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The studio on chris and Jess' farm in Jamestown is quickly becoming like a second home in Tennessee. I spent this weekend recording drums for a new single my lovely friend and soulful artist @dajemorris is putting out in the near future and will be back up Thursday groov'in for the folky goodness of @robbiesantis
Jamestown has also become a place to find moments of peace and clarity when my mind and schedule are equally full to overflowing. Here are a few words I recently journaled while seeking a moment of rest
Days like these this music is the only language that my soul can understand

A rebellion to the shortcomings of words
My mind writes hundreds of poems but few of them make it to paper

So I lay back and listen to the soothing sound, like waves crashing on the shoreline
Renewal. Strength to tired bones.
Posted: Oct 13, 2017 7:30 PM
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| I rarely share written poetry because it scares me. That being said, here are a few words I wrote during my time of drinking coffee and morning contemplation |

Can you hear them?
Chew on these words, savor them like a fine delicacy
Words come in, and go out, they push and pull, they move and break
There is electricity sitting on your tongue, let it sink down tickling your throat sliding past your cool inhale
May these words find a home beneath your rib cage and echo to the farthest corridors of your temple
As you crack your neck, pick up your sore legs and rub your sun kissed face
Let them be a guide, a flirtatious sentence from divine that reveals a childlike smile
Strength renewed like the mighty arms of the trees above and chirping melodies floating are all held together by the same force
You are not at war, you can put your heavy armor down here
Not with yourself or with opinions, not with political parties, or hate groups, not with acceptance or the standards you think you will never meet
There is grace here, more than you knew possible
You are safe, in these words
Soak them in, like fine wine refining a palate, like a campfire warms the bones on a chilly evening in the mountains
This is not the nullification of action, it is the origin of true productivity
These words, this air in my lungs, this subtle yet cleansing presence
Walls fallen down, now do you hear them?
Words only for you, if I speak brashly they could loose their sting, if you listen with the gates of your chest open they will be made known
Can you hear them? Can you live in them?
Five years ago we met riding through the winding dirt roads of the African bush camping in remote villages. Now we are roommates in Tennessee and find ourselves camping out on Johnny Cash's old farm. Thankful that this brotherhood has become a seemingly random, yet a divinely intentional and encouraging part of my life. Where will we end up next?
📸 The myth and legend @mariiahdanielle
I spent the last couple nights sleeping in my van amongst a tent village of 1,500 campers. My showers consisted of washing my face in the creek, I wore the same pair of jeans the whole time and my cologne was the smell of campfire smoke.

It was a time of jam sessions, hippy dance moves under the stars, sharing hearts and I even had the chance to perform some spoken word during a fireside session. Thanks to the dudes in @unitedpursuit for all the work it took to put on this gathering.
Not sure how I woke up on Johnny Cash's old farm in something called a "glamping tent." Life is groovy my friends. Stoked to be hanging and playing a little djembe for the homies in @unitedpursuit for the next couple days.
Posted: Oct 1, 2017 4:33 PM
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Just a man and his van more excited than I look about the shedding of leaves and cool weather being upon us soon. I'm also excited to announce that at the of the month I will be opening up for Hotel Books, Social Repose and The Funeral Portrait(Saturday October 28th at Open Chord).
I've been a fan of @hotelbooks music and writing for the last couple years so I'm especially stoked to share the stage with them. Also, I'll be laying down some fresh new pieces of music that I can't wait to show you guys. Message me for pre-sale tickets if you want to go, it will be a solid time. (For more details, the event link is in my bio🕺🤙🏻)
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 11:39 PM
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You are only free when you realize you belong no place-you belong every place-no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great -Maya Angelo
I have often felt like a stray dog because I never fit any cliques or social groups like a tailored suit ready for business. I am not the collective thought of a religion, a political group, a social class or culture. I am a human that has many fluid thoughts from an array of sources. I guess I'm more like a pair of hand me down jeans with colorful patches covering the holes.

The reality that often made me feel isolated growing up has also been a catalyst for me being able to travel for years, live in slums, and feel at home with families that spoke different languages and had entirely unique backgrounds. I was left thinking, "we are all humans trying to figure this life thing out and are all in this wild ride together. I can learn something from everyone." Belonging no where and belonging everywhere at once.

In a time of such division and seeing people as ideas. I'm so thankful for the words of @brenebrown in Braving the Wilderness. Living with these ideals of openness and connection can often seem unrealistic in such a dualistic culture. I love her words,"true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our sense of self acceptance." In my life and work I'm not looking for the perfect self or right answers to communicate, I'm looking for connection and environments where we can all share are imperfect humanity and learn from one another.
Posted: Sep 24, 2017 4:51 PM
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Love is to transcend
To love oneself is not egotistical practice
It is actually the path to gaining freedom from it
To sit inside a room you hate is the quickest way to become obsessed with everything about the room. But to be in a room you love, the mind wanders beyond the room and into a state of bliss and freedom from any thought of the room at all. 📸 @dawsonjordan
Posted: Sep 20, 2017 7:32 PM
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| Oh great Smoky Mountains, what an honor it is to live amongst your grandeur |

For my TN folk, I wanted to let you guys know I'm playing a little house show with @dajemorris and @heythisiskelsi in my living room this Friday night. It starts at 7pm. Feel free to stop by, hang out and hear some jams. Link to address and more info in my bio. 📸The Homie @prechnoa
My previous roommate in FL visited TN to escape the wrath of Irma so we ventured into the smokies. Even though chilly rain drizzled from dark clouds and the mountains were covered in fog, when we reached Charlie's Bunion the sky opened up to a majestic view.

