released the first single of 2016 and I'm heading back to Rock on this one! Get your air guitar ready and grab a copy!

More to come... especially about the upcoming Philippine trip, why, and how this came into play...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Expect The Unexpected, And Then You'll Still Be Surprised.

And there I was… at my day job thinking about all the crazy life changes in store this year. Some expected and some, I’m quite sure, unexpected. But isn’t that the way it is for everybody. This blog is very much like a diary of sorts… with pictures and a bit of audio visual here and there. A diary of an under the radar indie musician moving through the blessings of creativity and the challenges of the indie music business. There are a lot of real life happenings that pop up aside from the typical musical updates, and that’s fine. Hey, celebrities rarely let people in on their lives and experiences outside of the entertainment rags. I figured; let’s give this thing a shot as a blog with an unknown outcome, an uncertain avenue. Honestly, I’m using this as an outlet for script and sound and if you can dig it, that’s great.
I’m not politically correct, spiritually apologetic, and I don’t have an agenda aside from getting people to buy and listen to my music. I am a Christian, so if that offends you, then keep reading. I’ve been writing this “real life” blog for a few years now at , but now real life is getting more real if that makes any sense. I wrote a 2012 ‘In Ireland’ blog covering a 10 day trip through the Emerald Isle with a short acoustic set I had with some local folk players in Doolin, IRE  (really rough sound due to camera malfunctions). This year will bring another major travel experience possibly with another international short acoustic set.  This year it starts in the Philippines. Why the Philippines? Stay tuned and subscribe for future updates.
NEW SINGLE on the way 2/14/16!
Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

In the Bleak Midwinter

It’s been a  busy year. Not so much with the music, although there were 11 singles released, but more with life man.  The plan was to release a single of a different genre every month. Got close and let me tell you, there were some sensational sonic songs flowing out in 2015. We hit indierock, alt-rock, country, Christian rock, soundtrack, dubstep, and many placesin between! Take a listen @

This month we are releasing the yearly Christmas single for subscribers to the email list. 

The Victorian song  Inthe Bleak Midwinter will be done in the style of the Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever mixed with some Procal Harum organ and other retro bits not normally associated with this amazing tune.

Eventually all of the Christmas singles from previous years will be released on an album… maybe next year? On a side note, there may be a band forming with some musicians from some very well known Milwaukee bands. More news to come… The next post will begin a new adventure overseas.  Stay tuned!  Merry Christmas 2 U!