No one should ever feel bad for me no matter how bitchy I get. Tired, working too hard, not feeling good, who cares?
Tom Arnold told me he wasn’t arrogant enough to be upset all the time. That would mean that he didn’t look around to see real problems. Smart fella.
I haven’t spent much time on twitter and all that stuff because I figure what you REALLY want from me is good music.
So, I’m working on that. We all need good music plus it doesn’t hurt to have your favorite band do hood work! Validating for all of us.
Anyway, I’ve been writing for a long ass time now. It’s miserable. It’s raw and weird and it sucks but ya know what? It’s right. It takes times like these to mean something. I preach this shit in the classroom all the time. Hurt. Feel. Songs will come. It’s true and now I’m living it.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing. If you miss me, go to Patcast.com and if you don’t miss me then you’re fine.
I’m getting tired of reaching for the starts but the starts don’t seem to tire of reaching for me.
This episode is actually the first Patcast I ever recorded with Butch Walker! Butch is a good friend of mine and a very accomplished singer/songwriter/producer who also worked with my band Train in recording “California 37”. Listen to hear Butch tell many great stories including the time he saw KISS when he was 8 years old. We also sing two of his songs, including a new one off his EP Peachtree Battle, listen here.
Make sure to get Butch’s new EP Peachtree Battle on iTunes at midnight!
This week on the Patcast, I sit down with Adam Schlesinger. Adam is half of the songwriting team behind Fountains Of Wayne and a very successful TV, Film, and Broadway songwriter and musician in his own right. We talk music, songwriting, how the industry has changed over the years, and lots more. Adam forgot to bring along a guitar, but thanks to a last minute delivery we get to play one of my favorite FOW songs too!
Just home from Canfield, Ohio. That is a tremendous place, filled with great, hard working people that believe in the simple things. That is right up my alley. I feel like I’m a country boy at heart except I might like Target more than Walmart..maybe.
Anyway, I’m here to say thank you! Thank you for coming to see us this summer. I feel so lucky and spoiled to be able to sing songs for a huge number of awesome people every night and I wish I could express that better. I want to hug you all.
This tour was filled with smiles and laughter and new and old friendships and ideas and stories of hope and bright eyes and a great light show(thanks, Brock!).
I’m going to write for a while now. I think we have a pretty great album title already but I’ll hit you with that later.
My Espionage friends are heading here this week and so is Jerry Becker. Looking forward to more fun.
I want to send out some fun stuff soon, Twitcam and new tunes etc.
until then, thank you!
Your stories and faces make our lives SO much better! 💖👍💙😬👊
This week’s Patcast is with Gavin DeGraw! We talk about how growing up in a “jail town” affected his outlook in life and sing two of his songs. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did making it, listen here.
And from now on, you can expect Patcast to premiere every other Monday at 2pm EST so the next Patcast will be on 9/2 at 2pm EST. Mark your calendars!
I feel lost without you.
Yes, you’re weird, crazy and out of sorts but you are right where I belong.
Heading from Iowa to Indianapolis and all I can think about is who will I see along the way. I never thought that this 50 year road trip would bring me together with the worlds most amazing people. Now I get it. Train is the Burning Man of music tours. OMG!!!
Man, this shit is awesome. Just spent 5 hours with Sakai, Nikita, Hector and Jerry and we are so excited to go to the next round.
So excited to meet the rest of you. So excited to be a part of music.
Here I am in California.
This place called to me as a young child. Los Angeles was always the land of dreams come true for me for some reason. It seemed as though I was meant to be here. And then from LA I found that San Francisco more fit who I am.
Heading north in the middle of the night with the smell of cow farms and the night sky filled with stars as reminders to keep dreaming.
This place is magic to me. California is a field of dreams to me and it will always be that from Santa Monica to Mill Valley to Castro Valley to Sacramento and San Jose.
Eucalyptus in the air soon. That is how I’ll tell the north from the south.
The west coast is home. It is where I belong. I am grateful for the east coast. Incredible people there with more heart than the rest of the world combined. But the landscape, the philosophy and the air here is what fills me with “home”.
Ah California! If you’ve never been, you should definitely find a way here even just for a visit.
