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Wine is one of those things you could spend a lifetime learning about. It's also one of those pursuits that there is absolutely no end to. In other words, you're never going to taste every single wine in the world; you're never going to master wine. It's like playing an instrument in that sense—while you can certainly attain a certain level of mastery, you can never truly say that you are "the best" or that you've conquered music. At a certain point it becomes subjective. Pursuits and pastimes such as these reward the lifetime learner, the person with a perpetual thirst for knowledge. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Fashion Travel Grooming Lifestyle Cocktails He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Harmony

There is so much in music that words cannot express. Yet, at the same time, there are concrete scientific principles that contribute to its ability to connect with us, to make us feel emotion, to make us dance. Take harmony, for example. In order for chords to sound in tune, small adjustments have to be made to each note. Some notes need to be sharper, some flatter. And depending on the kind of chord, these adjustments can be rather drastic. It's the laws of nature. Is knowing this information critical to being a great musician? Not necessarily—though it can certainly be helpful. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Shift

One of the many things I loved when I was a bicycle racer, was the feeling of being one with the bike. My body, and only my body, was powering the machine. Everything—from what I ate, what I drank, how much (or little) I slept the night before, and so on—affected how well I could ride. While not exactly the same, I have a similar experience when driving a manual transmission. I'm in control, or at least more connected, to the car. Mostly, I enjoy the freedom to shift gears as I need to. And though I may pine for an automatic when traffic is awful and I'm sick of working the clutch, ultimately, I never want to trade the experience of that connection. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Glossy

Though I'm not a digital native, I might as well be. Over the past decade or so, I've shifted from stocking my home bookshelves to carrying a Kindle; from accumulating stacks of magazines to consuming all that content digitally. I've never really lamented the change to a more digital world, and have pretty much just gone with the flow. However, I was reminded of the power of print during a recent stop in to one of my favorite local menswear stores. Ken, the owner, handed me a copy of the glossy edition of The Rake, a publication I'd only ever read online. There was a little bit of magic connecting to an editorial on the page as opposed to on the screen. Needless to say, the next issue will be arriving at my doorstep. How about you: are you an all-digital content consumer or are there certain publications you have to get in print? Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Playlist

Being a professional musician, I'm often asked what music I listen to. Most people find it surprising when I tell them that I actually don't listen to a lot of music. Part of that stems from the fact that I've been trained to be an active listener, which makes having music on just in the background nearly impossible and fairly distracting when I'm trying to focus on another task, like writing. In other words, listening passively is something I have trouble doing. However, I obviously love music. Read on for one of my current playlists. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Passport

The first foreign country I visited was Russia. The second was Spain, where I lived for a month. The most recent was Italy (well, Canada, but I didn't get my passport stamped for that). And in between were about a dozen other countries. Traveling overseas is something I love and enjoy dreaming about, but not something I get to do as frequently as I'd like. There's nothing like soaking in another country's food, wine, architecture, people, culture, and style. Don't you think? Tell me: how many stamps do you have in your passport? And share your most memorable overseas travel experiences in the comments. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Daily Cortado

I guess it was a little over a month or so ago that I was introduced to an espresso drink that has since become something of an obsession—the cortado. Depending on who you ask or where you order it, it's made with either equal parts milk and espresso or a 2:1 ratio. I call it an obsession because wherever I go now, I'm always on the lookout for a good cortado. Some of my favorites have been had at Gasoline Alley in NoHo, Artifact in Baltimore, and Alabaster in Williamsport, PA. Have you ever had a cortado? And please share your favorite spots. Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎

Practice

Though you've only seen my saxophone on the blog once, I started playing when I was eight years old. I had a friend who was taking lessons and I thought he was pretty much the coolest guy in the world, so I had to do it too. The saxophone and music quickly became an obsession and eventually my profession. It took years of practice and discipline, and I'm still learning. That's actually one of my favorite things about music: there is no final destination. In other words you can always improve, learn new things, and have new experiences. It never gets old. They say practice makes perfect, but when you're talking about something as subjective as music, there is no such thing as true perfection. Do you play—or did you ever play—an instrument? Men's Style Blog Men's Style Guide Menswear Fashion Grooming He Spoke Style  VIEW MORE ▶︎