I find the two most inspiring events for me are connecting with nature and listening to great music, so the combination of the two is tough to beat. I overloaded on creative inspiration during my trip to the southwest two weeks ago, with my very first stop at the iconic Red Rocks amphitheater. 

Friends and Cleveland-based band Welshly Arms gave me the backstage experience of a lifetime, while the setting left me feeling more connected than ever. I have a feeling I'll be working on southwest-inspired material until the new year!