Patcast #3 is with Ashley Monroe, who I’ve known for many years and who I have been a fan of for a while. Listen to hear us sing some of her songs and to find out what her backup job is (Hint: It rhymes with “ripper”). Listen here.
As I stepped on stage in Camden, NJ(our Philadelphia show), I realized that the last time I was here I found out my father passed away. We started with Calling All Angels tonight and something special was in the air.
I started remembering all the great parenting my folks did. It’s humorous some of it. I remember as a small child, they would make me feel special and artistic even when I’m sure I wasn’t. To them I was. I’m grateful for that. I see a lot of great parenting out there in our crowds. Lovely people raising future lovely people. I’m so proud to be human when I see that.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I appreciated tonight more than I let Camden know. I felt very connected to you tonight, like you’ve let me lean on you over the years. Thank you. You’ve been great friends.
I’m so overwhelmed with how beautiful each night of this tour is.
What a great privilege it is to be among you.
I hope you can feel my appreciation each night. It’s as sincere as anything I’ve ever felt.
One week into our tour and we are having a blast. Michael Franti and Spearhead were so great and so fun. Those who were able to see them got to see a great show and an amazing performer. Such lovely people as well. Bay Area Pride!
Gavin DeGraw and Ashley Monroe are out with us for the remainder of our tour and they are incredible as well. Such great singers and easy on the eye balls. Eh on second thought, Gavin is okay but Ashley is real cute.
Heading to Erie to see my family before we play the Cleveland Blossom on Wednesday. I’ve been so excited about playing that venue. It’s where I saw my life changing concerts. So stoked for Cleveland! Such a great music town.
The Script will be joining us from that point on. Very happy to be doing shows with them. Lovely guys from the great Ireland. There will be plenty of laughs and maybe some drinks along the way with those lads.
I want to thank all of the Mermaids who decked themselves out for these shows. You all looked incredible and it’s so fun that you are having a great time dressing the part and then joining us on stage. It’s a lot of fun for us to see and be a part of.
Anyway, thank you all for a great first week of this tour. It’s the happiest tour I’ve ever been on and that is mostly because of all of you! Thank you.
Hope we will see you all before the end of summer.
Seems as though most of you know by now, but I thought I would mention on my own that my podcast is out now. This was one of the new things I mentioned months ago that I couldn’t mention until now.
I truly admire Howard Stern as well as others who are great interviewers. I don’t claim to be great yet but I’d love to be one day. I thought it would be a great way for me and for you to meet people we haven’t met before as well as get to know their music and their personalities. I’ve been interviewed enough now that I kind of know what I want to be asked and therefore what I should ask.
I can chatter it up and as you’ll hear in other Patcasts, I can lay back and let the other artist take the floor. Matt Nathanson was not my first(sorry Matt) but we are all excited about his new album coming out next Tuesday, which is f-ing great, that we had to get this out first. I love Matt and if you’ve heard the podcast, you love Matt too. It’s impossible not to.
I plan to share these with you every couple weeks or less, depending on how many I can do in the little time that I have outside of my day job.
I love doing these podcasts because Jerry Becker, Train’s master piano/guitar player and Pergo, my side kick, are there and make each one fun and interesting and musical.
I hope you guys like these. The only way I can keep having fun and doing these is if you give me a reason to do them.
I can’t wait till you hear the others.
I will definitely get better with time, so hang in there.
Thank you all for the early positive feedback. Oh, and we’ll get this Patcast T-shirts up on the Patcast.com website ASAP!
One of the most difficult times of my recent past was opening night of our co-headline tour with Maroon 5.
I had a terrible show. I tried too hard and there were lots of other problems as well but I really felt like I let myself and everyone else down. Maroon 5 kicked our butts. Of course it isn’t a competition but let’s face it, it’s a competition.
I sat in my dressing room alone for 3 hours afterward. I was mortified. It was as though my career had ended. I took it very hard.
The following year I was exhausted. It was a good tour last summer but my heart wasn’t in it like I wanted it to be. I wanted to be home. We worked for 4 and 1/2 years straight and I needed a break. My voice was suffering for unknown reasons and I was sad for the most part.
