‘Songs About Soup’ Compilation

What’s up everybody?! So psyched to report that Pizza Bagel Records‘ Songs About Soup comp is out on Bandcamp today! Not only does this killer record have Yours Truly as the opening track, but it also features a BUNCH of AWESOME NJ artists singing songs about soup! Check them out!!

Additionally, 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Bank of NJ. You can snag it at below for $1 or more, and/OR buy it on CD for $10!

“Safe Space” – First Fridays (Virtual) Open Mic Featured Artist Set (03.05.21)

I had the pleasure of being selected as the featured artist for the First Fridays Virtual Open Mic for March! Here’s yet ANOTHER new original song I played that night called “Safe Space”.
First Fridays: https://linktr.ee/firstfridaysjp
RKB: https://linktr.ee/roeknowsbest

“She Doesn’t Get It” (The Format Cover) – First Fridays (Virtual) Open Mic Featured Artist Set (03.05.21)

I had the pleasure of being selected as the featured artist for the First Fridays Virtual Open Mic for March! Here’s a cover I played that night by The Format called “She Doesn’t Get It”!
First Fridays: https://linktr.ee/firstfridaysjp
RKB: https://linktr.ee/roeknowsbest

brisk

A brisk walk through a morbid museum; A sanctuary of things lost, love shatters hearts on the floor broken and besides themselves, fretting in a grey mist of constant tears and sorrow. There is a quickening of heartbeats and thumping internally, blood boiling and pounding like rabbit’s foot against a particularly percussive forest floor. Sweet tea in an aluminum can promises empty dreams of 90s nostalgia, because in a way sugar is a drug, complete with a tolerance and the mere fact that nothing will ever taste as good as the first time you tried it. It is then we are lead out Plato’s cave, awakened. But we can only come out once. There are many other caves, all of which we can come out to awareness and understanding, but only once will be that one true time. I am imagining a vast desert, ominous and empty, all with caves like huts across the barren wasteland. And what looks odd to us from this panning longshot is unbeknownst and ignorant to the dwellers inside. They are none the wiser and they remain in complacent darkness, accepting that yes, this is life and this is fine.

On a cool fall day I can walk as briskly as I want down local town park path without running the risk of profusely sweating. The fall is the time where I can most be myself. Where I’m not critically self-conscious to no end. I try to not get desensitized to the leaves changing, their beautiful colors waving as they die, sleep once more to withstand winter. Where in winter wind whips on all sides; It is chilling and frigid and frightening. The smell of the cool air, however, is incredible intoxicating and cannot be replicated on any holodeck or VR or candle. That smell of snow. A mild smokiness pervades in my memory, perhaps of something in Bloomfield having lit their fireplace to make even the most frozen outside occasions seem cozy.

Wind moves along my sides as I determinedly stride across to my destination. The faster I go, the breezier it feels. An untied shoe lace could be a catastrophic event, but I am undeterred. I am careful until I’m not. And when I’m not, I will hang my head with the shame of Catholic guilt and internally punish myself with a miserable dialogue before I become insensitive and desensitized to it. It’s something hard to break out of old cycles that are seemingly made of teflon and thick plastic. Like I’m helpless in a hamster wheel of my own creation.

sleepless

Sleepless toss n’ turning kind of night where the window’s open, but it’s too humid. Where the sheets are thrown off, but you’re paralyzed on account of yourself, worried that if you move just one whole inch, you’ll have to start this process all over again, this process of falling asleep. You are failing. There are noisy neighbors outside, though you can’t make out what they’re saying. The voices are raised and aggravated, but unintelligible as trash can lids sound like they slam shut in a repetitious fashion. A cat loudly meows, also disturbed. There is no guarantee of finding sleep after routinely rinsing the gastrointestinal cavity with whiskey, lips in between parched and sated, eyelids drooping but cannot find rest. It’s a sleepless night, it is hot, it is annoying, it is 3 AM. Flipping the pillow to access its cooler side is only a temporary refuge. The ceiling fan clicks in meditative trance. Darkness is moonlit (and streetlamp-lit) so that in this bedroom the shadows of things are very clear and only mildly ambiguous. The mattress is a raft now.