TO NASHVILLE WE GO

Headed to Nashville this Monday (August 7th, 2017) to start rehearsals for Part of the Plan!  It's about damn time!  I've been a apart of this show for the last 5+ years and I can't wait to finally put it up in all it's glory in front of multiple audiences and see how things turn out! 

Before we dive much further into it, check out this video below.  I talk a little bit more about what in the hell is going on.  I'll see you in Nashville!

Tickets available at www.tpac.org Also check out http://www.danfogelbergmusical.com for more info. www.harleyjay.com

PART OF THE PLAN

Every once in a blue moon a project comes up that is more exciting than anything else you've ever seen or been apart of.  In my early experiences with live theater, RENT fit in this special spot of my creative heart and now that spot has been given a very comfortable roommate.  

For the past 4+ years I've been apart of a musical called Part of the Plan which features music written by folk/country/rock singer/songwriter (good hell thats a lot of /) Dan Fogelberg.  It's some of the most touching, heartfelt, bold, complex, relatable, catchy, ingenious music that I've not only ever heard, but had the pleasure of singing.  To add to the brilliance of the music, the story and script (written by Kate Atkinson & Karen Harris) are just as sweet, meaty and heart wrenching as ever.  It seriously is one of the greatest pieces I've ever heard.  

Just last month we spent 9 days in Nashville, TN at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center putting up a reading of epic proportions.  (see pictures below) 

This is a show I love very dearly and I can't wait for the next step in the journey.  It truly is an honor to be apart of the growth and development of such an impactful, thought provoking, sentimental, intelligent and exciting piece of theater.  For more information about the show and to hear the music (as well as a live taping of Leader of the Band performed by yours truly) checkout DanFogelbergMusical.com.  

 

Week 1

Every Monday for the past 20 weeks I've sent a newsletter to everyone on my email list talking about some of my favorite things.  Things I recommend you checking out for yourself.  Everything from music to food to clothing and fashion to phone apps to books.  It's been a really fun thing to put together each week and I'm just barely starting to feel like I'm catching on to how I want to format these things.  

If you aren't on the email list and you'd like to be, you can sign up HERE.  

Below are the first newsletter I sent out... Week 1 of recommendations.  To save some space I've taken out the graphics & slimmed things down a bit so if you've been getting the weekly emails, you'll notice they are a bit more flashy.  But for those of you that are new, hopefully this gives you a decent idea of whats been going on.   

  • IT'S BEEN AWHILE...
     

I'm a big fan of podcasts. One of my favorite is by a guy named Tim Ferriss, you might have heard of him.  Each week (on Friday's) Tim sends an email to his subscribers talking about a few things that interested him that week.  It talks about everything from music to investment opportunities to movies.  Everything under the sun pretty much.  I've enjoyed getting the email so much I thought I would... completely rip off the idea.  I'm going to put my own spin on it but just to give credit where it's due, I totally stole this idea.  I hope you don't mind.

Every Monday I'd like to get in the habit of checking in with you and sending out a list of 3-5 things I thought were interesting that week.  Hopefully you'll find them interesting too!

WEEK 1

  • JAMES BAY
Check him out on iTunes or YouTube.  He's playing some of the best new music I've heard in a very long time.  His voice is insane and the songs are fantastic.  Give "Best Fake Smile" "Craving" and "Hold Back the River" a shot.  You're gonna love it!
  • CASEY NEISTAT
I'm not quite sure how to describe Casey Neistat.  
He's a brilliant film maker on YouTube.  He has 100's of videos on his YouTube Channel, each one better than the last.  Everyday he puts out a daily Vlog at 8am EST.  I'm addicted and have been for the past couple years.  Honestly, you can spend hours watching this guys work.  He's incredibly inspiring and the future of online video content in my opinion. Check out "Make it Count" "Bike Lanes" or "My New Wallet" Those are a few of my favorites but seriously, he doesn't have a bad video.
  • JAMES PERSE 
When it comes to clothes, jeans and a t-shirt do the job perfectly for me so I hardly sway far from it.  I get asked a lot what brand of t-shirt I'm wearing so why not spread the love here.  James Perse makes (hands down) the best t-shirt on the planet.  The fabric, the fit, the quality... the best of the best in my opinion.  Whether you're looking for a crew or v neck, man or woman, these guys get the job done.  No logos, no radical prints, just a comfortable, great fitting shirt... just the way I like it!  These make a great holiday gift if you're on the hunt.  They last forever and the more you wear them the better they fit/look.  Check them out online or at Bloomingdales and some Nordstrom stores. 


That's all for Week 1.  I hope you dig the suggestions!  Let me know what you think of James and Casey!  

Happy Holidays!  Hug your family.

      - HARLEY JAY 

 
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No One Ever

It’s not my style to mix in the political opinions or conclusions of other people.  I’m not very well versed in politics or world affairs but I try to at least take note of what’s going on with an open mind and not rationalize or over analyze the situation.  I do my best to search out the facts and leave emotion out of it.  To me, that seems like the smoothest way to keep a grip on things.  

These days it would appear that hatred and bullying is almost as in style as yoga pants and leather jackets.  Like a nuclear form of cancer, it’s spread to my niece and nephews schools (they’re between 2 & 5), to restaurants and movie theaters, to concert venues and grocery stores, to politicians podiums and social media, straight into our own homes.  

The other day I decided to wash my car.  I pulled out the bucket, a soft cloth, screwed the hose into the water main, filled the bucket with muddy water and got to work.  I spent hours scrubbing it but for some reason, it would never get clean.  I even ran to the store and bought wax because once it was spotless, I was going to make it shine like the sun but it never got to that point.  

You can’t clean a dirty car with muddy water no matter how many other tools you have.  

I’m not a professor of life or human interaction but I do know that you can’t kill hate with hate.  Trying to combat hate with more hate is like washing your car with muddy water.  It’s going to get worse, especially once it settles in and dries.  So many people, some with a louder voice than others, are trying their best to literally sell people on the idea that the best way to fix the problems in this country is with discrimination, racism and bullying.  I promise, it’s not.  Hate is what got us in this position in the first place.  

Instead of attacking each other, whether it be with words or violence, lets take time to make a conscience effort to support and build each other up.  No one ever got hurt because someone was kind or generous.  No one ever lost a loved one because you held the door for them.  No one ever loaded a gun because they were told how much they were loved.