Here is a link to a recently launched a Kickstarter to get support for a memoir I’ve been working on. Today is day one of a 30 day campaign to raise $3,000. I have till April 22nd to meet my goal.
I’ve been working towards getting this book out in the public for a long time and could use your help with this kickstarter to get me past the last step… publishing. It’s been about five years in the making. The book started as a blog about my cross-country road trip and evolved into a nearly 200-page memoir. It chronicles a period of time I spent with Flux Foundation building a lovely 37-foot fire breathing metal art sculpture named FIshbug and overcame a life threatening spiritual and creative block. Working on this metal art sculpture with an amazing community alongside actually writing my story, helped me work through depression and all the triggers I’d been stumbling over for a long time. It also helped me understand the complex emotions I have from growing up without my father, racism endured due to my Arab heritage, and much more. I have shared quite a lot about myself in this book that I kept bottled up inside for a long time. Writing it all down has been extremely liberating. So much can happen in our lives that it’s easy to get caught up and not take the time to examine life events closely. If you have a sec, please check out this kickstarter and give what you can. If you wouldn’t mind sharing it with friends or family that’d also be huge. Thanks everyone.
Hey all. I’ve got some exciting news to share. I’ve been working on a memoir about how I got to the Bay Area from Boston, overcame my writer’s block, and started American Nomad. I’ve been writing this for the past 5 years and it’s finally done! Poetic Matrix Press has agreed to publish it too. I’ve got a little blurb about the book below along with a link to my recently created Facebook page. Thanks all. I’ll be putting out more info soon.
Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir about a 26 year old songwriter looking to refuel his creative energy. Triggered by the Great Recession of 2008, Hassan El-Tayyab loses his special education teaching job in Boston and sets out on a cross-country adventure with a woman named Hope Rideout, determined to find his lost muse. His journey brings him to Berkeley, CA, where he befriends a female metal art collective constructing a 37-foot Burning Man art sculpture named Fishbug. What follows is a life-changing odyssey through Burning Man that helps him harness his creative spirit, overcome his self-critic, confront his childhood trauma, and realize the healing power of musical expression.
This is quite the honor! Tupelo Honey from KRVM named 1849 as the best Americana song of 2014! Read below to see the whole list.
Best Americana Songs 2014
#1 1849 – American Nomad – Country Mile
#2 Wind And The Sand – The Blushin’ Roulettes – Old Mill Sessions
#3 America Religious – Caroline Rose – I Will Not Be Afraid
#4 Atlantic Winds – Jonah Tolchin – Clover Lane
#5 In Control – Greensky Bluegrass – If Sorrows Swim
#6 All Or Nothin’ – Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
#7 Lucia – Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
#9 Old Shirt – Kerri Powers – Kerri Powers
#9 Nothing To Me Now – Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie
#10 This Sure As Hell Ain’t My Life – Billy the Kid – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Dear American Nomad fans,
I have some sad news to share with you all today. Hassan and Shiloh have different visions for their careers and have decided to pursue their music careers separately. Shiloh will no longer be singing for American Nomad.
You can’t replace someone like Shiloh. You move on and create something new. Shiloh has amazing talents and has brought so much to American Nomad. When I asked Shiloh to join the band a few years back I was floored with her talent and still am today. We are so proud of the music we have made together and will think back on our journey together with fondness. I urge everyone to support Shiloh’s next journey with her music. You know we will be rooting for her all the way.
As for the future of American Nomad, the project will continue. We will continue to write, grow, push ourselves to do our best, and play music from the bottom of our hearts for as many people as who will listen. We hope you continue to accompany us on our journey.
Thanks again everyone for your love and support. Love you all.
Hope you are doing well. We are coming up on our final Bay Area show of 2014. What a year it’s been too! Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate what you’ve accomplished in a music career. We do this thing that on paper seems crazy but sometimes feels like the most real endeavor we are a part of. We get paid in hugs, smiles, hands crashing together, respect, inspiration, and love. We get paid in new songs that we write, and the beautiful landscapes that inspire them. Here are some of the highlights we are especially proud of in 2014! We played The Independent, The Chapel, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Slim’s and Ashkenaz, performed The Strawberry Music Festival, and the Grass Valley Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival, got interviewed by Dave Iverson from KQED Forum, sang on KPFA Radio, got interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, got into American Songwriter Magazine and Acoustic Guitar, was featured on Folk Alley, got Honorable Mention at Folks Fest Song competition, guest lectured a songwriting class at UC Berkeley, released a 13 song album called Country Mile, worked along side our amazing producer/mentor Laurie Lewis, toured though Alaska, the Northwest, Colorado, and LA, made lots of new friends, and wrote lots of new music. Feeling blessed right now for all the love and support from our friends, family, and fans. We couldn’t have done it without you.