This year I am very happy, not sad, depressed or tired. I’m so excited to headline at some of my favorite places in the States, like the Cleveland Blossom. I saw all my youth defining shows there.
I have made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned lots of lessons that I really didn’t want to learn but here I am. Here WE are.
I’m very excited to see you all this summer. I’m very grateful that we will all be together again soon in an atmosphere of love, music and fun. I am truly and honestly looking forward to being ONE during this Mermaids of Alcatraz tour.
Hope you have your mermaid outfits ready. It’s a great way to get on stage.
Because I feel like I am arriving to a place where I recognize all of the people in my life are crucial.
For the past 20 years, I feel like I have been awake, aware, conscious. Today I realize that there is absolutely no one in my life that I want out of my life. That’s a huge deal for me. I mean I seriously am very connected to each person in my day. What a remarkable accomplishment that is for someone like me. I have always wanted what others have. I have always thought that those ahead of me are happier, more successful, closer to God. But today I feel like I am the leader. I have no spare parts. I love those in my life and I feel lucky to have them. Wow. I’m really excited about this. It’s a big ass deal. Just around the corner is a world of stuff I have never witnessed. Today I am content and grateful for this crazy bad assed existence.
I’m hoping that you are all filled with the same enthusiasm that I have right now. It’s pretty cool. Can’t remember when I had it last.
By the way, wild flowers rule the world!
When I asked, via twitter, if I could use the word ‘f***’ in a song, there was a blast of hundreds of “F*** yeah!” answers. Then the “no ways” started to roll in and then hundreds of “no” came in and some had great reasons.
I was way behind the idea of not censoring myself at first. I was pretty sure it was making the song better. But then someone said her Glee club does Train and they could never do a song with F in it. Then lots of parents said that they finally have a band that they can all listen to and using that word could damage that for their family and that was a big deal to read.
I swear a lot. I do. I always have, right or wrong.
BUT! I don’t have to do that in my songs or on stage. I think I’m going to leave that to the artists that do well with it. 20 years into a career may be a bad time to start rebelling;)
Anyway, thanks for giving me your opinion. Means a lot to me. Some artists think that you shouldn’t ask anyone anything about your art. “Just do you.” , but I’m not that sort. I need you guys or there’s no one to care about what I do. So, I also need you to be with me on what I do.
Hope that doesn’t make me lame but if it does, fuck it. Ha!
As I get ready to write songs, I always visit Sedona to give thanks, meditate and ask for help in the next part of my life and my work. It is the most beautiful landscape of red rocks and clear blue skies and you can feel the love and energy when you enter the area. It’s as though all of your past relatives are there and they are wanting to give you what you dream of. I can’t wait to sit and be there, grateful and humbled by the beauty of the desert.
Last night I got to be in San Francisco after that great Napa music festival, Bottle Rock. It felt so good to be there in the Bay Area among the eucalyptus trees and the ocean breeze. Such a remarkable place. I love it there. I met a woman there that sang with me last night and she is in her second round of chemo therapy for something that doesn’t want to go away yet. I never know what to say to that sort of thing but I hugged her for a bit and gave her any healing energy I could muster. She is lovely and strong.
The things that we go through on this planet are so overwhelming. I don’t understand most of them and so many things make me sad but the true spirit of humanity is beautiful and I feel like it will get better and better in this new age we are in. People that I meet are so caring for others. It makes me hopeful. It’s disappointing that we see and here about all of the terrible events on the news but we rarely get to see the Angels that are helping others, healing others and caring for others.
Maybe someday I will be able to create a chance for us all to see those folks. I’ll start working on it.
I head to London soon to write and then we start to get prepared for our summer tour. It’s going to be Amazeballz with the Script and Gavin. I love all those guys and their music.
I hope that I will see you all this summer.
There are other cool things that will be announced soon but I’m not aloud to mention them yet. Sorry
Well, I hope you are all healthy and well and taking care of yourselves. I miss seeing your smiling faces.
I’ve reached a point in my life(due to age perhaps) that I have decided something crucial for my continuation. Inspiration! That’s what it all really comes down to for me. I am so completely bored with the uninspiring parts of life. It doesn’t have to be miraculous to be an inspiration. For example, I think that hard working people are inspiring. I think that complaints are boring. Smiles inspire. Gossip is a bore. See?
