One year ago today, December 12, 2016, my second album, Abandon All Hope, was released. During the process I worked with an amazing team— @michael_molenda, @maxcrace, @danielegottardo, @ugo_bolzoni, Kirsten Menn, @thinkwithmysticks, @salomepiano, Glauco Bertagnin, Matteo Marzaro, Alessandro Pandolfi, Giordano Pegoraro, Elizabeth Erickson, and many others. I learned more than I could have anticipated. I've become a more competent guitar player, a more confident composer, a better human being.
It hit me recently that I worked harder on this album than anything other single goal I’ve had. Flight school was a little over one year of my life. College I finished in three. From beginning to end, Abandon All Hope was almost exactly five years.
The goal was never to create deliberately difficult or obscure music—just to make my best attempt to honor the concept and do what was authentic to me creatively. But I’m well aware that an album over an hour in length of heavily composed, instrumental music is hardly a pop album.
I am blown away by openness with which it has been received, the support beyond what I could have imagined, from individuals and publications. Some of the messages people have sent are poetry in themselves.
Huge thanks to @vintageguitarmagazine, @guitarworldmagazine, @guitarplayer, @jude_gold on No Guitar Is Safe, @amps_and_axes, @guitarspeakpodcast, and so many others for having the interest in this project and for giving the music a wider reach.
And to every single person who has taken time out of their lives and money out of their pockets to hear it:
Thank you, thank you, thank you... from the bottom of my heart. 🖤