Rigel's Blog

I am full-time father, full-time husband, and full-time musician.

Digital Story Sample: Crossing

Just a gentle reminder...since this is such a personal story I ask that you find a place where you can be seated for 5 minutes without interruptions. And I recommend using headphones for the full experience. What spoke to you in this story? What did it...

“Out To Sea” Update: CDs are in!

“Out To Sea” Update: CDs are in!

     Photo 1: Indiegogo perk mayhem.  Photo 2: Quality control expert. My little helper and I have been burning the candle at both ends labeling and sending out packages to my Indiegogo supporters. If you didn’t have a chance to contribute to my Indiegogo...

Dodging The Karaoke Bullet in Mixdown

Dodging The Karaoke Bullet in Mixdown

Photo of Eddy, Jackie Venson (background vocals), and I in the studio. Jackie is a ridiculously awesome blues guitar player, currently on tour with Gary Clark Jr. We’re done recording all the parts for my upcoming EP! And over the last couple of weeks, my producer...

Wrapping Up 100 Days Of Songwriting

While visiting Ghost Ranch with my family I stumbled across this piano with a view overlooking Abiquiu Valley and Mt. Pedernal, and started playing this. After many bouts of stumbling and picking myself up, I finally crossed the finish line with my 100 days of...

Embracing a Growth Mindset

Embracing a Growth Mindset

I'm reading a book called Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. It's about the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset. The gist is that a fixed mindset puts a lot of stock in talent and results, whereas a growth mindset puts it's faith in effort. Growing up, I was told I was...

My Wall of Insecurity

My Wall of Insecurity

Photo by Christos Barbalis For the majority of my music career (high school to present) I have hidden under the billowy blankets of cover songs...maybe that's why they're called "covers". But if I am going to move forward I have to write original material and share...

Rigel’s March Update

Rigel’s March Update

Album Update I am SUUUUUUPER pumped about March! Why? Because we will be tracking drums and bass, and possibly some keyboards. Honestly February was agonizingly slow-going. Mainly because little Oswald has been sick. The entire month. He has what they’re calling...

Indiegogo Recap: $18,000 raised

Indiegogo Recap: $18,000 raised

Photography by Lucca Upper I am seriously grateful for the 190 people who contributed to my fundraiser. The fact that this many people didn't just give me a pat on the head and say, "that's nice that you want to follow your passion," but actually put their hard earned...

5 ways this fundraiser will help launch my career

  Another "passion project"? Recently I’ve had several conversations that go like this, "yeah Rigel it’s nice that you have a 'passion project'—wish someone would give me $14,000 to make music. But really, why should I support you?" I think this represents a feeling...