My son, Patrick, told me to read Catcher In The Rye years ago. It was really inspiring and I got what he was saying about phonies(bore fest). Being disingenuous is a bore.
Here’s what I’m talking about basically, I’ve done some pretty cool things, seen lots of the world and met thousands of different sorts of people. It’s all the same unless it comes with something inspiring. Even if that spark starts with me. If I’m up, so is the trip. If I’m a shit, so is the trip. I’m tired of being a bitch. I’m bored with not being satisfied. It’s time to be an inspiration or at least try. If my music isn’t inspiring, I will work until it is, even if just to myself.
My commitment is to be filled with reasons to want to be around me. All that other stuff is for the birds(not the band, The Birds, just the old saying). I promise to do my best(talking to myself currently) to quit whining and finding the problem with things. I swear to look at things for ways to improve life, yours or mine and probably both.
These things inspire me:
Good parenting(not self righteous ass tit parents)
Smart people(not self righteous ass tit smarty pants)
The bright side
Things that bore the shit outta me:
Shit talkers(unless its on the bball court)
Forgetting where you came from
Help me transform to a better “me”.
Bring this gift in abundance, please.
Help me reach my highest potential.
Bring me inspiration, clarity and wisdom.
And rid me of any negative energy and bring me light and love.
I’m not going to complain anymore.
I realize that my complaints are really due to boredom. I have no “real” problems. Oh except when wifi is bad and playing Words With Friends is slow. *joke
Really I have nothing to complain about.
New rule(for me):
If its not funny and or it isn’t a reflection of my awesome life, don’t say it. Amen
Hope you guys are doing well.
Gonna write some songs next week. I’m real psyched!
Love and thanks to
New castle, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Leeds, London, Wolverhampton and Tilburg!
Not a long tour but an incredible one for us. Thank you for you kindness, enthusiasm, love and forgiveness.
I was personally not in my best form but you reacted as if I was and that made me continue to get stronger and perhaps better each night.
You are a part of the world that the entire world could learn from. People came here from many parts of the world and insisted in telling me the the rooms were filled to the brim with positive energy and smiling faces like no other shows they had ever been to.
There will never be a bigger, better compliment than that for us. It’s as good as it gets.
Other than my very worn out vocal chords, I had an amazing time here. I always do but this time was very special to me. Thank you for the healing that you did for me from the crowd. I felt it and it worked.
What a powerful group you were each night.
I will never forget this tour. It will forever be the most memorable with as many that are yet to come.
Plan is to have something new in the fall for you and perhaps a new visit. I sure hope I’m right.
Thank you all and thank you Gin Wigmore and her bad ass band!!
in this very brief moment in time. What will we do? What obstacles will we have? What will our parents be like? What will we be like as parents? Will the glass be half full or empty? Will our genes make us weak or give us strength? Who will we choose to be?
Today in Glasgow I was likely going to cancel our show just before going on. Actually it looked like I was going to have to cancel this tour. No voice to speak of (pun intended) and more than slightly exhausted and depressed. “Sometimes you need to stop.” “Life can be disappointing.” And many other pieces of wisdom were eased my way. Knowing that people had flown in from all over the world to see us and to connect with friends they’ve acquired through our music certainly didn’t make it easy to take the night off.
I decided to do my best and disappoint people on stage rather than not try. As it came to be, something miraculous happened. Maybe not a miracle to anyone but me however but a miracle to me for sure. I sang one song then another and then another and as I was singing I was actually getting stronger and better and clearer and healthier and so on. I swear that the people in that room in Scotland wanted me to be well and they willed it on me. I felt as though I was being given one after another gift until I was full of light and love.
This may seem lame or “uncool” or whatever to some but to me it was all good things coming into human existence and I want to acknowledge it and appreciate it and say to everyone there tonight that I am so thankful to you all for loving me through the most difficult time in my career.
The night before I was scared that my time as a singer was coming to a close. Today I feel like the sky is the limit.
So, thank you, Glasgow!
Thank you everyone who wishes well upon others. It is a lovely courageous thing to do. I’d like to thank all of your parents as well. Great work! You did it!
