The Hoot Owl Moans

Rayland and I basically grew up together. I mean, we have the same dad. His genetically, mine symbolically. I bought the lucky guitar from pop—Bucky Baxter. This would be back in 1999, twenty damn years ago. From 1992–1999, Bucky had played 700+ shows with Bob Dylan, and me and my friends saw three-dozen or so of ‘em. Bucky left the band to open a studio (Three Trees) in a holler in the hills north of Nashville, Whites Creek TN. To help raise a few bucks for the project, he sold [...] Read More

Social Media: A Philosophy

As social media is ever-evolving, shapeshifting from this algorithm to that one, there's one thing that should remain consistent. It's less of a strategy or a tactic, really—it's a philosophy. At least, it's one that serves as the foundation for our social media work here at OLG. It's simple, really—very "golden-rule"-esque. Maybe it's also got a dab of karma. You get out what you put in. Why do we consider this to be the ideal, end-all philosophy when it comes to social media? Well, it applies across the board to any aspect you might [...] Read More

Seven Playlists for Your Next Writing Project

As a writer, I find that words distract me. What?  Yes. I'm easily distracted by words. If there's a TV on, I'm subconsciously listening. If there's a conversation going on, I can't not hear it. And, of course, if a song has words, my mind is following (and maybe singing) them. I'm on a quest to devour as many words as possible, and I can't save me from me. That's why I listen to instrumental music when I write (which is like, a lot). So I've compiled my most-frequented playlists and albums. [...] Read More

OLG’s Favorite Things: Holiday Traditions

The weather is cold; the fire is warm and spirits are high. It’s that time of year again—digging into our favorite holiday traditions with family and friends. A time for celebration (and maybe a little recharge). Check out each of our favorite traditions, from across the celebratory days. Annie Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we go to the West Side Market in Cleveland for meats, desserts and other goodies to serve during the holidays. The market hasn’t changed much since 1912, and it feels like a step back in time. Here […]

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