Roe Knows Best: The Blog Becomes The Artist

When I first changed the spelling of my nickname from “Ro” to “Roe”, there was a legitimate reason behind it.

Though somewhat silly, I felt like “Ro” was too naked. There wasn’t enough there. Aesthetically, there weren’t enough letters. It wasn’t balanced enough for me. That’s why I added the “E” at the end.

This was middle school decision. But also helped make my signature much more original – and fun!roemusics sig

All my life I’ve been “Roe” when performing solo because it’s my name, it’s who I am…and always have been. But similar to the middle school decision I made, it’s never seemed like enough. I’ve always felt like there should be more there.

When I started this blog in the summer of 2013, it was for reasons stated on my About page but also so that in time I could hopefully become an authority on something, even if it was on my own life and experiences. I’ve been taught, that in this Internet-swamped day and age, that is an important concept to comprehend in order to get through a lot of the white noise out there. Roe Knows Best seemed like an appropriate title to achieve that, at least superficially.

I’m trying to plan big and legitimate things regarding my music career (or lack thereof – har, har, har!), and one day I’d like to be able to perform my songs with a band, not just solo, and would like to have an all-encompassing title in order to do that. So in a similar fashion of Into It. Over It., I’ve decided to change the name of all my musical projects henceforth to Roe Knows Best. And in time, I hope to have this blog serve as the main hub and website for all future music endeavors.

And that ends my minor PSA. Thanks, everyone! Stay tuned for more music.

Also, check out this Justin Pierre-approved Motion City Soundtrack cover I recently did:1620615_10152586853457371_8558050812583263054_n

An Ode To Fall (And This Moment, Right Now)

Football, music, and home life keep me more grounded than I’d care to admit.

It’s newness intertwined with certainty.

It makes waking up every morning not seem so bad.

I like gloomy, cloudy days like today because it justifies staying home and baking sweets.

When I went for a walk this afternoon I couldn’t help notice all the pretty leaves on the ground. I’m glad it’s autumn. I’m glad it’s this time of year again. It almost feels like a relief.

Unrelatedly, I finished Broad City today and I gotta say, I think it grew on me. I wasn’t sure what to make of it when I began the first couple of episodes but it’s really hilarious and I think it’ll soon grow into its own. First seasons of any show bring feelings of uncertainty.

I played an open mic last night, finished my 24/7 project this morning, and have a show tomorrow. I haven’t played one in awhile, but I think it’ll be fun.

I don’t know where I’m going but it’s definitely somewhere.

I’m thinking of going to a museum soon…It’s been awhile.

Can’t wait to finish Ethics and move on to Joseph Campbell’s collection of short stories. Spinoza isn’t easy, but since Kate Mulgrew read it, I felt like I had to. So I’m glad I’m getting it done.

As I sit here typing this, it’s nearly 4 o’clock in the afternoon on a Thursday. I’m listening to Tom Petty on low, glancing at football coverage on NFL Network, getting pumped for the Packers/Vikings game tonight. My dog’s curled up in a corner, keeping warm and I can’t help but feel content because it’s my favorite feeling, though it’s sometimes elusive. Because you can’t fake it or pretend it. It’s either there or it’s not. Thankfully it is, and I hope it stays for a long time – Perhaps to be prolonged by making a milkshake 😉

RKB-Curated Playlists

Hey y’all –

Mini-update.

First off, sharing music with others has always been one of my favorite things. It’s always been a kind of self-expression for me – the mere sharing of it. Like, “Hey these songs are cool. I get feelings when I listen to them. Maybe you will too and understand me a little better”. You know? Like that. Playlists are the new mixtapes these days.

With that in mind, I just wanted to announce I will be curating monthly playlists for your (and my) listening enjoyment, to share and document the songs I’m really into that month (via Spotify). You know the jams that really move me, make my head nod, or I just lyrically relate to on an insane level.

I’ll post a new playlist around the 1st of each month and keep adding to it until the month’s over. It’s also almost like a time capsule for me in a way, so I can go back on occasion and know exactly what I was listening to then in case I wanna cross-reference to the present. (I do this more often than you’d think)

I already posted the embedded playlist for August in my Boombox tab, but I’ll also post it below.

Hope you enjoy, guys!

This should be fun!

xo -Roe