Hawaii is my favorite place to spend time. While I was there I was surrounded by famous athletes and actors and I loved what I witnessed for the most part. NFL players from every team were such great guys. Zane Beadles from Denver, Chad Greenway and Toby Gerhart from the Vikings, Andrew Luck of the Colts and Coach John Fox of Denver were just a few notables that were amazing guys. It means a lot to me to see celebrities and famous athletes be good to people when they are off duty. I have to believe that what those people have in common is parents that did a great job. I’m sure there’s more to it but I bet good people as parents is a big part of it.
Also got to be on the Hawaii Five O set and meet all those guys. Super sweet people and the director, writer and producer friend of mine, Peter are all awesome people as well.
Those types of experiences give me a great feeling about humanity. There are really good people out there who are getting a lot of attention. They get attention because they’re really good at something that people love, acting, sports, music, all kinds of things we love. I’m real happy that many of these people are so solid. It’s good to see.
Another cool thing was that SNL, even though we’ve never been invited on and at this point I’d say we never will, did a skit about us and Maroon 5. Adam was the shows host and he did a terrific job. The skit was awesome and even though they gave me a soul patch, which I don’t really have, it was flattering because it was fun without jabbing anyone in the heart, if ya know what I mean.
The Pro Bowl pre show that we performed on was incredible. Not us per say but the production was incredible. Hundreds of Hawaiians in native attire doing great Hawaiian traditions such as hula dancing and drumming and ukulele playing and many other awesome things that make Hawaiians so beautiful. It was such an honor to be a part of it all.
Being in someone’s home and being loved and accepted is so lovely and flattering. It really was a beautiful time and a humbling time as well.
I have so much to be grateful for. I try very hard to be in a constant state of appreciation but at times I feel fatigue and I’m not so good at the appreciating. If you ever catch me at a time that I remind you of a whiny asshole, it’s probably true but only for a moment. In general I feel like I’m pretty consistent in my being grateful. I hope that if you ever run into me, you will agree.
Anyway, thank you, Hawaii! Thank you, Hawaiians! Hawaii Five O! NFL! And thank you Train fans from everywhere. I don’t always feel confident and comfortable in what I do but you all make me feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.
In New Orleans now so I will soon be thanking , The Talk, VH1 and many others.
So ya know
I wrote a blog a week ago and deleted it on accident. Bummed me out so it took till now to try again. Just wanted to wish you all a happy 2013 and let you in on what is happening in our lives, or at least what’s happening with Train.
We have our first song on country radio, Bruises, and we are so excited to have this chance to be on country radio and on CMT(one of my favorite networks). We’ve written county style songs since our beginnings but this is our first stab at entering this new family. We never wanted to try it in an inauthentic way. We loved doing Crossroads with Martina McBride and I hope to do lots more with her in the years to come. And now we are joined by my good friend, Ashley Monroe, who has a new album coming soon. It is an amazing album too. I’m so proud of the great work she’s done.
We also released Mermaid to the Hot AC format of radio. We shot a video for it in the Bahamas and even though I don’t know when it will be ready, I am really excited for you to see it. Plan on seeing some greatness.
We do Leno next week and then head to Hawaii for the pre game Pro Bowl. I shoot an episode of Hawaii 5-0 while I’m there as well. Then we head to New Orleans for a week on The Talk and the VH1 Pepsi Smash. Fun and its in Hawaii(my favorite place on earth).
So there it is. And then of course we head to the UK and the Netherlands in February.
Please be safe and take care of the love you’ve got.
See you soon.
If I could do just one decent thing for the world it would be to go back one day and prevent this terrible day from happening to these children, adults and the town of Newtown. I would trade anything I could. I wish there was something I could have done, something I can do. I wish so much. I have wept all day and night thinking about these kids getting ready for school, their enthusiasm for Santa to come, the art project they were going to put on their family refrigerators. I can’t even really believe that a human was capable of doing this to babies. I am so sad and forever changed from this and I not a direct victim. I cannot imagine the endless agony that these families will have to endure and I can only hope that there will be some hope for them to be able to have joyful moments in their lives once again. We were in Connecticut just one week ago. It is a wonderful state. An incredible place to raise a family, live, have a job, be. If there is something that I can do, I will do it. If there is someone out there who can put me to good use, please tell me. I hope something comes of this that will make the world better forever. I have some thoughts but I’m not sure I’m the right person to change gun laws in this country. If its really necessary to have these sorts of weapons, I’m sure I don’t know understand. I hope beyond hope that these families will survive this. I am so sorry. I wish I could help.
