I’m honored that my quote was chosen as the introduction to People Magazine‘s Steve Jobs tribute issue: “Farewell to an American Original” (Oct 24, 2011).

“Not long after he announced his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in 2004, Steve Jobs had a trampoline installed in the backyard of his home in California’s Silicon Valley. While two workers assembled the frame and rigged a net, Jobs stood by and analyzed the trampoline’s design. Even after they were finished and Jobs hopped on for a tryout, he couldn’t help talking about how he would make it better. ‘He was jumping up and down with a big smile on his face, and when he got off, he told us some ways to improve the netting,’ says kc! Bradshaw, who helped with the installation. ‘He was talking about how he’d simplify the structure or hang the net this way. He just really wanted to improve it, like this need to make the best product was in his DNA.'”

Leonardo da Vinci Quote

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Nonagon “Track Seven”

A lovely, moody track with that brilliant live drum kit, from the Verdigris (pre-master). An album conceptualized, recorded and finished within the month of February. Astounding on it’s own, and unreal knowing it was all done in less than 30 days. (And for which I am quite proud to have gotten the chance to design the cover art.)

Download the entire album here.

DI4LOGUE: 4 Questions 4 My Nonagon

BR4DSH4W: WHAT ARE YOU IMPRESSED WITH?
People that manage to successfully integrate their passions into their lives without compromising either. It’s an incredibly difficult balance to master, and I’m in awe of those that have succeeded.

BR4DSH4W: WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
The usual suspects—music, movies, images and friends. I also get a weirdly high proportion of ideas in the shower and on long car trips.

BR4DSH4W: WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO?
Recently, lots of Brian Eno and Prince. Sometimes you have to look back to move forward.

BR4DSH4W: HOW DO YOU LIKE TO BEGIN?
I usually start without thinking deeply about where I’m going, just letting musical ideas emerge and evolve organically. I’d like to be more directed in my approach though- establishing a theme and a conceptual framework first, then explore within those boundaries.

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BIOGR4PHY: John Brian Kirby and I met because I found a demo CD of his amazing music tucked away in the basement of a nightclub—and I called to say thanks. I continue to be inspired by his humble focus and precise artistic vision, and consider it an honor to be friends and collaborate on projects together. Do yourself a favor and go download his wonderful album(s) right now: http://nonagon.bandcamp.com