The Hero Dies is about several things. First, and most importantly, it’s about Carol, my grandmother, who passed away last year. I dedicate this project to her life and the beautiful memories we’ve shared together. The album cover was taken in her backyard in Arkansas—I jumped a fence and found the best angle to get that shot, not knowing then that it would end up being a cover to an album.

There’s also a song here, titled Carol, that was recorded in the last few days of her life. We were all pulling for her, hoping she’d bounce back, and I did my best to capture that emotion of uncertainty.

The Hero Dies is also about a warrior, or a writer, or someone attempting to change the world. It could be about me—if you’re focusing on the personal aspects of the songs—but I prefer to look at the concepts and the message as an actual superhero, flying through action scenes against a villain, and ultimately, he doesn’t make it.

It’s a big metaphor to say that we’re all battling something. Whether it’s addictions, unhappiness, or like my grandmother: battling for your life—these stories were written to help you reflect on your own journey. Control what you can control, and find peace in the things you can’t.

We Bought a New Car. Going Live a Few Times a Week. Rose Turned One. Writing a Weekly Newsletter Every Monday Morning. Bought a Camera. Got Married and Have a Video to Prove It. Lost Our Husky. Last Updated: December 17th, 2022.

Morning Coffee


Previously, Selective Sync (Morning Coffee: January 23rd, 2023)

Previously, Reader Request (Morning Coffee: January 16th, 2023)

Previously, The Great Consolidation (Morning Coffee: January 9th, 2023)

Previously, The Year of Depth (Morning Coffee: January 2nd, 2023)

Previously, The Story of 2022 (Morning Coffee: December 26th, 2022)

Previously, The Best of (Morning Coffee: December, 19th, 2022)

Previously, Omni (Morning Coffee: December 12th, 2022)

Previously, Easy Mode (Morning Coffee: December 5th, 2022)

Previously, The Partitions (Morning Coffee: November 28th, 2022)

Previously, What’s Holding All This Together (Morning Coffee: November 21st, 2022)

Previously, Rose Turns One (Morning Coffee: November 14th, 2022)

Previously, Showing up and Looking Forward (Morning Coffee: November 7th, 2022)

Previously, Robots Painted This (Morning Coffee: October 31st, 2022)

Previously, Sharing Sofa (Morning Coffee: October 24th, 2022)

Previously, Crates and Presets (Morning Coffee: October 17th, 2022)

Previously, Homecoming (Morning Coffee: October 10th, 2022)

Previously, The Traveling Drone (Morning Coffee: October 3rd, 2022)

Previously, System Thinking (Morning Coffee: September 26th)

Previously, On This Day (Morning Coffee: September 19th, 2022)

Previously, Dynamic Island (Morning Coffee: Sept. 12th, 2022)

Previously, Organizing Health (Morning Coffee: Sept. 5th, 2022)

Previously, Up Ahead (Morning Coffee: August 29th, 2022)

Previously, Dancing With the Stars (Morning Coffee: August 22nd, 2022)

Previously, Military Backpack (Morning Coffee: August 15th, 2022)

Previously, Space Between Time (Morning Coffee: August 8th, 2022)

Previously, A Tiny Gameboy (Morning Coffee: August 1st, 2022)

Previously, 5,000 Photos (Morning Coffee: July 25th, 2022)

Previously, Upgrading the Newsletter (Morning Coffee: July 18th, 2022)

Previously, Emoji Folders (Monday Coffee: July 11th, 2022)

Previously, Happy 4th of July (Monday Coffee: July 4th, 2022)

Previously, We Are The Energy (Monday Coffee: June 27th, 2022)

Previously, My First Father’s Day (Monday Coffee: June 20th, 2022)

Previously, Hard Work Pays Off (Monday Coffee: June 13th, 2022)

Previously, A Lens Blur, a Time Blur (Monday Coffee: June 6, 2022)

Previously, Yelling Into the Void (Monday Coffee: May 30th, 2022)

Previously, Today Is My Birthday (Monday Coffee: May 23rd, 2022)

Previously, New Motivation (Monday Coffee: May 16th, 2022)

Previously, A Camera Changes Everything (Monday Coffee: May 9, 2022)

Previously, Make Gifts (Monday Coffee: May 2nd, 2022)

Previously, A Cheap Projector to Watch the Suns Lose (Monday Coffee: April 25th, 2022)

Previously, Monday Coffee: April 18th, 2022