I love you all for your kindness, not just now but always.
With the help of many volunteers and forward thinking “doers” of New Jersey and beyond, we(Train) actually did something to be proud of for a community that really needs some help and money.
We have committed to help Sea Bright, NJ rebuilt their once beautiful, still strong community.
Every business is still not functioning. 80% of the residences are uninhabitable. And the 24 hours a day volunteering is incredible but in need of some light at the end of a very long tunnel.
On Christmas Day —all day—, VH1 will run one minutes spots from Sea Bright with Train to encourage everyone and anyone to donate to a not for profit, only for these residents, foundation.
We will all be in a needing position some day. Pay it forward perhaps. How ever you want to look at it, chip in and give these people a hand.
Thanks for all your suggestions.
Doing a good thing is a soul nurturing event. You helped us figure out a way to help.
Thanks, Charlotte Nagy and thank Train Weirdos for always coming through. You are an incredible group of loving inspirers.
More to do but it’s a good start.
I’ll be on the Today Show at around 8:30am eastern time this morning(Thursday) to talk more about it. Thanks again!
I have many friends in the northeast of the US, New York, Jersey, Connecticut, PA, Ohio…you get my point.
I haven’t written about the storm until now, even though it was profound in its effect on those places, especially New Jersey and New York.
Our friend, Charlotte Nagy(@charlottenagy) posted a 30 minute look at the beginning, during and after from her town in New Jersey and it was very moving and sad to see. I recommend you watch it on YouTube if you find the time.
My point in this blog tonight is only to say that I understand things like this take time to mend. I’ve never had the misfortune of being in or around a natural disaster but it will take time, I know that much.
I want to help. I don’t know how yet but you guys are super in tune with things like this and I thought I would ask for your recommendations.
Doing kind deeds for press is jive ass booshee, so I want to do something that people really will feel.
If you are from that area and you have an idea of how we/I should get involved, please pass on your thoughts.
Yeah, we’re always busy but not too busy for this. Maybe we can all do something together? Make a date and go do some great work for some of the loveliest people on the planet.
Thanks for your help.
Everything that I will be writing here for the next long while will be very positive. I go in weird phases when I lose perspective and I whine a tad. Okay I complain a ton.
I’m taking a break from being that way. I am here to write uplifting tales from the fatty under belly of the Tuna. The toro. The best of all sushi. I will be bringing you good thoughts and ideas straight from a love filled life view.
My apologies for the counter. It’s never my intent to sound boring and whine-y. I just needed a bit of home life to set things straight.
So. Here. We. Are.
College football. The NFL. Giants baseball. Incredible autumn colors and the brisk cut of a cool fall wind to make you feel fresh again and shake off the dust. Halloween! Dressing up like Cookie Monster for my son’s first birthday. These are just of few things that I am thankful for.
Seeing many of you during this time of year is lovely and refreshing as well. I love it. It reminds me most of our early days. Days lugging gear and burying our hands in our pockets while bullshitting outside of some dive bar in between sets. This is really Rocktober isn’t it? Sounds lame I guess but it really feels like rock and roll.
I’m way in. My favorite time of year.
Haven’t exercised at all. Getting soft and kind of digging it. Whatever. Pumpkin pie. Oh shit! Pumpkin pie ice cream at Baskin Robbins. Aaahhhh! Yes I will.
So there ya have it.
My announcement of positivity.
I wanted to ask one thing though.
I plan to start writing soon. What are your favorite things about Train music? Let me rephrase….
What are your favorite feelings you get while listening to Train and what do you suppose creates those feelings? Did I make that clear? Probably not. Let me try again.
When you listen to Train, what do you walk away with? What is that “thing” that brings you back to a song?
Okay. Let me have it!