Hunger made us wish we had brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but i did remember my book of Rumi poems to read along the way. Here are a few words from the book you may enjoy,
"Cry out all your grief, your disappointment.
Say them in Farsi, then Greek.

It does not matter wether you are from Rome or Arabia.
Praise the beauty and kindness praised by every living being.

You hurt and have sharp desire, yet your presence is a healing calm.

Sun, moon, bonfire, which?
Someone says your flame is about to be dowsed, but you are not smoke or fire.

You are infinitely more alive. Say how it is.
This fluttering love will not stay much longer in my chest.

Soon it will fly like a flacon to its master, like an owl saying huuuu."
I would rather share my hopes, dreams, struggles and vulnerabilities to connect with human hearts, than try to impress people with accomplishments only to receive meaningless praise.
I want to feed my soul with substance, not just fill my ego with empty calories.
Don Miller's words have had a huge impact on my life. To be honest, I've read Scary Close literally five times and it's been like a friend who understands me in challenging times. Here's a quote that I find aggressively poignant in the best of ways.
“What if we are designed as sensitive antennas, receptors, to receive love, a longing we often mistake as a need to be impressive? What if some of the most successful people in the world got that way because their success was fueled by a misappropriated need for love? What if the people we consider to be great, are actually the most broken. And what if the whole time they are seeking applause, they are missing out on true intimacy? Because they never learned to receive it.”
It looks like the brunt force of Irma is headed to Ft. Myers (my hometown of 23 years that I just moved away from). To all the friends I have riding out the storm, I'm sending you all the love in my heart and all the prayers in my soul. It's hard to believe a small, strange, coastal city could be home to the amount of incredible humans I grew up knowing.

Some of you are leaving your homes for shelters not knowing what will be left when you come back. This is a scary time, but I know you are all strong people who will come together and face this storm with bravery. I pray that peace and great fullness for each other be with you in this otherwise terrifying time. That you will all be protected and feel a warmth of knowing you are loved even as the winds hiss and storm howls.

If anyone needs someone to talk to or is having anxiety attacks don't hesitate to call or txt me 239-464-7595. I wish I could have all of your backs in more physical ways. I wish I could give all of Ft Myers a giant hug.
Posted: Sep 6, 2017 10:29 PM
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I'm continually learning not to be afraid of embracing my own human complexity. Learning that it's ok that I'll never fit into boxes people, culture or religion may try to squeeze me into. I'm more concerned about being honest; honest with myself, God and those around me.
In the words of the man himself, Walt Whitman, "I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuff’d with the stuff that is coarse and stuff’d with the stuff
that is fine" 📸
Wether i wake with groggy eyes and heavy shoulders or leap to my feet with passion;

what if every glimpse of untamed light is a chance to remember that there is a ferocious pounding tucked beneath this rib cage?
"Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known."
Finding a muse with @bongojava and the mountain air before I lay down some grooves with these fellas.
Posted: Sep 2, 2017 4:43 PM
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"I don't wanna be cool, I just wanna be me" -Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment
A week from tomorrow I will be playing a house show in @dajemorris's attic apartment with "writer and musical storyteller" Paula Larke. If you want to check it out the event, the link is in my bio.
Also, this week I will be spending some time in the studio on @christopherbarrettriley's farm gig drumming for a project and then working on some more new music of my own. I'm stoked on developing these new sounds and feelings, I'll make sure to keep you all updated. 📸@markwlilly
Posted: Sep 1, 2017 6:36 PM
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I'm officially starting to perform my music under the artist name Joey Jennings instead of @plightofthemaya . My project is personal to the point it has a symbiotic relationship with my being. I write to navigate the complexities of life and my writing shows me how I feel and challenges the way I live. My creative outlets aren't the resolution of my process, they are often my process.

That being said I will be using this as my personal and music profile, I amped to show you guys the new concepts I've been working on as I venture into the new era of this project. Many thanks for your continued support friends. Much love!
It's been grand times traveling to Asheville to nerd out over coffee and work toward my Barista certification with @counterculturecoffee and @wildlovebakehouse. Every street here seems to hold a whimsical magic and secrets waiting to be discovered, or maybe that's just the copious amounts of coffee I drank...Probably all of the above.
Recently I have faced a few internally challenging months where my anxiety and depression have decided to pay more visits than would have been ideal(I mean, no visits are preferred right?)
In the last weeks I've been digging deep and seeking to be healthier in every area of my life. Sounds like a party, I know! I wanted to share some words from the legend Brené Brown that have been encouraging me.
"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy-the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of the light."
I'm willing to risk my pride, my reputation and anything it takes for the sake of honesty and connection with the world around me. The shedding of skin is a challenging process, but I believe true joy and freedom is a priceless reward. #storiesspeak #photojournal