In 2010 I released an album LIFE OUT EAST and asked my friend Nick Courage wrote the liner notes. I just came across the old doc file on my computer and realized they weren't actually online anywhere so I decided to post. I'd made them into little booklets and gave them out with the CDs at the album release but don't think they've been published elsewhere:
Life Out East
It’s February 13th, 2009 - the day before Valentine’s Day - and Joe Yoga is about a quarter done with Life Out East, the one he’ll be doing “everything right on this time.” Almost a year earlier to the day, Yoga released his solo debut, The Dreamless Sea, a collection of twelve ethereal bedroom recordings that play like Daniel Johnston waking up from a New Weird American dream and rubbing the weekday crust from his Saturday morning eyes.
Some of you who see me on a regular bases know that for the better part of last year I've been working on a few different projects: recording the Downward Dogs album, playing bass in Mimi Oz's band Rooster, and a certain comedic character based on a certain Long Island troubadour. Also - getting my act together physically, running specifically, which has become a source of great happiness for me. What hasn't been happening, pretty much at all, is putting in the work to write new songs. That changed last night when, snowed in, and dealing with a lot of mind-chatter, I decided to just sit down and do it.
It was a lot how I remember it: fun, difficult, rewarding, frustrating.
Again with the waiting until after midnight to post and the feeling like I have to mention it because this has the feel of a daily piece but I doubt I will get to it daily and don't want to set myself up for failure, but really want to just use this an as excuse to write original content that won't be filtered through facebook (as if getting filtered through weebly and whoever your ISP is tons better) and will be a reason for you to keep coming back to this website, which will ostensibly good for me if I keep churning out art and telling you about it here!
Today's reason to go on - figure out just what the hell long distance running is and why I love it so.
Running is something I took up back last January to supplement the general weight loss/fitness routine that I'd implemented in order to finally be able to blame my depression and horrible self image on something other than my weight, general sloth, and self destructive tendencies. Turns out that doesn't work but I did discover something else. I enjoyed it, and I was good at it.