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Kacey Musgraves: Butterflies

Kacey Musgraves: Butterflies

Last year, I penned a bug-infused tune called “Butterflies.” While attending an edible insect tasting hosted by Denver's Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, I played it for bug wrangler Wendy Lu McGill. McGill then heard (and shared) a version of Kacey Musgraves' then-unreleased, similarly bug-infused “Butterflies” on NPR. I've been an enormous fan of Musgraves ever since a potential customer first turned me onto her early single “Follow Your Arrow” for a possible graduation singing telegram gig. My friend Kelsey and I went to see the Texas-raised singer at Denver's Bluebird Theater on my 4/20 birthday a few years ago, and it was one of the most fun shows I've ever seen. Musgraves and her gentlemen band covered an eclectic array of artists including Bob Marley, Gnarls Barkley, TLC and Roy Rogers. In between sets, each member of the group showed off a hidden talent: drumstick-juggling, joint-rolling and square dance were among them. They even passed out munchies to the stoner holiday crowd in attendance.

Musgraves and I certainly aren't the only two songwriters to pen songs about the physical sensation known as butterflies in the stomach. Michael Jackson included one on his greatest hits album HIStory. But the timing was auspicious, especially considering my demonstrated appreciation for Musgraves' artistry. Both tunes are love songs with multiple insect allusions/references. And even though the melody of each hook is certainly different, the cadence of the two hooks is eerily similar. Yet neither of us had heard the other's version when we each composed our respective ditty. When two or more scientists in different parts of the world come up with the same idea at the same time (Calculus, oxygen, black holes, the Mobius strip, the existence of the stratosphere and the theory of evolution are examples), it's known as multiple discovery. In her book Big Magic, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert theorizes that the artistic version of multiple discovery is possible. Maybe that's what happened with Kacey and I. Maybe we tapped the same muse at the same time. I'd like to think so:)

Give Musgraves' recently released version a listen here, and stay tuned for details on my own "Butterflies" release.

A Year in the Life of OPM

A Year in the Life of OPM

2017. While many Americans may have been understandably depressed by the current quagmire that is U.S. politics, my metaphorical glass is almost always overflowing with sweet ambrosia. Four hundred singing telegrams were delivered via my singing telegram agency this year, the majority of which I personally performed. I entertained in Japan for the first time, explored Tulum, Mexico and witnessed my first total solar eclipse in Oregon. And I wrote and recorded my new insect-infused love song "Butterflies" with Nigerian producer Daniel Iyere. Below is a smattering of highlights cherry-picked from a bliss-filled year of playing dress up, enabling joy and hop scotching around Earth's curvaceous body:)

Bewitching California festival goers at Escape Halloween

Clowning on stilts in Japan & Mexico

Creating Australian male housekeeper character for California's Lightning in a Bottle Festival

Facilitating the delivery of 400 singing telegrams through my singing telegram agency:)

Exploring Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion with my 5 year-old nephew Kai

Filming singing Valentine segment for Channel 2 with Melissa Ivey

Finally being on the receiving end of a Custom Singing Telegram, courtesy of Miriam Andolini

Imbibing gourmet bug tapas at Denver's El Five Restaurant with Michelle Marie

Jamming ukulele with performer homies at Michigan's Electric Forest Festival

Lumbering around on four-legged stilts at California's Nocturnal Wonderland Festival with Sean

Making my Cirque du Soleil debut as a circus bike-riding stilt greeter for opening night of Luzia

Peeling “Orangami” citrus art for Dub Gypsy Kitchen patrons at Oregon Eclipse

Paying homage to David Bowie for hundreds of people in the Denver Tech Center

Performing singing Valentine on KYGO 98.5 FM with Melissa Ivey

Playing Hunter S. Thompson-inspired postmaster at Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas

Practicing AcroYoga with my Flight Club Denver family

Practicing yoga at Red Rocks with Michael Franti and friends

Recording my new insect-infused love song “Butterflies” with Nigerian producer Daniel Iyere

Rolling through the streets of Tokyo in a Go Kart

Seeing Cirque du Soleil's insect-themed Ovo with Michelle Marie

Seeing the xx in Arizona with Amberosia

Singing at The Governor's Mansion for Best for Colorado

Singing “Under the Eclipse” at Steph J's self-commitment ceremony

Snorkeling ceynotes in Tulum with festival performer friends

Witnessing a mesmerizing total solar eclipse in Oregon

Witnessing the seizure-inducing absurdity that is Tokyo's Robot Restaurant

Working with my voice coach Casey Collins